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Ohio Northern University - 2013 Summer Honors Institute - CRYPTOGRAPHY
Image: German Enigma machine in use,
1943. During the war, British intelligence
experts decrypted a large amount of Enigma-
Course description: Cryptography is a key element of the computing environment in the contemporary world, with numerous applications (finance and banking, network security, electronic voting, encrypting music and video files, to name just a few). In this workshop, students will learn basic techniques of secure communication and will acquire a working knowledge of famous cryptographic protocols such as RSA, ElGamal and Goldwasser–Micali cryptosystems, Diffie-Hellman key exchange, and others. The necessary background from number theory (indispensable to a solid knowledge of cryptography) will be presented thoroughly by experts in the field with extensive teaching, research and publishing experience. The participants will be provided with ample hands-on opportunities for putting their newly acquired knowledge to work with the help of sophisticated computer algebra systems such as MAPLE or MATLAB. Funny as well as challenging moments throughout the workshop will involve deciphering cryptograms, sharing secret keys and cryptography role-playing. June 16-21, 2013
Course instructors (click on the links below for more details):
- Dr. Mihai Caragiu, Professor of Mathematics at Ohio Northern University. With a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University (1996), his main reasearch area is in number theory and integer sequences. He is at Ohio Northern since 2000, after previous positions at Washington State University and Stanford University.
- Dr. Momammad Zaki, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Ohio Northern University. With a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2009), his main research area is in analytic number theory. He is at Ohio Northern since 2009.