On the last day of the conference I paid a visit to the friendly workshop next door – CHES (Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems). It was all foreign to me – a different mix of people, posters outside the lecture hall. After this year’s CRYPTO compressed talks, 25 minutes felt like an eternity. Actual food … Continue reading CRYPTO: Day 4


The highlights of the third day of CRYPTO were known ahead of time and yet did not disappoint: invited talk by Adam Langley on TLS, presentation of the best paper award, the business meeting followed by the beach barbecue. Adam Langley, known for his work in Google on TLS and HTTPS, addressed the joint session … Continue reading CRYPTO: Day 3


First, I’d like to thank my co-authors (Omkant Pandey and Ananth Raghunathan) for preparing and delivering two excellent talks this morning. It is due to their decision to step up to the plate that I get to do the fun stuff like blogging from the conference. The big topic of the afternoon session were multilinear … Continue reading CRYPTO: Day 2


First day of CRYPTO. Nothing happened… Just kidding. Actually, the first day was quite busy and eventful. It was headlined by the session on lattices and fully-homomorphic encryption. The one talk that I’d like to highlight was delivered by Craig Gentry (and co-authored by Amit Sahai and Brent Waters). It describes a particularly elegant and … Continue reading CRYPTO: Day 1

History Repeats Itself in the Notices of AMS

Before Communications of ACM became cool again, I’ve been a regular reader of the Notices of American Mathematical Society. I still check it out occasionally to keep tabs on the mathematical community. This month’s issue featured a lengthy article with a lofty title “Mathematical Methods in the Study of Historical Chronology”. It covers the work … Continue reading History Repeats Itself in the Notices of AMS