Joint Computer Science Department / CyLab Distinguished Lecture

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


ASA Conference Room 6115 Gates Hillman Centers


VINOD VAIKUNTANATHAN, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineeirng and Computer Sciences

Data is powerful, and yet, our ability to make discoveries using data often requires collaboration among different entities on their individual data repositories, a process that is hampered by privacy concerns and regulatory mandates. In this talk, I will describe how advances in cryptography over the past decade can help simultaneously achieve the seemingly opposing goals of collaborating on data and that of protecting data privacy.

Vinod Vaikuntanathan is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT and the chief cryptographer at Duality Technologies. Vinod is the co-inventor of most modern fully homomorphic encryption systems and many other lattice-based (post-quantum secure) cryptographic primitives. His work has been recognized with a George M. Sprowls PhD thesis award, and IBM Josef Raviv Fellowship, a Sloan Faculty Fellowship, a Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, and a Harold E. Edgerton Faculty Award. He holds SM and PhD degrees from MIT and a BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

Faculty Hosts: Venkatesan Guruswami, Brian Parno

Refreshments: 3:30 pm (outside the room)

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