CSE Distinguished Lecture: Shafi Goldwasser

CSE Distinguished Lecture

The Cryptographic Lens: Past, Present and Future

The fourth speaker in the Fall 2016 CSE Distinguished Lecture Series is Turing Award winner Shafi Goldwasser, RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and of Computer Science and Applied Math at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She will explore the theory of computing through “The Cryptographic Lens: Past, Present and Future.”

ShafiGoldwasser200.jpgDate: Monday, October 24
Time: 11:00am – Noon
Location: Room 1202, CSE Building

Host: CSE Profs. Mihir Bellare and Daniele Micciancio

Abstract: Going beyond the basic challenge of private and authentic communication, in the last 35 years, cryptography has become the general study of correctness and privacy of computation in the presence of a computationally bounded adversary. These studies have en route changed how we think today of proofs, reductions, randomness, and information from a computational point of view. In this talk, we will discuss some beautiful developments in the theory of computing through this cryptographic lens, and the role cryptography can play in the next successful shift to full-blown cloud computing.

Bio:  Professor Goldwasser is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. She is also a professor of computer science and applied mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Goldwasser received a BS degree in applied mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979, and MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984. Professor Goldwasser was the recipient of the Gödel Prize in 1993 and another in 2001 for her work on interactive proofs and connections to approximation. She was awarded the ACM Grace Murray Hopper award, the RSA award in mathematics, the ACM Athena award for women in computer science, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science, the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore award, and the ACM Turing Award for 2012.