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Security Lancaster Seminar

Professor Nigel Smart, University of Bristol

Thursday 26 February 2015, 1300-1400

Computing on Encrypted Data

In the last couple of years amazing advances have been made on techniques to perform computation on encrypted data. Some of the techniques are even becoming practical. In this talk I will show a novel technique which utilizes techniques used in Fully Homomorphic Encryption (FHE) schemes to provide efficiency improvements in Multi-Party Computation (MPC) protocols. No prior knowledge of FHE or MPC will be assumed.

Prof Smart is one of the worlds leading cryptographers, he has conducted research into many areas spanning elliptic curves through to protocol analysis. He has published three textbooks and over 100 research papers in the field of cryptography. He is Vice-President of the IACR, an ex-holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and a current holder of an ERC Advanced Grant.

In recent years his research has focused on turning the problem of computed on encrypted data into a reality. This resulted in 2013 with the formation of the company Dyadic Security with Yehuda Lindell.