Events Spring 2015

Theoretically Speaking — Cryptography: From Mathematical Magic to Secure Communication

Apr 29, 2015 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm 

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Dan Boneh (Stanford University)


Berkeley City College Auditorium: 2050 Center Street, between Shattuck Ave. & Milvia St., in Berkeley (near the Downtown Berkeley BART station)

Theoretically Speaking:

A new lecture series highlighting exciting advances in theoretical computer science. These events are intended for a general audience; no special background is assumed. 

Lecture Information:

Cryptography, the science of communicating securely, is used by billions of people to protect Internet traffic from prying eyes. It is also a vibrant area of research where new discoveries are made every year. This talk will explore the beautiful mechanisms that enable secure communication on the Internet and describe some recent results in the field. The talk will be self-contained and accessible to a broad audience from high school students to experts in the field.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture, at 5:30 p.m.; we advise all guests to arrive by 5:45 p.m.; the lecture will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

About Dan Boneh:

Dr. Boneh is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University where he heads the applied cryptography group. Dr. Boneh's research focuses on applications of cryptography to computer security. His work includes cryptosystems with novel properties, security for mobile devices, web security, and cryptanalysis. He is the author of over a hundred publications in the field and is a recipient of the Gödel Prize, the Packard Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Award, the RSA award in mathematics, the Ishii award for industry education innovation and five best paper awards. Most recently he was awarded the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.


Simons Institute for the Theory of ComputingMathematical Sciences Research InstituteBerkeley City College