The 12th BIU Winter School on Cryptography

Advances in Secure Computation

January 23-26, 2022

School Overview

Secure computation allows a set of parties to compute some joint function of their private inputs, while guaranteeing privacy (i.e., the parties learn the output and nothing more) and correctness (meaning the output is correctly distributed). Due to its generality, secure computation is a central tool in cryptography. In recent years, there is a surging interest in deploying secure computation to solve problems arising in practice. This requires designing light-weight and concretely-efficient protocols for problems of interest, such as accessing and searching over large outsourced databases, or threshold cryptographic primitives (such as signatures) that can be used to guarantee validity of transactions on the blockchain. 

In the 12th BIU Winter School on Cryptography, we will study recent advances in secure computation. The program will cover the following topics: advances in private-information retrieval and in oblivious RAM, function secret sharing and homomorphic secret sharing, vector oblivious linear evaluation, threshold signatures, and private set intersection.

The program aims to give a taste of key topics in the area, focusing on the state of the art. We expect the audience to already have knowledge on foundations of cryptography (e.g., what secure computation is, the basics of private information retrieval and oblivious RAM, etc.). The target audience for the school is graduate students and postdocs in cryptography (we will assume that participants have taken at least one university-level course in cryptography). However, all faculty, undergrads and professionals with the necessary background are welcome. The winter school is open to participants from all over the world; all talks will be in English.

School Lecturers 

Additional Information

OrganizersCarmit Hazay, Faculty of Engineering, Benny Pinkas , Department of Computer Science and Mor Weiss, Faculty of Engineering, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Where: The winter school will take place at Auditorium C50, Nanotechnology Building (Bldg. 206), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan.

When: Sunday, January 23, 2022 to Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Registration: As the school will be a hybrid event, registration is available to one of the two options: physical participation or online participation. The registration fee for physical participation is 750 NIS. Online participation is free.

After registration has been confirmed, physical participants will receive a link to carry out the payment. Registration will be considered complete only after the payment has been received.

Registration includes school participation, refreshments and lunch.

Please register by January 6, 2022 at: https://winter-school2022.forms-wizard.biz/

Travel to Israel: COVID related travel restrictions can be found at https://corona.health.gov.il/en/country-status/. Since the identification of the Omicron variant in late November, non-Israeli citizens cannot enter Israel. This travel restriction might change in the coming weeks and we hope that it will be canceled soon. You can monitor the situation by checking the web page or by asking us.

Contact: For any questions or queries, please send an e-mail to: winterschool.biu@gmail.com

Program Schedule

The detailed schedule for the winter school can be downloaded here.

Sunday, January 23 – FSS + Prio + ORAM

  • Opening remarks
  • Ellete Boyle: Function Secret Sharing – part 1
  • Ellete Boyle: Function Secret Sharing – part 2
  • Ellete Boyle: Function Secret Sharing – part 3
  • Henry Corrigan-Gibbs: Prio – part1
  • Henry Corrigan-Gibbs: Prio – part1
  • Gilad Asharov: Oblivious RAM – part 1

Monday, January 24 – ORAM + VOLE

  • Gilad Asharov: Oblivious RAM – part 2
  • Gilad Asharov: Oblivious RAM – part 3
  • Peter Scholl: Vector Oblivious Linear Evaluation – part 1
  • Peter Scholl: Vector Oblivious Linear Evaluation – part 2

Tuesday, January 25 – PCG + VOLE + Signatures

  • Yuval Ishai: Pseudorandom Correlation Generators – part 1
  • Yuval Ishai: Pseudorandom Correlation Generators – part 2
  • Peter Scholl: Pseudorandom Correlation Generators – part 3
  • Peter Scholl: Pseudorandom Correlation Generators – part 4
  • Rosario Gennaro: Threshold Signature Schemes – part 1
  • Rosario Gennaro: Threshold Signature Schemes – part 2

Wednesday, January 26 – PIR + PSI + Signatures

  • Dima Kogan: PIR – part 1
  • Dima Kogan: PIR – part 2
  • Benny Pinkas: Private Set-Intersection – part 1
  • Benny Pinkas: Private Set-Intersection – part 2
  • Rosario Gennaro: Threshold Signature Schemes – part 3
  • Rosario Gennaro: Threshold Signature Schemes – part 4

 

This winter school is graciously supported by

The BIU Center for Research in Applied Cryptography and Cyber Security in conjunction with the Israel National Cyber Bureau in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Alter Family.

Sponsored by

 

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