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CS Colloquium - Peter Scholl: Computing blindfolded: How can you compute on data, without seeing it?

Inaugural lecture

2019.09.09 | Dorthe Haagen Nielsen

Date Fri 22 Nov
Time 15:15 16:00
Location Building 5510-104 (INCUBA Lille Aud.)

Suppose two companies each have a database of sensitive customer information, and wish to perform some statistical analysis across all of the customers they have in common. How can they do this, without revealing who their customers are, and any of their sensitive details? This is one of the questions researchers are tackling with techniques in the field of secure computation, using cryptography. In this talk, I will give a high-level overview of secure computation and the kinds of problems it can be used to solve. I will then demonstrate several simple and accessible methods of doing this, and finally touch on some directions of my own research in this area.

Bio

Peter Scholl is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Cryptography & Security group. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Aarhus, and before that a postdoc at the University of Bristol, where he also completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Nigel Smart. He grew up in Durham, a city in the north-east of England, famous for its 11th century Norman cathedral.

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