Invited Speakers

Angela Robinson, NIST


Everything Everywhere All at Once: The Current State of the NIST PQC Project 


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiated a public process to select quantum-resistant public key cryptographic algorithms for standardization in response to the substantial development and advancement of quantum computing. NIST issued the public call for submissions to the PQC Standardization Process in December 2016 and, after three rounds of evaluation and analysis, announced the selection of the first algorithms to be standardized: CRYSTALS-KYBER, CRYSTALS-Dilithium, FALCON, and SPHINCS+.  In this talk we will discuss the three current NIST PQC endeavors: drafting standards for the four selected algorithms, the remaining algorithms under consideration in the 4th round of evaluation, and the call for additional digital signatures to be considered for standardization.


Angela Robinson is a mathematician in the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where she is contributing to the current NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Standardization effort. She completed her PhD in mathematics at Florida Atlantic University under the supervision of Rainer Steinwandt.  Her research includes code-based cryptography, cryptanalysis, and privacy-enhancing cryptography.

Antoine Joux, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security


Various approaches to signatures schemes


In this talk, we survey the approaches that have been developed to transform an instance of a hard computational problem into identification and signature schemes. In this setting, the goal of the proving or signing party is to demonstrate that it knows a solution to the computational problem in order to establish its identity. In particular, these approaches have been used to create signature schemes based on code or lattice problems that should resist the advent of a universal quantum computer. 


Formerly engineer at the DGA, then scientific deputy director at the DCSSI (now ANSSI), part-time professor at the University of Versailles - Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and holder of the Cryptology chair of the Sorbonne University foundation, Antoine Joux is currently a permanent researcher at the CISPA Helmholtz Center for Cybersecurity in Saarbrücken, Germany, and an honorary professor at Saarbrücken University. His specialty is cryptography and much of his work focuses on cryptanalysis, the study of vulnerabilities in cryptographic systems. Co-winner of the Gödel Prize in 2013 and Fellow of the IACR (International Association for Cryptologic Research), he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant (Almacrypt) on the algorithmic study of mathematical problems whose supposed difficulty serves as a foundation in public key cryptography.


Day 1 (April 22)

Opening remarks (8.45 : 9.00)

Session 1 : Standardization of code-based cryptography (9.00 : 10.30)

Coffee break (10.30 : 10.50)

Session 2 : Quasi-Cyclic codes (10.50 : 12.05)

Lunch (12.05 : 14.00)

Session 3 : Cryptanalysis (14.00 : 15.40)

Coffee break (15.40 : 16.00)

Session 4 : Security (16.00 : 17.15)

Day 2 (April 23)

Session 1 : Signatures I (9.00 : 10.30)

Coffee break (10.30 : 10.50)

Session 2 : Decoding algorithms (10.50 : 12.05)

Lunch (12.05 : 14.00)

Session 3 : Signatures II (14.00 : 15.40)

Coffee break (15.40 : 16:00)

Session 4 : Foundations (16.00 : 17:15)

Concluding remarks (17.15 : 17.30)