Information Security and Cryptography Research Group

Current Topics in Cryptography (Seminar 2021)

Lecturers: Prof. Kenny Paterson, Prof. Dennis Hofheinz, Prof. Ueli Maurer
Assistants: Patrick Towa, Bogdan Ursu, Christopher Portmann

Course Description

The participants of this seminar course are expected to read a scientific paper and present it in a 30 minute talk and then answer questions from the audience.

The main goals of the seminar are the independent study of scientific literature and assessment of its contributions as well as learning and practicing presentation techniques.

This seminar covers a wide range of topics in cryptography including key exchange, signatures, encryption schemes, multi-party computation, obfuscation, security definitions, information-theoretic security, applied cryptography.

Joining the seminar with Zoom

The seminar will be streamed using Zoom. The client may be downloaded here: download Zoom client. It is not necessary to have an account to join a session, but you do need the app. The Zoom-meeting ID is posted in the section below (ETH domain protected). For some basic information on Zoom, see ETHZ IT services: Zoom and joining a Zoom lecture.

The students presenting will do so via sharing their screen / slides window. You can try this out for yourself first in the Zoom client via a new meeting just with yourself. All presenters are required to test screen sharing with their supervisor before the day of the presentation, so that any bugs may be worked out in advance. To this end, the (to be) scheduled meetings with your supervisor should take place over Zoom as well; please contact your supervisor to arrange the required meeting ID.

For any problems or questions contact your supervisor or one of the assistants.


The sessions take place on Thursdays 16-18.

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List of papers

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