The workshop “Current and Future Projects of the Selmer Center” will take place in Granada, Spain from November 22 to November 27, 2021. Members and collaborators of the Selmer Center will convene to discuss current and future projects, open problems, and other relevant topics. More details can be found here.
The 6th International Workshop on Boolean Functions and their Applications (BFA 2021) successfully took place in Rosendal in the period September 6 – September 10. More information can be found on the webpage of the workshop.
On September 28, Nikolay Kaleyski defended his PhD thesis titled Towards a deeper understanding of APN functions and related longstanding problems. More information can be found here.
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Thor Martinsen, an applied mathematics professor, has become the first Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Permanent Military Professor (PMP) to receive a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award that will allow him to visit the Selmer Center at the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway and collaborate on cryptographic Boolean functions research during the 2021-2022 academic year.
BoolTI is the newest project at the Selmer center, with Lilya Budaghyan as the PI and a budget of 10.5 MNOK for the period 2021-2024. Other key members are Claude Carlet, George Petrides, and Vincent Rijmen.
Cryptographic ciphers serve the very important function of securing our every day communication and data against unauthorised access. They are in use everywhere: web-browsers, mobile phones, payment cards, tv-decoders, smart cards, etc. The fact that more and more of them are now run in embedded devices makes the rather recent side channel attacks (SCA) a huge threat: unwanted information leakage during the execution of the algorithms could potentially compromise their security. The project will study Boolean functions used as building blocks in cryptographic ciphers in order to find ways to prevent SCA.
The George Boole International Prize for 2020 has been awarded to Sihem Mesnager, for her significant contributions to the theory of Boolean functions. Congratulations!
Claude Carlet’s comprehensive new monograph on the topic of i.a. cryptographic Boolean functions is published by Cambridge University Press. The book constitutes a significant expansion of Claude’s previous text on the topic, and aims to be an encyclopedic guide to the foundations and recent results in the area.
Professor Vincent Rijmen, best known as one of the designers of the ubiquitously used Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), has received the RSA award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics. The award “recognizes innovation and ongoing contributions to the field of cryptography and mathematics”. More information can be found at the RSA conference website. Congratulations!
Following the official awards ceremony on October 15 at which she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bergen, Anne Canteaut gave two talks on the topic of cryptography and cryptanalysis: “Cryptanalysis – a never-ending story” on October 16, and “Lightweight cryptography – when cryptography meets mathematics” on October 17, respectively.