2nd Midwest Arithmetical Geometry in Cryptography Workshop

November 17 - 19, 2000

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Featured Speakers:

Gerhard Frey, Institut für Experimentelle Mathematik, Essen, Germany
Alfred Menezes, Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research, Waterloo, Canada
François Morain, Laboratoire d'Informatique de l'École Polytechnique, France

Schedule of Meeting.

Titles and Abstracts of Speakers.

Organizing Committee:

Nigel Boston, UIUC
Dick Blahut, UIUC


Scope: The second Midwest Arithmetical Geometry in Cryptography (MAGC) workshop is intended for people in academia and industry with a basic mathematical background in group theory and number theory, wishing to learn about the increasingly common applications of arithmetical geometry to cryptography. This includes elliptic curve cryptosystems, hyperelliptic cryptosystems, and more. This workshop is supported by a Critical Research Initiatives grant from UIUC and by the Coordinated Science Laboratory and marks the creation of ICCIP, the Illinois Center for Cryptography and Information Protection.

Each of the featured speakers will give one lecture a day for each of the three days of the workshop. These nine lectures will be coordinated so as to introduce the audience to the subject, explain the various attacks on various cryptosystems, discuss practical items necessary for successful implementations, and talk about what the future might hold. There will also be time for contributed talks.


Registration Fee: To register for the MAGC Workshop, send your name, address, email address and affiliation, along with your check for $30 ($10 if you are a student) to Merle Levy, Conference Coordinator, Coordinated Science Laboratory, 1308 W. Main, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. Checks should be made out to the University of Illinois (U.S. currency only, please). The registration fee will double on October 30. The registration fee will be waived for anyone giving a talk.

Financial Support: The CRI grant provides some funding for participants. Graduate students and postdoctoral students are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are a graduate student or postdoctoral student applying for funding, have your Ph.D. advisor send a letter to the address below.

Contributed Talks: If you wish to offer a contributed talk, please send a title and short address by email to one of the organizers. We need to hear from you by October 16.

Location: MAGC '00 will be held in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, located in C&SRL at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from November 17-19, 2000.

Schedule: MAGC participants should plan to arrive on Thursday, November 16, and leave the afternoon of Sunday, November 19. Talks will begin at 9 am on Friday and end by 1 pm on Sunday. Snacks as well as lunch on Friday and Saturday will be provided at no charge. There will be a conference dinner on Friday evening at which a MAGiCian will perform. Please inform the organizers as soon as possible if you wish to attend (price $30 per person, to be paid with registration or at the meeting). Guests are welcome.

Accommodations: A block of rooms has been set aside for workshop attendees at the Hampton Inn, 1200 West University Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (Phone: 217-337-1100/ Fax: 217-337-1143) for November 16-19. The conference group rate is $60 plus tax for single, $65 for double occupancy. To obtain the group rate, mention the Cryptography Workshop (Hampton code CSL) when you reserve your room. To insure availability, reservations must be made by October 16; after that date the remaining rooms will be released and reservations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Travel: Urbana-Champaign is at the meeting point of three Interstate freeways, I-57, I-72, and I-74. This will tell you about parking. Urbana-Champaign is also conveniently served by Champaign (Willard) Airport. Transportation is available to the Hampton Inn by courtesy shuttle.

For further information, contact:

Nigel Boston, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (217 333-2677)
Dick Blahut, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (217 333-6669)

Coordinated Science Laboratory
Computer and Systems Research Laboratory
1308 West Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801 USA