[ugrads] Chicago Chapter ACM - Nov 12 - Cryptography: From Enigma to Elliptical Curve Cryptography

Hemanshu Kaul kaul at math.iit.edu
Mon Nov 10 15:53:14 CST 2008

Some of you might find the talk below interesting.
Please take a look and contact Greg Neumarke if you plan to attend.


Hemanshu Kaul
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 09 Nov 2008 21:08:40 -0600
From: Greg Neumarke <greg at neumarke.net>
To: kaul at math.iit.edu

The Chicago Chapter of the ACM meets monthly throughout the academic
year, typically on the second Wednesday of the month. Our meetings
cover a wide variety of topics in the field of computer science.

Greg Neumarke
Chicago Chapter ACM

This information is also on the NEW Chapter website at:


   From Enigma to Elliptical Curve Cryptography

   Presented by: Donald Costello,
                 ACM Distinguished Speakers Program

   Wednesday, November 12, 2008

   5:30 p.m. Social Hour, Dinner Buffet & Refreshments
   6:30 p.m. Presentation  (ends about 8 p.m.)

   Hosted by: Roosevelt University, Chicago Downtown
 		 430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
              (nearest intersection: Congress and Michigan)
              Room 234

COST (Includes Dinner):
   $10 Chapter members
   $12 Non-members
   $ 5 Students

   The history of cryptography can be likened to a reawakening history
   of mathematics and computer science. The story of cryptography
   goes back 4000 years and some of the mathematics employed goes
   back as long.

   This talk will address the history of cryptography beginning with
   the Enigma used by the Germans in WWII and broken by world famous
   Mathematician/ Computer Scientist Alan Turing. It will continue
   down to today´s advanced crypto systems such as RSA, PGP and
   Elliptic Curve cryptography.

   The lecture will point out the key role that cryptography plays in
   the future of e-commerce and the new products and ways of doing
   business that results when secure communications through
   cryptography is available.

   Don Costello has had a mixed career splitting his time between
   Universities and Business. He helped start three Computer Science
   Departments and three University Information Technology facilities
   (University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and
   Madison and Colorado State University). He has taught
   undergraduate and graduate courses and has done work in research
   areas of Statistical Computing, Performance Modeling, Standards
   for Learning Objects and Managing Intellectual Property. He is a
   40-year member of ACM and is a fellow of the British Computing
   Society. He has lectured all over the United States as well as in
   England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, India and Sri Lanka. He also
   held a four-year Carnegie Foundation grant to investigate how IP
   is managed in Universities around the World.

   In business career he has managed IT facilities, founded and sold
   two firms and consulted with over 100 firms throughout the world.
   His recent consulting includes five years consulting on ERP
   systems, SAP, as well as being a Technical Consultant on .com and
   e-Learning projects.

   Don currently holds a position as a Senior Lecturer and NCITE
   scholar at the University of Nebraska and is working on the
   importance of standards in modeling the large systems needed to
   support e-learning environments.

   Note: Please make your reservation as soon as you know you are
   coming. We need a headcount for the food, as we order it in
   advance.  Even if it is last-minute, reserve anyway. Thanks.

   Make your meeting reservation by filling out this quick form:
   or by replying to this e-mail ( greg at neumarke.net ) You may also
   call Greg at (work) 773-907-3300

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