ACE Seminar: The impact of quantum computing on cryptography

Speaker: Dr Steve Brierley

Date/Time: 30-Apr-2015, 15:00 UTC

Venue: Roberts 309



Steve Brierley is a Heilbronn Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge working in Quantum information. His interests include Quantum algorithms and applications of early quantum computers.




This is an exciting time to study quantum algorithms. As the technological challenges of building a quantum computer continue to be met there is still much to learn about the power of quantum computing. Understanding which problems a quantum computer could solve faster than a classical device and which problems remain hard is particularly relevant to cryptography. We would like to design schemes that are secure against an adversary with a quantum computer. I'll give an overview of the quantum computing that is accessible to a general audience and use a recently declassified project called "soliloquy" as a case study for the development (and breaking) of post-quantum cryptography.



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