Cohomology and cryptography

Mathematical Conversations
Topic:Cohomology and cryptography
Speaker:Akshay Venkatesh
Affiliation:Stanford University; Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics
Date:Friday, October 6
Time/Room:6:00pm - 7:00pm/White-Levy Room

The Weil pairing is a bilinear form associated to an algebraic curve. I will tell you about it and why it is interesting to cryptographers. Then I'll talk about my (completely unsuccessful) attempts to make an interesting trilinear analogue.