Dean's Distinguished Lecture: Jill Pipher

"Mathematical ideas in public key cryptography" by Dr. Jill Pipher

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Science Education and Research Center, Room 116
Main Campus, Temple University

How can we create secure communication over an insecure channel (like the internet) between two people who have never met or shared a secret? This lecture will provide historical background on the subject of private and public key encryption and explain some of the ideas involved in several different encryption systems. Particular attention will be focused on lattice-based encryption schemes such as NTRU, an efficient public key system, first disseminated in 1996, which continues to remain secure against the potential speed-ups of quantum computers.

Jill Pipher is Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematicsis and vice president for research at Brown University and 2019 president of the American Mathematical Society. Her research interests include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and cryptography. Pipher earned her PhD from UCLA in 1985, spent five years at the University of Chicago and came to Brown in 1990 as an associate professor. Her research interests include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations and cryptography. She has published papers in each of these areas of mathematics, co-authored an undergraduate cryptography textbook, and jointly holds four patents related to the NTRU encryption algorithm. Pipher was a co-founder of Ntru Cryptosystems, Inc., now part of Security Innovation, Inc.

Pipher has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. She served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2011 to 2013, and was a National Women’s History Month 2013 Honoree. In 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.