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Attestation: Trying to decipher what it is - February 28, 2011

It is our pleasure to host this distinguished lecture by Prof. Nigel Smart, University of Bristol. The lecture will be followed by a reception. Please feel free to forward this invitation.

Attestation: Trying to decipher what it is

Abstract: This talk will summarize some of the ongoing work we have been doing in Bristol in looking at security models for DAA type protocols. The first part of the talk will from a high level view look at what DAA provides and how it differs from standard group signatures. We will look at how the industrial requirements of the TCG standards body conflict with what one would want as a theoretical basis. The second part of the talk will go into more detail of a new security model which tries to address the high level problems raised in the first part.

After doing a Phd and other positions in Computational Number Theory, Prof. Nigel Smart joined HP Labs in Bristol and switched to doing Cryptography. After a while he returned to academia in Bristol, first as a Reader, then as a Professor. He was Head of Computer Science from 2006 to 2008. In 2008 he was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. He was EuroCrypt Programme Chair in 2008 and will be EuroCrypt General Chair in 2012. In 2010/2011 he is an invited Professor at ENS Paris.