Posted by: jonkatz | March 28, 2012

Summer Schools on Cryptography and Software Security

Penn State will be hosting two co-located summer schools May 30 to June 1, 2012. These are aimed at graduate students doing research on cryptography and computer security.

The Cryptography school will explore recent developments in cryptography. Topics include fully homomorphic encryption, the theory of symmetric-key encryption, and relations between foundational notions such as one-way functions, computational entropy, and zero-knowledge. This school is being organized by Jonathan Katz (U. Maryland) and Adam Smith (Penn State).

The Software Security school will explore the latest in the theory and techniques for both attacking programs and building verifiable defenses into programs. Topics include return-oriented programming, methods for automated retrofitting of legacy code, control-flow integrity, and general-purpose security verification for programs. This school is being organized by Trent Jaeger (Penn State).

Confirmed Speakers:

Cryptography School:
Omer Reingold, Microsoft Research Silicon Valley
Philip Rogaway, UC Davis
Vinod Vaikuntanathan, University of Toronto

Software Security School:
Andrew Myers, Cornell University
Vinod Ganapathy, Rutgers University
Hovav Shacham, University of California, San Diego
Nikhil Swamy, Microsoft Research, Redmond
Gong Tan, Lehigh University
Somesh Jha, University of Wisconsin (to be confirmed)


The schools are directed towards graduate students who are already engaged in research in cryptography and computer security. To apply, students should submit an abstract of a research project in which they are or were recently involved (a description of work in progress is also acceptable). All attendees are expected to present a poster on their research.

In addition to graduate students, the schools have space for a smaller number of more established researchers (postdocs, faculty, and industrial researchers).


The summer school will consist of mini-courses on topics of current research (including, in some cases, a laboratory component) and keynote talks. Meals, poster sessions, social events, as well as some lectures, will be joint between the two schools. Attendees are expected to participate in the entire program.


The schools will be co-located on Penn State’s University Park campus in State College, Pennsylvania. State College is accessible by air (State College Airport — SCE) and is within a few hours’ drive of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.


Registration is free for accepted participants. Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodations. A number of travel scholarships are available to help defray travel costs.

Application process:

Applications received by April 15 will receive full consideration for funding. Applications will continue to be accepted until at least May 15 based on available space and funds.

Applicants will be asked to provide the abstract of a research project (either published or in progress) in which they have been significantly involved. Application can be made online here.

Please direct any questions to the organizers at


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