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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Shafi Goldwasser, "How Can Cryptography and Algorithmic Verification Impact Law and Policy"

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Illinois Computer Science
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Mar 29, 2021   3:30 - 4:30 pm  
Madeleine Garvey
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This talk will describe several policy and legal dilemmas which can be addressed by cryptography and the theory of interactive proofs.


Shafi Goldwasser is Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California Berkeley. Goldwasser is also Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Goldwasser holds a B.S. Applied Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University (1979), and M.S. (1981) and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley (1984). 

Goldwasser's pioneering contributions include the introduction of probabilistic encryption, interactive zero knowledge protocols, elliptic curve primality testings, hardness of approximation proofs for combinatorial problems, and combinatorial property testing.

Goldwasser was the recipient of the ACM Turing Award in 2012, the Gödel Prize in 1993 and in 2001, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award in 1996, the RSA Award in Mathematics in 1998, the ACM Athena Award for Women in Computer Science in 2008, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in 2010, the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award in 2011, the Simons Foundation Investigator Award in 2012, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in 2018, and the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award in 2021. Goldwasser is a member of the NAS, NAE, AAAS, the Russian Academy of Science, the Israeli Academy of Science, and the London Royal Mathematical Society. Goldwasser holds honorary degrees from Ben Gurion University, Bar Ilan University, Carnegie Mellon University, Haifa University, University of Oxford, and the University of Waterloo, and has received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Barnard College Medal of Distinction.

Part of the Illinois Computer Science Speakers Series. Faculty Host: Dakshita Khurana

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