Meet Bob. Bob is a doctoral student or post-doc — I don’t recall, maybe even an MSc student. Bob doesn’t like social / professional networking. He prefers to spend his time alone in his office at TUT. Maybe with the door closed, lights off, and headphones on. He knows about COST Actions IC1403 and IC1306, and that our department has one of two Management Committee representatives from Finland for both of these Actions. He knows about Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) through these Actions that fund academic networking within Europe.
Bob also doesn’t like sunshine, beaches, or resorts. Or free trips to exotic locations. So spending Week 23 in Croatia at the summer school on real-world crypto and privacy (31 May – 05 June) didn’t interest him. Since Bob didn’t want to go, I went instead while Bob spent his time getting rained on in Finland. Don’t be Bob. Come talk to me so we can utilize these COST Actions to their full potential.
Dan Bernstein “DJB” (UIC, TU Eindhoven) spoke about quantum computing — insightful talk, closest I’ve ever come to understanding Grover’s algorithm. Joan Daemen (ST), co-inventor of AES and SHA3, spoke about authenticated encryption and the ongoing CAESAR competition for new designs. Fun fact: TUT staff Markku “MJOS” has submissions StriBob and WhirlBob that I’m honored to have a small role in. Lejla Batina (Radboud U) spoke about public key crypto side-channel attacks. Damien Stehlé (ENS Lyon) spoke about the learning with errors problem. Jake Appelbaum spoke about Tor — not too technically deep, but nevertheless an inspirational and motivating talk.
All in all, it was a fantastic and fruitful week in Šibenik, Croatia learning more about crypto, security, and privacy and rubbing elbows with colleagues — some old, some new.