Spring 2018. Tuesdays, Thursdays, 10am-11:30am, classroom Cabot Science Library instructional space on lower level in the Science Center. (Bring your ID!)
Instructor: Boaz Barak
Teaching fellows: Chi-Ning Chou, Yueqi Sheng
Cryptography is as old as human communication itself, but has undergone a revolution in the last few decades. It is now about much more than “secret writing” and includes seemingly paradoxical notions such as communicating securely without a shared secret, and computing on encrypted data. In this challenging but rewarding course we will start from the basics of private and public key cryptography and go all the way up to advanced notions such as fully homomorphic encryption and indistinguishability obfuscation.
Mathematical background: This is a proof-based course that will be best appreciated by mathematically mature students, see the FAQ. I highly recommend you go over my CS 121 lectures on mathematical background and probability before the course starts. I will also publish about a week before the first lecture a homework zero that students are highly encouraged to complete before the course begins.
The graduate version of this course, CS-227, will involve an extra project.
This course has lecture notes but no official textbook. However, the following books can be helpful:
Introduction to Modern Cryptography / Katz and Lindell. This is an undergraduate textbook that can be a very useful companion, especially for the first part of the course.
A graduate course in applied cryptography / Boneh and Shoup. This book in preparation (currently available as an online draft) contains many topics that we will cover, as well as many that we won’t, but is an excellent reference.
Foundations of Cryptography / Goldreich. This two volume book is the “canonical text” of the theory of cryptography. It does not contain all the topics we’ll talk about (and covers many topics we won’t) but the topics covered are done so in great depth.
A course in cryptography / Pass and Shelat. Lecture notes in cryptography.