Martin Hellman to Give Keynote Address at ACM

Marconi Fellow and Turing Award winner Martin Hellman will give the keynote address at ACM India’s Annual Event on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Persistent System limited, Nagpur, India. While public key cryptography is seen as revolutionary, after “The Evolution of Public Key Cryptography,” you might wonder why it took Whit Diffie, Ralph Merkle and Hellman so long to discover it. This talk also highlights the  contributions of some unsung (or “under-sung”) heroes: Ralph Merkle, John Gill, Stephen Pohlig, Richard Schroeppel, Loren Kohnfelder, and researchers at GCHQ (Ellis, Cocks, and Williamson). The talk concludes by examining the relationship between the continued evolution of cryptography, Alan Turing’s work on computable real numbers, and Hellman’s current work on reducing the risk of a nuclear war.