TCS / Studies / T-79.159 Cryptography and Data Security
Helsinki University of Technology, 
     Laboratory for Theoretical Computer Science

T-79.159 Cryptography and Data Security (3 cr)

Spring 2002

The course is given this Spring by Prof. (pro tem) Helger Lipmaa. This is an undergraduate course and semimandatory for many. At this moment, we refer you to the webpage of the last year's course, the current page will be updated in the near future. Note that there are some significant changes this spring. First, the lectures will be given by prof. Helger Lipmaa in English. Second, we will use a different reference book (actually, a collection of them enhanced with original material) and a slightly different angle to cryptography in our material. Third, our voluntary exercise sessions will be hopefully challenging brainteasers to most of you.
Course whitepaper:
Lectures: Th 14-17 in hall D (main building, 236 seats)
Exercise: Tu 14-16 in hall K (main building, 100 seats)
          We 12-14 in hall K (main building, 100 seats)
          for more on exercises.
Reference book: Menezes, van Oorschot, and Vanstone: `Handbook of
                Applied Cryptography', CRC Press, 1996 (see
Newsgroup: opinnot.tik.salaus at
Lecturer: Helger Lipmaa
Past exam: May 16, 16-19 (room T1, 120 students)
Next exam: Aug 29, 09-12 (room T1, 40 students)


Please register to the course by using webtopi. Attending the exercise sessions is voluntary. However, they will increase your understanding of the subject.

The first lecture will be on 17th. The first exercise sessions will be the next week after that. Exercises on Wednesdays will be given by Markku-Juhani O. Saarinen and on Tuesdays by Johan Wallén. Since this is the first time this course is run by prof. Lipmaa then the precise subjects of the lectures will be decided during the course.

The first exam will be on 16.05.2002; see webtopi for more scheduling details.

Useful Links

See the materials for Spring 2001 (including the schedule, voluntary preexamination materials, etc.). Helger Lipmaa's Crypto Pointers contain more than 3000 links to different crypto resources. IACR is a nonprofit research organization that, in particular, runs the most important cryptography conferences. IACR eprint archive provides access to most recent research in the form of technical reports. Avi Rubin maintains a list of crypto and security courses.

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