Poughkeepsie Chapter of the Association For Computing Machinery

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Elliptic Curve Cryptography


Dr. Joseph Kirtland


Monday, September 25, 2017       7:30 PM


Marist College, Hancock Center (Building 14 on map), Room 2023. Park just north of Hancock Center, or in parking lot on south-east corner of Route 9 and Fulton Street. We thank Marist College for hosting the chapter's meetings.

More Information

This program is free and open to the public. Attendees should RSVP at Meetup.com.

All are welcome to join us beforehand for dinner at the Palace Diner at 6:00 PM.
Refreshments are served after the meeting.

For further information, go to Pok.ACM.org (QR code below),
email Bill Collier, or phone 845-522-1971.

QR code RSVP to ACM Poughkeepsie at   Meetup.com

About the Topic

While RSA cryptography is still the standard for secure internet communications, elliptic curve cryptography is starting to make inroads. This talk will present the basics of public-key cryptography and go into details on how elliptic curve cryptography works.

About the Speaker

Dr. Kirtland is a professor of mathematics at Marist College, where he has taught since 1992. He received his B.S. from Syracuse University and his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. His professional interests are in finite group theory (an area from abstract algebra), mathematics education, and the applications of group theory to cryptography and check digit schemes.

Professionally, Dr. Kirtland has written numerous articles on a variety of research topics in finite group theory. Additionally, Dr. Kirtland studies the application of group theory to the creation and use of check digit schemes. Based on his efforts, he authored Identification Numbers and Check Digit Schemes, published by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). In 2002, this book won the Beckenback Book Prize, which recognizes the author of a distinguished, innovative book published by the MAA.

On a personal note, Dr. Kirtland enjoys running, biking, hiking, poetry, and gardening.

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