Peter Schwabe wins Dutch Prize for ICT Research 2017

Radboud University Dr Peter Schwabe has won the Dutch Prize for ICT Research 2017. By and large, the combination of impressively efficient cryptographic algorithms originating in a deep understanding of such algorithms, the practical implementation of such algorithms, their subsequent use in real-world applications, and the wide recognition as an excellent scientist in computer science, led the jury to unanimously award the Dutch prize for ICT Research 2017 to Dr Peter Schwabe.

Peter Schwabe

On 22 March 2017, Dr Schwabe will receive his award at a special ceremony during ICT.OPEN2017.



Title: Post-quantum cryptography

In 1994, Shor published an algorithm that efficiently factors large integers and efficiently computes so-called "discrete logarithms". The caveat with this algorithm is that it only runs on a large quantum computer, a machine that currently does not exist. However, should such a computer be built in the future, then Shor's algorithm would break the security infrastructure of today's Internet. The reason is that large parts of this security infrastructure use cryptography that is built on the assumption that factoring large integers and computing discrete logarithms is hard. In order to future-proof cryptographic protection of Internet

communication, we will have to transition the Internet to so-called "post-quantum cryptography", i.e., cryptography that remains secure even when attacked by a large quantum computer. In my talk I will give

an overview of the current state of the art of post-quantum cryptography and then explain in a bit more detail one promising candidate, namely (Ring-)LWE-based key encapsulation mechanisms.


More information (in Dutch)