Crypto 2019 — Academical progress in the field of cryptography

Our very own Luke Pearson (cryptographer) at the Crypto 2019 conference Santa Barbara

Dusk Network
Aug 26, 2019 · 4 min read

Luke: “Attending Crypto was undoubtedly the most informative and interesting conference I have attended in my academic career.” Crypto, hosted by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR), is the broadest conference for cryptography in the world. As a result, the conference attracts some of the most renowned and important members of the field from across the globe.”

The International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) is a non-profit scientific organization whose purpose is to further research in cryptology and related fields. Cryptology is the science and practice of designing computation and communication systems which are secure in the presence of adversaries.

As a company, Dusk maintains a principle of consistent self-development and adherence to the progression of the blockchain world. To guarantee that we remain at the technological forefront (of these works), it is vital that we attend conferences like Crypto. Luke: “The degree to which the conference mirrored the academia of the cryptographic microcosm, was not only an indication of the areas of interest, but also reasoning as to why the front runners are conducting such research and how it connects to the rest of the field. This was in large parts due to the possibility of conferring and collaborating throughout the week.”


Hot topics at the event

Lattice-Based Zero-Knowledge

Post Quantum Security

The second reason stems from being able to talk with speakers and other conference attendees; much of the topics of discussion from such individuals, which drives the research from institutes like Microsoft, UC, IBM, MIT and Stanford, was centered around post quantum cryptography.”


Talking with field Cryptography leaders

For the purpose of pure insight, I had a wonderful conversation with Professor Daniel J. Bernstein, the inventor of curve25519, which is widely regarded as one of the most important elliptic curves and a de facto primitive for a wide range of applications. A large portion of the works on elliptic curves at Dusk build on the standards set by Prof Bernstein and his curve, so it was very useful to gain a better understanding as to why the curve was constructed in the manner it was and where the constants are derived from.”


Staying at the forefront of Academic Research

Luke Pearson is a Junior Cryptographer at Dusk Network, co-creator of ZeroCaf, a doppio Elliptic Curve using a Ristretto mapping.

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