Posted on 20/01/2014
Prof. Kenny Paterson has been awarded a new research grant by EPSRC, the UK's main science funding body. The grant, worth more than £500k, provides funding for Kenny and two postdocs for a period of 3 years. The team will investigate a new and rapidly developing area of research: multilinear maps. These hold great promise for enabling new cryptographic functionalities, but new research is needed to properly understand the security they offer, to develop suitable cryptographic abstractions, and to develop new cryptographic schemes that make use of them. All of these aspects will be explored in the project.
The project builds on a collaboration with Prof. Dennis Hofheinz of TU Karlsruhe. In addition, the grant reunites the ISG with Prof.Steven Galbraith from the University of Auckland, who will be a visiting researcher providing cryptanalytic expertise, and with Dr. Martin Albrecht, who will work as a postdoc on the project, also focussed on the cryptanalytic side.The final team member, a second postdoc is in the process of being hired, and will focus on developing new cryptographic schemes making use of multilinear maps. As Kenny says "This is an exciting new direction for the ISG's research. While the project is pretty ambitious in terms of its scope, we hope to be able to make significant progress along each of the three project dimensions."