[UFO Chicago] Chicago Chapter ACM - Nov 12 - Cryptography: From Enigma to Elliptical Curve Cryptography

Greg Neumarke greg at neumarke.net
Mon Nov 10 20:13:15 PST 2008

I know many of us interested in free operating systems are also interested in Cryptography issues. The Chicago Chapter of the ACM is hosting a speaker from the ACM Distinguished Speakers Program, giving an overview of the history of Cryptography. The announcement follows:

This information is also on the NEW Chapter website at:


  From Enigma to Elliptical Curve Cryptography

  Presented by: Donald Costello,
                ACM Distinguished Speakers Program

  Wednesday, November 12, 2008

  5:30 p.m. Social Hour, Dinner Buffet & Refreshments
  6:30 p.m. Presentation  (ends about 8 p.m.)

  Hosted by: Roosevelt University, Chicago Downtown
		 Probable meeting room:
             430 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
             (nearest intersection: Congress and Michigan)
             Room 234
		 Please watch the website for any room changes.

COST (Includes Dinner):
  $10 Chapter members
  $12 Non-members
  $ 5 Students

  The history of cryptography can be likened to a reawaking history
  of mathematics and computer science. The story of cryptography
  goes back 4000 years and some of the mathematics employed goes
  back as long. 

  This talk will address the history of cryptography beginning with
  the Enigma used by the Germans in WWII and broken by world famous
  Mathematician/ Computer Scientist Alan Turing. It will continue
  down to today´s advanced crypto systems such as RSA, PGP and
  Elliptic Curve cryptography. 

  The lecture will point out the key role that cryptography plays in
  the future of e-commerce and the new products and ways of doing
  business that results when secure communications through
  cryptography is available. 

  Don Costello has had a mixed career splitting his time between
  Universities and Business. He helped start three Computer Science
  Departments and three University Information Technology facilities
  (University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and
  Madison and Colorado State University). He has taught
  undergraduate and graduate courses and has done work in research
  areas of Statistical Computing, Performance Modeling, Standards
  for Learning Objects and Managing Intellectual Property. He is a
  40-year member of ACM and is a fellow of the British Computing
  Society. He has lectured all over the United States as well as in
  England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, India and Sri Lanka. He also
  held a four-year Carnegie Foundation grant to investigate how IP
  is managed in Universities around the World. 

  In business career he has managed IT facilities, founded and sold
  two firms and consulted with over 100 firms throughout the world.
  His recent consulting includes five years consulting on ERP
  systems, SAP, as well as being a Technical Consultant on .com and
  e-Learning projects. 

  Don currently holds a position as a Senior Lecturer and NCITE
  scholar at the University of Nebraska and is working on the
  importance of standards in modeling the large systems needed to
  support e-learning environments. 

  Note: Please make your reservation as soon as you know you are
  coming. We need a headcount for the food, as we order it in
  advance.  Even if it is last-minute, reserve anyway. Thanks.

  Make your meeting reservation by filling out this quick form:
  or by replying to this e-mail ( greg at neumarke.net ) You may also
  call Greg at (work) 773-907-3308

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