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IMA Public Lecture: Private Data, Public Computation

Date: 10/16/2012

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: 175 Willey Hall

Cost: Free and open to the public.


Fourth Annual Arnold Family Lecture

Presented by Kristin Lauter, Cryptography Group, Microsoft Research

Here from an expert at Microsoft Research on what new tools and technology are being used to keep your private data safe in the "Cloud."

Many useful internet-based services, such as email, back-up storage, electronic medical records, etc., are hosted in the Cloud in large, expensive data centers run by major companies. Private outsourcing of services and computation to the Cloud is an important issue for sensitive data. Many services currently rely on trusting the Cloud provider to maintain confidentiality of private data and to assure integrity of data and computation. Privacy loss can occur through either explicit mining of personal data, or inadvertent leakage, or compromising anonymity in databases. We will discuss solutions based on emerging tools from cryptography to prevent and mitigate these problems.

The IMA Public Lecture Series features distinguished mathematicians and scientists who illuminate the role of mathematics in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The purpose of these talks is to give the public a better understanding about how contemporary mathematical ideas are applied to important technological and scientific problems, conveying the significance and excitement of these applications. These engaging and informative lectures are designed for a broad audience, appropriate for middle-school students and older. This well-established series regularly draws diverse audiences of several hundred people.


  • Name: Georgia Kroll
  • E-mail: staff@ima.umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-6066
  • Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering


Convenient parking is located in Lot 86.

Reservation Information:

No reservations required.

More information: http://www.ima.umn.edu/public-lecture/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact event sponsor.

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