[Busec] busec this week: Leonid Reyzin (Wed 10am)

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Mon Sep 22 12:28:07 EDT 2014

This week, Leo Rezyin will speak about key derivation from noisy
sources. The following week, Manuel Egele, who is a new faculty member in
BU's ECE department, will present.

As usual, lunch is after the seminar, and abstracts are below.

Hope you can make it!

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Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security (RISCS).


Title: Key Derivation From Noisy Sources With More Errors Than Entropy
Speaker: Leonid Reyzin, BU
Wednesday September 24, 10-11:30 am
Hariri Seminar Room, MCS180

Fuzzy extractors convert a noisy source of entropy (such as a visual
password, a biometric reading, or a physically unclonable function) into a
consistent uniformly distributed key. In the process of eliminating noise,
they lose some of the entropy of the original source. Specifically, to
tolerate t errors, most natural constructions lose at least as much entropy
as the logarithm of the volume of the ball of radius t. This loss is too
high for many practically important sources, which do not have sufficient
starting entropy to tolerate it.

We construct the first fuzzy extractors that work for a large class of
sources whose starting entropy is not high enough to tolerate such a loss.
Our constructions correct Hamming errors over a large alphabet and
(necessarily) impose certain restrictions on the distribution of the
source. Their security is computational; unlike information-theoretic
constructions, they are ``reusable''--i.e., permit multiple independent
enrollments of correlated readings.

We also explore the limits of achievable error-tolerance by fuzzy
extractors, showing that customization for a particular distribution can be
a powerful tool.

Joint work with Ran Canetti, Benjamin Fuller, Omer Paneth, and Adam Smith


Title: TBA
Speaker: Manuel Egele, BU
Wednesday October 1, 10-11:30 am
Hariri Seminar Room, MCS180
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