CS 7000 - Cryptography - Fall 2015
Course Information Sheet
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What's This Course About??
We are going to learn about Modern Cryptography. We may spend a little bit
of time on classical crypto, but not much. Our goal is to get to the
research front as quickly as possible while still covering the main
pieces of background you will need in order to absorb the material.
There will be occasional homework assignments accounting for 60% of your
grade. Class participation will account for 10%. And the remaining 30%
will be based on a project. There will be no quizzes or exams.
This is a hard course to outline the prerequisites for. The best background
you could have is the ability to think carefully and precisely in a
mathematical context. Have some "mathematical maturity" would be greatly
helpful. Knowing how to write a proof and how to understand a proof is
Beyond this, having some knowledge about probability theory is useful, as
is information theory, modern algebra, complexity theory, algorithms,
linear algebra, and other items, but I will try and assume a minimum of
this kind of material.
No Textbook. We will use several on-line resources as we progress through
the class. You may choose to print these out if you work better that way.
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Make John Happy
There are several ways to make me happy:
- Come to my office only during office hours or with an appointment.
(I have a one-track mind and don't handle interruptions well; if
people are constantly dropping by without an appointment, I'll never
get anything done.)
- Don't try to ply me for more points.
(If there is an obvious grading error,
I'm happy to correct it immediately, but if you constantly argue
for more partial credit in some gray area, I will exhibit very
- Come to class on time. (I don't mind people coming in
late once in a while, but please don't make a habit of it: it's