CSCE 681: Graduate Seminar
CSCE 681: Graduate Seminar
Course Homepage
Spring 2017
Class Meeting:
Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 4:105:25pm, 124 HRBB
Course homepage:
http://parasol.tamu.edu/~amato/Courses/681
Seminar Schedule:
http://www.cse.tamu.edu/research/seminars/681seminar
Instructors:
Nancy Amato
office: 425H Harvey R. Bright Bldg
email: amato [at] tamu.edu
url: http://parasol.tamu.edu/~amato
office phone: 9798622275
Lawrence Rauchwerger
office: 425E Harvey R. Bright Bldg
email: rwerger [at] tamu.edu
url: http://parasol.tamu.edu/~rwerger
office phone: 9798458872
Special Announcements

Kristin Lautner will present the Maxson Lectures on April 1819, 2017.
Both talks are 45pm in Blocker 149.
Students can receive normal CSCE 681 Credit for these lectures, and
they can also submit a paper report for them. No seminar report forms
will be provided for these lectures  students should complete the
makeup seminar report form (even though it will be considered
a normal seminar, and not a makeup seminar) and upload it to ecampus.

Talk #1: How to Keep your Genome Secret (Tuesday, April 18, 45 PM, Blocker 149)
Over the last 10 years, the cost of sequencing the human genome has come down to around $1,000 per person. Human genomic data is a goldmine of information, potentially unlocking the secrets to human health and longevity. As a society, we face ethical and privacy questions related to how to handle human genomic data. Should it be aggregated and made available for medical research? What are the risks to an individual's privacy? This talk will describe a mathematical solution for securely handling computation on genomic data, and highlight the results of a recent international contest in this area. The solution uses "Homomorphic Encryption", based on hard problems in number theory related to lattices. This application highlights the importance of a new class of hard problems in number theory to be solved.

Talk #2: How to Keep your Secrets in a PostQuantum World (Wednesday, April 19, 45 PM, Blocker 149).
This talk will give an overview of the history of various hard problems in number theory which are used as the basis for cryptosystems. I will survey the evolution of attacks and discuss the upcoming NIST competition to standardize new cryptographic schemes for a postquantum world. I will present some current proposals for postquantum systems based on supersingular isogeny graphs of elliptic curves and latticebased cryptosystems in cyclotomic number fields and give the ideas behind some recent attacks.

Short Bio of Kristin Lauter.
Kristin Lauter is a Principal Researcher and Research Manager for the Cryptography group at Microsoft Research. She directs the group's research activities in theoretical and applied cryptography and in the related math fields of number theory and algebraic geometry. Her personal research interests include algorithmic number theory, elliptic curve, pairingbased, and latticebased cryptography, homomorphic encryption, and cloud security and privacy, including privacy for healthcare.
Lauter is currently serving as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and on the Council of the American Mathematical Society. She was selected to be a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2014. She is on the Editorial Board for the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA), Journal of Mathematical Cryptology, and International Journal of Information and Coding Theory. She was a cofounder of the Women In Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory, and she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for BIRS, the Banff International Research Station. Lauter is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of
Mathematics at the University of Washington. She received her BA, MS, and PhD, all in mathematics, from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. She was T.H. Hildebrandt Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan (19961999), and a Visiting Scholar at Max Planck
Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), and at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999). In 2008, Lauter, together with her coauthors, was awarded the Selfridge Prize in Computational Number Theory.

Tuesday March 21, 2017:
The Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies is sponsoring an
Eminent Scholar Lecture by Jack Dongarra on Tuesday March 21, 2017
at 7:00pm in Bethancourt Ballroom C in the MSC. A Reception will
be held after the talk.
Students can receive normal CSCE 681 Credit for this lecture, and
they can also submit a paper report for it. No seminar report forms
will be provided for this lecture  students should complete the
makeup seminar report form (even though it will be considered
a normal seminar, and not a makeup seminar) and upload it to ecampus.

Wednesday January 18, 2017: The first seminar for Spring 2017 will
be on January 18, 2017. Paper reports (read about them
on the webpage) can be done for this seminar.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: All the information needed for students taking CSCE 681 is provided on this
webpage  please be sure to familiarize yourself with the contents here.
We will NOT go over this information in class.
Course Goals:
The purpose of the course is to expose you to a broad range
of current research topics in computer science and related fields.
Every graduate student in the department must register for the
seminar at least once during their graduate studies.
All graduate students are encouraged to attend as many seminars as
possible, not only during the semester(s) during which they are registered.
It is useful for you to attend even when the topic seems unrelated
to your research  indeed, seminars provide the best way for you to
round out your knowledge by exposing you to current research in areas
that are not directly related to your own research.
Course Content and Schedule:
This course consists of seminars which will be presented roughly
once a week, on a monday and/or a wednesday.
Generally, after the speaker is finished, there will be a question
and answer period where the audience can ask any questions they might
have that were not answered during the seminar. This is often
quite interesting and is considered part of the seminar (so you
should not leave until it is over).
The schedule will be continually evolving, but there will be
a minimum of 14 seminars over the course of the semester.
You are responsible for checking the seminar schedule on the web
(http://www.cse.tamu.edu/research/seminars/681seminar)
and your email (announcements will be sent to mailing list for
all graduate students)
for up to date information. Be sure to check each monday and wednesday
as sometimes seminars will be announced/cancelled at the last moment.
Although you should reserve the entire scheduled time slot (4:105:25),
in most cases the seminars will finish a few minutes early.
If the speaker is not finished, or if the question and answer period is
ongoing, you are expected to stay until the end, or until 5:25pm,
whichever comes first. If this is a problem for you, then you should
consider taking the seminar another semester as it is scheduled to go
until 5:25pm.
If you are in the seminar, you are expected to pay attention and
refrain from activities such as doing other work, reading the
newspaper, surfing the web, or sleeping. Behavior such as this gives
speakers a bad impression of our graduate program and students.
Students noticed exhibiting such behavior will not receive credit for
attending that seminar. Thus, if you are not interested in a
particular seminar, then don't attend  and attend a makeup seminar
instead.
Mechanics and Grading:
To receive credit for this course you must satisfy all of the following
requirements:
 Satisfactorily complete at least 6
Paper Reports.
(Note: Paper reports can only be done for CSCE 681 seminars
for which the student also submits a Seminar Report, i.e.,
you cannot do a paper report if you are going to miss the seminar.)
 Satisfactorily complete at least 12
Seminar Reports,
at most 2 of which can be makeup seminars.
To receive credit for a paper report, students should select a technical
paper authored by the speaker, read it, prepare a report as outlined below,
and submit it in
to eCampus at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the associated seminar
(usually by 4:00pm for a seminar that starts at 4:10pm).
(i.e., they can only be done for CSCE 681 seminars and must be turned
in before the presentation starts).
The paper should have appeared in (or be accepted to) a peer reviewed
conference or journal. Papers should be technically rigorous for the
field (e.g., typically papers published in magazines papers would
not be appropriate), but papers (but not short papers or poster
papers) in IEEE or ACM journals or conferences would be appropriate.
The goal of the reports is to allow students to become familiar
with the topic of the presentation prior to the presentation.
This will enable them to better understand the talk and will give them
time to formulate questions. Students are encouraged to discuss
a given paper with other students in the course for better understanding of
the paper content; each student, however, is required to write an
independent paper report.
Each paper report will receive a grade of 1, 2 or 3. You must receive a
grade of 2 or 3 on the paper report to receive credit for it towards
the 6 required reports.
The paper report should be prepared using using a word processing system and
be roughly 2 pages (singlespaced, at most 12 point font)
in length.
It must include the clearly labeled sections listed below:
 Paper Bibliography Information:
title, author(s), where and when published, pages, year, etc.
This should be presented as a it would be in the
list of references at the end of the paper.
(Remember, select a paper from a quality conference or journal
that has been through peer review.)
 Summary (at least 1 page). Provide a highlevel
summary of the paper including the following clearly labeled points.
 Problem Statement: In your own words identify the problem
addressed in the paper and why the problem is significant.
 Proposed Solution: Describe the solution method proposed by
the author(s) or the analysis completed by the author(s).
 Results/Findings: Summarize the major results/findings/conclusions of the paper.
 Critique (at least 1/2 page):
Provide your critique of the paper, as if you were were reviewing
a paper submitted for publication.
Describe your opinions (positive and negative) about the research,
note aspects strengths and weaknesses of the paper, identity items
you particularly like and those that you think could
be improved (and note how), identify open issues that relate
to the problem area but are not addressed in the paper, etc.
This is the most important part of the report.
 Ideas for FollowOn work (at least 1/2 page):
Describe your ideas for extending and improving upon the paper.
You should clearly and explicitly explain the idea you have for
improving the paper and also how you would go about implementing it.
To receive credit for attending a regular CSCE 681 seminar
(this includes distinguished lectures presented during the normal CSCE 681 time slot),
students must prepare a short report of the seminar on a form that will
be available in the classroom at the beginning of the seminar.
The completed forms are due at the conclusion of the seminar (after
the conclusion of the final question and answer session) and
will be collected at the conclusion of the seminar.
Students will be allowed to makeup for up to 2 missed seminars by
attending other relevant seminars.
(Note, paper reports cannot be done for makeup seminars, only for
regular CSCE 681 seminars.)
A seminar report form must be completed for makeup seminars.
In this case, the students should print out a copy of the form
(available here)
and should submit the completed
seminar report to eCampus.
These reports are due within 5 days of the seminar
(e.g., on Wednesday for a seminar on Friday).
Seminars which are automatically
approved are listed below. For other seminars, please see (or email)
the instructor for approval.