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ERC Advanced Grant for cryptographer Ronald Cramer

Ronald Cramer has been awarded an ERC Advanced Grant for his proposal 'Algebraic Methods for Stronger Crypto'. He will receive 2.5 million euro for research in the upcoming five years.

'Groundbreaking research'

Cramer leads the Cryptology Research group at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) in Amsterdam and is a full professor at the Mathematical Institute of Leiden University. The European Research Council (ERC) awards these most prestigious personal grants to outstanding, well-established scientists with novel ideas towards high-risk, groundbreaking research that impacts both science and society at large.

Cramer-Shoup encryption

Cramer is known for his fundamental contributions to cryptography, such as the Cramer-Shoup encryption, which is adopted in an international ISO standard. Other examples are his work on cryptographic protocol theory (such as the Sigma protocols), and mathematical aspects of secure multi-party computation – cooperation between parties that do not trust each other – including arithmetic secret sharing and connections with algebraic geometry. In recent years, he also focused on the mathematics of 'quantum-safe crypto'. Cramer is an author of the textbook Secure Multi-Party Computation and Secret Sharing (Cambridge, 2015).

Source: Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI)


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