April 21, 2024

Conference on The Mathematics of Public-Key Cryptography

June 12- 17, 1999


Organizing Committee:

Andrew Odlyzko, AT&T, Florham Park
Gary Walsh, Communications Security Establishment/University of Ottawa
Hugh Williams, University of Manitoba


In recent years there has been an enormous growth in the implementation of public-key cryptography, both in government and in industry. Many developers are currently providing Information Security Technology based on the concept of public-key cryptography. The level of security provided by this cryptography depends on the difficulty of certain mathematical problems, specifically integer factorization, the computation of discrete logarithms in finite abelian groups, and the computation of short vectors in a lattice. Although there has been an increase in the amount of research devoted to this topic, it is the purpose of this conference to promote further research in order to increase our understanding of the level of security provided by these cryptosystems. Efficient implementation of public-key systems is another important aspect of this research area.


The content of the meeting is intended to include most areas of Computational Number Theory, but with an underlying common thread toward furthering the knowledge of the connections to the Mathematics of Public-Key Cryptography.

Invited Speakers

Eric Bach, University of Wisconsin
Johannes Buchmann, Technische Universitšt Darmstadt
Don Coppersmith, IBM Research
Gerhard Frey, Universitat Gesamthochschule Essen
Neal Koblitz, University of Washington
Alfred Menezes, University of Waterloo
Francois Morain, Ecole Polytechnique, LIX
Brian Murphy, Australia National University
Harald Niederreiter, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Carl Pomerance, University of Georgia
Herman te Riele, Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
Oliver Schirokauer, Oberlin College
Claus P. Schnorr, Universitšt Frankfurt
Victor Shoup, IBM Zurich Research Laboratory
Joseph Silverman, Brown University
Andreas Stein, University of Waterloo
Paul Van Oorschot, Entrust Technologies
Scott Vanstone, Certicom Corporation, Mississauga

Gary Walsh, General Chair
Department of Mathematics
University of Ottawa
585 King Edward Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5

The General Chair, Gary Walsh, can be reached by email at

Sponsored by:
Certicom Corporation
Communications Security Establishment
Entrust Technologies
The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences
The Number Theory Foundation
RSA Data Security