Public Lecture: "The Art and Science of Cryptography: From Ancient to Modern Ciphers" by Prof. Nithin Nagaraj on Thursday, 28 March 2019 at 4:00 PM, NIAS

Title: The Art and Science of Cryptography: From Ancient to Modern Ciphers

Speaker:  Prof. Nithin Nagaraj
                 Assistant Professor, NIAS           

Chairperson:  Dr. Amith Mukherjee
                         Assistant Professor, NIAS             

Date: Thursday, 28 March 2019

Time:  4:00 PM

Venue: Conference Hall II, NIAS


Secrets have always fascinated the human mind. The ability to guard/break secrets have decided the fate of individuals, civilizations, wars and entire nations. Cryptography can be traced back to the art of keeping secrets since ancient times (dating back to Egyptian hieroglyphics of 1900 BC). It evolved into science only recently (to be precise, in the year 1949 AD). With the digital revolution, Cryptography took center stage in making sure that our messages are secure.  Today we send emails/pictures/videos, make telephone calls, buy goods and transfer money, all performed ‘securely online’, thanks to Cryptography. In this talk, we will take a bird’s eye view on the history of this fascinating field, starting from ancient secret dialects to modern 'unbreakable' ciphers. The talk is aimed at the general audience.

About the Speaker:

Prof. Nithin Nagaraj, is currently Associate Professor, Consciousness Studies Programme, NIAS. His research areas include complexity theories of Consciousness, Chaos and Information theory and Causality testing. In his doctoral research, he has worked on Chaos-based Cryptography.


All are cordially invited

Thursday, March 28, 2019