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PKC Held in China for the First Time

April 18,2007

BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhua)—The 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Public Key Cryptography (PKC) opened at Tsinghua University today, which marked the first time it has been held in China.

The four-day conference has been focusing on all aspects of public-key cryptography. More than one hundreds scholars from home and abroad gathered at Tsinghua University to exchange ideas on theory, design, analysis, implementation, and applications of public-key cryptography. Among them is Prof. Adi Shamir, the 2002 ACM Turing Award laureate, who delivered the invited talk “Cryptanalysis of Non-Standard Key Agreement Protocols” at the conference.

Prof. Weihe Xie, Vice President of Tsinghua University remarked at the Opening that PKC, as a great platform for cryptographers, would boost China’s research activities in this regard with increasing influences. 

Prof. Andrew Yao, PKC General Chair and Director of ITCS, hosted the Opening. Talking about the significance of PKC, he said that the application of theories of computer science has been one of the directions of cryptography lies in recent decades. Scholars and students in the field of theoretical computer science would be able to find many interest points for their research through cryptography. PKC would promote the development of cryptography in China.

Since its inception in 1998, PKC has been held in Japan (twice), Australia, South Korea, France, the United States (twice), Singapore and Swiss.