Berkeley Security Seminar: Spring 2022

The Berkeley Security Seminar strives to foster greater discussion and collaboration between researchers at Berkeley and outside researchers and engineers who work on large-scale security and privacy. Once or twice a month, we bring in an external speaker for a technical talk on Fridays from 11:00AM to 12:00pm on Zoom and in-person, followed by individual meetings with students, postdocs, and faculty.
Please see the Current Seminar Schedule for this semester's talks. We also have a public Google calendar you can subscribe to for up-to-date changes and talk reminders.

Speaker Schedule

Date Speaker Title Abstract
February 11 Alex Ozdemir (Stanford) CirC: Unifying Compilers for SNARKs, SMT, and More [LINK]
February 18 Sacha Servan-Schreiber (MIT) Private Nearest Neighbor Search with Sublinear Communication [LINK]
February 25 Katerina Sotiraki (UC Berkeley) Towards post-quantum cryptography: complexity and protocols [LINK]
April 15 Jack Cable and Kris Oosthoek Ransomware: A Tale of Two Markets [LINK]
April 22 Caroline Trippel (Stanford) Scalable Assurance via Formal and Verifiable Security Contracts [LINK]
May 6 Tom Ristenpart (Cornell) Mitigating Technology Abuse in Intimate Partner Violence and Encrypted Messaging [LINK]
June 3 Alex Ozdemir (Stanford) Collaborative zk-SNARKs: Zero-Knowledge Proofs for Distributed Secrets [LINK]
June 10 Henry Corrigan-Gibbs (MIT) TBA [LINK]
June 17 Ling Ren (UIUC) TBA [LINK]
June 24 Nelly Porter (Google) TBA [LINK]

Info for Speakers

The audience for this seminar typically consists of PhD students, postdocs, and faculty in the security group at Berkeley. Given the nature of this audience, speakers should give concrete, technical talks (similar to talks at academic security conferences); expect lots of questions and technical discussion! The most well-received talks have focused on discussing one or two specific projects in depth; broad overview and recruiting talks are not an appropriate fit for this forum. If you conduct work on important security and privacy issues and are interested in giving a technical talk, please contact Emma Dauterman (edauterman@)!

Past Seminars

Fall 2021
Spring 2020
Fall 2019
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Fall 2018
Spring 2018
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