Summer School on Secure and Oblivious Computation and Outsourcing

May 9-11, 2016
University of Notre Dame

Purpose

This summer school is intended as a three-day workshop for graduate students and post-docs on emerging topics in secure computation, oblivious algorithms and data structures, oblivious RAM, and secure and verifiable outsourcing. All graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in these topics are invited to participate.

The summer school will take place on campus of the University of Notre Dame. Our confirmed speakers are:

The funding for the summer school comes from the NSF.

Tentative agenda

Monday, May 9

8:00am - 9:15am Breakfast Sorin's (meeting in the lobby of Morris Inn a few minutes before 8am)
9:15am - 9:30am Introduction Stinson-Remick 109/110
9:30am - 11:00pm Building Programmable Secure Computing Systems by Dan Bogdanov Stinson-Remick 109/110
11:00am - 11:15am Break  
11:15am - 12:45pm Securely Executing General-Purpose Programs using Secret Sharing by Marina Blanton Stinson-Remick 109/110
12:45pm - 1:45pm Lunch Stinson-Remick Atrium
1:45pm - 3:15pm Secure Computation with Garbled Circuits by Yan Huang Stinson-Remick 109/110
3:15pm - 3:30pm Break  
3:30pm - 5:00pm Garbling Techniques for Yao's Protocol by David Evans Stinson-Remick 109/110
5:30pm - 8:30pm Dinner and campus tour O'Rourke's Public House (meeting in the lobby of Morris Inn at 5:30pm)

Tuesday, May 10

8:00am - 9:15am Breakfast Sorin's (meeting in the lobby of Morris Inn a few minutes before 8am)
9:15am - 10:45am Using Secure Computing for Practical Data Analysis by Dan Bogdanov Stinson-Remick 109/110
10:45am - 11:00am Break  
11:00am - 12:30pm ORAM, Generic Secure Computation, and Applications by Yan Huang Stinson-Remick 109/110
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Stinson-Remick Atrium
1:30pm - 3:00pm Oblivious Data Abstractions: Circuit Structures and Square-Root ORAM by David Evans Stinson-Remick 109/110
3:00pm - 3:15pm Break  
3:15pm - 4:45pm Discussion of Open Problems and Future Directions (secure multi-party computation, oblivious computation and ORAM) Stinson-Remick 109/110

Wednesday, May 11

8:00am - 9:15am Breakfast Sorin's (meeting in the lobby of Morris Inn a few minutes before 8am)
9:15am - 10:45am Interactive Proofs by Justin Thaler Stinson-Remick 109/110
10:45am - 11:00am Break  
11:00am - 12:30pm Argument Systems by Justin Thaler Stinson-Remick 109/110
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Stinson-Remick Atrium
1:30pm - 3:00pm Secure and Verifiable Computation Outsourcing by Marina Blanton Stinson-Remick 109/110
3:00pm - 4:00pm Discussions of Open Problems and Future Directions (verifiable computation and secure outsourcing) Stinson-Remick 109/110

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants is available for students and post-docs wishing to attend the summer school, with support made available by the NSF. A travel grant covers the registration fee and other expenses associated with this travel up to $900 plus registration. It is intended to cover transportation to/from South Bend (including air travel) and a hotel room shared with another student participant for the duration of the workshop.

To apply for a travel grant, the applicant needs to be a graduate student or a post-doctoral researcher and needs to submit the following documents:

  1. A free-form application that states (i) how workshop participation will benefit the applicant; (ii) what the applicant expects to take from the workshop, and (iii) estimated expenses associated with this trip. Note that many meals will be provided during the workshop.
  2. A letter from the academic advisor confirming student or post-doctoral researcher status.
Travel grant recipients need to book their own travel and submit their receipts after the workshop for reimbursement. There will be a possibility to arrange for hotel rooms shared by workshop participants to lower the hotel room costs.

Travel grant applications will be accepted starting from February 25, 2016, and will be allocated to eligible applicants as the applications arrive. The requested information needs to be submitted via email to mblanton@nd.edu.

Registration

The registration fee is $50 for non-Notre-Dame participants and it is free for Notre Dame graduate students and post-docs. It covers participation and meals throughout the summer school.

Every participant needs to register in order to attend the summer school. Participants receiving travel grants need to register as well and pay the registration fee, which will be reimbursed after the workshop. Registration cancellation is possible if done before May 2. After May 2 the fee becomes non-refundable.

To register for the workshop, click here.

If you wish to pay by check or money order, please select 'pay later' on the payment page and send check/money order, payable to "University of Notre Dame" to:

Summer School on Secure and Oblivious Computation and Outsourcing
115 McKenna Hall
Notre Dame Avenue
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Lodging

A block of rooms has been allocated for the summer school at a discounted rate of $149 at Morris Inn on campus (single king and double queen bed rooms). To obtain the rate, participants need to contact the hotel at (574)631-2000 or toll-free (800)280-7256 and use the event's code SecCom. You can also book your room here.

The hotel offers complimentary self-parking at the Bookstore West parking lot.

Local information

The sessions will take place in Stinson-Remick. Campus map is available here.

South Bend has a regional airport served by a number of major airlines. A taxi ride between the airport and campus typically costs $20-$25.

The South Shore train line offers train rides between downtown Chicago and South Bend airport. There is also a Coach USA bus service between Chicago airports (O'Hare and Midway) and Notre Dame campus.