Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

Cryptography - Recent Advances and Future Developments

Riccardo Bernardini

University of Udine


Authentication Secure Hash Functions Post-Quantum Cryptography Quantum Cryptography Physical Unclonable Functions Biometric Hardware Numerical Cryptography Homomorphic Cryptography Privacy Enforcement Cybersecurity End-to-end Encryption Key Escrow

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About the book

Encryption is one of the oldest interests of humanity, nevertheless, its development never stopped and it is nowadays as alive as ever, thanks to the available computational power. In this book we aim to collect the current state-of-the-art in cryptography, ranging from classical problems like cryptography, authentication, signatures, etc. up to future-proof cryptography such as quantum-based and quantum-resistant cryptography, going through hardware tools that can be functional to cryptographic protocols such as physically unclonable functions and random number generators.
Besides the development of cryptographic tools (hardware and software), we are also interested in the applications of cryptography in current and future scenarios like blockchain, internet of things, industry 4.0, privacy enforcement, cybersecurity and special algorithms such as zero-knowledge proofs and identity-based cryptography.

Finally, cryptography does not live in a vacuum, but it is intertwined with our society, sometimes rising questions that are beyond the purely technical realm. For example: Is the weakening introduced by key escrow mechanisms worth the gain? How does cryptography interact with privacy rights? What is the economic impact of cryptography? We welcome contribution to those less technical questions as well.

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Date completed: June 12th 2020

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Deadline for full chapters: September 1st 2020

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Review results due: November 20th 2020

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Expected publication date: January 19th 2021

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About the editor

Riccardo Bernardini

University of Udine

Riccardo Bernardini received the "Laurea in Ingegneria Elettronica" degree from the University of Padova in 1990. He spent the last year of his Ph.D. at formerly AT&T Bell Labs (Murray Hill) working with prof. Jelena Kovačević on filterbanks. Now he is an Aggregate Professor in the DPIA at the University of Udine. He worked in the areas of multidimensional signal processing, wavelets, filter banks, multimedia coding, robust transmission, bio-engineering, chaotic systems, P2P streaming and some security-related areas such as random number generation, physical unclonable functions and embedding random permutations on chips. He has been involved in tenths of projects, from regional ones up to European-level ones, sometimes as partner sometimes as principal investigator/coordinator.

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