About Us

Welcome to the home page of the SIAM Graduate Student Chapter (SIA&M) at Texas A&M University in College Station. The purpose of this organization is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students, to provide a platform where graduate students can practice and improve their presentation skills, and to facilitate interactions among graduate students and faculty both inside the Mathematics department as well as with other Science and Engineering departments.

The main activity of SIA&M is co-organizing the Industrial and Applied MathSeminar.

We also host a Social Event every month.

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Next Talk

Speaker: Kim Laine Microsoft

Title: Overview of Homomorphic Encryption and Applications

Time / Date: 4-5 PM Monday, April 24

Location: Blocker 220

Abstract: The rise of homomorphic encryption is undoubtedly one of the most exciting developments in the history of modern cryptography. Essentially, it allows computations to be applied to encrypted data, without the evaluating party learning any information about either the input or the output of the computation. In this talk I will give a high-level overview of homomorphic encryption, and show some of the core definitions and constructions using ideal lattices from power-of-2 cyclotomic number fields. In particular, I will show how the homomorphic property is achieved in the Fan-Vercauteren scheme, which is implemented by several open-source libraries. While theoretically powerful, all known constructions of homomorphic encryption introduce a significant performance overhead. I will discuss our attempts at overcoming this overhead in the cases of specific example applications. Time permitting, I will mention some exciting directions for future research.


Next Social

Game Night

Time / Date: 7-9:30 PM, Friday, March 24

Location: Blocker 506A