CS 355 Course Overview

(Fall 1998)


The course is a seminar on topics in cryptography. Course topics this year include pseudorandomness, security notions for both encryption and signatures, random oracle analysis, and distributed computations. The course is intended for graduate students interested in cryptography research.


The course assumes basic knowledge of cryptography as may be obtained from an introductory class on the topic. Alternatively, students may use any basic book on cryptography to make up the material. For example, "Cryptography, theory and practice" by D. Stinson.

Textbook Information

There are no textbooks available for the course. However, the following two documents will be helpful: and research papers handed out in class.

Homework Assignments

There will be three homework assignments. You may collaborate when solving the assignments, however when writing up the solutions you should do so on your own.


No exams.


Final grades will be determined based on homework assignments and participation in class.

Last update: Sep, 21, 1998 by Dan Boneh. Return to course homepage.