Chip Elliott: Quantum Frontiers Distinguished Lecture Series: Can we speak – privately? Quantum cryptography in a broader context

Thursday, June 21, 2012 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

It’s often useful to have a private conversation within a public world. What role can quantum cryptography play in keeping conversations private? Sometimes described as providing “unconditional security guaranteed by the laws of quantum physics,” its security implications are both tantalizing and surprisingly elusive. This talk introduces quantum cryptography and describes the speaker’s experience creating several types of quantum cryptography equipment, within the broader context of mainstream cryptography and secure communications.

Chip Elliott is Project Director for GENI, a suite of experimental infrastructure being created by the National Science Foundation for research in network science and engineering. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and IEEE, and an active inventor with over 80 issued patents. Dr. Elliott has served on many national panels and has held visiting faculty positions at Dartmouth College, Tunghai University in Taiwan, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.