Professor Nigel Smart in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bristol has been awarded a major European Research Council grant, of over 2 million Euros, for his project 'Cryptographic Research Involving Practical and Theoretical Outlooks'. The aim of the project is to examine a range of topics in cryptography, from the speculative and long-term through to the more applied areas. The project will examine areas such as Fully Homomorphic Encryption, Multi-Party Computation, Protocol Design and Analysis, Privacy Preserving Mechanisms, and examining deployed protocols such as TLS, UMTS and others.
Professor Smart said "It is really exciting to obtain such a large and prestigious award. The grant will enable the cryptography group to consolidate the existing work in these areas, and then to tackle more adventurous and long term research challenges".
Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Head of School said, "Bristol has an international reputation for its outstanding research and education activities in Cryptography. This prestigious award is further confirmation of the international standing of Prof. Smart and his research Group."
The European Research Council award has been given under its Physical Sciences and Engineering programme. The awards are made under a Europe-wide scheme that supports exceptional, professorial-level research leaders in undertaking groundbreaking, high-impact research projects.