Meeting Information

Cryptography in a Post-Quantum World (Canceled)

April 8, 2020
American Center for Physics
College Park, MD

*The April 8th Talk has been canceled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

The ACP building will be closed on April 8th and we will be unable to host the planned talk from Justin Moody. We will look into rescheduling this talk and get back to you with more information in the coming weeks.

Thank you,
The Mid-Atlantic Senior Physicist Planning Group 

Date: April 8, 2020 (Note: this talk is on the 2nd not the usual 3rd Wednesday of the month)
Speaker: Dr. Dustin Moody, Mathematician in the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Title: Cryptography in a Post-Quantum World
Time and Location: 1:00 p.m., with Q&A to follow in first floor conference room C at the American Center for Physics (, 1 Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD - off River Rd., between Kenilworth Ave. and Paint Branch Parkway.

Abstract: For the past few decades, researchers have been working on building a quantum computer. Quantum computers are fundamentally different than today’s classical computers, and operate using principles of quantum physics. A large-scale quantum computer would be able to break all widely-deployed public-key crypto systems in use  today.  In 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced a worldwide call for quantum-resistant public-key  cryptographic algorithms to replace the ones that would be broken. In response, NIST received over 80 submissions to be considered for standardization. Currently, 26 of those algorithms are still under consideration and are being assessed in regards to their security and performance. In this talk, Dr. Dustin Moody will survey the field of “post-quantum cryptography”, and discuss what NIST is doing to make sure we’re ready.

Biography: Dr. Dustin Moody is a mathematician in the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Moody leads the Post-Quantum Cryptography project at NIST.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009. His area of research deals with elliptic curves, and their applications in cryptography.