On October 22, 2019, the CMSA will be hosting our third annual Ding Shum lecture. This year’s lecture will be a talk on “Election Security” by Ronald L. Rivest (MIT). The lecture will take place from 4:30-5:30pm in Science Center, Hall A.
Ronald L. Rivest is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and a founder of the Cryptography and Information Security research group within CSAIL. His research has been in the areas of algorithms, machine learning, cryptography, and election security, for which he has received multiple awards, including: the ACM Turing Award (with Adleman and Shamir), the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award, National Inventor’s Hall of Fame membership, and the Marconi Prize.
Prof. Rivest is also well-known as a co-author of the textbook “Introduction to Algorithms” (with Cormen, Leiserson, and Stein), and as a co-inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem (with Adleman and Shamir). He is a co-founder of RSA and of Verisign.He has served on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (advisory to the Election Assistance Commission), in charge of the Security subcommittee. He is a member of the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project, on the Board of Verified Voting, and an advisor to the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Additionally, he has served on the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (advisory to the Election Assistance Commission), as a member of the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project, and as an advisor to the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Last year featured Eric Maskin, who spoke on “How to Improve Presidential Elections: the Mathematics of Voting.” The first Ding Shum lecture took place on October 10, 2017, featuring Leslie Valiant on “Learning as a Theory of Everything.”