Professor Andrew Martin Seminar

Professor Andrew Martin Seminar
Professor Andrew Martin Seminar

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Adjunct Professor Andrew Martin


Abstract: Many algorithms in security and privacy can be expressed as secure multi-party computations. These have usually been addressed via elaborate cryptographic functions, with homomorphic encryption being one of the dominant paradigms. Here we present an alternative approach which uses trusted computing platforms: this approach possibly offers lower security guarantees, but hugely improved performance. We argue that this trade-off is appropriate for a large range of current challenges, including the protection of privacy in the internet of things.

Bio: Prof. Andrew Martin undertakes research and teaching in the area of Systems Security, in the University of Oxford. He was instrumental in setting up the University's Cyber Security Network and helps to lead it, heading Oxford's EPSRC/GCHQ-recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. He directs the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security, which admits 16 students each year for inter-disciplinary education and research.

His recent research focus has been on the technologies of Trusted Computing, exploring how they can be applied in large-scale distributed systems, particularly cloud computing, mobile devices, and the internet of things. He has published extensively in this area, hosting several related international events in Oxford and speaking on the subject all over the world.

Andrew wrote a doctoral thesis on the subject 'Machine-Assisted Theorem Proving for Software Engineering', in the early 1990s. He then worked as a Research Fellow in the Software Verification Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia. Returning to the UK, he was briefly a lecturer at the University of Southampton, before returning to Oxford to take up his present post in 1999. Dr Martin is a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, and a Trustee of Bletchley Park..

He is presently the supervisor for seven doctoral students, and holds several research grants.

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