[Novalug] DC ACM Lecture Reminder, Monday April 21 2008
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The DC Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery, in
collaboration with the the George Washington University Student ACM
chapter, is proud to present the April 2008 Lecture.
Donald Costello, "Cryptography - From Enigma to Elliptical Curve"
Don Costello has had a mixed career splitting his time between
Universities and Business. He helped start three Computer Science
Departments and three University Information Technology facilities
(University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and Madison
and Colorado State University). He has taught undergraduate and graduate
courses and has done work in research areas of Statistical Computing,
Performance Modeling, Standards for Learning Objects and Managing
Intellectual Property. He is a 40-year member of ACM and is a fellow of
the British Computing Society. He has lectured all over the United
States as well as in England, Ireland, Austria, Germany, India and Sri
Lanka. He also held a four-year Carnegie Foundation grant to investigate
how IP is managed in Universities around the World.
In business career he has managed IT facilities, founded and sold two
firms and consulted with over 100 firms throughout the world. His recent
consulting includes five years consulting on ERP systems, SAP, as well
as being a Technical Consultant on .com and e-Learning projects.
Don currently holds a position as a Senior Lecturer and NCITE scholar at
the University of Nebraska and is working on the importance of standards
in modeling the large systems needed to support e-learning environments.
The history of cryptography can be likened to a reawaking history of
mathematics and computer science. The story of cryptography goes back
4000 years and some of the mathematics employed goes back as long.
This talk will address the history of cryptography beginning with the
Enigma used by the Germans in WWII and broken by world famous
Mathematician/ Computer Scientist Alan Turing. It will continue down to
today’s advanced crypto systems such as RSA, PGP and Elliptic Curve
Monday April 21, 2008
7:30pm to 9:30pm
George Washington University Campus
3rd Floor Ballroom (Near Elevators)
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
The building has entrances both on H Street between 21st and 22nd
Streets, and on 21st Street between H and I Streets. Near Foggy Bottom
Metro Station. See the Marvin Center website for further details on
directions and parking.
This lecture is free and open to the public. ACM membership is not
required to attend.
All who are interested are welcome to join us for an after-lecture drink
at Kinkead's. It's an upscale ($$) bar on I street between 19th and 20th
NW, facing Pennsylvania Avenue.
Chair, DC ACM
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