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Wednesday, June 9 • 18:40 - 19:10
Zero Knowledge Proofs: Getting Practical - Mike Lodder, Independent & Avradip Mandal, Fujitsu Labs of America

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Zero knowledge proofs and related cryptographic primitives have been talked about more and more in the blockchain space in recent times. Techniques like NIZKs, SNARKs, STARKS, and other ZK tools have been put in to practice in more and more blockchain applications to help achieve privacy and confidentiality. But it's not always clear when and how it is appropriate to use them. In this talk, Avradip and Mike will explain the basics of zero knowledge proofs--how they work, how to use them, and what problems they can be used to solve--while keeping the underlying mathematical content at a limit that most people with a little background in computer security should be able to understand. They will also explain the concrete performance and impacts on efficiency of ZK tools using examples from Ursa. They aim to help developers know when to use ZK tools and then use them.

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Mike Lodder

Independent Consultant/Contractor
Mike Lodder is a veteran cryptographic engineer with wide experience implementing cryptographic protocols for a number of different companies. Mike is a founding maintainer of Hyperledger Ursa and Ursa's most prolific contributor. He has contributed to all aspects of Ursa, with an... Read More →
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Avradip Mandal

Research Scientist in Cryptography, Fujitsu Labs of America
Avradip Mandal is a research scientist in cryptograph at Fujitsu Labs of America. He is an accomplished cryptographer and researcher who has numerous publications in many areas of cryptography and theory of computation (https://dblp.org/pid/28/7592.html). Prior to Fujitsu, Avradip... Read More →

Wednesday June 9, 2021 18:40 - 19:10 CEST
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