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  • Philip Straus

BAF Members Learn About Cryptology Developments at IACR Conference

Several volunteers from the Blockchain Acceleration Foundation (BAF) helped organizers host Crypto 2019, an annual cryptography conference held at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

The event, one of the International Association for Cryptologic Research’s (IACR) three flagship conferences, has taken place at UCSB every year for the past 39 years. In a longstanding tradition that reinforces the collaborative nature of the event, many conference-goers opt to stay in university dorms rather than hotels.

BAF President Cameron Dennis and COO Piergiacomo Palmisani volunteered at the affiliated events preceding Crypto 2019, which included a series of technical workshops. Two more volunteers from BAF partner organizations at CalTech and UCLA also joined Dennis and Palmisani during the main conference.

Muthuramakrishnan Venkitasubramaniam, an Associate Computer Science Professor at the University of Rochester and member of the IACR program committee, lauded the efforts BAF’s volunteers put in.

“BAF volunteers took an active role in communicating with the participants and increasing awareness of the program and key events, also taking the initiative to keep our Slack and Twitter updates live,” Venkitasubramaniam said.

Presentations made during Crypto conferences at UCSB tend to be more accessible than the theory-heavy topics addressed at other IACR conferences. Venkitasubramaniam added that, of all the flagship events hosted by the association, this is the one most researchers make a point of attending to catch up with colleagues and discover new ideas.