Martin Hellman keynote speaker

Turing Award Winner, Public-key Cryptography Pioneer,
Stanford University Electrical Engineering Professor Emeritus
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  • How Risky is Nuclear Deterrence?
  • Making Ethical Decisions: A Personal Case Study
  • Rethinking National Security
  • The Crypto Wars: A Brief History
  • The Evolution of Public Key Cryptography
  • The Wisdom of Foolishness
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ABOUT SPEAKER

Martin Hellman is best known for his invention, joint with Diffie and Merkle, of public key cryptography, the technology that enables secure Internet transactions. He has been a key player in the computer privacy debate, won three “outstanding professor” awards from minority student organizations, and pioneered a risk-informed framework for nuclear deterrence. Hellman’s many honors include election to the National Academy of Engineering and receiving (jointly with Diffie) the million dollar ACM Turing Award, the top prize in computer science.

He was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT from 1969-1971 and has served on Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering faculty ever since, holding the rank of full Professor and later Professor Emeritus.


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