CAS CS538, Fall 2016: Cryptography
CAS B36, Tue, Thu 3:30pm - 5pm
Course web page: http://www.cs.bu.edu/~canetti/f16-crypto.htm
Instructor: Professor Ran Canetti. Office Hours: Tue 5-7pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Class participation: Students are expected to show up to class and are encouraged to ask questions and participate actively in the class. The teaching will be interactive, using a white board, no slides. There will be no official class notes, but most of the material appears in multiple publications (see below).
The final grade will be calculated as where is the overall homework grade, F is the final grade, and is P is the participation grade. However, you must pass the final in order to pass the course. Note: The points given to questions in each problem sets will usually sum up to more than 100. This means that you can get more than an overall 100 grade for the problem sets. This extra grade will be rolled off to the rest of the grade.
Homework preparation and submission: You are encouraged to collaborate with your fellow students and consult external resources in solving the homework problems. Figuring out the problem sets together is more effective and more fun! However, you should write the solution on your own without looking at your fellow students solutions, and list all external resources and collaborators.
Solutions should be submitted electronically here: http://cs-websubmit.bu.edu/main.py?courseid=cs538
|You can handwrite your solution, scan and submit, but typeset solutions will make the grader happier, which in turn may well make you happier. In particular, students are encouraged to use the LaTeX text editor to write solutions. If you do not yet know LaTeX then this is an excellent opportunity to learn, as it is the best software for preparing high quality scientific text. It is also an absolute must for graduate students.
Note: Failing to list collaborators in homework solutions, as well as looking at written solutions of fellow student written before submission will be considered cheating and treated via the usual university channels for such cases.
Course administration and communication: There is a piazza website for the course, at piazza.com/bu/fall2016/cascs538/home. Problem sets will be posted on the piazza website. All questions regarding the course, the teaching material, the problem sets etc. should be posted on the piazza board. Only personal issues should be communicated privately to the course staff.
Reading material: We will not follow any single textbook. Still, practically all the material that will be presented in class is covered by one or more of the resources listed below, as well as many others that are available online. Beware, however, that conventions, notations, definitions, and often the instructional approach may differ from the lecture. See the syllabus of the class of fall 2015 for a more detailed description of the two books below, as well as several other useful ones.