UGent Data Science Seminar with Prof. Nigel Smart

UGent Data Science Seminar with Prof. Nigel Smart

Prof. Nigel Smart (KU Leuven): Computing on Encrypted Data: How to do the impossible


I will discuss how the technology of MPC and FHE is changing the way people process data, by allowing them to compute on data whilst it is “encrypted”. I will discuss a number of use cases of the technology. The talk will not go into technical details, and thus you do not need to understand any cryptography for the talk.


Smart received a BSc degree from the University of Reading in 1989 and his PhD degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1992. Smart spent three years at Hewlett-Packard from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2017 he was at the University of Bristol. From 2018 he has been based in the COSIC group at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Smart has held a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, and two ERC Advanced Grant. He was Vice President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research (2014-2016). In 2016 he was named as a Fellow of the IACR.

Smart was a founder of the startup Identum, which was bought by Trend Micro in 2008. In 2013 he co-founded, Unbound Tech, a company deploying products based on multi-party computations. He is also the co-founder of the Real World Cryptography conference series.

After the seminar a sandwich lunch will be served (13:00)

Location and time

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:00 PM to 13:00 PM at iGent, Auditorium 1, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 126, Ghent