Britta Hale successfully completed her PhD trial lecture and thesis defense at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on Tuesday, the 5th of December 2017 and will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
The title of her thesis is “Low-Latency Key Exchange and Secure Channels” and the given topic for his trial lecture was “Functional encryption”.
In this growing and changing world, flexibility and adaptability in communication are
increasingly prioritized. As such, security demands must also adapt, and there is an
ever-present challenge to achieve optimal security in these new settings. Consequently,
Britta Hale’s thesis addresses security considerations under non-traditional settings. She starts by considering data sent before a key exchange, progressing to data sent in parallel to a protocol, and then to varying data and channel demands after a key exchange has taken place. These results are meaningful for researchers and implementors alike, providing constructions and models and enabling identification of the strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic schemes and protocols.
The following committee has been appointed to evaluate her thesis, trial lecture and defense:
First external opponent: Dr. Jan Camenisch, IBM Research, Zürich, Switzerland.
Second external opponent: Adjunct Professor Michel Abdalla, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
Committee member and administrator: Professor Kristian Gjøsteen, Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU, Norway.
Britta Hale carried out her PhD work at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, NTNU in Trondheim. Her main supervisor was Professor Colin Boyd, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, NTNU Trondheim, Norway.