Special Issue "Symmetry and Asymmetry in Cryptography and Outsourcing Computation"

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science and Symmetry/Asymmetry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2023 | Viewed by 387

Special Issue Editor

School of Communication and Information Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
Interests: cryptography; network security; blockchain security; AI security

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the development of cloud computing, outsourcing computation has attracted widespread attention from the academic world and industrial community, during which the outsourcer with limited resources can delegate expensive computational work to powerful servers based on symmetry and asymmetry cryptography, capable of realizing the full utilization of a resource, possibly saving a substantial amount of computation time and cost for the outsourcer with limited ability.

Despite many tremendous advantages, outsourcing computation also encounters some security challenges, such as privacy leaks and wrong outsourcing results. Therefore, a secure outsourcing computation should simultaneously ensure the secrecy of sensitive information, verifiability of the outsourcing result and efficiency of the testing phase.

This Special Issue aims to explore and address the security and privacy aspects associated with outsourcing computation, encouraging novel, transformative and multidisciplinary solutions by addressing unique challenges in this area.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Survey of security and privacy in outsourcing computation;
  • Lightweight cryptographic primitive design for secure outsourcing computation;
  • Verifiable outsourcing computation;
  • The common theory of secure outsourcing computation;
  • Applications of secure outsourcing computation for machine learning, federated learning and distributed computation.

Prof. Dr. Yanli Ren
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cryptography
  • outsourcing computation
  • lightweight cryptographic primitive
  • fully verifiability
  • federated learning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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