## Ignacio Cascudo## IMDEA Software InstituteSince September 2019 I am Research Assistant Professor at IMDEA Software Institute in Madrid, Spain. Previously I held the following positions: - September 2017-August 2019:Associate professor at Department Mathematics, Aalborg University
- April 2016-August 2017: Assistant professor at Department Mathematics, Aalborg University
- April 2014-March 2016: Postdoc at Aarhus University, under the supervision of Prof. Ivan Damgård
- July 2010-February 2014: Postdoc at CWI-Centrum Wiskunde en Informatica, Amsterdam, under the supervision of Prof. Ronald Cramer
- April 2006-June 2010: PhD student at University of Oviedo, under the supervision of Prof. Consuelo Martínez and Ronald Cramer
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Also a common nickname for Ignacio in Spain is "Nacho".

My main area of expertise is cryptography, where I work in the topic of secure multiparty computation and its building blocks such as secret sharing schemes, commitment schemes, oblivious transfer protocols, etc.

I am especially interested in the interplay between these topics and both the theory of error-correcting codes and abstract algebra: finite fields, algebraic number theory, algebraic geometry...

Depending on the time you access this page, you may find more up-to-date info in:

You can watch here a video of my presentation talk at CRYPTO 2011 (Youtube).

PhD. students:

- Emanuele Giunta (2020-)
- Jaron Skovsted Gundersen (AAU) (2016-2020)
- René Bødker Christensen (AAU) (2016 until 2019)
- Diego Mirandola (Bordeaux University and Leiden University, 2012-November 2017), as co-supervisor ("co-promotor"). Main supervisors were: Ronald Cramer (CWI/ Leiden), Gilles Zemor (Bordeaux).

- Reto Schnyder (2018 until 2019, under project SECURE)

IP of ``Secure cryptographic protocols for ring arithmetic''(SecuRing), granted by Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities(MICINN) under RETOS-JIN program, December 2020 - November 2023.

co-IP with Dario Fiore of ``Cryptographic Primitives for Randomness Generation and Privacy'', research grant by Nomadic Labs & Tezos Foundation, November 2020 - October 2022.

Member of the project SECURE , funded by Aalborg University under its Call for Interdisciplinary Research Projects, where I was leader for the Workpackage ``Secure Computation'' between 2018-2019.

I was an organizer of Breaking Borders in Research III , a conference organized by the Spanish Scientists in Denmark (CED/SFD), March 2019.

I was a scientific organizer of a two-week Workshop on Information Theoretic Cryptography at the Lorentz Center (Leiden University) in May 2013.

Together with Alp Bassa and Ronald Cramer I organized a Workshop on Crypto, Coding and Geometry which took place in the CWI on November 18-19, 2010.

Program Committee Member of ICITS 2013 , Asiacrypt 2015, ICITS 2017, Eurocrypt 2018, TCC 2020, ITC 2021.

Publicity co-chair for ICITS 2016

Real World Crypto (RWC 2021), Virtual, January 2021.

Nordic Combinatorics (NORCOM 2019), Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2019.

International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM), Valencia, Spain, July 2019.

Workshop on Mathematics of Information - Theoretic Cryptography, NUS, Singapore, September 2016.

CiE (Computability in Europe) 2016, Paris, June 2016

IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Jerusalem, April 2015.

Workshop on Applications of Algebraic Geometry in Secret Sharing and Coding Theory, Aalborg, June 2014.

Special Semester on Applications of Algebra and Number Theory, RICAM, Linz, November 2013

SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry, Colorado State University, August 2013.

Workshop "Mathematics of Information-Theoretic Cryptography", in the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics in UCLA, February 28 - March 4, 2011.

Student PBL projects:

Following the PBL (problem based learning) principle, much of the teaching in Aalborg University takes place through group projects. I have supervised projects in the following topics:

- Cryptography (RSA, homomorphic encryption, ecret sharing, multiparty computation).
- Coding theory (List decoding).
- Algebraic function fields and codes.
- Gröbner Basis.
- Ordinary Differential Equations.

- Fall 2020: Computer security, EMSE and MUSS Master programs, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
- Fall 2019: Computer security, EMSE and MUSS Master programs, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
- Spring 2019: Cybersecurity, PhD. course, program of Electric and Electronic Engineering, Aalborg University.
- Spring 2019: Datalogiens Matematiske Grundlag (Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science), common bachelor course for the educations: Informatics, Information Technologies and Interaction Design, Aalborg University.
- Fall 2018: Computer Algebra, bachelor course in Mathematics at Aalborg University.
- Fall 2018: Information and coding theory, master course in Mathematical Engineering (MATTEK).
- Spring 2018: Coding theory, bachelor course in Mathematics at Aalborg University.
- Fall 2017: Computer Algebra, bachelor course at Aalborg University.
- Fall 2015: Coding Theory, master course in Computer Science, Aarhus University.
- Fall 2012: Cryptology, Dutch national master program Mastermath.

- Katrine Tjell, (cosupervision with Prof. Rafal Wisniewski), Mathematical Engineering (MATTEK), Aalborg University, Fall 2017-Spring 2018.
- Helene Haagh, (cosupervision with Prof. Claudio Orlandi), Computer Science, Aarhus University, Spring 2015.

- Sune Jepsen and Kasper Lemming, Master in IT, Aalborg University, Spring 2017

- René Bødker Christensen, Mathematics, Aalborg University (Spring 2018)
- Jaron Skovsted Gundersen, Mathematics, Aalborg University (Fall 2018)

I was vice-delegate in Aalborg of the association of Spanish Scientists in Denmark (CED-SFD).

I was in the board of the PhD and postdoc House Activity group of Aarhus University in the summer-fall of 2015. If you are a PhD. student or postdoc at AU, I encourage to join some of the events organized by the group.

In 2012, I played a small stunt in a short movie titled the Cat (although you won't see my face) directed by my friend Giannicola Scarpa. The movie competed in the Quantum Shorts Film Competition organized by CQT, National University of Singapore. Although it didn't win a prize, it ended second in the Popular Choice award .

Participation in Mathematical Olympiads. I ended up 5th in the Spanish Mathematical Olympiad, and participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2001 (Washington, USA).

I used to play chess at a strong club player level. I had a 2100+ FIDE Elo Rating when I ''retired''.