CIMPA Research school, 8th to 19th January 2018 at Wits University
From the 8th to the 19th of January 2018, a CIMPA research school will be hosted at theUniversity of Witwatersrand. The aim of this research school is to introduce young researchers to the explicit side of Number Theory.
The historical activity of CIMPA is the organization of research schools in developing countries, and focuses on areas where there is a real drive and where there is a scope for a research project. Up until now, CIMPA has organized 321 Research Schools in 60 countries.
As it has becoming clear in the past decades many number theoretic constructions can find an application in cryptography or coding theory, but to do so they have to be in explicit form. This school will provide interested students from South Africa and neighboring countries with the opportunity to get an introduction to the computational as well as theoretical side of several number theoretical topics such as:
- explicit computations in number fields (such as finding their class groups, unit groups, etc.);
- explicit solutions of Diophantine equations (such as Pell equations, Thue equations, etc.);
- efficient algorithms for prime testing and factorization of integers;
- explicit construction of elliptic curves over finite fields with prescribed number of points.
Find the course schedule and more information here. The course is starting on the 8th of January at the Oliver Schreier School of Law, room LB143, in the Braamfontein Campus West of The University of the Witwatersrand.