GUWAHATI: A team of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, is working towards developing indigenous algorithms that can offer protection to the Nation’s digital data from cyber-attacks by advanced computers.
The team has also designed encryption architectures that can be utilized to give protection to touchy health data that is transmitted through the internet.
According to an official commentary issued by the IIT Guwahati, the team’s work has already been published in the proceedings of IEEE International Convention Radioelektronika (RADIOELEKTRONIKA) and has received third best paper award by IEEE Czechoslovakia Section based on its research contributions.
The commentary said, “The recent advances in computer science, such as the development of the quantum computer, are all set to overthrow Moore’s law that has ruled the roost for the past half a century. The phenomenal computational power of quantum computers not only embodies possibilities of astronomical progress, but also immense threats.”
“It has turn out to be indispensable to design new encryption schemes that can face up to both quantum computer – in addition to classical computer-based attacks,” said Gaurav Trivedi, Associate Professor, Branch of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, IIT Guwahati.
“This need has provided rise to a new field of research, called Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) and state-of-art research teams far and wide the world, such as the one at IIT Guwahati, have been working on developing algorithms to protected data from attacks by advanced computers,” Trivedi further said.
Highlighting the progress of the undergoing research, Prof T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “Both these electronic devices are the result of the joint efforts of IIT Guwahati and the University of Pardubice with whom we have successful collaboration for the past nine years. These devices are in-line with India’s vision of self-reliance and independence from foreign technology.”
The team led by Trivedi, includes Prof Srinivasan Krishnaswamy, Assistant Professor, Branch of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, IIT Guwahati, Prof Zdenek Nemec and Prof Jan Pidanic from the University of Pardubice. The team also consists of research scholars Bikram Paul, Uddipana Dowerah, Tarun Kumar Yadav, Balbir Singh, Abhishek Agrawal, Meenali Janveja, and Souradip Pal from IIT Guwahati.