Recent Advances in Secure Two-Party Computation

Prof. Dr. Thomas Schneider | Start: 16:00 | seminar room DHEG045 (Data House)
Secure two-party computation allows two parties to securely compute a function on their respective private inputs. It allows to preserve privacy in applications that involve a client and a single server, and in settings where private data is outsourced to two non-colluding servers. In this talk, I will give an overview on recent advances in the area of secure two-party computation. In particular, I will focus on the setting with semi-honest parties, which allows to construct the most efficient protocols. I will summarize three recent research results from the ENCRYPTO group: First, circuit synthesis and secure evaluation of circuits should be considered together to not leak private information when evaluating malformed circuits with popular instantiations of Yao's garbled circuits protocol (JoC'23). In the area of secret-sharing based protocols, ABY2.0 (USENIX Security’21) allows highly efficient secure evaluation of Boolean circuits with multi-input AND gates and vector products, and FLUTE (IEEE S&P’23) extends these results to multi-input lookup tables. Among many other applications, these protocols substantially improve efficiency of privacy-preserving machine learning.

Short Bio:
Thomas Schneider is full professor for Cryptography and Privacy Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. Before, he was independent research group leader at TU Darmstadt (2012-2018), did a PhD in IT Security at Ruhr-University Bochum (2008- 2011), and wrote his Master thesis during a research internship at Nokia Bell Labs, NJ, USA (2007). His research focuses on privacy, cryptographic protocols, applied cryptography, and computer security. He heads the Cryptography and Privacy Engineering Group (ENCRYPTO), whose mission is to demonstrate that privacy can be efficiently protected in real-world applications. For this, his group combines applied cryptography and algorithm engineering to develop cryptographic protocols and tools for protecting sensitive data and algorithms. For his research on cryptography and privacy engineering, he was awarded with an ERC Starting Grant 2019 and an ERC Consolidator Grant 2023. See https://encrypto.de/tschneider for more details.

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