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Algorithms

30 Algorithms in 60 Minutes

This is a 60 minute talk in which I tried to cover 30 algorithms and data structures in a concise manner. It covers all sorts of areas: sorting, string searching and matching, backtracking, randomness, skip lists, hashing, bloom filters, graph algorithms, space partitioning, concurrent and immutable data structures, cache oblivious techniques, compression, boolean satisfiability, and control theory.

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Computation: Theory, Methods, Limitations, and the Future

These slides are from a talk I gave on many aspects of computing, starting with classical computing (Hilbert’s 10th problem, Church and Turing, Godel, boolean functions, complexity theory, transistors, Moore’s law and demise), then going through physics (relativity, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory), and finally into quantum computing basics (qubits, superposition, entanglement, no cloning, basic gates) and quantum algorithms (Deutsch, Simon, Shor, Grover).

Then I cover advanced quantum topics, such as quantum machines,quantum complexity theory, the Quantum-Church-Turing-Deutsch principle, graph isomorphism, quantum error correction, and quantum security. A final speculative section covers even weirder computation ideas (closed timelike curves, string computing) and how computing seems intertwined with the nature of reality (It from Bit, Simulation Hypthesis, Free Will Theorem).

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Intro to Wireless Communications

This talk is an intro to wireless communications, starting with the basic physics of EM waves and how they interact with materials, then how antennas work, then on to antenna properties and design. Next modulation schemes are discussed, showing how data is encoded and transmitted over noisy channels via modulation, spread spectrum, time and frequency division, and other methods. Noise in the form of doppler, intermodulation, and other causes is covered. Information theory (channel capacity, Shannon entropy, error correction) is covered. Finally specific protocols are analyzed under this framework: FM, NTSC, remotes, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, satellite radio, GPS, and cellular formats.

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Cryptography Best Practices 2018

This talk covers cryptography best practices as of April, 2018. Background on each area is covered, with each section ending with a best practices slide. Sections are Symmetric Encryption, Asymmetric Encryption, Key Lengths, Hashing/HMAC, Password usage, Key Exchange, Random number generation, Digital Signatures,

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Overview of Cryptology

Here are slides for a long (3-4 hour) talk covering many aspects of cryptology. Topics include simple ciphers, breaking codes, private and public key crypto, block modes, stream ciphers, key exchange, random number generation, modern crypto design, hashing, password security, breaking (differential, higher order, many more..), out of band attacks (timing, cache, power, hardware, …), homorphic encryption, quantum protocols, and more….

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