Secure Communications #317

May 15, 2015

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This week, we're looking at technology for keeping secrets safe from prying eyes and ears. We're joined by Dan Younger, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Waterloo, to discuss the remarkable work of his colleague Bill Tutte, who broke the German Lorenz Code during World War II And we'll discuss the cutting edge of quantum security with Physics and Computer Science Professor Shohini Ghose.


  • Dan Younger
  • Shohini Ghose

Guest Bios

Dan Younger

Daniel Younger received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Columbia University, and went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton. He joined the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in 1967, which was the inaugural year of that Faculty. He became a full professor in 1975, up until his retirement in 2005. Since then, he has been an Adjunct Professor and Professor Emeritus.

Shohini Ghose

Dr. Shohini Ghose is an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She is a theoretical physicist who examines how the laws of quantum physics might be harnessed to transform computation and communication, and to develop novel protocols such as teleportation. Her research and teaching has earned her numerous awards including a Women of Waterloo Education award, and a prestigious TED Fellowship. Shohini is passionate about addressing gender issues in science and recently founded the Laurier Centre for Women in Science, with the mission of building a strong community for women in science through research, communication and action. She is an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.