Topic, "Cryptography"

Hi. This month we will have a fascinating discussion at our Cafe Sci at 7PM on Wednesday 5 October, at Taste, in College Park.

Cryptography is often considered one of the crown jewels in a young discipline, computer science, but it's really an ancient subject that helped bring into existence the computer age. Our speakers will explore the ways cryptography is used (and abused) to run our world, as well as introduce some of the mathematics that modern cryptography is built on.

Arup Guha grew up in Winter Park and got undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT in 1997. After getting his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arup returned to Orlando in 1999 to teach at UCF in the Computer Science department, where he teaches a cryptography course each fall semester.

Qian Wang got his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science at MIT in 2001. He works with encryption algorithms and thinks about security problems daily as part of his job at QFX Software, a local company he founded.


717 W. Smith Street
Orlando, United States

Taste is near the corner of Princeton Street (really Smith Street after the fork) and Edgewater Drive, so about 2 minutes from I-4 to parking. One can park on the street or in the parking lot behind Taste.

From I-4, drive a few blocks to Edgewater Drive. At the intersection, you should see a orange building ahead of you, labeled "Taste". Park on the street or behind Taste.

Themed Drink

We have access to a full bar, and it can be difficult to order while someone is speaking, so Chad is playing with the idea of an easy-to-order themed drink for each topic. Of course, our Cafe Sci remains open to people of all ages.

This month's drink is the Jack Rose cocktail. 3 parts applejack, 1 part lime juice, 2 dashes of grenadine, served straight-up with a lime wedge. It's a reference to the poisoned apple that killed one of the most influential cryptographers of the 20th century, Alan Turing.