The research program in the Cryptography and Security group at IAI TCG-CREST focuses on the theoretical as well as the applied aspect of Cryptology and Security research. The long term objective of the group is to carry out top notch academic and industrial research in the field of theoretical and applied Cryptography and Security and to bring out the future generation leading crypto experts by the means of providing rigorous training in the field. Along side, the plan is to carry out successful collaboration with industries and government agencies for innovation and international accolades. The group mostly, but are not restricted to, works in the following areas of specialization in Cryptology and Security.

  • Foundations of Cryptography
  • Provable Security of Symmetric Key Cryptography
  • Design and Analysis of Efficient Authenticated Encryption
  • Beyond Birthday Bound Security of Symmetric key cryptographic primitives
  • Symmetric key cryptanalysis
  • Public Key Cryptology
  • Cryptographic protocols
  • Attribute Based Encryption
  • Quantum Cryptography and Quantum Computation
  • Symmetric Searchable Encryption
  • Lattice based Cryptography
  • Post-Quantum Cryptography

We are expecting to include more topics in future pertinent to the cryptography and security area depending upon the requirement and global innovations. In particular, we are aiming to contribute in the area of network security. The group is currently headed by Prof. Rana Barua. The other members of the group includes Dr. Arpita Maitra, Dr. Nilanjan Datta and Dr. Avijit Dutta.

Translational Research in Mathematics (TRIM)

Mathematics as a subject has been shaped over ages through an intricate balance of fundamental research and practical applications, resulting in the seemingly disjoint disciplines termed as “pure” and “applied” mathematics.

TRIM, however, focusses on foundational research in both fundamental and applied mathematics with the aim of translating research results to tangible contributions as is necessary in the modern realm of interdisciplinary advances in science and technology so that mathematics can reinvent itself by merging the long-term foundational impact of pure mathematics with short-term insightful gains from mathematical applications. The core mission of the Translational Research Institute in Mathematics (TRIM) is to foster and facilitate this holistic symbiosis.

The Institute is planned along three verticals–fundamental research, mathematical applications, and translational innovation. While fundamental research will be at the heart of the Institute, the vertical for translational innovation will closely interface with research to seek out theories and solutions that can fundamentally boost other domains of science and technology. Lastly, mathematical applications will be the Institute’s window to the real world with the objective to explore the power of mathematics in solving real-life problems arising from various domains of science and technology, significantly amplified by interfacing with the vertical on translational innovation.

In a nutshell, TRIM will explore the benefits of translational research in mathematics by conducting cutting edge research in Mathematics with the focus on its applications to real world problems arising out of industry needs, social-networking problems and communication science. Potentially, it shall, re-invigorate the culture of mathematical thinking at the interface of theory and practice, by fostering excellence in higher education, capacity building. It shall encourage collaborative research with leading national and international institutes and technology based industries.

At present there are four full time post doc fellows working in the area.

Financial Analytics

Financial analytics is the creation of ad hoc analysis to answer specific business questions and forecast possible future financial scenarios. The goal of financial analytics is to shape the strategy for business through reliable, factual insight rather than intuition. A unique Financial Trading Lab has been created to facilitate the research on financial analytics.

At present there are two full-time faculty members and one post doc working in the area.

Robotic Process Automation

At IAI high end research is conducted not only in process automation but also in the areas of process mining, process optimisation and process evolution. Studies are also conducted to evaluate the benefits and the drawbacks of the existing process automation systems.

Translational Neuroscience

Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Data Sciences and Process Automation paved a path to path-breaking research in the areas of Brain Simulation, Brain Mapping, Brain Architecture and Sensory Graphs, in a nutshell in areas of Translational Neurosciences Research. At IAI we intend to build data driven models and algorithms to abet this emerging and challenging research domain.