28 February- 2 March 2023



About Winter School

The 3rd ISC Winter School on Cryptography is approaching and we are excited to announce that this year’s event will be held virtually between February 28th and March 2nd, 2023. The school is organized by the Iranian Society of Cryptology (ISC) and Cyberspace Research Institute (CRI) at Shahid Beheshti University. ISC is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the science of cryptology.

This year’s theme will be Secure Computations: ZK (Zero-Knowledge) Proofs, MPC (MultiParty Computation), and FHE (Fully-Homomorphic Encryption). The school aims to provide an opportunity for researchers to spot emerging new areas in secure computations. The program will cover a wide range of topics including an introduction to ZK proofs, NIZK arguments such as universal and updatable zk-SNARKs and MPC-in-the-Head based schemes, Introduction to MPC, MPC protocols such as SPDZ, Financial Applications of MPC, Fundations of FHE, concrete schemes like TFHE, and their Applications. The program will be led by a team of renowned experts in the field.

The school is designed to be both informative and educative for a wide range of graduate students and to present state-of-the-art and recent results on the subjects they target. The target audience for the school is graduate students and postdocs familiar with basic concepts of cryptography, as well as people from the secure computation community. However, we welcome all faculty, undergrads, and people in relevant industries with the necessary background to participate.

The winter school will be held fully online, providing an opportunity for participants from all over the world to join. All talks will be in English and the records of the lectures will be publicly available after the event. Don’t miss this chance to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of secure computation. Register now to secure your spot.

Pre-school: ISC and CRI have organized a pre-school event that will be given in Persian. The workshop involves introduction lectures by experienced national researchers. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare those students who want to participate in the third winter school but do not have enough background about the topics of the school. For more details please visit the workshops’ website.


Jens Groth

Director of Research in Formal Security at DFINITY, Switzerland

Title: Introduction to ZK and Foundations of NIZK Arguments

Carla Rafols

Researcher in Cryptography, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Title: On Updatable and Universal zk-SNARKs

Cyprien de Saint Guilhem

Postdoctoral researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium

Title: On the MPC-in-the-Head Paradigm and Limbo

Emmanuela Orsini

Assistant Professor, Bocconi University, Italy

Title: Introduction to MPC and SPDZ Protocol

Michele Ciampi

Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK

Title: On Round Optimal MPC protocols

Aarushi Goel

Post-doctoral researcher at NTT Research, USA

Title: Fluid MPC: MPC with Dynamic Participants

Younes Talibi Alaoui

Researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium

Title: Financial Applications of MPC

Hilder V. L. Pereira

Postdoctoral researcher at COSIC, KU Leuven, Belgium

Title: Foundations of FHE

Ilaria Chilotti

Director of Research, Zama, France

Title: TFHE and Applications (more…)

Jeongeun Park

Postdoctoral researcher, KU Leuven, Belgium

Title: Applications of FHE (more…)


ZK1 Lecturer: Jens Groth

Introduction to ZK and Foundations of NIZK Arguments (more…)





MPC3a Lecturer: Aarushi Goel

Fluid MPC: MPC with Dynamic Participants (more…)



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Registration for ISCWSISC 2023 is now closed.



Online (more details will be published on the webpage and Discord server of the event soon)

To get recent announcements about the school, participate in the discussions and chats, and also for asking questions during the lectures, please join the Discord server of the event, which is publicly available on Discord.

All recorded lectures will be released on March 2023 on the Youtube and Aparat channels of the ISC.



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Register for ISCWSISC 2023 by filling up the registration form. There is no registration fee but you need to register to be able to participate. It will be possible to register up until 21 February 2023.
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