Welcome to the Spring 2022 web page for Quantum Cryptography

Course Overview

This course will cover a selection of cutting-edge topics in quantum cryptography. We will begin with a brief introduction to quantum computing, and then discuss the influence of quantum computing on cryptography. We will cover:
1. Quantum attacks on classical cryptography and how to achieve resilience to them
2. Protocols that use quantum resources, such as quantum key distribution, copy-protection and quantum money
3. Interactive proofs with quantum devices
No prior background in quantum information/quantum physics/mechanics or in cryptography will be assumed, although students are expected to be well-versed with basic concepts in the theory of computation (P vs NP, Turing Machines, reductions), and are expected to pick up concepts in quantum cryptography along the way.

We will understand how an adversary that breaks advanced protocols can be transformed into an adversary that contradicts basic mathematical assumptions. Our focus will be on understanding key ideas in cryptography research published over the last few years, and identifying new directions and problems for the future.

Course Credits: 4
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2.00 - 3.15 pm
Location: 1302 Siebel. First week online on zoom.
Instructor: Dakshita Khurana, dakshita@illinois.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays 4- 5 pm (same zoom link as above).
TA: Amit Agarwal, amita2@illinois.edu

Zoom Link: Click here.
Piazza: We will use piazza for important announcements. Sign up using this link.

Note: Students are encouraged to drop by during office hours (or set up, by email, an appointment to meet) within the first 3 weeks. This will help me learn more about your interests and what you hope to learn from this class, and I can help you with a choice of topic for your project.

We will have lecture notes uploaded to this webpage and videos uploaded to this mediaspace channel, which will serve as the main resource for this course. Due to privacy regulations and the interactive nature of this course, videos can unfortunately only be viewed registered class participants.

Here is a list of additional resources.

Lectures and Books on Quantum Computing

Books and Lecture Notes on Cryptography in General

Similar Course Offerings

Grading (subject to change until Jan 22)

10%: Class Participation.
The class is intended to be as interactive as possible: you are strongly encouraged to ask questions and offer answers. I will often end my lectures with open-ended questions that we will answer interactively during the next class. These questions will be easy to answer if you attend every lecture. Reading prescribed material before the next lecture is recommended to better understand the contents of the course.

10%: Scribe Notes. You can find a running collection of scribe notes here.
Scribe notes are a complete, polished write-up of a lecture, with references and technical details carefully filled in. These will serve as the primary technical material for this course. Every student should expect to scribe once, either solo or in teams of 2 depending on class size. At the beginning of every lecture, I will ask for volunteers to write the scribe notes for the day. Please do not volunteer if there is a chance that you will drop the course before you submit your scribe notes. Preparing these notes will help you internalize the material at a new level, by thinking through the significance of the material and converting every proof outline discussed in class to a rigorous proof. Please typeset your scribe notes in LaTeX using the template here. Please make a new editable copy of the file on overleaf and make changes there. You have one week to prepare the scribe notes. More precisely, the scribe notes for a Tuesday lecture are due at 5 pm the following Tuesday, and the scribe notes for a Thursday lecture are due at 5 pm the following Thursday. To submit, please make a private piazza post (visible to instructors and TAs) and link to your overleaf copy.

30%: Assignments.
You will have 3 written assignments over the course of the semester. These will be due in the first half of the course to leave you with sufficient time to devote to your project and videos.

50%: Project or Video Snippets.
Individually or in groups of 2, you will either:
- Record clear video snippets that perform a deep dive into an area in quantum cryptography with a general audience in mind, bonus points for clever ways to make it interesting and accessible! 
- Attempt original research to answer some open problem in quantum cryptography, on a topic of your choice.
 I am happy to consult individually with you during office hours or by appointment to provide guidance. You should feel free to work individually, or in teams of 2, and grades will be calibrated accordingly. 

How to be Successful in this Course.
Attendance and class participation are important for success in this course. Please do your best to attend every lecture. Active participation in class will take you a long way. If you don't understand something, ask. If you didn't understand, there is a good chance that many others didn't, and you are likely doing everyone a favor. Read in advance of the next class, and be prepared to answer my questions during class.

If you are not comfortable with P versus NP, circuits, (non-uniform) Turing Machines, please read Sections 1, 2.1 and 6.1 from this textbook before the course begins. We will rely heavily on linear algebra throughout this course. Brush up your understanding of linear algebra here.

Course Schedule

The following is a tentative schedule and is subject to change.

Before the Course.
This course will assume familiarity with basic concepts in complexity theory. If you have not had prior exposure, please read Sections 1, 2.1 and 6.1 (all required), and section 10 (optional) from this textbook. 

Date Topic Notes and Scribbles Additional Resources
      Boaz Barak's math background notesA Note on Negligible Functions

Reversible Computation, Complex Numbers

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 1

O'Donnell's Notes: Chapters 1-2
Zhandry's Notes Lec 1

Quantum Mechanics:
Model, Unitaries, Measurements

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 2

O'Donnell's Notes: Chapters 2-3
Zhandry's Notes Lec 2


Quantum Gates and Circuits, Entanglement, No-Cloning

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 3

O'Donnell's Notes: Chapters 2-3


Quantum Algorithms

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 4
O'Donnell's Notes: Chapters 4-5

Quantum Fourier Transform

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 5
O'Donnell's Notes: Chapter 7
02/03 Shor's Algorithm Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 6
O'Donnell's Notes: Chapters 8-9

Shor's Algorithm

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 7

O'Donnell's Notes: Chapters 8-9



Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 8


02/15 Quantum Key Distribution Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 9

Quantum Oblivious Transfer

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 10

Quantum Rewinding - I

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 11
02/24 Quantum Rewinding - II Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 12

Quantum Rewinding - III

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 13

Quantum Random Oracles - I

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 14

Quantum Random Oracles - II

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 15

Quantum Random Oracles - III

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 16

No class

  Spring break

No class

  Spring break
03/22 Encryption Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 17


Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 18

Quantum Fully Homomorphic Encryption - I

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 19

Quantum Fully Homomorphic Encryption - II​

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 20

Quantum Money - I

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 21
04/07 Quantum Money - II Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 22

Quantum Money - III

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 23

Verification of Quantum Computation - I

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 24
04/19 Verification of Quantum Computation - II Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 25

Classical Verification of Quantum Computation - I

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 26
04/26 Classical Verification of Quantum Computation - II Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 27

Quantum Obfuscation

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 28

Quantum Copy-Protection

Scribe notes
Scribbles Lec 29

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