The Computer Science Department invites you to a Colloquium on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:30 PM onwards.
The details are as follows:
Title: A strongly software-independent voting protocol
Speaker: Subhashis Banerjee
Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Delhi
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95869779225
Abstract: In this talk, we will first examine the nuances of electronic voting, and the extent to which they are consonant with democracy principles. In the second part of the talk, we will present a direct-recording electronic (DRE) polling booth protocol that can be proved to be end-to-end verifiable (E2E V) and can provide sound cast-as-intended, recorded-as-cast, and counted-as-recorded verifiability to every individual voter. The protocol can support voter-verifiable paper records (VVPR) – which are required by law in most jurisdictions – in a tightly coupled manner. Moreover, in case an election does not verify, the protocol enables localization of the problem and possible recovery from errors.
Bio: Subhashis Banerjee is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi, where he has held the Ministry of Urban Development, Microsoft, and Naren Gupta chair professorships. He was the head of the department of computer science at IIT Delhi between 2004-2007 and head of the computer center between 2009-2014. Subhashis is also associated with the School of Public Policy at IIT Delhi.
Subhashis’ primary areas of research are computer vision and machine learning, with a special emphasis on geometric algorithms. He has been on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Computer Vision and Computers and Graphics and has published in leading journals and conferences. He has also worked extensively on the design of computing and networking infrastructure and IT services and developed the supercomputing infrastructure at IIT Delhi, which is the second-largest in the country. He has been an academic visitor to Oxford University, Indian Institute of Science, University of Illinois, Hebrew University, EPFL, Microsoft Research among several others.
Recently he has also developed an interest in policy issues in digital identity, electronic voting, data and privacy protection, and fairness and reliability of machine learning algorithms.
Subhashis graduated in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University in 1982 and did his Master’s and Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science in 1984 and 1989 respectively.
Looking forward to having you with us