Stevens to host major International Group Theory Conference, March 9-12

February 24, 2009

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- One of the largest group theory conferences of the year will take place at Stevens Institute of Technology, March 9-12, 2009, in the Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Center for Technology Management, on the Stevens campus in Hoboken, N.J. More than 60 mathematicians and computer scientists from a dozen different countries are scheduled to give talks on their latest research.

Three speakers are attending from Australia, ten from Russia, and 25 from Europe.

The conference will cover many aspects of group theory, including computational problems and group-based cryptography.

Previous conferences on this theme took place in Manresa (near Barcelona) in 2006, and in Dortmund in 2007.

The conference is hosted by the Algebraic Cryptography Center at Stevens in cooperation with the City College of the City University of New York. It is supported by funds from Stevens and the National Science Foundation.

The Algebraic Cryptography Center was formed in 2004 by faculty from the Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science at Stevens to investigate application of new mathematical techniques to practical problems in cryptography and network security. The Algebraic Cryptography Center operates under the aegis of CASSIA, the Center for the Advancement of Secure Systems and Information Assurance.

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The roster of speakers includes some eminent researchers who have professed fascinating viewpoints on the progress at the interface between mathematics and computer science. These speakers include:

Yuri Gurevich, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

Gurevich is best known in America for his work on finite model theory and the theory of abstract state machines. He has also contributed to average-case complexity theory. Gurevich is an ACM Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of Academia Europaea, and Doctor Honoris Causa of Hasselt University in Belgium and of Ural State University in Russia. (

Leonid Levin, Professor of Computer Science at Boston University

Levin independently discovered a theorem that was also discovered and proven by Stephen Cook. This NP-completeness theorem, often called by inventors' names (see Cook-Levin Theorem) was a basis for one of the seven "Millennium Math. Problems" declared by Clay Mathematics Institute with a $1,000,000 prize offered. It was a breakthrough in computer science and is the foundation of computational complexity. (

Efim Zelmanov, Professor of Mathematics at UC San Diego

Zelmanov is known for his work on combinatorial problems in non-associative algebra and group theory, including his solution of the restricted Burnside problem. He was awarded a Fields Medal, the mathematical equivalent of the Nobel Prize, at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zürich in 1994. (
About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 2,150 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students with about 250 full-time faculty. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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