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Cryptology at Boise State University

Members of the Cryptology group are from the Department of Mathematics in the College of Arts and Science and from the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering. The group members are Liljana Babinkostova, Marion Scheepers, Dianxiang Xu and Jyh-haw Yeh.


The Cryptology seminar meets every week to discuss our ongoing research and the research of others in our field. Students are welcome to attend.
Archive of seminar schedules

BoiseCrypt Conference

BoiseCrypt is a conference at which graduate students present the results of their graduate cryptology projects. The Spring 2009 meeting of the Boise Graduate Cryptology Conference occurred on May 14, 2009. The Fall 2009 meeting will take place during December 16 through 18.


The Department of Mathematics offers a master’s degree in mathematics. More information can be found at this link. Cryptology and related courses available through this program include:

  • MATH 305: Introduction to Abstract Algebra and Number Theory
  • MATH 307: Foundations of  Cryptology
  • MATH 308: Introduction to Algebraic Cryptology
  • MATH 337: Introduction to Cyber-Physical Systems Security
  • MATH 408/508: Advanced Public Key Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
  • MATH 409/509: Symmetric Key Cryptography and Cryptanalysis
  • MATH 584: Topics in Computational Algebra
  • MATH 585: Topics in Cryptology
  • MATH 667: Advances in Applied Cryptography

Cryptology and Number Theory Graduate Students

Name Thesis Date defended Advisor
Jason Smith Solvability characterizations of Pell-like equations Spring 2009 Marion Scheepers
Kamatam Sowjanya A Bit-wise Randomness Study of MD5 Spring 2009 Jyh-haw Yeh
Rajasree Nataraja Time-bound Hierarchical Access Control Spring 2009 Jyh-haw Yeh
Dusty Hinkel An investigation of Lucas sequences Spring 2007 Marion Scheepers
Sean Ma Enforcing Non-Hierarchical Access Control Policy Without Public Key Cryptography Fall 2005 Jyh-haw Yeh
Neeraja Julakanti A Chosen Ciphertext attack Summer 2005 Marion Scheepers
Wei Zhang Development, Implementation and Simulation of a Source Policy Route Discovery Protocol Summer 2003 Jyh-haw Yeh

Our Individual Cryptology Interests

Liljana Babinkostova‘s cryptology research interests include algebraic structure of encryption schemas and hash functions, generalizations of protocols and solutions to improving their security.

Jyh-haw Yeh‘s cryptology research areas are randomness study of cryptographic algorithms using innovatory neural network approach. This methodology can be extended to test the randomness of more general Random Number Generator. Currently, he is also interested in cryptographic solutions for controlling access in multi-level security system.

Marion Scheepers‘s research interests in cryptology include mathematical modelling and analysis of security threats against practical information security systems.