The Second Homomorphic Encryption Standardization Workshop

Based on the success of our inaugural standards meeting last summer, and the founding of the industry consortium, we are pleased to announce the next edition of our standards meeting. The goals of this meeting are to approve a draft standard for parameter selection for homomorphic encryption and revisit our initial API standard draft. We welcome new participants who wish to be a part of this homomorphic encryption standards community. This includes academics and researchers, as well as representatives from industry, government, and nonprofits from around the world.

The Standardization Workshop will be held in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on March 15-16, 2018.

Location. MIT Stata Center, 32 Vassar Street, Room D-463 (Star), Cambridge MA 02139. For more detailed directions, see here.

Workshop Goals. The workshop has two main goals: (1) Approve a draft standard for parameter selection of homomorphic encryption; and (2) Build upon the API discussion from first workshop and outline steps forward.

Download the homomorphic encryption draft standard for parameter selection here.

Co-sign the homomorphic encryption draft standard for parameter selection here.


Day 1: Focus on Security Standard (Thursday, March 15)

8:00-9:00 Networking Breakfast (32-G882/Hewlett)
9:00-9:15 Opening Welcome: Kristin Lauter (MSR), Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT)
9:15-10:15 Review Standards Document: Kristin Lauter (MSR), Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT)
10:15-10:45 Break (Coffee Provided)
10:45-12:00 Panel: Security Estimation Based on Parameter Selection
Moderator: Kim Laine (MSR)
Panelists: Martin Albrecht (Royal Holloway) [slides], Jung Hee Cheon (SNU) [slides], Daniele Micciancio (UCSD) [slides]
12:00-1:30 Lunch (32-D463/Star and 32-G882/Hewlett)
1:30-2:30 Keynote: Shafi Goldwasser (MIT)
2:30-4:15 Panel: Industry Applications of Homomorphic Encryption
Moderator: Kurt Rohloff (NJIT)
David Carroll (Microsoft), Jihoon Cho (Samsung SDS), Roger Hallman (US Navy), Alon Kaufman (Duality)
4:15-5:00 Reflections and Close
6:30-9:00 Evening Reception and Poster-Demo Session (Boston Marriott Cambridge at Kendall Square)

Day 2: Focus on API, Applications and Future Directions (Friday, March 16)

8:00-9:00 Networking Breakfast (32-D449/Kiva)
9:00-9:15 API Standardization: Kim Laine (MSR)
9:15-10:15 Panel: API Design for Homomorphic Encryption
Moderator: Alex Malozemoff (Galois)
Panelists: Shai Halevi (IBM), Kim Laine (MSR), Kurt Rohloff (NJIT and Duality), Jerry Ryan (NJIT) [slides]
10:15-10:30 Programming Model: Alex Malozemoff (Galois)
10:30-11:00 Break (Coffee Provided)
11:00-12:00 Invited Technical Talks (Session 1)
Speakers: Kim Laine (MSR), Yongsoo Song (UCSD), Hao Chen (MSR).
12:00-1:00 Lunch (32-D463/Star and 32-G449/Kiva)
1:00-2:30 Panel: Health Applications
Moderator: Heidi Sofia (NIH)
Panelists: Susan Gregurick (NIH), Sharon Gillett (MSR), Shuang Wang (iDASH/UCSD) [slides],
Juan Ramon Troncoso-Pastoriza (EPFL) [slides].
2:30-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Invited Technical Talks (Session 2)
Speakers: Nicolas Gama (Inpher), Yuriy Polyakov (NJIT), Chiraag Juvekar (MIT).
4:00-5:00 Wrap Up and Close


Local Organizer. Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT).
Organizing Committee. Jung Hee Cheon (SNU), Kim Laine (Microsoft Research), Kristin Lauter (Microsoft Research), Kurt Rohloff (NJIT), Vinod Vaikuntanathan (MIT) and Roy Zimmermann (Microsoft Research).


If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at As this will be an interactive workshop, we will try to have opportunities for participants to share information that is relevant and appropriate to the goal of approving a standard for parameter selection for homomorphic encryption. Please send us an email if you have something you would like to propose to present at the workshop.


This meeting is currently being generously supported by Microsoft, MIT, Duality Technologies and NJIT.