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Partner: Selmersenteret, Institutt for Informatikk, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway

Project Title: Cryptography brings security and freedom SK06-IV-01-001

The aim of a joint intensive course for excellent students from both countries is encouraging them in the cryptology research career. The intensive course is co-organized in a reciprocal way, with one part of lectures held in Norway and the second part in Slovakia for a common group of students. The specific combination provides both students and teachers with new experience, and benefit further educational activities.

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About the organizers: Crypto Group is a leader in cryptography research in Slovakia with nearly two hundred cryptography oriented research papers and conference publications. The research activities are also reflected in the education process at UIM FEI STU. The cryptography and computer security oriented courses are an important part of the curriculum of the Security of Information Systems specialization in the study program Applied Informatics. Our students join the research activities during their team, bachelor and diploma projects, or special course activities respectively. The Selmer Center is a research group on reliable and secure communication at the Department of Informatics at the University of Bergen. The Selmer Center has been evaluated by an international committee together with all ICT research groups in Norway on the initiative by the Norwegian Research Council. At all three evaluations in 1992, 2002 and 2012 the research group got excellent evaluations which shows that the group has performed on a very high international level. In 2002 and 2012 a grading system was used and the research group obtained the highest possible grade. In 2002, the highest grade “Excellent” was given and the committee stated that the group “may be the best ICT group of any kind in Norway and occupies a distinguished position in the international community”, and that it “is one of the gems on the Norwegian Scientific Scene, not just in the context of ICT”. In the 2012 evaluation, the Selmer Center got the highest possible grade as one out of five when all the 63 ICT-research groups were evaluated. The Selmer Center is also one of only two groups with the highest possible grade in both the 2002 and 2012 evaluations.