Uncrackable encryption from other universes of set theory Project funded by the Vector Foundation (see link) Ordinary cryptographic methods to encrypt data are usually based on the limitations of memory, speed and capacity of modern computers. For instance, the RSA method uses the product of two large prime numbers and for decrypting the message the unique prime factor decomposition of the product is needed which takes even the best super computers inefficiently long. However, in theory it is possible to crack this kind of codes. The search for provably uncrackable encryption is therefore of greatest importance.

In the project Professor Dr. Lutz Strüngmann will combine cryptography and set theory which is a novel attempt to produce a new method for encryption. More explicitly, it is the idea to use the method of forcing which is well-known in set theory and turn it into an encryption algorithm. If this works theoretically we will also implement the algorithm and produce a corresponding software.

The project is funded by the Vector Foundation within the MINT program for one year and starts in January 2018. We would like to thank the Vector foundation for their kind support.

NeoTrie – a project on virtual reality, schools and the genetic information Professor Dr. Lutz Strüngmann has recently started a collaboration with the University of Almeria and VIRTUALDOR (see http://www.virtualdor.com/) on a new software project related to virtual reality: NeoTrie (see http://virtualdor.com/NeoTrie-VR/). Originally designed for helping pupils in school to better understand geometry it is the idea of this collaboration to firstly incorporate the software in courses on mathematics taught at Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and secondly to further develop the software for a possible use in research activities of the competence center, e.g. in visualizing and investigating the genetic information. A first very successful workshop took place in Almeria in September 2018 (see https://sites.google.com/ual.es/imneo-vr) where the first steps of the project were discussed.

Concerning DNA as information Members of the competence center have an ongoing collaboration with two research groups from the Universities of Bologna and Strasbourg concerning DNA as information. In particular the theory of circular codes is developed.