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Cracking Historical Ciphers: The DECRYPT project

Research profile seminar

Måndagsseminariet leds av Beáta Megyesi, docent vid Uppsala universitet, som bedriver forskning i historisk kryptologi för att utveckla metoder för att automatiskt knäcka hemligt kodade dokument, så kallade chiffer.

Thousands of historical encrypted manuscripts, so called ciphers, are stored in libraries. The bulk of these historical manuscripts will remain undeciphered unless we can automate – in part or in full – the processes involved in decoding them. In this talk, I will describe the DECRYPT project aiming to develop resources and computer-aided tools for (semi-)automatic decoding of ciphers by cross-disciplinary research involving computational linguistics, cryptology, history, linguistics and philology. I will describe our collection of encrypted sources, their (semi-automatic) transcription adapted to various symbol systems, the analysis needed prior to decryption by using historical language models, and I will give examples of the cryptanalysis of some ciphers.

The DECRYPT project: Decryption of Historical Manuscripts is financed by the Swedish Research Council grant 2018-06074, 2019-2024.

Lecturer: Beáta Megyesi, docent och lektor i datorlingvistik vid Institutionen för lingvistik och filologi, Uppsala universitet.

Date: 9/23/2019

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Humanities

Location: Lennart Torstenssonsgatan, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 6-8

Contact person: Charlotta Olvegård

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