Cafe Scientifique Orlando is a gathering of scientifically-inclined people in Central Florida, who meet at a cafe, coffee house, pub, or nonacademic location to discuss events and ideas in the world of science. We enjoy beer and wine, and we use plain language to talk about extraordinary ideas.

Wang, Qian; Guha, Arup
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm
717 W. Smith Street
Postal Code:
United States

Cryptography is often considered one of the crown jewels in a young discipline, computer science, but it’s really an ancient subject that helped bring into existence the computer age. Our speakers will explore the ways cryptography is used (and abused) to run our world, as well as introduce some of the mathematics that modern cryptography is built on.

Arup Guha grew up in Winter Park and got undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science at MIT in 1997. After getting his Masters in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Arup returned to Orlando in 1999 to teach at UCF in the Computer Science department, where he teaches a cryptography course each fall semester.

Qian Wang got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science at MIT in 2001. He works with encryption algorithms and thinks about security problems daily as part of his job at QFX Software, a local company he founded.

Past Café Scientifique Events

Race to the Moon 18 November, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Good Bacteria 9 September, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Marine Ecosystems 8 August, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Solar System 7 July, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Robotics 6 June, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Cloud Computing 13 May, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Nanoscience 8 April, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Fire Ants 11 March, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Food Preservation 5 March, 2014 - 19:00 Eden Bar at...
Marine Mammals 11 February, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Bees 14 January, 2014 - 18:30 downtown library
Frankenfood 10 December, 2013 - 18:30 downtown library

Topics We'd Love to See

What are some topics you’d like to have? Tell us in your comments below. See our full schedule to know what we’ve had and plan to have, before adding something new.

Additionally, if you are a scientific expert interested in presenting a topic, please email us.