There is growing interest among mathematicians and cryptographers in cryptosystems based on algebraic problems and in related cryptanalysis. The purpose of the Consortium is to facilitate research in these and related areas by
  1. Creating and maintaining informational infrastructure (discussion groups, lists of open problems, accounts of recent progress, instructional materials on the web).
  2. Arranging cooperative research (collaborative grants, coordinated plans, joint conferences and workshops, sharing of computational resources, creating joint libraries of algorithms).
  3. Training of graduate students and postdocs (organizing short focused courses and workshops, creating exchange opportunities, making collections of research topics for PhD and Master students, disseminating lecture notes and teaching tools).