On the wednesday we had a series of introductory lectures, aimed at filling in the background for graduate students. I introduced the arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves and their Jacobians. Dimitar Jetchev described index calculus attacks, and Daniel Moldovan and Cihangir Tezcan gave an introduction to Weil descent; finally, Thorsten Kleinjung spoke about Semaev’s summation polynomials.
The workshop proper kicked off the next day, with detailed talks (most of them running just over an hour, with plenty of audience interaction) spread over the thursday and friday. The workshop essentially presented the current state of the art in algorithms (both theoretical and practical) for the DLP in Jacobians of algebraic curves.
Claus Diem spoke (twice) about high- and low-genus DLP algorithms based on his work in index calculus. Pierrick Gaudry and I gave talks about the DLP for genus 3 curves: I spoke about the case where the isogeny attack applies, while Pierrick gave a much more interesting talk considering other cases. Emmanuel Thomé spoke about L(1/3) DLP algorithms for high-genus curves with low degree (such as hyperelliptic and C_ab curves). Romain Cosset gave a nice talk about isogeny computations in genus 2, and showed us some really interesting isogeny graphs. Returning to the Weil descent theme, Tsutomu Iijima spoke about classifying weak curves and coverings. Vanessa Vitse spoke about combining cover and decomposition attacks for DLPs on elliptic curves defined over composite-degree extensions: this means applying Gaudry-Hess-Smart to move the DLP into a higher-genus Jacobian over an intermediate subfield, then using a decomposition attack on the resulting Jacobian on the smaller subfield. To conclude the workshop, Florian Hess gave an excellent talk on two themes: the DLP on elliptic curves, and problems involved in pairing inversion.
Some of the speakers (notably Claus, Thorsten, and Pierrick) gave blackboard talks; in theory the slides for the others are available on request (see the LACAL website, or ask Dimitar Jetchev).
— Ben Smith