AiS Challenge Team Abstract


Team Number: 014

School Name: Albuquerque Academy

Area of Science: Computer Science

Project Title: Fractal Encryption



The goal of this project is to create a better way to encode information. We will research the methods of encryption used now, observing their strengths and weaknesses and how we might improve on them. First of all, we hope to create an encoding system that utilizes fractals. Secondly we must decide how long we want these codes to remain safe. Long term encryption requires greater computational power, and is often unnecessary, but provides greater overall security. Something that we might experiment with is to try and disguise the code as something that would not normally be considered as such, i.e. a letter to someone's mother, etc. We figure one of the best ways to have an uncrackable code is using something that wouldn't be interpreted as a code in the first place so that no one would try to crack it. Regardless, an encryption code should be able to withstand attack from someone that has full knowledge of the algorithm, and its implementation. We plan on using C++ to encode the information and use Java for graphical representation of our results. From this we hope to achieve a way of coding that may pass under the radar so to speak, or one that is untouchable.

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