I am combining my February and March reports for convenience. Before I jump into that: if you are interested in sponsoring the Konferenco, there is also information on that available at MoneroKon.com.
February: In February, my time was split this way, roughly: I spent about a quarter of my time on Konferenco organization (including signing a contract for the location) and three quarters of my time on research. Of my research time, I spent about a third of my time on output selection methods, a third of my time writing security proofs for an upcoming paper on DLSAG and return addresses for use in swaps and other protocols, and about a third of my time formalizing my simulations of random blockchains for use in the matching paper MRL11; deep dive into graph theory literature is finished, coding of simulations have begun, some of the work for that can be found here. The DLSAG stuff had a deadline of March 1, which ended up being pushed back. I also spent several hours working on dynamic block sizes, which included some complicated work on an oscillator model that didn't pan out, and MRL had several discussions on payment IDs and deprecation. Moreover, I attended the latest MRL workshop in Nashville, which is essentially a chance to get together and encourage the face-to-face end of MRL.
Meeting dates in February: 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb. March: In March, I got my github organized a bit. I'm stopping using my fork of monero-research-lab because it implies that work on my fork will be merged upstream eventutally. I started a new repo called mrl-skunkworks where I'm putting most of my work until it's time to start tracking that work for merging into the monero-project/monero-research-lab repo. This is due to a suggestion from Sarang. I'm still working on cleaning up my fork of -monero-research-lab. At the end of this month, a new proposal for compact LSAG-based RingCT was proposed by RandomRun. I was able to prove this scheme and a related scheme secure, and show that this scheme removes some scaling problems associated with confidentially coloring coins in Monero. So a new paper is coming out on the so-called CLSAG scheme, it's security, and its applications. Other than github management, loosely speaking, I spent about 25% of my time catching up on reading papers on the theory end of things (including but not limited to Parazoa and background reading on algebraic curves over finite fields) and on random tasks like investigating the input/output distribution for our matching simulations (see here), 25% of my time on my matching simulations, 15% of my time on konferenco organization, 15% of my time finishing DLSAG security proofs, 10% on CLSAG and coloring monero, around 10% of my time on Spectre. Meeting dates in March: 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar.
Upcoming stuff: DLSAG paper will be published soon^TM, a technical note on CLSAG and confidentially colored RingCT will be published soon^TM, my matching simulations will be presenting results soon^TM, and a new project related to permutations and parazoa will be starting next month. I was thinking I was going to call it slyhash because I think it's clever and I was listening to Sly and the Family Stone when I came up with the idea, but I'm beginning to think "Loofa" is a better variant of sponges to describe the project.
I want to once again thank The Monero Community. You have been fantastically good to me, and every time I meet one of you in real life, I'm grateful for the experience. I'm excited to play host during the Konferenco in June. The abstract deadline has technically passed, but we haven't finished organizing the schedule and we are willing to look at abstracts; we have a lot of fantastic abstracts that I haven't responded to yet, and that's my big task this week in regards to the Konferenco. I really want to encourage everyone to submit an abstract who has an interesting talk about privacy technology, or cryptocurrencies more specifically, or Monero in particular. Bringing researchers from across the world to share their ideas and to discuss privacy technology is a valuable contribution to the overall research development environment, and the Konferenco is a sign of the health of our research community. Every research community thrives on healthy disagreement and argumentation! I am extremely proud of being a member of a community who can see the value in technical and scholarly meetings, and I'm honored to be entrusted by the community to carry out this conference with care and attention so that we can have many of these in the future.