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Prof. Burkhard Stiller talk on Blokchcain

Speaker: Prof. Burkhard Stiller, Communication Systems Group, Department of Informatics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

 

Title: A View on Blockchains, Their Applications, and an Informal Evaluation

 

WhenFriday, 26th October 2018 at 11:30am - 12:30pm

 

Speaker live from:Computer Science and Engineering Building (K17), Level 1 Meeting Room 113, Sydney, NSW

 

Abstract:

 

Although these days blockchains are very often referred to as "Blockchain Technology", they simply denote a well-defined Abstract Data Type, which is based on a linked list of data elements, each of which being linked by cryptographically constructed linkages. Thus, this talk will enlighten the core technical characteristics of blockchains from a slightly unusual angle, while indicating an evolutionary computer science approach undertaken - enriched with security, networking, and distributed systems mechanisms.Also, the talk will raise the awareness that blockchans and related distributed ledgers assume important prerequisites, which result in dedicated effects and impacts from which different applications (a) can benefit, (b) other may benefit with dedicated support only, and (b) even others will not benefit at all.Unfortunately, many projections of the usefulness and applicability of blockchains remain unrealistic, therefore, selected and major technical challenges and more broader risks foreseen will conclude the talk in terms of an informal evaluation.
 

Bio:

 

Prof. Dr. BurkhardStilleris a full professor for Communication Systems at the University of Zürich UZH, Switzerland with over 20 years of networking experience. He started to work on Bitcoins and blockchains in early 2014 with his by then PostDoc Dr. Thomas Bocek.Besides being the coordinator of many Swiss and European industrial and research projects, he is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Computer Networks journal, he organized major conferences (e.g., IFIP Networking 2018, CNSM 2013, IEEE LCN 2009), and has published within his main research interests well over 250 research papers on systems with a fully decentralized control (blockchains, clouds, peer-to-peer), network and service management (economic management), Internet-of-Things (security of constrained devices, LoRa/TTN), and telecommunication economics (charging and accounting).He is a senior advisor of modum.io, an ICO-financed start-up in the blockchain and logistics domain, the IFIP TC6 Chair (Technical Committee on Communication Systems), and member of the Luxembourg FNR Research Council.

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