Advances in Blockchain Technology Scotland

When:
30/09/2020 @ 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
2020-09-30T13:00:00+01:00
2020-09-30T18:30:00+01:00
Where:
Virtual
Contact:
Ahmed El-Rayis

ABT-Scotland is an online event organised by the Blockchain Technology Lab (BTL) in partnership with the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh. The event aims to showcase the pioneering world-class research on blockchain technology taking place at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK.

The BTL is led by Prof Aggelos Kiayias, Chair of Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh. In his role at the BTL, considered to be the most influential blockchain laboratory in the UK in terms of basic research, Prof Kiayias leads a team of researchers studying all aspects of blockchain and distributed ledger technology and collaborates widely within the University, nationally and internationally on advancing the state of the art in the area.

During the webinar, members of the University of Edinburgh blockchain research community will present their research in areas of security, privacy, regulation, design and programming. We are also very pleased to have two keynote talks: the first by Charles Hoskinson, founder of R&D company IOHK through which the BTL was founded in 2017. Charles will discuss his work alongside Prof Kiayias, notably the vast undertaking of the Cardano system. Our second keynote, Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow and Blockchain Strategist at FedEx, will lead the blockchain in industry session with each company offering a unique perspective on use of the technology. The speakers will answer questions from event attendees at scheduled points throughout the afternoon and there will be a networking session to close.

Agenda

(subject to change)

13:00 –

Welcome to ABT-Scotland 2020

  • Welcome to Bayes – Michael Rovatsos, Director of Bayes & Deputy VP of Research in AI University of Edinburgh
  • Blockchain Technology Lab – Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy & Director of the Blockchain Technology Lab, University of Edinburgh

Area Talks

  • Blockchains and Zero Knowledge Proofs – Markulf Kohlweiss, Senior Lecturer in Security and Privacy & Deputy Director of the Blockchain Technology Lab, University of Edinburgh
  • Decentralised Finance Platforms: Sustainability and inclusion! – Emilios Avgouleas, Chair in Banking Law, School of Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Plutus and Marlowe – Philip Wadler, Chair of Theoretical Computer Science, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Blockchain by Design – Chris Speed, Chair in Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Collaborating with BTL – Ahmed El-Rayis, Business Development Manager, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh

14:45 – Break

14:55 – Welcome back

BTL Project Showcase

  • Blockchain Protocols and Incentives – Aikaterini-Panagiota Stouka, PhD student, University of Edinburgh
  • A Composable Security Treatment of the Lightning Network – Orfeas Litos, PhD student, University of Edinburgh
  • Digital asset management over decentralized ledgers – Dimitris Karakostas, PhD student, University of Edinburgh
  • Distributed Privacy – Thomas Kerber, PhD student, University of Edinburgh

Keynote 1

16:25 – Break

16:35 – Welcome back

Keynote 2

  • Dale Chrystie, Business Fellow and Blockchain Strategist at FedEx

Industry/Practical Blockchain Session

  • Evangelos Pappas, CEO at Ocyan
  • Paul Roach, CTO at Zumo
  • Dinis Guarda, CEO and Founder of Ztudium
  • Industry Panel Discussion with above speakers
  • Closing Remarks – Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy & Director of the Blockchain Technology Lab, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
  • Networking via virtual breakout rooms

18:30 – Close of Event