IOHK & Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Winter School on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technologies
A short video interview with Prof Aggelos Kiayias at Shanghai Jiao Tong University & Winter School on Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technologies, Filmed on location in Shanghai January 15th - 17th 2017.
Prof Aggelos Kiayias is the Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in computer security, information security, applied cryptography and foundations of cryptography with a particular emphasis in blockchain technologies and distributed systems, e-voting and secure multiparty protocols as well as privacy and identity management. He joins IOHK as chief scientist through a long-term consulting agreement between IOHK and the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he is based and continues to do research and teach courses in cyber security and cryptography. Prof Kiayias is also Professor in Residence (gratis) at the University of Connecticut, USA, and Associate Professor of Cryptography and Security (on leave) at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.
Prof Kiayias’s cyber security research over the years has been funded by the Horizon 2020 programme (EU), the European Research Council (EU), the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (Greece), the National Science Foundation (USA), the Department of Homeland Security (USA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (USA). He has received an ERC Starting Grant, a Marie Curie fellowship, an NSF Career Award, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He holds a Ph.D. from the City University of New York and he is a graduate of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Athens. He has more than 100 publications in journals and conference proceedings in the area.
He currently serves as the program chair of the Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2017 conference.
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have proven to be a phenomenal success. The underlying blockchain techniques hold a huge promise to change the future of financial transactions, and even our way of computation and collaboration. Both development community and research community have recently made significant progresses. But at the same time, we are facing many challenges.
This winter school aims to bring together the communities working on cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies. The target audience is anyone (students, researchers, developers, professionals) with an interest in cryptography and security.
The lectures in the school will be given by world leading researchers in this area (such as Professors Jonathan Katz and Aggelos Kiayias - IOHK). All lectures will be self-contained, and we don’t assume the participants to have cryptography background.
In this winter school, we will study a comprehensive set of topics about blockchain technologies, including: Bitcoin basics; Analysis of Nakamoto consensus in cryptographic setting and in game-theoretical setting; Ethereum and smart contracts; Alternative approaches to mining and consensus; Scalability; Anonymity.
Founded in 2015 by Charles Hoskinson and Jeremy Wood, IOHK is a technology company committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to the three billion people who don’t have them.
It is the founding principle of IOHK. Cascading disruption is the idea that most of the structures that form the world’s financial, governance and social systems are inherently unstable and thus minor perturbations can cause a ripple effect that fundamentally reconfigures the entire system. Our company is committed to identifying and developing technology to force these perturbations in order to push towards a more fair and transparent order.
Projects we work on
Currently IOHK is studying new tools and paradigms for cryptographic research and the architecture of cryptocurrencies. More specifically, we are collaboratively developing an open-source library for universal composability and the Scorex project. We also do for-profit work aligned with our mission, vision and goals.
The mission of IOHK
We view the world as a series of giant and mostly interconnected social graphs with hundreds of complex systems embedded. Our mission is to perturb the graphs to a more connected, transparent and fair configuration for both the flow of ideas and value.
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