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Workshop on Blockchain Technology and Theory

23 July 2018, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

In connection with PODC 2018

A blockchain is a distributed ledger for recording transactions, maintained by many nodes without central authority through a distributed cryptographic protocol. All nodes validate the information to be appended to the blockchain, and a consensus protocol ensures that the nodes agree on a unique order in which entries are appended. Consensus protocols for tolerating Byzantine faults have received renewed attention because they also address blockchain systems.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners working in distributed systems, cryptography, and security, from academia and industry, who are interested in the technology and theory of blockchains and their protocols.

The programme of this one-day event will consist of a few invited speakers presenting recent results in the area of blockchains, which are also of interest to the field of distributed computing. Attendance is open to anyone. There will also be some space for discussing open problems and future research directions.

Invited speakers
Artem Barger, IBM Research - Haifa
Iddo Bentov, Cornell Tech, USA
Alessandro Chiesa, UC Berkeley, USA
Bernardo David, Tokyo Institute of Technology and IOHK
Chryssis Georgiou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Dahlia Malkhi, VMware Research
Sarah Meiklejohn, University College London
Neha Narula, Digital Currency Initiative, MIT Media Lab
abhi shelat, Northeastern University
Yonatan Sompolinsky, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Alexander Spiegelman, Technion, Israel
Program is available
Ittai Abraham, VMware Research
Ittay Eyal, Technion, Israel
Christian Cachin, IBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland
Maurice Herlihy, Brown University, USA
Maria Potop-Butucaru, UPMC - LIP6, Paris, France
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