Blockchain Research and Industry Introduction Workshop

17 September 2018  |  
8:45am - 5:00pm
GIC, 168 Robinson Road, #37-01 Capital Tower, Singapore 068912
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BLOCKCHAIN RESEARCH AND INDUSTRY INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP

This full-day workshop covers the foundations of blockchain research and application, from academic researchers and industry people with real-world examples.
At this workshop, you will:
  • Understand basic blockchain theory, systems and application
  • Learn the practice of the blockchain industry
  • Upon completion, you will be able to further pursue blockchain technology with a clear roadmap for both the advanced research and industry practice.
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    WORKSHOP AGENDA

    8:45am

    Registration

    9:15am

    Blockchain Fundamentals and Overview presented by Dr Ooi Beng Chin, Distinguished Professor, NUS School of Computing

    10:15am

    Tea Break

    10:45am

    Introduction to Blockchain Systems and Blockbench presented by Dr Tien Tuan Anh Dinh, Senior Research Fellow, NUS School of Computing

    12:00pm

    Lunch

    1:30pm

    Scaling Blockchain Systems presented by Dr Tien Tuan Anh Dinh, Senior Research Fellow, NUS School of Computing

    2:45pm

    Tea Break

    3:15pm

    Panel Discussion
    Dr Ooi Beng Chin, Distinguished Professor, NUS School of Computing
    Dr Tien Tuan Anh Dinh, Senior Research Fellow, NUS School of Computing
    Moderated by: Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate

    4:45pm

    Closing Comments and Questions

    SESSION DETAILS

    Blockchain Fundamentals and Overview

  • What is a blockchain – specifically its unique properties that benefit current and future applications
  • How do current blockchains differ from each other – both qualitatively in the design and quantitatively in their performance
  • What are the current challenges – the future blockchain system
  • Introduction to Blockchain Systems and Blockbench

    We introduce the fundamentals of blockchain systems, focusing on Ethereum and Hyperledger Fabric. We discuss important design choice that affect performance of these systems for data processing tasks. Finally, we showcase, with demonstration, our framework for analyzing private blockchain systems.

    Scaling Blockchain Systems

    We discuss state-of-the-art research that aims to improve scalability of existing blockchain systems. We cover two general approaches: on-chain and off-chain scaling. The former improve consensus protocols, with help of trusted hardware. The latter relies on off-chain channels.

    Speakers
    Dr Ooi Beng Chin
    Distinguished Professor, NUS School of Computing
    Conducting research in AI, Blockchain, Cloud and Database (ABCD) for more than 30 years and works closely with the industry (eg. NUHS, Jurong Health, Tan Tok Seng Hospital, Singapore General Hospital, KK Hospital on healthcare analytics and prediebetes prevention), and exploits IT for efficiency in various appplication domains, including healthcare, finance and smart city. He is a co-founder of yzBigData(2012) for Big Data Management and analytics, and Shentilium Technologies(2016) for AI- and data-driven Financial data analytics, MediLot Technologies(2018) for ¬RegTech company, Cynopsis Solutions, and an advisor to blockchain based KYC traceto.io ICO. Beng Chin serves as a non-executive and independent director of ComfortDelgro and a member of Hangzhou Government AI Development Committee (AI TOP 30). Beng Chin is a fellow of the ACM , IEEE, and Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS).
    Dr Tien Tuan Anh Dinh
    Senior Research Fellow, NUS School of Computing
    His research interest is in system security, with focus on big data, distributed and blockchain systems. He obtained his PhD at University of Birmingham, UK. He has worked for Microsoft Research (Cambridge), NTU, Singtel prior to the current position at NUS.
    Ms Rae Deng
    Chief Marketing Officer, RedNova
    Graduated from Georgetown University with an academic background in international relations and public policy. She is among the elite circle of young professionals who are, on an annual basis, invited to bilateral and multilateral inter-governmental dialogues featuring missile defense, regional security infrastructure, and preventive diplomacy.