Blockchain Research
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Key Talks

    'Cryptography and Blockchains'
     Yvo Desmedt

     Jonsson Distinguished Professor
     Cyber Security Research and Education Institute
     University of Texas at Dallas, US;
     and Fellow, International Association for Cryptologic Research

    'Security of Crypto Currency Wallets'
     Nicolas Courtois

     Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research
     University College London, UK


Yvo Desmedt
Yvo Desmedt is the Jonsson Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was a pioneer of threshold cryptography, and is Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and Foreign Member of the Belgium Academy of Science. Prof Desmedt made crucial observations that were used in the cryptanalysis of the Merkle–Hellman knapsack cryptosystem. He also observed properties of the Data Encryption Standard, which were used by Eli Biham and Adi Shamir when they invented Differential Cryptanalysis. He received his PhD from the University of Leuven, and held positions at University College London (UCL), University of Montreal, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Florida State University, as well as numerous visiting appointments at other universities. At UCL, Yvo was Chair of Information Communication Technology, and at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was Founding Director of the Center for Cryptography, Computer and Network Security. At Florida State, he was Director of the Laboratory of Security and Assurance in Information Technology, one of the first 14 NSA Centers of Excellence. Prof Desmedt is Editor-in-Chief of IET Information Security, and has authored over 200 refereed papers, primarily on cryptography, computer security, and network security. He has made important predictions, such as his 1983 technical description of how cyber could be used to attack control systems (realized by Stuxnet), and his 1996 prediction that hackers will target Certifying Authorities (DigiNotar was targeted in 2011).


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