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CDSS22: Cross-disciplinary Special Session on Blockchain Research and Applications

Part 1: Thursday, July 12, 2:10pm, Room: Oceania 5
      2:10PM    A. Othman and J. Callahan: "The Horcrux Protocol: A Method for Decentralized Biometric-based Self-sovereign Identity"  [#18350]
      2:30PM    G. Dusil and D. Cerny: "The Next Evolution in Funding Innovation"  [#18380]
      2:50PM    A. Cohen, L. Duncan and A. Edwards: "EtherSat Protocol: A Blockchain Approach to Efficient Satellite Connectivity"  [#18407]
      3:10PM    A. Norta: "Self-Aware Smart Contracts with Legal Relevance"  [#18544]
      3:30PM    A. Norta, D. Hawthorne and S. Engel: "A Privacy-Protecting Data-Exchange Wallet with Ownership- and Monetization Capabilities"  [#18760]

      3:50PM    coffee break  

Part 2: Thursday, July 12, 4:30pm, Room: Oceania 5
      4:30PM    A. Norta, C. Fernandez and S. Hickmott: "Commercial Property Tokenizing With Smart Contracts"  [#18543]
      4:50PM    M. Gamzin, M. Zelenin and R. Yavorskiy: "Naviaddress: Universal Identification and Addressing Platform"  [#18850]
      5:10PM    F. Tooba, N. Courtois and A. Serguieva: "The Evolution of Embedding Metadata in Blockchain Transactions"  [#18910]
      5:30PM    S. Yoo, S. Kim, J. Joy and M. Gerla: "Promoting Cooperative Strategies on Proof-of-Work Blockchain"  [#19082]
      5:50PM    T. Colliri, D. Ji, H. Pan and L. Zhao: "A Network-Based High Level Data Classification Technique"  [#18129]


WT7: Workshop on Blockchain Research and Applications

Wednesday, July 11, 2:10pm, Room: ARUBA II+III, 2nd Lower Level

2:10pm    Keytalk

'Blockchain: A Cautionary Viewpoint'
     Yvo Desmedt

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

Blockchain: A Cautionary Viewpoint
Abstract: For 2000 years cryptographers have been predicting unbreakable cryptosystems. Unfortunately, no cryptosystem has lasted more than 300 years. The only systems we know that can not be broken (such as the one-time pad) are useless for blockchains. In this talk, we start by having a critical look at the field of cryptography. We analyze what assumptions are needed to make sure blockchains can not be broken. We also discuss some potential applications of blockchains and what their impact could mean for privacy.

Yvo Desmedt
Yvo Desmedt is the Jonsson Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, and an Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL). He is a pioneer of threshold cryptography, and is a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and a Member of the Belgium Academy of Science. He received his Ph.D. (1984, Summa cum Laude) from the University of Leuven, Belgium. Prof Desmedt held positions at Universite de Montreal, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Florida State University, as well as numerous visiting appointments at other universities. 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. At Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was Founding Director of the Center for Cryptography, Computer and Network Security, and at UCL, he was BT Chair and Chair of Information Communication Technology. Yvo is the Editor-in-Chief of IET Information Security and Chair of the Steering Committees of CANS and ICITS. He was Program Chair of e.g., Crypto 1994, the ACM Workshop on Scientific Aspects of Cyber Terrorism 2002, and ISC 2013. He 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).



     3:25pm    "Blockchain and crypto-currencies: Challenges and considerations for law-enforcement"
                      Kacper Gradon,
Center for Forensic Sciences, University of Warsaw

     4:10pm    coffee break

     4:30pm    panel discussion

     5:00pm    "The value of blockchain"
                      David Yue,
True Global Ventures Four Plus Fund

     5:30pm    "The Quantstamp ecosystem"
                      Leonardo Passos,
Quantstamp, Waterloo, Canada

     6:00pm    "Security of crypto currency wallets"
                      Nicolas Courtois,
University College London, UK


4:30pm    Panel Discussion - applications focused

     Nicolas Courtois, University College London, UK
     Leonardo Passos, Quantstamp, Waterloo, Canada
     Antoaneta Serguieva, nChain, and LSE Systemic Risk, London, UK
     David Yue, True Global Ventures Four Plus Fund


Kacper Gradon
Kacper Gradon is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Law, and Director of Centre for Forensic and Investigative Sciences, University of Warsaw. He was awarded three research scholarships by the Canadian International Development Agency, and three grants by the Polish Ministry of Science. Dr Gradon has held Visiting Professorships at University College London, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Southern California, John Jay College of Criminal Justice – CUNY, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received the Polish Ministry of Science Scholarship for Outstanding Academics, in 2011, and more recently was awarded a National Centre for Research and Development grant for training at Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Institute, Germany, and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, USA. Dr. Gradon participated in the creation of the Polish Criminal Analysis and Intelligence Units, and also completed the London Metropolitan Police Specialist Operations Training for Hostage Negotiations; and courses led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Dutch Police, Guardia di Finanza, Bundeskriminalamt, Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He is currently Primary Investigator in the European Commission FP7 Project PRIME (Preventing, Interdicting and Mitigating Extremism).

David Yue
David Yue is an early angel investor in blockchain. He was the judge of the 1st Global Blockchain Competition in Singapore, and of the 1st China Blockchain Technology Innovation and Application Contest. He is executive member of Asia-Israel Blockchain Association. David is a visiting professor at the Blockchain Institute of Jiangxi Pioneer Software College, and a guest lecturer in blockchain within the EMBA program at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications. He has almost 2 decades of diverse experience in MNC and high-tech companies including Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and Marconi prior to joining the private-equity / venture-capital industry. David is also the founding partner of True Global Ventures Four Plus Fund, a $1B decentralized global blockchain fund (in preparation).

Leonardo Passos
Leonrado Passos is a Senior Research Engineer at Quantstamp Technologies, Canada. He has a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, for his work on mining patterns from the Linux kernel source code and other systems. Leonardo is a Microsoft research competition medalist, with industry experience in backend development, compilers, and scalable data pipelines.




Please contact the Organizing Committee with any questions.