Blockchain is a verifiable distributed ledger that can be used for a variety of applications like financial transactions, smart properties, credential management, internet-of-things, supply chain management and even decentralizied autonomous organizations (DAO). The popularity of Bitcoin has resulted in the creation of alternate cryptocurrencies based on blockchain, and now, smart contract on blockchain is believed to be a disruptive technology. There is clearly a huge buzz about blockchain technology, cryptocurrency and smart contracts in the technical community, and governments and industries have also shown great interest in developing and deploying this technology.
The workshop brought together researchers and practitioners in this domain to discuss the current state of affairs in blockchain technology, underlying theoretical foundations, and potential applications. The workshop discussed and analyzed current cryptographic protocols underlying blockchains and cryptocurrencies, and proposed new ways to design secure, robust, scalable blockchain solutions. The workshop featured keynote talks and panel discussions on recent trends and research directions in Blockchain Technology.
KU Leuven, Belgium
Kyushu University, Japan
Purdue University, USA
IIT Kanpur, India
Microsoft Research, India
Microsoft Research, Redmond
IBM Research, India
IIT Bombay, India
ISI Kolkata, India
Sourav Sen Gupta
ISI Kolkata, India
29 November — 1 December, 2017
Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
|29 November||Speaker||Title of the Talk|
|10:00 — 10:25||Bimal Roy, Satya Lokam||Introduction and Welcome Address|
|10:30 — 11:30||Sourav Sen Gupta||Tutorial on Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology|
|11:50 — 13:10||Saravanan Vijayakumaran||A deep dive into Bitcoin and Bitcoin Scripts|
|14:15 — 15:10||Kouichi Sakurai||Bitcoin, Blockchain, FinTech, IoT, AI and your Future|
|15:30 — 16:30||Sandeep Shukla||Blockchain Solutions to e-Governance Problems||30 November||Speaker||Title of the Talk|
|10:00 — 10:50||Kouichi Sakurai||Cryptography with Blockchain|
|11:00 — 11:55||Aniket Kate||Blockchain Privacy : Challenges and Solutions|
|12:15 — 13:10||Sushmita Ruj||Enabling Data Storage, Sharing and Trading|
|14:15 — 15:10||Bart Preneel||Bitcoin : Publish or Perish|
|15:30 — 17:30||The Participants||Brainstorming the Blockchain for "The Idea"||1 December||Speaker||Title of the Talk|
|10:00 — 10:50||Srinath Setty||VOLT project: Trustworthy Distributed Ledgers|
|11:00 — 11:55||Bart Preneel||
Blockchain : Analyzing BU Mining Protocol
Do you need a Blockchain?
|12:15 — 13:10||Praveen Jayachandran||Making Blockchain Real for Business|
|14:30 — 15:30||Panel Discussion||Future of Blockchain in India|
The deadline for registration/application was 31 October 2017.
Registration was generally open for PhD students, faculty members, and industry professionals who are already exploring this technology. Basic knowledge about bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain was desirable. Based on the applications, a limited number of participants were provided with travel funds (AC Tier II train fare) and accommodation, where preference was given to PhD students and young faculty members, with no other means of financial support. There was no registration fee, but a customary registration was mandatory.
Academically mature and exceptionally motivated MTech students of Computer Science and allied disciplines, especially those in their final year and those working on Bitcoin/Blockchain, could also attend the workshop, with due note of recommendation from their academic supervisors and/or professors.
Professor Bimal Roy, Head, R C Bose Centre for Cryptology and Security
Indian Statistical Institute, 203 Barackpore Trunk Road, Kolkata, India 700108
Office — Applied Statistics Unit (ASU), Eighth Floor, S N Bose Building
Phone : +91 (33) 2575 2809 (office) | Fax : +91 (33) 2578 5260 (office)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org | Website : http://www.isical.ac.in/~bimal