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


    Tea Break


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




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


    Tea Break


    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


    Closing Comments and Questions


    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.

    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 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.
    Steve Leonard
    Founding CEO, SGInnovate
    Mr Steve Leonard is a technology-industry leader with a wide range of experience, having played key roles in building several global companies in areas such as Software, Hardware and Services. Although born in the US, Mr Leonard considers himself a member of the larger global community, having lived and worked outside the US for more than 25 years.

    In his current role as the Founding Chief Executive Officer of SGInnovate – a private limited company wholly owned by the Singapore Government – Mr Leonard has been chartered to lead an organisation that builds ‘deep-tech’ companies. Capitalising on the science and technology research for which Singapore has gained a global reputation, Mr Leonard’s team works with local and international partners, including universities, venture capitalists, and major corporations to help technical founders imagine, start and scale globally-relevant earlystage technology companies from Singapore.

    Prior to his role as the CEO of SGInnovate, Mr Leonard served three years as the Executive Deputy Chairman of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), a government statutory board under the purview of Singapore’s Ministry of Communications and Information. In that role, he had executive responsibility at the national level for various aspects of the information technology and telecommunications industries in Singapore.

    Mr Leonard serves on the advisory boards of a range of universities and organisations in Singapore. Mr Leonard also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director at Singapore Post Ltd (SingPost), a global leader in e-commerce logistics; and AsiaSat, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed commercial operator of communication spacecraft.