Title: Making Blockchain Real for Business
Abstract: There has been tremendous interest in blockchain systems over the last few years across industries, startups and academia. This talk will aim to introduce blockchain from a computer science perspective, highlight the key concepts, and attempt to distill the novelty from the hype. We will also differentiate blockchain as defined by bitcoin, from permissioned-blockchain systems based on hyperledger and ethereum that are gaining traction in the industry. We will look at a few examples of use cases to illustrate why blockchain is viewed as revolutionary. While there are many areas of on-going research, we will look deeper into a few open technical challenges.
Praveen Jayachandran, Scientist at IBM Research, Bangalore
I lead the Blockchain and Smart Contracts Group at IBM Research – India. Prior to that I was a part of the Distributed Systems Research Group working on problems related to cloud computing. My research interests are broadly in the analysis, performance management, and optimization of distributed systems and networks. I was selected as part of ‘Best of IBM’ for 2017. I am a Master Inventor and ACM Eminent Speaker. I obtained my PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in September 2010, advised by Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher. My PhD thesis was on Feasible Region Calculus, a fundamental theoretical analysis of timing issues in distributed systems. I received my B.Tech and M.Tech degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, in Computer Science and Engineering.
I am a recipient of the best paper award at the Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems 2009, the best student paper award at the Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems 2007, the Vodafone fellowship for the academic year 2007-08, the Andrew and Shana Laursen fellowship for the year 2005-06, and the C.L. and Jane Liu award from the Department of Computer Science at UIUC in 2007.