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Lecture Series of the UZH Blockchain Center.

In this set of lectures, internationally renowned scholars in the area of blockchain research will present their work in an academic environment. The lecture series is interdisciplinary. but given that we have only 4-5 slots per semester it is very hard to have a good sample in a single semester. Bear patience with the programme, it will increase the breath of topics in successive editions. The programme (and dates) for this semester are the following:

LECTURE 1. 19.02.2019 - State of Cryptoeconomics Research
Dr Shermin Voshmgir
Director, Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Austria
Location: KOL-E-21 : Time 18:15 / 20:00
Bio: Shermin Voshmgir is the director of the interdisciplinary Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics at the Vienna University of Economics, founded in January 2018. The aim of this research lab is to coordinate all Blockchain related research activities in a multi facettet and interdisciplinary way, build a competence center that connects researchers with practitioners and translates the know how into teaching. Prior to that she created the BlockchainHub in Berlin. She is currently an advisor of Jolocom, a blockchain based identity protocol and Wunder, a decentralized Art Museum. In the past, she was a curator of TheDAO and on the advisory board of the Estonian E-residency. Shermin also speaks at conferences and consults on implications and applications of Blockchain and other DLTs, with special focus on the "Token Economy". The first dedicated research focus is on sustainability and social impact of future technologies - the intersection of Blockchain with AI and IoT. Shermin did her PhD in IT-Management at the Vienna University of Economics at the Department for Information Systemes. The topic of her thesis was to evaluate the impact of XML with real option analysis. Furthermore, she studied film and drama in Madrid. Her past work experience ranges from internet start-ups, IT consulting & filmmaking. She is Austrian, with Iranian roots, and lives between Vienna and Berlin.
Abstract: The talk will give an overview of the research areas that derive from the emergence of blockchains and similar DLTs, touching all aspects of of the technology from deep stack questions around consensus mechanisms to application layer question, including derived interdisciplinary questions from cryptogovernance, cryptoeconomics, and cryptolaw. Focus of the talk will be on the activities in Vienna around the Cryptoeconomics Research lab as well as the Austrian Blockchain Center. Special focus will be dedicated to the activities around "Token Engineering" and "Token Economy".

LECTURE 2. 12.03.2019 - Stablecoins: Crypto's Holy Grail or Fools’ Errand?
Dr Garrick Hileman
Head of reseach at Blockchain
London School of Economics
United Kingdom
Location: KOL-E-21 : Time 18:15 / 20:00

LECTURE 3. 16.04.2019 - Will Bitcoin mining lead to global environmental catastrophe?
Prof. Dr Ladislav Krištoufek
Vice-Dean for Student Affairs & Associate Professor
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague
Czech Republic
Location: KOL-F-109 : Time 18:15 / 20:00

LECTURE 4. 21.05.2019 - Design and verification of Bitcoin smart contracts with BitML
Prof. Dr Massimo Bartoletti
Blockchain@Unica Lab
Università di Cagliari
Italy
Location: KOL-E-21 : Time 18:15 / 20:00

LECTURE 5. 04.06.2019 – The BSafe Academic Network
Dr Shin'ichiro Matsuo, Research Professor
Department of Computer Science
Georgetown University
USA
Location: KOL-E-21 : Time 18:15 / 20:00
(The speaker is yet to confirm) - but the date is confirmed

Helmut Dietl explains why elite universities invest millions of their endowment funds into cryptocurrencies

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Peer-to-Peer „Teilen wir mit Blockchain besser?“

17. Oktober 2018 – 18:30 Uhr, Trust Square – Bahnhofstrasse 3 – Zürich

Die Blockchain-Technologie hält Einzug in unseren Alltag. Unter anderem wird sie den direkten Austausch von Gütern und Dienstleistungen zwischen Individuen in Peer-to-Peer- Netzwerken verstärken. Bietet die Blockchain damit auch die Infrastruktur für eine neue dezentralisierte Sharing Economy?

An diesem Abend wollen wir gemeinsam mit ExpertInnen und Projekten auf diesem Gebiet unter anderem den Fragen nachgehen, wo die Schnittstellen von Blockchain Technologie zur Sharing Economy heute sind und wo sie morgen sein könnten. Die Teilnehmenden erhalten aber auch Einblick in Anwendungsbereiche, welche kurz vor der Einführung stehen. Schlussendlich vermittelt Dezentrum einen Ausblick in die Zukunft einer dezentralisierten Gesellschaft.

Programm:

18:30 Uhr Begrüßung durch René F. Lisi – Sharecon & Prof. Dr. Schwabe - Blockchain Center Uni ZH
18:40 Uhr Stefan Naegeli, Co-Founder, CTO Swisspeers – Was ist Blockchain – Einführung ins Thema am Beispiel Crowdlending Kredite
19:10 Uhr Prof. Dr. Schwabe Universität Zürich– das Blockchain Car Dossier
19:30 Uhr Flurin Hess, Dezentrum – digital Commons
19:50 Uhr Podiumsgespräch mit Referenten – Moderation Sharecon
ab ca. 20:15 Uhr Networking-Apéro

Blockchain Research at University Zurich

Place: Universität Zürich Zentrum KOL-E-21, Rämistrasse 71 8006 Zürich
Day: Tuesday, 25. September 2018
Time: 18.00 - 20.30 (incl. Apéro)

This is an event mainly targeted to PhD students and postdocs to present (when possible) and receive feedback … and also to become aware of the research streams in the area both at UZH and ETH. The idea was originated in the Chair of Computational Social Sciences at ETH but they were interested to shift the activities as well into the UZH in a cyclic manner. The details are as follows:

18:10 Welcome

18:15 Cardossier, The digital blockchain ecosystem – Liudmila Zavolokina (UZH)
Information Asymmetries and lack of trust between buyers and sellers are prevailing today’s used-car market. To counteract these problems, together with project partners from the car ecosystem (insurance, importer, car dealer, road traffic agency, legal research department), researchers from the Information Management Research Group at the UZH implement a blockchain-based digital car dossier.

19:00 Uprise from the Underground: An analysis of the relationship between cryptomarkets and Bitcoin – Jan Bühlmann (UZH)
The focus of this study is an analysis of the historical origins of online drug trade and its key components. Moreover, it examines the role of the cryptocurrency bitcoin within that context. While it is clear that the invention of bitcoin was an existential condition to the creation of the first cryptomarket, it is left to wonder if bitcoin would have made it into the mainstream without the prior adaptation in online drug trade.

19:45 Closing – Claudio Tessone (UZH) / Marcus M. Dapp (ETHZ)
APERO Sponsored by the COSS group and futurICT2.eu research project

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Claudio Tessone gives talk on Vienna Crypto-Monday

Prof. Dr. Claudio Tessone from the University of Zurich will give a talk at the Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Vienna University of Economics and Business on the topic: “The centralization of cryptocurrency economies: the only possible fate?” on September 19th at 6 pm.

EUREKA: a modern review and rating system for science publishing and research

Every year, billions of dollars are allocated to research which is never published. In addition, publishing companies demanded increasingly large fees for their services. The most important of these services relates to the quality control of each publication. This is achieved through peer review. Typically peer reviewers are not paid for the work of reviewing and they must rely on public funds to do their work. Researchers are forced to pay access fees to publishing companies to access their own research and the research of others. This has lead to profit margins of some publishing companies which exceed 40%. The percentage is larger than the profit margins of Google and Apple. The current system of publication is one in which avarice and profit maximisation hinder scientific progress.

EUREKA Blockchain Solutions GmbH is in collaboration with the team of ScienceMatters and University of Zurich to develop a peer-to-peer science publication platform using blockchain technology. Reviewing and rating of manuscripts are central process on the EUREKA platform. Rewarding editors and reviewers, as well as others involved in the research cycle, for their work in the publication process is of crucial importance. EUREKA will utilise the EUREKA Token (EKA) as a means of remunerating reviewers and editors for their work. The token will incentivise replication studies by rewarding both negative and positive results which relate to replication and reproducibility of research. EKA, which is based on the Ethereum blockchain, will play a central part in extending the existing publishing platform of ScienceMatters. EUREKA will democratise science publishing and research by bringing publishing into the modern age of blockchain. EUREKA will ensure a future of research and publication in science in which all parties involved will be compensated fairly.

In addition to ScienceMatters, EUREKA Blockchain Solutions GmbH is working in collaboration with the Communications System Group (CSG) at the Institute of Informatics at University of Zurich. EUREKA receives technical support from Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller and a team of six master’s students, who are in the process of conducting this project as part of their degrees. Prof. Dr. Lawrence Rajendran, an Alzheimer’s disease researcher of University of Zurich, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Bocek, a former post-doctoral researcher of CSG and currently Professor of Informatics at Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, are also involved in leadership of EUREKA.

1st International FinTech, InsurTech & Blockchain Forum

The International FinTech, InsurTech and Blockchain Forum is an international and interdisciplinary conference on the global phenomenon of the digitization of financial services. It is organized by the University of Zurich and takes place on Oct. 24th, 2018 in close cooperation with the Swiss International Finance Forum (www.nzz-siff.com), a practitioners conference on the future of financial services.

24.10.2018 | University of Zurich

Blockchain @ Fraunhofer

Wolfgang Prinz has been one of the founders of the Fraunhofer Blockchain Lab (https://www.fit.fraunhofer.de/en/fb/cscw/blockchain.html) and has been exploring the potential of Blockchain Technologies for more than two years. He will talk about experiences in recent blockchain projects including a platform for student dossiers and applications for the Internet of things. As typical for Fraunhofer researchers, he is not only talking about technologies, but also about the business and legal challenges and opportunities of Blockchain Technologies. After the talk he is open to discuss opportunities for collaborations.
The talk will be a Brownbag talk, i.e. there will be the opportunity to have lunch during the talk.

03.07.2018 , 11:30-12:30 | UZH Nord, BIN 1.D.06 (ACE-Lab)

Great interest was shown for Blockchain seminar

From 17th until 19th of May in 2018 a joint blockchain seminar took place at University of Zurich. In total, more than 50 students of computer science and economics presented their seminar papers on technical basics, economic and organizational potentials and applications. Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe and Prof. Claudio Tessone they have shared innovative ideas regards concepts and perspectives of Blockchain technology.