Third Workshop on Blockchain Technologies and its Applications

February 04 - 07, 2019

  1. Navin Gupta (Managing Director for South Asia & MENA, Ripple)
    Blockchain Use Cases - Scaling Up
    Blockchain in its popular Avatar is 10 years old but we still don't have many use cases that touch the masses. So what can we learn from use cases that have scaled up. How would interoperability work between blockchains. A business perspective on How do we solve for these challenges.

  2. Ramasastri AS (Director, IDRBT)
    Money, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency: 3 Interlinking Stories
    Blockchain technology is hailed [Harvard Business Review 2017] as a foundational technology with a potential to disrupt the very fabric of our social and economic interactions. Today, Blockchain technology is still in its infancy with no universally accepted characterization. However, there are two broad categories of Blockchain platforms evolving - permission-less / open and permissioned / private. While the permission-less / open Blockchains are considered useful for truly decentralized applications (C2C), permissioned / private Blockchains are useful for business interactions (B2B). Although, several permissioned / private Blockchain platforms such as Hyperledger Fabric, Corda, Multichain, Quorum etc. exist, they have evolved with very different philosophies and hence follow very different protocols. Moreover, most of these platforms have started with a Blockchain thought process and tried to fit business applications into this framework.
    In this talk, we share some thoughts on the following aspects:
    1. Starting with the challenges / pain-points in business processes as they are structured today, how can we draw a Blueprint (the defining characteristics) of a Blockchain platform that addresses these effectively and efficiently?
    2. Who are the various stakeholders and what are their roles and responsibilities in such a platform
    3. Can existing technologies be leveraged to build the platform?

  3. Surya Nepal (Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Australia)
    Research and Applications of Blockchain: CSIRO Data61's Perspective
    CSIRO's Data61 business unit is the largest data innovation group in Australia, bringing together approximately 600 research and development staff working in digital technologies to create benefit for Australia. Distributed trust (more specifically Blockchain) is one of Data61's research focus areas. This talk provides a brief overview of Blockchain activities within Data61 including developed technologies, research, industry and government projects, and national initiatives.

  4. Rama Vedashree (CEO, DSCI)
    Secure Digitalisation: Can Blockchain be an enabler?
    Governments, Businesses and Societies & Communities are undergoing a deep transformation powered by a Digital Wave. Digital Data now flows through Global Data Grids, and data is transforming everything, resulting in a digital data deluge. The rapid proliferation of devices and IoT or actually IoE ("Internet of Everything") is reshaping contours of Digital Platforms and its imperatives for Trust, Security and Privacy. Organizations and governments are adopting mobility & cloud platforms to innovate and accelerate their services to consumers and citizens. We are moving faster than our ability to keep pace with the change. With the power of Digital and Online Services comes digital accountability to deliver trustful services to consumers and citizens. To achieve digital use cases moon-shot, we need to consider the same strategy to mitigate digital risks at the outset or engineer it by design. The future depends on getting it right with help of emerging technologies such as blockchain which is redefining how trust is to be delivered in the millennium of digital age. We are living in interesting times , each day is posed with a cyber risk in our digital lives, our lives and businesses are opportune target for adversaries. To build a secure digital millennium , one must understand the criticality of trust lever for business enablement. This warrants urgent attention as the digital age and its opportunities and risks is not waiting for anyone one of us.
    - Evolution of Digital Landscape
    - Future Scenarios : Enterprise and Government
    - Re-Architecting Trust computing, hosting, algorithms
    - Engineering Security and Privacy by Design
    - Blockchain Paradigm
    - Pros and Cons

  5. Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy (Associate Professor, Griffith University)
    DLT for AI-based Cyber Security
    While Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) has the potential to revolutionise the digital transformation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) based applications integrated with DLT may significantly enhance the benefits. One such application domain is cyber security, which is increasingly becoming a challenging area.
    Performance of cognitive functions for managing cyber security often need to rely on data from distributed sources with varying levels of trust. The effectiveness of the security mechanism, for example in managing data breaches, may be improved by enabling untrusted entities to share selected data sets/ metadata through DLT.
    This brings a paradigm shift for the traditional AI to look beyond centralised approaches. Cyber incident response mechanisms have useful signals from a wide-ranging data sources. In particular, data breaches are increasing becoming a challenge both in terms of regulatory compliance and business outcomes. Combination of smart contracts and decentralised AI may have the potential for innovative solutions.
    We will discuss some of the fundamental issues related to this integrated technologies and some security applications.

  6. Praveen Jayachandran (Sr Technical Staff Member, IBM Research Labs India)
    Making Blockchain Real for Business
    Blockchains are being increasingly used by enterprises to address business challenges to enhance transparency, improve automation across organizational boundaries, resolve discrepancies, and reduce fraud. This talk will cover some of the blockchain networks that IBM is running in production with several clients in various industries spanning supply chain, logistics, and financial services. I will also discuss some of the unique technical challenges posed by enterprise use cases and the ongoing efforts to address them.




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