October 2018 Newsletter

Blockchain@UBC unites academia, commerce, government, and communities into a research and education-focused ecosystem, which leverages the potential of the blockchain and distributed ledger technology to empower individuals and groups in measurably solving human, social and technical problems, starting with the people of Vancouver and expanding out globally.

Upcoming Blockchain@UBC Events

UBC Blockchain Club | Speaker Series #2: Mario Gibney
November 2nd, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

UBC Blockchain Club, UBC's undergraduate student-run organization, will cover why Bitcoin's breakthrough was such a big deal to the world of cryptography, computer science, and economics. With Mario Gibney, a team lead from Blockstream, the talk will explore the double-spend problem, why it is so difficult to solve, and how Satoshi cracked it using a public ledger, validating nodes, and proof-of-work. Click here for more information!

UBC Blockchain Club x UBC Bizchina | The Future of Blockchain

November 5th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

UBC Blockchain Club and UBC BizChina Club are collaborating to host an information session on the future applications of Blockchain technology! If you are wondering how Blockchain technology will develop in the future, and what its uses are, this is where you can learn more. Click here for more information!

Blockchain@UBC: Bitcoin and Beyond

November 7th, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join two researchers from Blockchain@UBC, Darra Hofman and Chris Rowell, to find out how blockchain technology works and how it could change the way you engage online, access services and more.
This free event takes place in the Alice MacKay room on the Lower Level of the Central Library. More details here.


Blockchain@UBC Research Monthly Talk

November 20th
G. Reza Ramezan is a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate at The University of British Columbia (UBC). His research interest focuses on telecommunications and Blockchains. Reza has received two Master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and IT Management (ITM). He also has extensive work experience as a network security consultant for more than 10 years in different telecommunication companies including AT&T and Telus. Click here for more details.


Blockchain 101: Executive Education Program

November 23rd

Registration for Dr. Chris Rowell's next Blockchain 101 one-day Executive Education course is now open. This one-day course is designed for professionals to stay ahead of their competition, and better understand one of the most revolutionary technologies of today. 
For more event details and to register please click here.

Community Events

NATO Cybersecurity Lecture Series

November 6th - 7th 

Information and the registration link can be found here and is open until October 31.

2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

November 10th - 14th 
The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST&T) will hold its annual conference in Vancouver. Darra Hoffman will present a paper on blockchain and transparency.
Information and the registration link can be found here and is open until November 2nd.


1. Wei Cai, Zehua Wang, Jason B. Ernst, Zhen Hong, Chen Feng, Victor C. M. Leung:

Published "Decentralized Applications: The Blockchain-Empowered Software System", IEEE Access, Vol. 6, pp. 53019 - 53033, 2018.

2. Chris Rowell:

Delivered Part 1 of a two-part webinar series for the UBC Sauder School of Business Alumni on October 25th. 198 people tuned in to hear the webinar, titled “What is Blockchain, and When is it Useful?”
Part 2 of the series, entitled “The Future of Distributed Trust”, will dive deeper into some of the more disruptive implications of blockchain technologies. Coming up on November 7th, this second webinar will be delivered by Chris Rowell and Professor Marc-David Seidel. If you are a UBC student or Alumni, you can register for Part 2 here.

3. Victoria Lemieux:

Was in Moscow from October 22-26 to lead international discussions on the development of a new International Standards Organization (ISO) standard on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Terminology.  
The document has received a first round of comment from international member bodies to which the ISO Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers Experts Group (TC307 WG1) is now responding with a view to circulating a second draft of the document sometime in February, 2019.
Work was also carried out at this meeting on working to prepare several other draft standards, including Blockchain and DLT Reference Architecture; Governance, Security, Privacy and Identity; and Smart Contracts.


4. Ivan Beschastnikh:

Gave a talk at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing on our Biscotti project that uses a blockchain to facilitate distributed private machine learning.

5. Gleb Naumenko:

Gave a talk at the Work In Progress Section at Scaling Bitcoin 2018 in Tokyo on our (Ivan Beschastnikh, Sasha Fedorova) Efficient Transaction Relay research.

6. Darra Hofman:

Presented at the Amsterdam Privacy Conference (October 5 - 8, link) on Privacy, Transparency, and the Mediation of Power (paper co-authored by K Royal)
Presented at a workshop on Privacy, Data Protection and the Rule of Law in a Digital Age (October 19), at Sodertorn University, Stockholm, Sweden, on Digitalisation and the Disruption of the Relationship between Evidence, Privacy, and Context in Common Law
Will present a paper on blockchain and transparency at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting (November 10 - 14, Vancouver)


7. William Nikolakis, Lijo John, and Harish Krishnan:

Published (2018). How Blockchain Can Shape Sustainable Global Value Chains: An Evidence, Verifiability, and Enforceability (EVE) Framework. Sustainability, (in press)

For an in depth look at what happened over the last few months, please go to the Blockchain@UBC website and check out the newsletters for May, June and July.

Blockchain@UBC Monthly Research Talk

We had something unique planned for our monthly meeting. Instead of a research talk, we hosted a "speed dating" session for blockchain researchers.

Title: Blockchain@UBC Gets to know you - Speed Research Date 
Date: October 16th 2018
Description: Blockchain@UBC wants to know more about you and your research on a speed research dating event. Our goal is to encourage the engagement between our researchers. You should be able to talk about your research and interests in a very short time. Come and meet new peers on your academic life! 

Thank you to all those who attended the event. For more details on the event please check our Eventbrite page here.

New Team Members

Arash Saghafi
Arash Saghafi is a research fellow and sessional lecturer at the Sauder School of Business.
His degrees include a BSc in Software Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and MM, MScB, and PhD from University of British Columbia. His research has focused on data modelling and analytics, application of ontology in conceptual modelling, and empirical evaluation of design artifacts.

UBC Vancouver 

Our main office is located in the Forest Sciences Centre Building, FSC 3641 – 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver. If you are in and around FSC, please do drop by on Tuesdays and Thursdays to say hello (although drop Sean an email just to check that he’ll be in office). 

UBC Okanagan

Assistant Professor Chen Fengour UBC Okanagan co-cluster lead, is located in office EME 4285, in the School of Engineering - 1137 Alumni Ave, Kelowna, BC. He can be contacted by telephone (Tel: 250-807-8286) or email (chen.feng@ubc.ca). He is hosting a computer node for BSafe.network.

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