WELCOME TO THE UCL CENTRE FOR BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGIES

“Blockchain is a new disruptive information technology that allows untrustworthy partners to operate safely without intermediation of a third party. This enables the creation of peer-to-peer distributed economies and paves the way to a range of applications from commerce to management”

 

  • The UCL CBT aims at becoming the leading European research hub focused on the impact of blockchain technologies on socio-economic system and the promotion of a safe and organic development and adoption of blockchain-based platforms
  • Blockchain technologies find a vast range of disrupting business applications in financial services, insurance, logistic and transportation, media and communications, consumer electronic, industrial, automation and robotic, energy industry, healthcare and in the public sector
  • Blockchain technologies present alternative solutions to highly centralised data management systems which present a high cost single point of failure, they may be vulnerable to cyberattack and the data is often out of sync, out of date or simply inaccurate.
  • Located in the heart of London, the UCL CBT greatly benefits both from the UK world-class digital capability and from the city that has shaped technological progress and financial innovation for centuries
  • Although ledgers have been at the hearth of business and finance since ancient times, for the first time blockchain technologies enable the collaborative creation of digital distributed ledgers with properties and capabilities that go far beyond traditional paper-based ledgers

News

Call for papers – JCS Journal of Frontier of Computer Science

JCS (Journal of Frontier of Computer Science), published by Springer, an SCI-indexed journal (http://www.springer.com/computer/journal/11704) has a special issue on Blockchains and Smart Contracts.

Important Dates

• Deadline for submissions: July 1st 2016

• Response to authors: October 1st 2016

• Deadline for revision: October 15th

• Final review result: November 1st

• Final submission due: November 15th

Job Offer: Research Associate in the Foundations of Distributed Ledgers, – Ref:1549142

UCL Department / Division Computer Science
Grade 7
Hours Full Time
Salary  (inclusive of London allowance)
£33,686 to £40,716 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in the Information Security Group at the UCL Department of Computer Science, to be supervised by Dr Sarah Meiklejohn (PI) and Prof. Tomaso Aste and Dr George Danezis (co-investigators). A successful candidate will explore research topics centred on the distributed systems and interoperability aspects of distributed ledgers, support the supervision of research students, coordinate and advise our industrial user partners, and ensure the timely delivery of various research outputs.
This post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.
Key Requirements
We expect candidates to have a PhD in Computer Science or a related field, and a strong track record in systems and network security, distributed systems, or similar topics.  

Further Details
To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contactlisa.howard@ucl.ac.uk.

 

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy specifically, please contact
Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, email: s.meiklejohn@ucl.ac.uk.

UCL Taking Action for Equality
Closing Date
15 Jun 2016

Job Offer: Research Associate in the Economics and Usability of Distributed Ledgers

Application Page
UCL Department / Division
Computer Science
Grade 7
Hours Full Time
Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £33,686 to £40,716 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher in the Information Security Group at the UCL Department of Computer Science, to be supervised by Dr Sarah Meiklejohn (PI) and Prof. Tomaso Aste and Dr George Danezis (co-investigators). A successful candidate will explore research topics centred on the economic and usability aspects of distributed ledgers, support the supervision of research students, coordinate and advise our industrial user partners, and ensure the timely delivery of various research outputs.
This post is funded for 24 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements
We expect candidates to have a PhD in Computer Science, Economics, or a related field, and a strong track record in human-computer interaction, usable security, game theory, behavioural economics, or similar topics.

Further Details
A full job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of the page. To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact lisa.howard@ucl.ac.uk. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy specifically, please contact Dr Sarah Meiklejohn, email: s.meiklejohn@ucl.ac.uk .

UCL Taking Action for Equality
Closing Date
16 Jun 2016
Latest time for the submission of applications  23:59

Latest Publications

Transforming the English NHS Using Information Technology: The Story So Far

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Title = {Transforming the English NHS Using Information Technology: The Story So Far},
Author = {Gozman, Danny and Currie, W., Koshy, M.},
Journal = {American Economic Review},
Year = {2011},
Number = {2},

}

Accounting Information Systems as Institutional Carriers: A Case Study of Regulatory Compliance in UK Asset Management Houses

### Example ###
@Article{Gozman01,
Title = {Accounting Information Systems as Institutional Carriers: A Case Study of Regulatory Compliance in UK Asset Management Houses},
Author = {Currie, W., Finnegan, D., and Gozman, Danny},
Journal = {American Economic Review},
Year = {2011},

}

E-Government for the Economic Crisis.

### Example ###
@Article{Gozman01,
Title = {E-Government for the Economic Crisis},
Author = {Currie, W., Finnegan, D., and Gozman, Danny},
Journal = {European Journal of ePractice},
Year = {2011},
Number = {2},
Pages = {55-71},
Volume = {11},
}

The Role of Rules-Based Compliance Systems in the New EU Regulatory Landscape: Perspectives of Institutional Change And Agency

### Example ###
@Article{Gozman01,
Title = {The Role of Rules-Based Compliance Systems in the New EU Regulatory Landscape: Perspectives of Institutional Change And Agency},
Author = {Currie, W. and Gozman, Danny},
Journal = {American Economic Review},
Year = {2012},

}

New Working Papers

Local cascades induced global contagion: How heterogeneous thresholds, exogenous effects, and unconcerned behaviour govern online adoption spreading

### Example ###
@Techreport{wpkertezs1,
Title = {Local cascades induced global contagion: How heterogeneous thresholds, exogenous effects, and unconcerned behaviour govern online adoption spreading},
Author = {M Karsai and G Iñiguez and R Kikas and K Kaski and J Kertész}
}

Upcoming Events

OCT
11
2015

P2P Financial Systems 2016 @ UCL – day 2

Announce conference:
P2P Financial Systems 2016 will be held at UCL on September 8-9 2016.
OCT
11
2015

P2P Financial Systems 2016 @ UCL – day 1

Announce conference:
P2P Financial Systems 2016 will be held at UCL on September 8-9 2016.
OCT
11
2015

Dutch Blockchain Conference, June 20th 2016.

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In the last two years, we’ve discussed the (potential) impact and opportunities of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology with business and government leaders as well as start-ups. Our goal is to bridge the worlds of today and tomorrow and see how startups can work together with corporates and governments to innovate and create new solutions. We learn best by doing, so this year’s focus will be on the most practical examples and tangible projects using blockchain technology. 

Our conference has its roots in FinTech, and the disruptive power of bitcoin keeps us sharp and inspired. But in 2016, with all sectors getting on board the blocktrain, ehh… chain en masse, we’ll move our scope beyond finance and welcome speakers and attendees from government agencies, healthcare, energy, logistics, water, real estate and chemical sectors. Because the network of professionals working with blockchain technology is expanding rapidly and the interest in the Dutch Ecosystem is growing internationally, this conference will be in English. 

Opening speech by Minister of Finance Jeroen Dijsselbloem

The Dutch Blockchain Conference team is currently working on the full lineup of top keynote speakers, startup pitches and an incentive awards ceremony. We are honored to announce that the opening speech will be delivered by the Dutch Minister of Finance and Eurogroup chairman Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem.
 

Confirmed speakers



Date and time:

June 20th, 2016 
9:00 till 18:00 
 

Location:

KPMG Headquarters
Laan van Langerhuize 1 
1186 DS  Amstelveen
Google Maps
 

Early Bird tickets and info: 

  

Full tickets: € 495,00 ex VAT
Early Bird tickets until May 1st. : € 349,00 ex VAT
Early Bird tickets 2-for-1 pack until May 1st. : € 495,00 ex VAT
Order your tickets at Dutchblockchainconference.com 

Startup tickets: € 249,00 ex VAT – apply at startup@dutchblockchainconference.com with motivation
Student tickets: € 49,00 inc VAT – apply at student@dutchblockchainconference.com with motivation and student enrolment number.

Announcement:

Watch Rutger van Zuidam and Vincent Everts announce the Dutch Blockchain Conference on YouTube:


 

The Dutch National Blockchain Conference is sponsored by: 

Come and join us!

Rutger van Zuidam & Vincent Everts
Founders and organizers of the Dutch Blockchain Conference

OCT
11
2015

Blockchain: the next financial Revolution? – Principles, Opportunities & Risks

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Blockchain technology – including bitcoin crypto currency – is a topic that spurs controversial discussions. Some say it
is going to revolutionize the financial industry. Some say it is evil. A consortium of international companies, including
such heavy weights as JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Credit Suisse invest millions in research and development
of blockchain usage in the financial system (“R3”). Our speakers, Dr. Paolo Tasca (ex- Deutsche Bundesbank) & Prof. Tomaso
Aste, both Co-Directors from University College London – Centre for Blockchain Technologies in London, say, “in
10 years nobody can think without blockchain technology”.

What is behind blockchain and bitcoin? How does blockchain provide means of payment? What`s the role of so-called
miners? What do self-executing contracts (“smart contracts”) mean? What is the impact on clearing and settlement? How
can the “chain” document e.g. mortgage payments and deadlines? What`s in it for stock exchanges? What risks arise? How
about regulation & tax? Why invest in blockchain venture capital companies? How can asset managers diversify with
digital currencies? What opportunities arise for banks as custodians and forex providers? Is blockchain important only
for the financial services industry or does it expand also into other sectors? Case studies are utilized to exemplify economic
relevance as well as chances and risks. Regulation & Tax: Dr. Alexander Lindemann. Moderation: Raoul Würgler. In the
end of the seminar, there is the opportunity of individual 1:1 Sessions with Dr. Paolo Tasca & Prof. Tomaso Aste to discuss
your questions confidentially. Will Switzerland become a blockchain hub…?

Who should attend?
Banks & Financial Institutions, Payment Systems, Commercial Banks, Mortgage Industry, Insurers, Trade Finance
Industry, Investors, Custodians and Asset Managers, IT Consultants, Regulators, Tax Authorities, Industrials,
Media and Communications, Logistic and Transportation, Automation and Robotics, Internet of Things, CMOs,
CCOs, CTOs, COOs, CIOs, CROs, Chief Digital Officers (CDOs), Chief Customer Experience Officers (CCEO), Chief
Strategy Officers (CSO), Senior Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents, Managing Directors, Executive Directors, Branch
Directors, IT and Innovation Directors, R&D Directors and Managers, Retail Banking and Business Analytics, Retail
Banking Experts, CFOs, Members of the Board, CEOs

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2016, Start 10:00 am

Venue: Kapitalmarktforum Schweiz, Dufourstrasse 22 (Next to the Opera), 8008 Zurich

Fee: CHF 520.- (50% off for Members of Kapitalmarktforum Schweiz, 10% off for Members of Association of Foreign Banks Switzerland , 10% off for Members of Zürcher Bankenverband)

Program and Registration: LINK

Registration: info@kapitalmarktforum-schweiz.ch

http://www.kapitalmarktforum-schweiz.ch/#!events/c1vt

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