Prof. Hans-Arno Jacobsen, Technische Universität München.

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Deconstructing Blockchains: Concepts, Applications, and Systems

Popularly known for powering cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchains are seen as a disruptive technology capable of impacting a wide variety of domains, ranging from finance to governance, by offering superior security, reliability, and transparency in a decentralized manner. In this talk, we take a comprehensive look at all aspects related to blockchains by deconstructing the system into 6 layers: Application, Modeling, Contract, System, Data, and Network. We will review potential applications which can benefit from blockchains, and describe the associated research challenges. Finally, we will conclude with reviewing ongoing research, such as providing a decentralized messaging service using blockchains.