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April 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 Events

Blockchain@UBC Monthly Research Talk

 


 
Monthly Research Talk: Forks in Time - Algorithms and New Spaces of Capital on Bitcoin and Ethereum's Blockchain
April 24th, 2018, at UBC Vancouver Campus - Dodson Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre UBC Library.

Guest speaker Maral Sotoudehnia: Examine algorithmic governance through two hard fork events that occurred on the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks.

Click here for more info
 
UBC Cybersecurity Summit
 
May 11, 2018, at UBC Robson, in downtown Vancouver. Local IT security and high-tech industry, along with local academics and their students, who conduct research in Cybersecurity, will be attending the summit. All UBC faculty and their graduate students, who conduct research in the broad area of Cybersecurity, are invited to participate and present posters on their work (one per project). The organizing committee also will invite authors of several posters to give a short, oral presentation on their work.


#BCTECH Summit

May 14-16, 2018, Vancouver Convention Centre
https://bctechsummit.ca/speakers/ (Vicki Lemieux will be presenting.) The #BCTECH Summit is the largest technology conference in Western Canada, showcasing B.C.’s vibrant tech and innovation sectors. Join thousands in exploring how technology is driving cross-industry growth and change, and how our companies are emerging as global leaders in today’s data economy. Hear from those pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating the jobs of the future. 


#BCTECH Summit HyperVote Demo

May 15, 2018, Vancouver Convention Centre
HyperVote is a student project/startup founded at UBC through the Blockchain@UBC.Student innovation lab. They are tackling the issue of organizational voting through blockchain technology while utilizing Hyperledger Fabric. The HyperVote team will be demo-ing their solution at the BCTECH Summit!

2nd Open Knowledge Learning Blockchain Summer Institute & Blockathon - Save the Date!

Our 2nd, and expanded, Open Knowledge Learning Blockchain Summer Institute will take place at UBC Point Grey Campus this year from May 14-May 25, and will be followed by a 2-day Blockathon for Social Good to take place on May 26 and 27. 

2nd Workshop on Blockchain Technologies - Call for Proposals

27th International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks (ICCCN), July 30 -August 2, 2018, Hangzhou, China, https://blogs.ubc.ca/icccnblockchain2018/.  
Chen Feng and Victoria Lemieux are co-Program Chairs.

 

Community Events
Stay tuned for further community events!
New Team Members
We are proud to announce some additions to the Blockchain@UBC Team. 


Dr. Zheng Liu
 

Dr. Zheng Liu received his doctorate in engineering from Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan) in 2000 and earned a second Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2007. From 2000 to 2001, he was a research fellow with Nanyang Technological University (Singapore). He then joined the Institute for Aerospace Research (IAR), National Research Council (NRC) Canada (Ottawa, ON, Canada) as a governmental laboratory visiting fellow (nominated by NSERC). After being with IAR for five years, he transferred to the NRC Institute for Research in Construction, where he held a research officer position. From 2012 to 2015, Dr. Liu worked as a full professor for Toyota Technological Institute at Nagoya, Japan. In August 2015, Dr. Liu joined the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) at Kelowna, BC, Canada.

 

Dr. Eric Li
Dr. Eric Li joined the Faculty of Management at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan campus in 2011. His Ph.D. in Marketing is from York University, and he received his M.A. in Anthropology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Li’s research interests include global consumer culture, multicultural marketing and consumption, consumer well-being, online consumer privacy, visual consumption, food consumption, fashion and culture, and digital marketing and consumption.

 
Student Partners


 
Hey Everyone!

We hope you had a fantastic week. Thank you to everyone that came to our event this school term, we had a cumulative 400 + attendees at out events this year.  

Blockchain@UBC.Students will resume student events this coming September School term!

Stay posted on our Facebook page for further details. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our events!

Sincerely,
Blockchain@UBC.students
 
Research & Education

 

Dr. Victoria Lemieux has given two talks recently on blockchain and distributed ledger technology: "Making the Transition to Blockchain Recordkeeping: Why, When, What and How” in Kazan, Russia on April 18th, and "Data-fiction, Distribution and the Future of Homo Deus” at the UK National Archives on April 254h.  She will address pharmaceutical executives at the Human Pharma Leadership Summit in Frankfurt , Germany April 25th on the topic of blockchain and healthcare, and on April 26th will be in Dundee, Scotland to present on long-term preservation of blockchain records at Dundee University’s conference on “Memory, Identity and Trust”. 

Dr. Victoria Lemieux presented on how blockchain technology can support land administration at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference. https://www.conftool.com/landandpoverty2018/index.php?page=browseSessions&presentations=show&search=Lemieux

Mitacs Accelerate Cluster has received a grant from iComplyICO. iComplyICO is a Vancouver-based Company developing a multisided digital platform that connects ventures, regulators, legal and financial service providers, and other key stakeholders to facilitate regulatory compliant and legitimate ICOs.

Our Co-Cluster Lead, 
Dr. Chen Feng has been appointed as a TPC member for BTA2018 (The 1st IEEE Workshop on Blockchain Technologies and Applications) https://sites.google.com/view/bta18/

Dr. Victoria Lemieux - Interviewed with abc.net.au regarding Blockchain Technology. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/counterpoint/victoria/9268296

Dr. Victoria Lemieux - Mentioned and recognized for "leading the effort to develop blockchain terminology standard for the ISO"

Dr. Feng is also serving as co-organizer and evaluating committee member for Bsafe.Network Layer 2 Technology Competition http://bsafe.network/technology-competiton/leyer2competition/index.html

Dr. Ivan Beschastnikh, has a new student blockchain project underway under his Distributed Systems Course: 
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~bestchai/teaching/cs416_2017w2/project1/ With over 140 students, he is anticipating some visually.. arresting results :-)

Dr. Victoria Lemieux has published a new paper in the European Property Law Journal: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/eplj.2017.6.issue-3/eplj-2017-0019/eplj-2017-0019.xml?format=INT&rskey=mgPnxf&result=1

Dr. Victoria Lemieux and her international research team have released a case study of a pilot of Ubitquity's blockchain-based land transaction registration system in Pelotas, Brazil: https://blogs.ubc.ca/recordsinthechain/2018/01/26/real-estate-transaction-recording-in-the-blockchain-in-brazil/.

Press coverage of the project can be found here: 
https://coinjournal.net/ubitquity-featured-blockchainubc-real-estate-transaction-case-study/

and 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-property-blockchain/can-blockchain-save-the-amazon-in-corruption-mired-brazil-idUSKBN1FE113


Dr. Marc-David Seidel, a professor at Sauder School of Business, has published an article on GNP: Bitcoin and Blockchain: Distributed Trust as Disruption. This article has also been mentioned in Yale School of Management's website (Yale Insights). 

Darra Hofman's paper, co-authored with Alamir Novin, has been accepted by the HCI for Blockchain - A CHI 2018 workshop on Studying, Critiquing, Designing and Envisioning Distributed Ledger Technologies.

Dr. Victor Leung, has announced a new project titled "Engage Engage" - A Scalable Blockchain for Offline Payments over Bidirectional Channels" will be launched on 1 March 2018, in partnership with the local company (RightMesh) Left of the Dot Media, Inc. 

Synopsis of the project: 

This project provides the first opportunity for Prof. Victor Leung's research group at UBC to collaborate with RightMesh, a startup focusing on offering a novel wireless data service in heterogeneous mobile ad hoc networks. At RightMesh, scientists and engineers have created a new technology platform and protocols for connecting users in an ad hoc wireless mesh network, and in so doing, creating new connectivity options to billions of unconnected users around the world.

With RightMesh, the devices people already carry around every day form the infrastructure. The key principle is that the RightMesh network is self-forming, self-healing, and self-regulating. It runs on devices most of the world already uses and can easily afford. No additional hardware or infrastructure is required. A decentralized mobile mesh networking platform, powered by blockchain technology and tokenization, can put the power of connectivity back into the hands of the people.

The collaborative research leverages the experience of the UBC team on ad hoc networks, device-to-device communications, network security and blockchain technology in the development of a payment channel system to enable payment transactions in support of people sharing information or network resources over ad hoc networks.

The project is divided into two tasks: (1) bidirectional payment channel design for multiple parties, and (2) architecture design for offline payment with payment channel. This project enables an initial collaborative research engagement between RightMesh and UBC with the intention of developing a long-term partnership to advance Canadian technologies for blockchain and the micropayment of cryptocurrency, which will potentially attract substantial investments and provide many employment opportunities for highly skilled workers over the next decade.

Locations

Blockchain Research Lab

With the generous support of the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems (ICICS), Blockchain Research Lab is located in Room 188 of the ICICS building. 

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 Feng, our 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.

Online Channels

Our Slack workspace is an open community for anyone to join. Please feel free to share this open invitation to Join our Slack.app Community. 

Follow our Twitter channel here: https://twitter.com/blockchainubc
 

Our mailing address is:
Forest Sciences Centre Building
FSC 3641 – 2424 Main Mall
Vancouver BC Canada V6T 1Z4


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