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The lab will bring together academics and students to collaborate on blockchain research and development with a focus on industry inspired problems. IOHK expects to establish further research laboratories in the United States and Greece later this year, and has plans for more the following year. The Blockchain Technology Laboratory will be led by Prof.
As Director of the lab, Prof. Kiayias will organise collaborations with fellow academics at the university and oversee researchers and students from undergraduate to PhD level in a broad range of topics related to blockchain systems. Research collaborations will be interdisciplinary and will include, beyond cryptography and computer science, economics, game theory, regulation and compliance, business, and law. Distributed ledgers is an upcoming disruptive technology that can scale information services to a global level.
The academic and industry connection forged by this collaboration puts the Blockchain Technology Lab at Edinburgh at the forefront of innovation in blockchain systems. IOHK is committed to developing industry standards and best practices that progress the field of cryptography. We are delighted to be at the forefront of UK institutions in the field of distributed ledgers and proud to have a dedicated research laboratory for industry inspired research in this important emerging area.
Founded in by Charles Hoskinson and Jeremy Wood, IOHK is a technology company committed to using peer-to-peer innovations to provide financial services to the three billion people who do not have access to them.
IOHK is an engineering company that builds cryptocurrencies and blockchains for academic institutions, government entities and corporations. IOHK focuses on practical, peer-reviewed research to create live protocols, and the technological underpinnings to next-generation cryptocurrencies. The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is a world-class research environment in central Edinburgh with a community of over research, teaching and support staff and postgraduate research students.
Since the first UK Research Assessment Exercise in and until the most recent REFInformatics at Edinburgh has consistently been assessed to have more internationally excellent and world-class research than any other UK university.
The university is also a member of the Alan Turing Institute jointly with Cambridge, Oxford, UCL, Warwick thus providing further access to resources in relation to data science and is currently further expanding with the new Data Technology Institute launching in A blockchain, initially showcased by the global digital currency Bitcoin, is typified by a publicly accessible and reliable ledger of transactions.
A number of applications are being explored by a growing number of start-ups and established companies, in health data processing, identity management, land ownership registries, and energy management just to name a few applications. Fully understanding this technology, in terms of its resilience to attacks, and scalability and performance, remains an important open research and development question. Coordinated efforts between academia and industry can provide advances and ensure that the maximal potential of the technology can be realised in an expedient manner.
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