For the International Standards Organisation Blockchain Technical Committee, Prof Volker Skwarek and Dr Pip Ryan are the lead authors (respectively) of the Technical Report and Technical Specification for Smart Contracts. Volker convenes the international smart contracts working group and Pip is the local chair (for Standards Australia). At this meetup, they will provide some insights into how global standards are developed for new technologies and the particular approach taken with respect to smart contracts.
About the speakers:
Prof. Volker Skwarek is Professor for Embedded Systems at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. His previous assignments included management positions in major automotive companies, leading departments for electronics development and research & innovation. His research interests focus on ultra-low-power IoT-systems and their data security using Blockchain and Distributed Ledger like systems. Apart from general research topics about generic use case descriptions for blockchains, software frameworks for legally binding smart contracts, trust transfer between blockchains and blockchain-enabled operating systems, he and his team work on practical applications for blockchain-sensor-connections in professional industrial environments. Prof. Skwarek holds multiple patents, has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and co-authored 2 books. He is part of several reviewing boards of international blockchain and distributed ledger journals. Additionally Prof. Skwarek holds 4 national and international prizes for research and education. Additionally he is very active in national and international standardisation of blockchain and distributed ledger systems. He holds a convenor position in ISO TC 307 for WG 3 “Smart Contracts”.
Dr Philippa (Pip) Ryan is a barrister and a senior lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Australian Digital Commerce Association. Pip is Chair of the Standards Australia blockchain working group for smart contracts, and Deputy Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s blockchain technical committee. She is on the boards of national law firm Lander & Rogers and managed investments firm WAM Capital. She is also on the editorial board of the Stanford Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy. In 2018, Pip was awarded the American Bar Association's “Legal Rebel” distinction. At UTS, Pip coordinates and teaches legal technology subjects. Her current research explores the accountability of algorithms, the automation of AI, and the regulation of crypto-assets. Pip co-authored Van Rijmenam and Ryan, Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World (Routledge 2019). Her forthcoming monograph is Trust and Distrust in Digital Economies (Routledge 2019).
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