The IC3 NYC Meetup Comes to the Bay Area
6:00-6:30pm - arrivals and networking.
6:30-7:15pm - presentation.
7:15-7:30pm - Q/A.
7:30-8:00pm - more networking.
The speaker is Ethan Cecchetti, The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3). Ethan is a PhD student in Computer Science at Cornell, co-advised by Prof. Andrew Myers and Prof. Ari Juels. He is interested in a wide range of research related to smart contract programming languages, security and cryptography.
The topic is Proofs of Replication, which appear necessary for Distributed Storage Networks (DSNs). These are currently a big topic. Filecoin, Sia, Storj, MaidSafe, and IPFS are all trying to build variations of them, and they're being discussed as a way to reduce the individual storage requirement of Ethereum and other blockchains so not everyone has to store the entire blockchain state, but everyone can be sure that it is being stored in a correct and robust fashion.
What Ethan's team at IC3 has done specifically is identify, define, and construct a core (and we believe necessary) building block of a Proof of Replication/DSN: a Public Incompressible Encoding (PIE). Our construction is highly tunable and very efficient.
Ethan will talk about what this construct is, why it's important, and/or how to build one.
About IC3: The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) is an unrivaled center for interdisciplinary talent that uniquely meets the blockchain community's urgent need for world-class expertise spanning cryptography, distributed systems, programming languages, game theory, and system security techniques. IC3 is by far the world’s leading academic initiative devoted to blockchain research - with sixteen faculty spanning eight campuses at top universities in four countries (UC Berkeley, Cornell, Cornell Tech, EPFL, ETH-Zurich, the Technion, University College London, and Univ. of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign). In addition to computer science, its expertise includes finance and technology law.
IC3 scientists have produced some of the most widely cited academic papers and influential blockchain ideas. Their best known results include: (1) Identification of vulnerabilities such as selfish mining; (2) a list second to none of leading consensus algorithms in current use; and pioneering work in (3) trusted computing for blockchains, (4) oracles, (5) applications of zero-knowledge proofs, and (6) smart contract integrity.
IC3’s growing roster of industry partners includes Chain, Chainlink, Cisco, Cypherium, Digital Asset, Fidelity Labs, IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, and Siemens. IC3 experts are cited (on nearly a daily basis) by the media – Forbes, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, etc.
For more info, please see www.initc3.org.