Dr. Ghassan Karame (NEC Laboratories Europe): “On the Security and Scalability of Bitcoin's Blockchain”

Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM Public Lecture

February 06 - 18, 2017


General Information

The Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM cordially invites you to their next event:

Public Lecture and Election of the Executive Board

February 06, 2017 - 16:00 (s.t.), INF 205, Mathematikon, conference room 5th floor.

Dr. Ghassan Karame of NEC Laboratories Europe will give the talk

"On the Security and Scalability of Bitcoin's Blockchain"

followed by the

Election of the Executive Board

of the Heidelberg Chapter of SIAM


Talk abstract:

Bitcoin's blockchain emerges as an innovative tool which proves to be useful in a number of application scenarios. This talk will overview the security provisions of Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain-effectively capturing recently reported attacks and threats in the system. The talk will also discuss the limits of decentralization in Bitcoin's blockchain and will outline a number of (open) challenges that should be overcome prior to large scale industrial deployment of open blockchains.

About the speaker:

Dr. Ghassan Karame is the manager and chief researcher of the security group at NEC Laboratories Europe. He received his master of science in information networking from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in December 2006, and his Ph.D. degree in computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2011. Between 2011 and 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Information Security of ETH Zurich.
Dr. Karame is interested in all aspects of security and privacy with a focus on cloud and blochchain security. Dr. Karame has recently co-authored a book on  Bitcoin and Blockchain Security and has served on the program committees of a number of prestigious computer security conferences. More information about Dr. Karame can be found at http://ghassankarame.com/.

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