Blockchain Beyond The Hype: Secure, Privacy-Respecting, Trustworthy
Since the release of the Bitcoin white paper at the end of October 2008, blockchain, or what is more broadly referred to as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), has evolved from a niche interest on the internet to be an embodiment of tech-hype cycles to an area of fundamental research.
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The Secure Blockchain Initiative
Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab is launching a multi-year, interdisciplinary research program called the CMU Secure Blockchain Initiative (Blockchain@CMU), which will rethink blockchain across enterprise ecosystems to address challenges in: consensus mechanisms and scalability; cryptocurrencies and markets; cryptography; formal verification; and regulation, policy, and governance. Despite the advances that have been taking place, there are still a lot of open research questions to ensure that protocols and applications are ready to interact with more individuals. Especially as the industry sees more activity in terms of consumer applications such as those seen in decentralized finance (DeFi), ensuring the fundamental research elements of the technology, especially from a security, privacy, ethics, and societal impact perspective, is of utmost importance.
Through the multi-year Initiative, CyLab intends to develop a suite of novel foundations and technologies that address the above challenges, and re-imagine blockchains along the following three key thrusts:
Cryptoeconomics: Cryptography, Consensus, and Verification
While the blockchain industry is advancing, core concerns around cryptography, consensus, formal verification, and other theoretical research questions persist.
Areas of focus:
- Economics, Incentives and Security
- Scalability of Distributed Ledgers
- Cryptography and Privacy
Applications and Implementations
At CyLab, we focus on the development and implementation of specific applications utilizing existing blockchains.
Areas of focus:
- Algorithmic Stablecoins, Automated Market Makers, CBDC
- Payments Networks for Inclusive Growth
- Formal Verification
- Programming for Blockchcains
Cryptocurrencies, Tokenized Assets, and Policy
We research cryptocurrency-related markets and analysis, ranging from cryptocurrency use, analysis of dark web markets, and cryptocurrency trading to regulation.
Areas of focus:
- Centralized and Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchanges
- Asset Tokenization and Credentials
- Blockchain Governance and Regulation
CyLab announces first round of Secure Blockchain Initiative funded projects
Carnegie Mellon University's Secure Blockchain Initiative (SBI) is off and running, as six projects have been selected for its first round of seed funding. Through research, the initiative aims to revolutionize blockchain technology within enterprise ecosystems by tackling various challenges.
CMU brings together experts from academia and industry during inaugural Secure Blockchain Summit
On May 8-9, the Carnegie Mellon CyLab Security and Privacy Institute hosted the University's first-ever Secure Blockchain Summit, bringing together experts from around the world to share their research and discuss the future of the technology and its applications.
CyLab to host inaugural CMU Secure Blockchain Summit
On May 8-9, the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute will host Carnegie Mellon University’s inaugural Secure Blockchain Summit, bringing together experts from academia and industry to discuss the future of blockchain research, technology and applications.
CMU hosts public hearing on cybersecurity and blockchain
Government officials, academics, and Industry leaders gathered at Mill 19 to discuss the impact of cybersecurity and blockchain on government operations. Associate Professor Ariel Zetlin-Jones explained how Carnegie Mellon’s Secure Blockchain Initiative is poised to lead the way in blockchain research and education.
Algorand Foundation selects Carnegie Mellon to join ACE Program
The Algorand Foundation has selected Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) as one of 10 global winners to join its Algorand Center of Excellence (ACE) Program. Over the next five years, Algorand's $50 million investment will support blockchain research and education hubs at each institution, aiming to grow a diverse and inclusive global community of blockchain researchers and educators.
CMU partners with leading payments company Ripple to accelerate innovation in blockchain & cryptocurrency
Carnegie Mellon University has announced a partnership with Ripple's University Blockchain Research Initiative (UBRI) to support academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency and digital payments.
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