ICES Seminar, Nikos Bentenitis, "Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities in Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies"

Contact Name: 
Clint Dawson
POB 6.304
Apr 8, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Talk Audience: UTCS Faculty, Grads, Undergrads, Other Interested Parties

Host: Clint Dawson

Talk Abstract: Bitcoin is a digital currency and payment network that has attracted significant attention recently. At its core however, Bitcoin is an unforgeable distributed asset ledger that can be used for applications beyond currency. On the heels of Bitcoin's success, other crypto-currencies are being created with the hope of improving the Bitcoin protocol. And decentralized applications that try to emulate the structure of Bitcoin and solve larger societal problems are being created. Tremendous innovations are in the works however, academic research in the space is lacking. The talk will provide a short introduction to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and will describe a few efforts that are underway for the creation of decentralized applications. Research opportunities for computational scientists, economists, and organizational scientists will be highlighted as an illustration of the dynamism of the field.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Nikos Bentenitis holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. As a university professor, he has held teaching and research appointments in universities of New York, Texas and Ecuador. He is the founder of CoinSimple, a Bitcoin startup that simplifies the acceptance of Bitcoin for merchants, and he is heavily involved in cryptocurrency education.