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Blockchain day @ Stirling

posted Aug 25, 2016, 2:50 AM by Massimo Bartoletti   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 2:50 AM ]
Upcoming event

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technologies
August 31st 2016

Cottrell building 4B96  -  University of Stirling

An open, international, one-day of study, brainstorming and networking opportunities for interested researchers and stakeholders.

Keynote speaker:

Bud Mishra
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and School of Medicine
New York University
Mt Sinai School of Medicine

Beyond the keynote talk, the day will comprise short introductions by the participants on ongoing research, initiatives, and groups focussing on BTC/BC. Networking opportunities and discussion on possible grants and projects will also be part of the day. We will be targeting H2020 and other EU initiatives, as well as UK funders and US-EU possible partnerships.

Preliminary Programme

09.30   Coffee & registration

10.00   Opening

 Welcome and round of short introductions

10.20   Daniela Bolle, Research Office,  University of Stirling

           Funding opportunities + questions/comments/insights.

           (including COST, ITN, Global Challenge, …)

11.00   Invited talk:  Bud Mishra, New York University.

           From spamhaus to our house: Blockchains and Costly Signaling

12.00   Lunch (Room 2B87)

13.15   Short talks

Andrea Bracciali, University of Stirling

Validation of decentralised Smart Contracts through game theory and formal methods

Massimo Bartoletti, TCS group University of Cagliari

Smart contracts: opportunities and open problems

Martin Chapman, King's College

Building a Blockchain POC for a major financial institution: the capabilities and limitations of existing technologies

Davide Grossi, University of Liverpool

Collective decision-making

Andrea Pinna, Agile group University of Cagliari

Bitcoin Blockchain analysis using the Petri Nets formalism

Federico Pintore, University of Trento

CryptoLabTN, Cryptyocurrencies and Blockchain

Simon Dobson, University of St Andrews

Can blockchains help make science must trustworthy?

15.30   Coffee break

16.00   Discussion on grant applications

 A networking session aimed at exploring the possibility of collaborations and funding

 applications, with a specific focus on selected EU and National programmes.

17.00   Closing

Accomodation and travelling information

Participation is free, but registration required for organisational purposes. Please register at:

preferably not later than 28th August!

Accommodation can be booked on campus or in nearby structures. Please see

for useful information about traveling to and staying in Stirling, as well as on-campus accommodation (please note that the event precedes the CIBB2016 conference, which is an independent event, but you can enquire for accommodation through the conference channels).


  • Andrea Bracciali, University of Stirling -, +44 (0)1786 467446
  • Massimo Bartoletti, University of Cagliari -     +39 (0)70 6758540

From spamhaus to our house: Blockchains and Costly Signaling

Abstract: this talk will focus on Bit-Coins and BlockChain Technologies and their implications for Privacy, Anonymity, Data Science, Finance and Market Micro-structure.


 Information Asymmetry, Signaling Games, Risks and Deception – Signaling Games On the Internet (& Biology)
– Costly Signaling, Block Chains, Verifiers and Recommenders
– Circulating Money via Signaling Games
– Value-Storing Money via Signaling Games
– Case Studies: Bit-Coins, Dark Web, Silk Road and MtGox
– Data Science and Finance

Slides: available here.

Bud Mishra is a professor of computer science and mathematics at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, professor of computer science and engineering at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, professor of human genetics at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and a professor of cell biology at NYU School of Medicine. Prof. Mishra has a degree in Physics from Utkal University, in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, and MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. He has industrial experience in Computer and Data Science (brainiad, Genesis Media, Pypestream, Tartan Laboratories, and ATTAP), Finance (Instadat, Tudor Investment and PRF, LLC), Robotics and Bio- and Nanotechnologies (Bioarrays, InSilico, Seqster, Abraxis, MRTech, and OpGen). He is the author of a textbook on algorithmic algebra and more than two hundred archived publications. He has advised and mentored more than 35 graduate students and post-docs in the areas of computer science, robotics and control engineering, applied mathematics, finance, biology and medicine. He is a fellow of IEEE, ACM and AAAS, a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT- Kharagpur, and a NYSTAR Distinguished Professor. From 2003-2006, he held adjunct professorship at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai, India. From 2001-04, he was a professor at the Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Lab; currently he is a QB visiting scholar at Simons Center for Quantitative Biology, Cold Spring Harbor Lab.


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