Tutorial 3: Blockchain for Smart City Applications – From Basics Theory to Current and Future Smart City Applications
Time: 11:00 – 12:45 (ET, New York), Monday, September 28
Blockchain technology has passed its initial hype and is here to stay, changing our lives beyond the original in e-currency application. It is becoming a critical enabler of smart city applications together with Internet-of-Things and Cloud/Edge Computing. Smart city service systems are becoming diverse and bear highly technical requirements, such as distributed collaboration, fault tolerance, and privacy. These requirements can be uniquely met via blockchain technology. However, its service development, deployment strategy would need good understanding and careful consideration.
Aiming for a broad audience ranging from researchers, developers, engineers, graduate students to municipal government officials, this tutorial provides an introduction of blockchain technology from basic concepts, theory to practices of current and future to open research challenges. In addition to the intuitive and lively presentation, using open-source software for practical hands-on activities will also be included. A potential use case includes the collaboration between the schools/universities with fault tolerance and secure distributed collaboration will be discussed.
Dr. Baek-Young Choi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests lie in the broad areas of computer networks and systems including Smart City Technologies, Internet-of-Things, Cloud, Network and Storage Management Systems, and Security. She published three books on network monitoring, storage systems, and cloud computing. She has been a faculty fellow of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Korea Telecom Advance Institute of Technology (KT-AIT). She is a senior member of ACM and IEEE, and a member of IEEE Women in Engineering
Dr. Sejun Song is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science Electrical Engineering at University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC). He directs the TSL: Trustworthy Systems and Software Research Lab. Song and his research team conduct research in the areas of trustworthy information and computing systems and software including resilient network and system management, softwaredefined networks, cloud computing auditability, fog computing, Internet of Things (IoT), security, high availability, data storage, and embedded systems. Song received his Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2001. Song was working for Texas A&M University, College Station (TAMU) as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution (ETID) and a director of the Cisco Test Engineering Center (Cisco-TEC). Prior to joining academia, Song has been working for various industries including Cisco Systems (senior engineer), Honeywell Research Lab (research staff), and Positive Networks (director). A couple of his initiative projects became multi-million dollar network system products. Song is a recipient of Montague-CTE (Center for Teaching Excellence) Scholar for excellence in undergraduate teaching (2013 ~ 2014) and a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2010) in TAMU, four Air Force Research Lab’s Visiting Faculty Research Fellowship Awards (2011 ~ 2015), a Cisco Summer Fellowship Award (2010), and has received several best research video/paper awards including Mobisys 2014, ICCCN 2014, and CIEC 2013. His research has been funded by several agencies including NSF, AFOSR, Cisco Systems, AFRL, NASA, NIH, CDC, TAMU, KT Research, and ETRI.
Mr. Kaushik Ayinala is a Ph.D. student of Computer Networks and Communication Systems department at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He did his bachelor’s in computer science engineering at GITAM university in India. He is currently working on the scalability problems of blockchain. His research interests include IoT, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, System designing.