Blockchain Technology Laboratory


News and updates from the Blockchain Technology Laboratory.

Prof. Aggelos Kiayias and Christina Ovezik at FOSAD XXII in Bertinoro, Italy

Prof. Aggelos Kiayias and Christina Ovezik participated in FOSAD – XXII, a summer school in Bertinoro, Italy, focused on security analysis and design.

Edinburgh Decentralisation Index team releases first tool

The team behind the Edinburgh Decentralisation Index (EDI) has released its first tool, which measures decentralisation in block production over time and across multiple ecosystems, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Cardano.

Advances in Ouroboros: Scaling for Future Growth

Prof. Aggelos Kiayias breaks down new advances in the Ouroboros consensus algorithm.

Pool Splitting Behaviour and Equilibrium Properties in Cardano’s Rewards Scheme

Published on the BTL Blog is a new blog post about rewards sharing in Cardano.

Rethinking Information Technology from a Decentralisation Perspective

A webinar lecture on the above topic was given by Prof. Aggelos Kiayias at the Crypto and Blockchain Economics Research Forum.

Work of BTL covered in University's digital life / impact section

The groundbreaking research being undertaken by the Blockchain Technology Lab has been documented in the University's digital life / impact section.

BTL has record 7 papers accepted by FC21

The Blockchain Technology Lab has outdone itself this year having had 7 papers accepted by Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021. The major international conference covers all aspects of securing transactions and systems.

Director of BTL quoted in Fortune article on online voting in respect of US election

Prof. Aggelos Kiayias has been quoted in an article of Fortune magazine discussing online voting as an alternative to casting ballots by mail for US elections.

Advances in Blockchain Technology Scotland

On Wednesday 30 September 2020 (13:00-18:30 BST) Advances in Blockchain Technology-Scotland will take place with keynotes by Charles Hoskinson (CEO of IOHK) and Dale Chrystie (FedEx). This online event is organised by the Blockchain Technology Lab in partnership with the Bayes Centre at the University of Edinburgh. 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation DIALOGUES Webcast: The Challenge to the Economy

On 13th May, 2020 at 20:30 (BST) Prof. Emilios Avgouleas will participate in a live webcast to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.

Digital banking trends of 2020

Prof. Aggelos Kiayias sets out his thoughts in an article analysing digital banking trends for 2020 in the Global Banking and Finance Review, and discusses how third-generation blockchains can revolutionise finance.

Banking and the Covid-19 crisis

Prof Emilios Avgouleas has been in the news discussing banking and the Covid-19 crisis.

Prof. Kiayias to speak at CFS2020: the UK – NL Cyber & FinTech Summit

On 20 February, the British Embassy in The Hague will organise its biggest trade event ever; the Cyber-FinTech Summit 2020.

CoinDesk covers "A Composable Security Treatment of the Lightning Network"

The paper by Aggelos Kiayias and Orfeas Litos was covered in an article by Alyssa Hertig at CoinDesk, Bitcoin Lightning Network Specs Pass First ‘Formal’ Security Test, on the 23rd of September 2019.

ICLR 2019: Changing Societies, Changing Professions, Changing Regulation

Prof. Emilios Avgouleas is a speaker at the International Conference of Legal Regulators 2019, held in Edinburgh 5-6 September 2019. He will be presenting during the plenary panel: Changing nature of regulation in tech-led world, future challenges and opportunities and is a panel member on the Panel discussion with TechLaw Fest, Singapore.

Director and Vice-Director of BTL giving talks at UC Berkeley Simons Institute

Aggelos Kiayias & Vassilis Zikas will give talks at UC Berkeley Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing on 29th and 30th August, 2019. They will present as part of a 5-day boot camp intended to "break the ice between researchers involved in the diverse themes of this program: proofs, consensus, and their applications to society."