IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
14-17 May 2019 // Seoul, South Korea

Panel 1. Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities and Challenges

Theme: Blockchain Beyond Cryptocurrencies: Opportunities and Challenges

Time: 14:45 – 16:15, Wednesday, May 15, 2019



A blockchain is a distributed database that maintains a growing list of blocks which are chained to each other. Blockchsin was first proposed by Satoshi Nakamoto as the underlying technology behind Bitcoin, the first cryptocurrency. There are now over 1600 cryptocurrencies available over the Internet. In recent years, blockchain technology has attracted tremendous attention in other domains due to its salient features including auditability, immutability, security, and anonymity. This panel will examine the applications of blockchain technologies beyond cryptocurrencies and discuss the associated challenges, pitfalls and research questions. The following questions will be answered and discussed by the panelists.

  1. What applications can best benefit from blockhains?
  2. What are the key research challenges in adopting blockhain in these application scenarios?
  3. When can we expect to see wider adoption of enterprise grade blockchain solutions? What is holding this back?
  4. How do you envision blockchain technology maturing 10 years down the road?


James H. ThompsonSalil Kanhere
UNSW Sydney, Australia

Bio :Salil Kanhere received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, both in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He is currently a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney, Australia. He is also a conjoint researcher at CSIRO Data61. His research interests include Internet of Things, pervasive computing, blockchain, crowdsourcing, data analytics, privacy and security. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and delivered over 35 tutorials and keynote talks on these topics. His research has been featured on a number of media outlets including ABC News Australia, Forbes, IEEE Spectrum, Wired, ZDNET, Computer World, Medium, MIT Technology Review and received over 6500 citations. Salil regularly serves on the organizing committee of a number of IEEE and ACM international conferences. He is on the Editorial Board of Elsevier’s Pervasive and Mobile Computing and Computer Communications. Salil is a Senior Member of both the IEEE and the ACM. He is a recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. 


James H. ThompsonBhaskar Krishnamachari
Unviersity of Southern California, USA

Bio : Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. He is Director of the USC Viterbi Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things (CCI). He has expertise in wireless networks, IoT protocols and applications, distributed computing, machine learning, and blockchain technologies, spanning both theory and software systems. He has co-authored over 300 papers, collectively cited more than 24,000 times. He has received the NSF CAREER Award and the ASEE Terman Award for outstanding electrical and computer engineering educators, and several best paper awards including at ACM/IEEE IPSN and ACM MobiCom. In 2011, he was listed in MIT technology review magazine’s TR-35 list of top 35 innovators under the age of 35, and in 2015 was named one of Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10”.



James H. ThompsonMoody Alam
IOTA Foundation, Germany

Bio : Dr. Moody Alam is Director of Research at IOTA. Dr. Moody Alam is a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the UK Science Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and British Computer Society (BCS). He has been a Visiting Professor in Pakistan and was formerly a Principal Researcher at the University of Oxford. He holds a Ph.D. in Distributed Artificial Intelligence and specializes in designing decentralized protocols for intelligent systems. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious conferences and journals. His academic services also include serving on over 15 conference and programme committees and as a journal editor (Advancement in Pattern Recognition, 2018).




James H. ThompsonKang-Won Lee
SK Telecom, Korea

Bio : Dr. Kang-Won Lee is Head of Software R&D at SK telecom. He leads technology development for cloud computing, 5G telco VIM/SDN/NFV, AI compute infra, and blockchain platform. In the past he led a research team at IBM Watson Research Center (NY) in the area of mobile network data analytics, cloud computing, and IoT/sensor networks. He received a PhD in Computer Science from UIUC and undergrad degree from SNU. He served as OCP chair, and ON Lab board. Currently he is EEA (Enterprise Ethereum Alliance) Telco SIG chair, ACM Distinguished Scientist, and IEEE Senior Member.




James H. ThompsonBurkhard Stiller
University of Zurich, Switzerland

Bio : Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller is a full professor for Communication Systems, heading the Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IfI at the University of Zürich UZH, Switzerland. His team and he himself started to work on Bitcoins and Blockchains in early 2014 with his by then PostDoc Dr. Thomas Bocek. Besides being the coordinator of many Swiss and European industrial and research projects, Burkhard is Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier’s Computer Networks journal, organized major conferences as General Chair (e.g., IFIP Networking 2018, CNSM 2013, IEEE LCN 2009 in the more recent past), chaired events as TPC Chair (e.g., WMAN 2011, ETM 2010, AIMS 2010, MUCS 2010, ICQT 2009, KiVS 2007, IFIP/IEEE NOMS 2006, IEEE LCN 2003 and 2002, and ICQT 2001), and has published within his main research interests well over 250 research papers on systems with a fully decentralized control (blockchains, clouds, peer-to-peer), network and service management (economic management), Internet-of-Things (security of constrained devices, LoRa/TTN), and telecommunication economics (charging and accounting). He is a senior advisor of, an ICO-financed start-up in the blockchain and logistics domain in Zürich, currently IFIP TC6 Chair, was Chair of the IEEE Computer Society TCCC, and is Editorial Board Member of the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM), International Journal of Network Management (Wiley and Sons), the Journal of Network and Systems Management (JNMS/JONS, Springer), Netnomics: Economic Research and Electronic Networking (Springer), and the Journal of Cloud Computing (Springer).