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

Panel 2. Industrial Challenges and Opportunities in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Theme: Industrial Challenges and Opportunities in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

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



A token based economy is enabled by the immutabilty and programmability offereb by blockchain and their underlying programming environments (smart contract). Being a unit of value, which allows to selfgovern business models and facilitate the distribution of rewards and interactions, tokens have been widely used in providing liquidity to illiquid markets, e-voting and management of digital identity. This panel will examine the pitfalls and specific use cases for tokenized economy and address challenges related to:

  1. How do we deal with interoperability across multiple chains and platforms?
  2. What are successful use cases?
  3. How do we measure risks?
  4. What security mechanisms are needed for such platforms?
  5. Where is regulation needed for token-based economy?


James H. ThompsonRadu State
SEDAN (Service and Data Management) at SnT, Luxembourg

Bio :Radu is a graduate from both the French and the North-American research and education systems from which he obtained in 1998 the Master of Science Degree at the Johns Hopkins University (USA), followed in 2001 by a PhD degree at INRIA (France). He has an HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) since 2009 from the University of Lorraine, France. Starting with 2016 he created the the research group SEDAN (Service and Data Management in Distributed Systems) at SnT at the University of Luxembourg/SnT. Before joining SnT and Luxermbourg, Radu was Professor of Computer Science in Nancy at the University of Lorraine and a senior researcher (Chargé de recherche première classe) with INRIA (Institut de Recherche en Informatique), France.




James H. ThompsonHenry Lee
ICON Foundation, Korea

Bio : Henry Lee is currently a Director at ICON Foundation, a foundation established to oversee the development of the ICON protocol and the related technologies. Henry has extensive experience in leading various blockchain and cryptocurrency related businesses and is now responsible for managing strategy and global business development for the ICON project. Previously, Henry worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank where he advised a wide array of clients in the financial and technology sectors. Henry graduated with a BA from the George Washington University.





James H. ThompsonSachiko Yoshihama
IBM Research – Tokyo, Japan

Bio : Dr. Sachiko Yoshihama is a senior manager at IBM Research – Tokyo, and leads a team that focuses on financial and blockchain solutions. Her research interest is to bring advanced concepts and technologies to practice and address real-world problems to transform industries. She served as a technical leader and advisor in a number of blockchain projects with clients in Japan and Asia. She joined IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in 2001, and then moved to IBM Research – Tokyo in 2003 and worked on research in information security technologies, including trusted computing, information flow control, and Web security. She served as a technology innovation leader at IBM Research Global Labs HQ in Shanghai in 2012, and helped define research strategies for developing countries. She received Ph.D. from Yokohama National University in 2010. She is a member of ACM, IEEE, and a senior member of Information Processing Society of Japan.



James H. ThompsonZiyuan Wang
Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Bio : Ziyuan is a Senior Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. Before joining Swinburne, she was a Research Scientist at IBM Research-Australia (2012-2018). Her recent work focuses on blockchain research and solutions across industries, including banking, insurance, and supply chain. She has published conference papers on the topic of blockchain, stream computing, and spatio-temporal data analytics. She has co-authored several patents, in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and blockchain. Ziyuan has extensive teaching experience on the blockchain topics, such as guest lectures to universities, client education workshops, and executive training sessions. Prior to working in the exciting field of Blockchain technologies, Dr. Wang worked for CSIRO (2010-2012), where she was involved in environmental modeling, remote sensing data management, and scientific workflows. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Melbourne, specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems.


James H. ThompsonChristian Schaefer
Ericsson Research, Sweden

Bio : Christian is a Master Researcher in the Security research area at Ericsson Research. He joined Ericsson in 2011 and is currently focusing on different aspects of privacy enhancing technologies, mainly in a big data environment. He received a Diploma in Computer Science from University Karlsruhe (TH), Germany.