Public, permissionless blockchains are dependent for their security and reliability on their economic incentives and mechanism design. Some private, permissioned ones may be as well.
This conference will explore the economic security aspects of blockchains protocols, including game theory, incentive design, mechanism design and market design along with other topics related to crypto-economics security, and to foster collaborations among researchers and practitioners working on these topics.
CESC is hosted by Blockchain at Berkeley
We think the blockchain space needs more academic presence.
Much of the industry has been focused on adoption when the underlying blockchain protocols still have a long journey to go. We're hoping that by creating this event, we'll inspire others to follow.
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We're looking for amazing speakers to help us with our vision.
Submission instructions: Submissions can be full papers, one-page summaries or presentation slides. Please make sure that the submission provides sufficient detail to explain what the talk will be about. Papers or presentations may be previously presented or published. Submissions should be technical in nature, but including considerations of the legal, policy, and ethical implications of results is appreciated.
Submission requirements: Two copies in PDF format. One with author names, one with no names or affiliations to facilitate blind review.
Submissions are now closed. Thank you for all the quality submissions.
Alessandro ChiesaAssistant Professor at UC Berkeley
Alessandro is an assistant professor at UC Berkeley's EECS department (theory, cryptography, security). He is an author of libsnark, a C++ library for zkSNARKs, a co-inventor of Zerocash and co-founder of Zcash, both of which rely on libsnark.
Jae KwonFounder and CEO, Tendermint/Cosmos
Jae Kwon is the CEO of Tendermint, a project aimed at liberating the blockchain from the costs and drawbacks of proof-of work-mining.
Vlad ZamfirResearch Lead, Ethereum
Vlad is a leading Ethereum researcher and expert in crypto-economics. Currently, he is working on proof-of-stake and blockchain sharding protocols for the Ethereum project.
Balaji SrinivasanCEO, 21 Inc - Board Partner at a16z
Balaji is the CEO and co-founder at 21.co and a Board Partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Balaji was previously the CTO and cofounder of Counsyl and occasionally teaches at Stanford.
Joseph PoonPrinciple Author, OmiseGo
Joseph is the co-author of bitcoin’s Lightning Network whitepaper and is the principal author of OmiseGo. He was previously a co-founder at Lightning Labs.
Andrew MillerAdvisor, Zcash - Associate Director, IC3 at Cornell University
Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor at UIUC in Computer Engineering. He is also an Associate Director of IC3 at Cornell and an advisor to the Zcash project.
Shahan KhatchadourianBlockchain Research and Development, Consensys
Shahan Khatchadourian is a researcher (PhD) and software developer leading the Protocol Engineering Group at ConsenSys to develop secure, scalable blockchains.
Shin'ichiro MatsuoResearch Professor at Keio University
Shin'ichiro Matsuo is conducting research at Keio University and the University of Tokyo. He is also the co-Founder of BSafe.network.
Nicolas ChristinAssociate Research Professor, CMU CyLab
Nicolas Christin is an Associate Research Professor in Computer Science and in Engineering and Public Policy at CMU. He specializes in computer and info systems security.
Angela WalchResearch Fellow, Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London
Angela Walch is an Associate Professor at St. Mary's University School of Law and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Blockchain Technologies at University College London (UCL | CBT).
Georgios PiliourasAssistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
Georgios Piliouras is an Assistant Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) in Engineering Systems and Design. He is also an advisor to the Ethereum project.
Dawn SongEECS Professor, UC Berkeley
Dawn Song is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interest lies in deep learning and security.
Jason TeutschFounder, TrueBit
Jason Teutsch is the founder of TrueBit, an initiative bringing scalable computation to blockchains. His research focuses on distributed systems security, game theory, and algorithmic randomness. He has held multiple postdoctoral/research positions and Fulbright fellowships.