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
What is Cryptoeconomics?
Cryptoeconomics is a formal discipline that focuses on the design and characterization of protocols that govern the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services in a decentralized digital economy.
UC Berkeley's First Blockchain Conference
We're hosting an amazing conference in Pauley Ballroom, on the top floor of the Martin Luther King building on campus.
Attendees: Pauley Ballroom is located on the third floor of the MLK Jr. Student Union, located on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus at Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Avenue. The third floor is accessible by elevator, or from the staircase in the main lobby on the second floor
The following parking lots are all within 10 minutes walking distance from the Student Union:
- Lower Sproul Parking Garage (Bancroft Ave. between Dana St. and Telegraph Ave.)
- Underhill Parking Garage (Channing Way between Bowditch St. and College Ave.)
- Telegraph-Channing Garage (Channing Way)
Leemon BairdCTO, Swirlds Inc.
Leemon is the creator of the hashgraph consensus algorithm. He has been working in Distributed Ledger Technology for several years. Leemon has a PhD from Carnegie Mellon and has served as a professor, a research scientist and started two startups that were acquired.
Joshua L. BoehmAssociate Attorney, Perkins Cole LLP
Josh guides innovative companies through the complex regulatory issues associated with designing new products, particularly in fintech. He has helped clients launch cutting-edge platforms powered by blockchain tokens and issue blockchain-based securities.
Benedikt BünzPhD, Computer Security, Stanford
Benedikt Bünz is a second year PhD Student advised by Dan Boneh in Stanford's Computer Security Lab. Previously he received degrees from the University of Zurich and Stanford. His research focuses on designing cryptographic protocols using the blockchain.
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.
Sinclair DavidsonProfessor of Institutional Economics, RMIT University
Sinclair Davidson is Professor of Institutional Economics in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.
Jordan EarlsCo-Founder, Qtum
Jordan is the co-founder and lead core developer of the Qtum project. Jordan is also the co-chair of the Smart Contracts Alliance and well-known member of the cryptocurrency community. Jordan has reviewed over 100 altcoins and identified multiple exploits in coins.
Karl FloerschSoftware Engineer, Consensys and Casper Development, Ethereum Foundation
Karl is a researcher at the Ethereum Foundation working on Casper Proof of Stake.
Neil GandalProfessor of Economics, Tel Aviv University
Professor Gandal has published numerous empirical papers in the economics of information technology, the economics of the software and internet industries, and the economics of cybersecurity.
Rosario GennaroResearch Director at CCNY
Rosario is the Director at the Center for Algorithms and Interactive Scientific Software at CCNY. He has a 20 year career in cryptography and security. His research focuses on verifiable computation, threshold and proactive security and distributed cryptographic protocols.
Steven GoldfederPhD student, Princeton University
Steven Goldfeder is a PhD student at Princeton University where he is a member of the Security and Privacy Research Group. He is a co-author of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction.
Philipp JovanovicPost-doctoral Researcher
Philipp Jovanovic is a cryptographer and post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. His research focuses on applied cryptography and decentralized systems. Philipp is also an advisor to the DFINITY 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.
Lefteris Kokoris-KogiasPhD Research Scholar, EPFL
Lefteris is a PhD researcher at EPFL, advised by Prof. Bryan Ford. His research lies in-between computer systems, computer security and applied cryptography. He is particularly interested in decentralised trust systems.
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.
Yoad LewenbergPhD Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yoad Lewenberg is a PhD student in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests include multiagent systems, machine learning, and algorithmic game theory.
Shin'ichiro MatsuoResearch Professor at Georgetown University
Shin'ichiro Matsuo is conducting research at Georgetown University on Blockchain and information security. He is also the co-Founder of BSafe.network.
Patrick McCorryResearch Associate, University College London
Patrick McCorry is a Research Associate at University College London, who is focused on cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, applied cryptography and decentralised systems.
Dmitry MeshkovFounder of ERGO Platform, researcher at IOHK
PhD in physics, blockchain researcher for the last 2 years. Developer at Scorex project, that formed the basis of Waves platform and Mantis ETC client. Cofounder of ERGO - the upcoming blockchain platform.
Silvio MicaliProfessor, MIT
Silvio is a Ford Professor of Engineering at MIT. His interests are cryptography, zero knowledge, pseudo-random generation, secure protocols, mechanism design, and distributed ledgers. Silvio is the recipient of the Turing Award, the Gödel Prize, and the RSA prize.
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.
Tal MoranFaculty Member, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Tal is a faculty member in the School of Computer Science at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. His research focuses on employing ideas and techniques from theoretical cryptography to design secure systems in the real world.
Rafael PassAssociate Professor, Cornell University
Rafael is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on Cryptography, computational complexity and game theory. He has been the receipient of several fellowship awards.
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.
Joseph PoonCo-Author Plasma and Lightning Network
Joseph is the co-author of bitcoin’s Lightning Network whitepaper and Plasma (Plasma.io). His current areas of research involves blockchain scalability mechanisms, inter-blockchain interaction, and cryptoeconomic incentives.
Ratul SahaPhD Student, NUS Singapore
Ratul is a finishing PhD student from NUS, Singapore. His research interests include formal verification, probabilistic verification, and blockchain. He is currently setting up his blockchain consultancy service for investors and businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Ren ZhangCOSIC Research Group, KU Leuven, Belgium
Ren Zhang works on the exciting field of cryptocurrencies and blockchains. Currently his research focuses on consensus protocols and privacy solutions.
Ryan ZurrerVenture Partner, Polychain Capital
Ryan is at Polychain Capital leading private investments and helping projects structure their crypto-economic models. Ryan has been an active angel investor in the blockchain ecosystem since 2012, backing both start-ups and token-enabled networks.
October 2 - Day 1
By Jae Kwon - 9:30AM
- Economics of Fees and Gas
By Jordan Earls - 9:45AM
- ALGORAND: A Truly Distributed Ledger
By Silvio Micali - 10:00AM
- Thunderella: a fast and scalable blockchain
By Rafael Pass - 10:40AM
11:05AM - 11:30AM
- What is a token, economically?
By Sinclair Davidson - 11:30AM
- Escrow Protocols for Cryptocurrencies
By Steven Goldfeder - 12:00AM
12:30PM - 1:30PM
- Bitcoin Mining Pools: A Cooperative Game Theoretic Analysis
By Yoad Lewenberg - 1:30PM
- On Power Splitting Games in Distributed Computation
By Ratul Saha - 2:00PM
- Keepers - Workers that Maintain Blockchain Networks
By Ryan Zurrer - 2:30PM
2:50PM - 3:10PM
- Zerocash: addressing Bitcoin's privacy problem
By Alessandro Chiesa - 3:10PM
- On Space-Scare Economy In Blockchain System
By Dmitry Meshkov - 3:55PM
4:20PM - 4:35PM
- Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem
By Neil Gandal - 4:35PM
- Zero-Knowledge Contingent Payments
By Rosario Gennaro - 5:00PM
October 3 - Day 2
9:00AM by Joshua L. Boehm
9:15AM by Karl Floersch
- The Meshcash Framework: Tortoise and Hares Consensus
9:30AM by Tal Moran
- Analyzing the Bitcoin Unlimited Mining Pool
10:05AM by Ren Zhang
10:35AM - 10:55AM
- Scalable Bias-Resistant Distributed Randomness
10:55AM by Philipp Jovanovic
- Scalable and Efficient Distributed Ledgers
11:25AM by Eleftherios Kokoris-Kogias
12:00PM - 1:00PM
- A Scalable Verification Solution for Blockchains
1:00PM by Jason Teutsch
- Proofs-of-Delay and Randomness Beacons in Ethereum
1:30PM by Benedikt Bünz
- Quantifying Decentralization
2:00PM by Balaji Srinivasan
2:20PM - 2:40PM
- Global Scale Research Networks and Cryptoeconomics
2:40PM by Shin’ichiro Matsuo
- Cryptoeconomics in Casper
3:00PM by Vlad Zamfir
3:45PM - 4:00PM
- Hashgraph Security and Attack Resilience
4:00PM by Leemon Baird
- A Smart Contract for Boardroom Voting with Privacy
4:30PM by Patrick McCorry
- Alessandro Chiesa
- Andrew Miller
- Angela Walch
- Balaji Srinivasan
- Dawn Song
- Georgios Piliouras
- Jae Kwon
- Jason Teutsch
- Joseph Poon
- Shin'ichiro Matsuo
- Shahan Khatchadourian
- Vlad Zamfir