The average techie knows the basics of the blockchain — security, transparency, anonymity. But most don’t actually understand the underlying algorithms and protocols that make blockchains work, much less what it takes to address blockchain’s vulnerabilities.
Giulia Fanti, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at world-renowned Carnegie Mellon University, isn’t your “average techie”. Fanti’s study of anonymity and privacy led her to blockchain technology, and she’s become familiar with the “guts” behind blockchain technology.
Her research has taken her deep into critical questions about blockchain’s impact on the future of tech and life. Questions like ‘how do we make blockchains faster?’ and ‘how can latency between blockchain participants be reduced?’ are fundamental to the technology’s success, and they’re the sort of questions Fanti and her team tackle in the laboratory.
Giulia gives a behind-the-scenes look into blockchain research labs, give this episode a listen to learn more about the life of researchers on the front lines of blockchain innovation.
About Giulia Fanti: Giulia Fanti is an assistant professor of ECE at Carnegie Mellon University, with a focus on privacy-preserving technologies. She obtained her Ph.D. in EECS from U.C. Berkeley, and her B.S. in ECE from Olin College of Engineering in 2010. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as a Best Paper Award at ACM Sigmetrics 2015 for her work on anonymous rumor spreading, in collaboration with Peter Kairouz, Sewoong Oh and Pramod Viswanath.
What you will learn in this episode:
- What daily life in a blockchain research laboratory looks like.
- What are the fundamental problems that blockchain researchers are addressing?
- How blockchain software has evolved, and where it currently stands.
Carnegie Mellon University: www.Ece.Cmu.Edu
Giulia Fanti’s Twitter: @giuliacfanti
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