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Foundations of Information, Networks, and Decision Systems

FIND Seminar

The FIND Seminar is a bi-weekly seminar series that hosts cutting-edge research talks on topics related to the broad themes of Foundations of Information, Networks and Decision Systems. Talks are about 50 minutes long with time for questions and discussion.

Location: Phillips Hall 233 and Zoom
Time: 4:10PM ET, bi-weekly on (alternating) Thursdays, starting 10th Feb 2022

Delivery format: All talks will have a live audience in Phillips Hall 233. Until circumstances allow otherwise, external speakers will give the talk remotely via Zoom (broadcasted in PH233). Remote audience is also welcome, but in-person participation is encouraged.

Mailing list: To subscribe to the FIND seminar mailing list, email, with “join” in the subject line and a blank email body. All talks info and reminders will be sent via the mailing list.

Upcoming Talk
Title: The Overlooked Role of Communication Networks in Blockchain Design
Giulia Fanti
Date and Time: 
5/12/2022 4:10PM ET
Phillips 233 and Zoom

Abstract: Blockchains have become an important tool for maintaining distributed ledgers among mutually untrusting parties. As the systems that use these ledgers (e.g., cryptocurrencies) grow in popularity, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure their robustness along multiple axes, such as performance, security, privacy, and fairness. To date, most of the literature on these topics has tackled them at the application layer. In this talk, we will instead discuss the role that communication networks play in designing robust blockchain systems. We will illustrate this point through two case studies focusing on privacy and fairness. In these case studies, we highlight how careful modeling, analysis, and design of underlying communication networks can have implications at other layers. These design and analysis challenges introduce new problem formulations combining elements of graph algorithms, random processes, and distributed systems. 

Schedule for Spring 2022: 

A list of previous talks can be found here.

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