Cornell University and Tsinghua University (清华大学) announced this week they have joined forces to host the International Workshop on Blockchain, which is set to take place in Xi’an, China.
According to the learning institutions, the event was made possible by a $150,000 grant from not-for-profit platform Social Alpha Foundation, aimed at blockchain projects for social good, as well as sponsorship from the Xi’An High Tech Zone, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Core Technology (IIICT), and the Conflux Foundation. The workshop will take place from December 10th to 14th at the Holiday Inn Xi’an Greenland Century City in the High-Tech Industries Development Zone (XHTZ), which is considered one of the most successful of China’s 114 national high-tech zones.
While sharing more details about the workshop, Andrew Yao (姚期智), Dean of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS) at Tsinghua University, stated:
“Blockchain is an innovative technology that has great potential to transform today’s business models and processes. Blockchain’s scientific inspiration originated from computer science and economics, and its successful future growth and development rely vitally on the continuing interaction and collaboration of scientists from many distinct disciplines. This workshop will allow like-minded individuals, all with a shared purpose of advancing the technology, to come together and learn from each other.”
Associate Professor Shi went on to add:
“Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are exciting; they are a goldmine for research problems at the intersection of cryptography, programming languages, and economics. I hope that this winter school will allow Cornell and Tsinghua to foster long-term collaborations. I would like to thank our sponsors including Social Alpha Foundation, the Xi’An High Tech Zone, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Core Technology (IIICT), and the Conflux Foundation for supporting our event this year.”