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Blockchain: A very brief introduction on the underlying technology of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

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Date:  Thu, December 06, 2018
Time:  6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:  Holmes Hall 244
Speaker:  Axel Hollanda of VP Engineering, Smart Yields

Distinguished Lectured Seminar sponsored by IEEE YP Affinity Group, IEEE Hawaii Computer Society Chapter, and IEEE Hawaii Section, and University of Hawaii IEEE Student Branch

This seminar introduces Blockchain as the underlying technology for protocols such as Bitcoin, Hyperledger and other cryptocurrencies and decentralized electronic ledger systems. We review concepts such as Byzantine Fault Tolerance, early and modern consensus mechanisms, as well as introduce a few essential applications currently deployed and envisioned.


Axel is an IEEE Senior Member, M.Sc. Electrical Engineering, B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, B.Tech. Mechatronics, Control & Automation. His background is extensive and multidisciplinary including IT, Manufacturing Automation, Consumer Electronics Product Development, Banking Automation, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition and Signal Processing. Axel currently is the VP of Engineering for the Honolulu-based AgTech startup Smart Yields, contributing to the creation of a better, smarter food-production system.

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