IEEE Services 2019 Plenary Events

Plenary Panel: Challenges & Opportunities of Applying Blockchain in Services

 Title: Challenges & Opportunities of Applying Blockchain in Services
Date/Time: Tuesday July 9, 15:45 - 17:00
Location: Aula Magna Ballroom, Universita' degli Studi di Milano
Summary: Blockchain has been shown to be quite useful in providing important services for various business and IT applications, such as bitcoin, smart contracts, and protection of privacy and security of critical data. However, there are still major challenges which need to be addressed in order to make the applications of blockchain practical and extendable to other application domains. In this panel, challenges, such as large overhead, incorporation and enforcement of trust accuracy and security in business and scientific applications will be discussed. Each panelist will give an opening presentation of his/her point of view, and the discussion will be open to the floor.
Chair: Stephen S. Yau

Stephen S. Yau is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona, USA. He served as the chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and later as the director of Information Assurance Center at ASU. Previously, he was on the faculties of Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, and University of Florida, Gainesville. He served as the president of the IEEE Computer Society and the editor-in-chief of IEEE COMPUTER magazine. He organized many major conferences, including the 1989 World Computer Congress sponsored by the International Federation for Information Processing, and the 2018 IEEE World Congress on Services. His current research includes services computing, cybersecurity, software engineering, IoT and blockchain. He has received many awards and recognitions, including the Tsutomu Kanai Award and Richard E. Merwin Award of the IEEE Computer Society, and the Outstanding Contributions Award of the Chinese Computer Federation. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in electrical engineering.
Panelist: Peter Chen

Peter P. Chen is a pioneer in database and software engineering. He is Distinguished Career Scientist at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University (LSU). After a Ph.D. from Harvard University, he was a faculty member at MIT, University of California at Los Angles, Harvard, LSU, and CMU. He was Honorary Distinguished Chair Professor of Service Sciences at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His Entity-Relationship (ER) model paper is one of most influential papers in computer science. He is an IEEE, ACM, and AAAS Fellow. He received many awards. Including ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award and IEEE Harry Goode Award. He has served on US NSF/CISE and Air Force Scientific Advisory Boards. Currently, he is doing research on analytics maturity model, autonomous systems, cyber security, and blockchain systems. He is the general chair of the 2019 IEEE World Congress on Services.
Panelist: Andreas Kind

Andreas Kind is Head of Cybersecurity Technology and Blockchain, Siemens. He is a research manager with experience in cybersecurity, blockchain, IoT and Enterprise IT/OT Systems. Andreas received a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1998 from the University of Bath, UK. He worked as a researcher in Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft (1992-1994) and NEC C&C Research Laboratories (1998-2000) before joining IBM Zurich Research in 2000. He had diverse roles in IBM Research for nearly 19 years. His previous roles with IBM Research include Head of Systems Department in Beijing and Head of IBM Research Lab in Shanghai. He co-led IBM's 2015 Global Technology Outlook on Payments Innovation and Blockchain.
Panelist: Zheng Yan

Zheng Yan is a professor in the School of Cyber Engineering, Xidian University, China and a visiting professor and Finnish Academy research fellow at the Aalto University, Finland. She received the DSc in Technology from the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Before joining academia in 2011, she was a senior researcher at the Nokia Research Center, Helsinki, Finland, since 2000. Her research interests are in trust, security, privacy, and security-related data analytics. She is an inventor of 24 patents and 45 PCT patents, all of them having been adopted in industry. She is an associate or area editor of IEEE Internet of Things Journal, Information Fusion, Information Sciences, IEEE Access, and JNCA. She served as a general chair or program chair for numerous international conferences including IEEE TrustCom 2015. She is a founder steering committee co-chair of IEEE Blockchain conference. She received several awards, including the 2017 Best Journal Paper Award issued by IEEE Communication Society Technical Committee on Big Data and the Outstanding Associate Editor of 2017/2018 for IEEE Access.