Seminar: Bitcoin, Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Hype vs Reality?

Dr. Murat Kantarcıoğlu, 19 Aralık 2017, Salı tarihinde saat 11.00’da Mühendislik Fakültesi seminer salonunda “Bitcoin, Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Hype vs Reality?” konulu semineri sunacaktır. Seminerin özeti ve kısa biyografi aşağıda verilmiştir.

Dr. Murat Kantarcıoğlu will present his work on “Bitcoin, Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Hype vs Reality?” in Engineering Fakulty, Seminar Room, at second floor on December 19th, 2017 at 11.00 am. An abstract and a short biography is provided below.


Bitcoin, Blockchain and Smart Contracts: Hype vs Reality?

Over the last couple of years, Bitcoin cryptocurrency and the Blockchain technology, that forms the basis of Bitcoin, have witnessed a splurge of attention. In addition, Blockchain technology has evolved from being an immutable ledger of transactions for cryptocurrencies to a programmable interactive environment called “smart contracts” for building distributed reliable applications.

In this talk, we will start by discussing the fundamentals of Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Smart contract technology. Later, we discuss our own work where we leverage blockchain as a platform to facilitate trustworthy data provenance collection, verification, and management. The developed system utilizes smart contracts and open provenance model (OPM) to record immutable data trails. We show that our proposed framework can efficiently and securely capture and validate provenance data, and prevent any malicious modification to the captured data as long as the majority of the participants are honest.


Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu is a Professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of the Data Security and Privacy Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2005 where he received the Purdue CERIAS Diamond Award for Academic excellence. He is also a visiting scholar at Harvard Data Privacy Lab since 2013. Dr. Kantarcioglu’s research focuses on the integration of cybersecurity and data science, creating technologies that can efficiently extract useful information from massive amounts of data without sacrificing privacy or security.

His research has been supported by grants including from NSF, AFOSR, ARO, ONR, NSA, and NIH. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers in top-tier venues such as ACM KDD, SIGMOD, IEEE ICDM, ICDE, PVLDB, NDSS, USENIX Security and several IEEE/ACM Transactions as well as served as program chair for conferences such as ACM SACMAT. Over a 12 year career since his Ph.D. in 2005, he gets an H-Index of around 42 and citation count of around 7800 according to Google Scholar. Some of his research work has been covered by the media outlets such as the Boston Globe, ABC News, PBS/KERA, DFW Television, and has received multiple best paper awards.

He is the recipient of various awards including NSF CAREER award, the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) 2014 Homer R Warner Award and the IEEE ISI (Intelligence and Security Informatics) 2017 Technical Achievement Award presented jointly by IEEE SMC and IEEE ITS societies for his research in data security and privacy. He is also a Distinguished Scientist of ACM.

   Details of his work can be found at



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