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香港IOHK公司与爱丁堡大学合作成立区块链研究中心

近日,香港加密货币研发公司IOHK宣布与爱丁堡大学合作建立区块链研究中心,该实验中心将落户爱丁堡大学信息学院。IOHK在公告中表示,公司将在一年内向该项目投入投入50-100万美元资金。

IOHK公司是由Charles Hoskinson和Jeremy Wood于2015年成立的,一直致力于为学术机构、政府实体和公司构建加密货币和区块链系统。首席执行官兼联合创始人Hoskinson表示,本次合作有两个目标:第一个就是发展我们的业务范围,即基础层面的密码学货币和区块链相关的技术;第二个目标就是依托爱丁堡大学,培养和发展加密货币领域的技术人员。目前,IOHK拥有50多名员工,主要来自亚洲和南美洲。

今年年初,IOHK还与日本东京工业大学达成了合作,加快加密货币研究。Charles Hoskinson表示,预计在今年下半年到2018年,会有更多这样的研究中心将会开放,包括在希腊以及美国的两个实验中心。

依托爱丁堡大学的学术成果

目前,爱丁堡大学信息学院已经成为英国计算机科学和相关研究领域的领导者,其先进的研究成果成为了吸引IOHK进行合作的关键。

双方预计将共同投资超过100万美元建立区块链研究中心,这也是苏格兰地区成立的首个区块链行业研究中心。该实验室将主要用于加快区块链技术的研究发展,并将研究成功应用于实践,缩短学术与实践的差距。

分布式账本是一个即将到来的颠覆性技术,它可以扩展信息服务到全球化的水平。通过这种合作,学术和产业连接到了一起,爱丁堡区块链技术实验室也走在了区块链系统的创新前沿。

跨学科区块链研究

据悉,关于区块链技术实验室的投资,其中有多数是由IOHK这家创业公司资助的,此外,该实验中心将由爱丁堡大学的网络安全与隐私主席Aggelos Kiayias教授,以及IOHK的首席科学家兼CEO Hoskinson负责领导。同时,由于这一实验室将是跨学科的,因此来自其他领域的教授都可以进行贡献,随着规模的扩大,各领域的学者都可以基于IOHK的其他实验中心与全球的学者网络合作。

IOHK的联合创始人Jeremy Wood则声称,与爱丁堡大学的合作,为现有的学生提供了独特机会,让他们有机会成为区块链和密码学领域的下一代带头人。

开放性的技术交流

Jeremy Wood表示,此次与爱丁堡大学的合作旨在加快区块链产业开发的同时,加大该项技术对其他各行业的影响。

实验室的所有研究都是开源的,这意味着任何人都可以了解到最新的技术进步成果,并不会对专人授予专利权。IOHK已经承诺资助爱丁堡和东京的实验室两年,但Hoskinson希望将该项目扩展到世界各地的更多大学。

目前,IOHK和爱丁堡大学正在积极寻求与当地区块链行业内的企业和专家的联系,汇集社会各界的智慧。

A Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency research and development company is investing in a research laboratory at The University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics.

IOHK is a global company of 70 people, incorporated in Hong Kong. Its researchers and developers work remotely in countries from South America to Japan, where it also has a small office. It was set up in 2015 to make cryptocurrencies, like the digital currency bitcoin, and the venture has already proved profitable.

Charles Hoskinson, chief executive and co-founder, IOHK:

“The University of Edinburgh's world-class School of Informatics is highly regarded for the calibre of its research, making it an attractive partner for IOHK.”

UK Leader

The School of Informatics at The University of Edinburgh is one of UK leaders for computer science and related studies and as a result Edinburgh became one of IOHK's first university partnerships.

The two partners are jointly investing up to $1m in The Blockchain Technology Laboratory, which is the first such industry-academic partnership for the study of blockchain in Scotland.

Blockchain is an encrypted digital ledger technology that has major implications in tackling fraud, speeding up settlements and lowering transaction costs. The innovation of the technology is that it’s a shared database, jointly run and maintained by all parties, removing the need for a trusted authority to hold the information.

Blockchain collaboration

Professor Aggelos Kiayias, chair of cyber security and privacy at The University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, is director of the lab. He will organise collaborations with fellow academics at the university and oversee researchers and students from undergraduate to PhD level in a broad range of topics related to blockchain.

Recent joint work led by Professor Kiayias involved a new idea using a cryptographic principle called Proof of Stake. This allows blockchains to scale to many more users than they’ve yet been able to handle – an important step in making the technology usable by finance and businesses at large.

Charles Hoskinson states, “The University of Edinburgh's world-class School of Informatics is highly regarded for the calibre of its research, making it an attractive partner for IOHK.”

To promote widespread growth of this field, IOHK will look to strengthen educational opportunities around blockchain technology and its potential applications.

Ground-breaking tech

The Edinburgh investment aims to produce innovative research on blockchain technology and its far-reaching implications in a variety of industries.

“Since IOHK is committed to developing industry standards and best practices, all work produced by the lab is open-source and patent-free, ensuring that it benefits anyone interested in learning about this ground-breaking technology.” adds Hoskinson.

The Blockchain Technology Laboratory is looking to foster connections with industry and the local business and entrepreneur community – and both it and IOHK are open to hearing from anyone with an interest in this exciting new field.


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