The biggest academic research initiative in this space, IC3, is expanding further with three new universities added. The University College London(UCL), ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
“This expansion will bring fresh new perspectives into IC3, growing our research portfolio and reach, and expanding us geographically to those places on the globe where exciting new blockchain deployment developments are taking place,” Emin Gün Sirer, co-Director of IC3 and Associate Professor at Cornell University, stated.
Andrew Miller, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Associate Director of IC3, said in a statement:
“IC3 has been leading the world in on-chain and off-chain scaling, new consensus algorithms, cryptocurrency security, smart contract services and development.
These colleagues bring their expertise in forensics, privacy, and cryptoeconomics to this nascent field. We’re very excited about the collaboration opportunities.”
IC3 has made some significant contributions to this space, with many of its participants undertaking work on increasing the robustness of smart contracts as well as on scalability and wider security of blockchain assets. Bryan Ford said:
“I am thrilled to work more closely with the stellar team of researchers at IC3, who collectively answer the urgent need in the blockchain community for world-class academic expertise in technology, economics, and policy.
This combination of leading-edge expertise will be essential in enabling blockchain technology to fulfill the promise it has inspired across innumerable sectors of business and society.”
With increasing interest in blockchain technology, demand for courses has considerably increased in light of significant skills shortages.
The initiative might be one way of satisfying that demand, so training students while also contributing to this space and the wider public. We may therefore see it expand further as interest continues to grow.