On February 24, 2017, IOHK, a blockchain research and development company founded by Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson, will launch the Blockchain Technology Laboratory with the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics.
The laboratory will focus on bringing together academics and students to collaborate on blockchain research and development that focuses on creating solutions within a number of industries. In addition, the research lab will also serve as a headquarters for IOHK’s growing network of global university partnerships. The lab will also function as an intermediary between developers and researchers while simultaneously kick-starting ventures and propagating outreach projects that introduce entrepreneurs to Edinburgh’s budding technology community.
Professor Aggelos Kiayias, chair in Cyber Security and Privacy at the University of Edinburgh and chief scientist at IOHK, will direct the laboratory, overseeing partnerships with fellow researchers, undergraduates students, and PhD level candidates in a wide range of topics related to blockchain technology. These topics will be multifaceted and include subjects such as: cryptography, computer science, economics, game theory, regulation and compliance, business, and law.
Professor Kiayias said: “We are very excited regarding this collaboration on blockchain technology between the School of Informatics and IOHK. Distributed ledgers is an upcoming disruptive technology that can scale information services to a global level. The academic and industry connection forged by this collaboration puts the Blockchain Technology Lab at Edinburgh at the forefront of innovation in blockchain systems.”
IOHK is committed to building industry standards and practices that advance the field of cryptography. Its partnership with the University of Edinburgh guarantees that all funded research and development will be open source and patent-free.
Hoskinson said: “IOHK is delighted to be partnering with the University of Edinburgh, a world-leading institution in information, cognition and computing research and teaching. The partnership will develop IOHK’s core business area, cryptocurrencies and blockchain related technologies, and nurture and develop the global talent in these areas in the United Kingdom.”
The lab will begin recruitment and outreach immediately at the University of Edinburgh’s Appleton Tower, and the full facility will become operational beginning the summer of 2017.
Jeremy Wood, IOHK co-founder, said: “IOHK’s partnership with the University of Edinburgh provides unique opportunities for current students to become the next generation of blockchain and cryptography leaders. As a headquarters for IOHK’s international academic research community, we expect to see the university facilitate innovative projects that drive how businesses and governments approach blockchain and cryptocurrencies.”
On February 15, 2017, IOHK launched a similar project with the Tokyo Institute of Technology, in which IOHK researchers will join the institute’s professors and graduate students to promote research in cryptocurrencies and blockchain related technologies. The collaboration hopes to produce knowledge through joint activities, such as seminars and academic papers, with the resulting research and development to be open source and patent-free (similar to IOHK’s collaboration with the University of Edinburgh).