The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) CS Colloquium Series
Speaker: Sandra Johnson, Founder, CEO & CTO of Global Mobile Finance, Inc., Founder and CEO of SKJ Visioneering, LLC
Where: Luddy Hall, Rm. 1106, Dorsey Learning Hall
When: Friday, November 30, 2018, 3:00 pm
Topic: BLOCKCHAIN: An Overview
Abstract: This talk presents an overview of blockchain, a distributed ledger technology (LT). It includes the specifics of blockchain as the foundation for cryptocurrencies, the emergence of blockchain has a solution for the reconciliation of peer-to-peer transactions (and other interactions) between non-trusted parties, distributed consensus, and other blockchain concepts. Also discussed are some blockchain implementations, including those for bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), and some of the implemented cryptographic algorithms. Furthermore, discussed are smart contracts, safety and security, and the game-changing potential of blockchain as a new methodology for disintermediating businesses.
Biography: Sandra K. Johnson is the Founder, CEO & CTO, Global Mobile Finance, Inc., a fintech startup company based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. She is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in computer engineering. She has obtained many firsts in her 30+ year technology career. She had a 26-year career at IBM, including a role as the CTO, IBM Central, East and West Africa. She is a Master Inventor with 40 pending and issued patents and over 80 technical publications. Dr. Johnson earned B.S. (summa cum laude), M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, all in electrical engineering, from Southern University, Stanford University, and Rice University, respectively.