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: Dr. Sandra K. Johnson is the Founder, CEO & CTO of Global Mobile Finance, Inc., a fintech startup company based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. It is developing geeRemit, a global remittance mobile app based on blockchain and mobile money. She is also the Founder & CEO of SKJ Visioneering, LLC, a technology consulting company.
Dr. Johnson has over 35 years of experience in information technology and is an IEEE Fellow and ACM Distinguished Engineer. She has 40 issued and pending patents and is the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, with a focus on Computer Engineering, in the United States of America.
She is the Editor-in-Chief of Performance Tuning for Linux Servers and the author of over 80 technical publications. In addition, she is the author of Inspirational Nuggets, Inspirational Nuggets Too and GREGORY: The Life of a Lupus Warrior, which is her brother's autobiography/biography.