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Blockchain technology, which is the platform for sharing reliable information and building distributed trust autonomously, continues to widespread through the virtual currency "Bitcoin." Blockchain technology has the characteristic of establishing a decentralized distribution network by making use of P2P technology and public key cryptography on the Internet. As a distributed ledger that provides assurance of no falsification, the blockchain technology is applicable other than virtual currency.
From the standpoint of academia, the research of applications not bounded by virtual currency is a matter of considerable urgency. To realize this endeavor, we need to pursue research on 1) verify blockchain technology's safety & stability and develop related software, 2) construct verification foundations with development in various application fields, and 3) build a research network among global academia.
Due to the above reasons, the Blockchain Laboratory established in SFC, and it will organize an academic network primarily with universities such as theUniversity of Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.) to conduct the research activities listed above.
Outline of Research Activity Plan (FY2016)
Investigative research regarding blockchain technology, and promotion of an international collaborative forum to share issues.