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Blockchain Laboratory

Date of establishment: July 1, 2016
Director: Jun Murai (Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies)
Contact: Murai Lab., Keio University SFC (junsec[at]sfc.wide.ad.jp)

Objectives

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.

Memberships

Name Affiliation
o Jun Murai Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Overall supervision
Joi Ito Distinguished Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC
International collaboration
Hiroya Tanaka Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Application development
Osamu Nakamura Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Web architecture
Keiji Takeda Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Information security
Shinichiro Matsuo Project Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
Encryption technology
Hideki Sunahara Professor, Graduate School of Media Design
System operation
Tatsuya Hayashi Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC
Information system construction
Shigeya Suzuki Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance
System design & construction
Yohei Kuga Project Research Associate, Graduate School of Media and Governance
System design & construction