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Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency Showcase 20

June 16, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

The Columbia-IBM Center for Blockchain and Data Transparency brings together cross-disciplinary teams to advance innovation in blockchain and data transparency and closely associated topics for the good of society that will drive new science and technology, develop thought leadership and influence policy. Learn more here.

Join the showcase to explore new topics, learn about upcoming initiatives, and celebrate the many accomplishments of the Center throughout the past year. Each session will be led by senior representatives from Columbia University and IBM.


Host: Sharon Sputz, Executive Director of Strategic Programs, The Data Science Institute, Columbia University

Agenda for Wednesday, June 16 (All timings EDT)

10:30 AM: Opening Remarks & Keynote

  • Jeannette M. Wing, Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University
  • Shih-Fu Chang, Senior Executive Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science; and Richard Dicker Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University
  • Stacy Hobson, Director of Responsible and Inclusive Technologies Research, IBM Research

11:00 AM: Session 1: Transparency and Efficiency in Carbon Footprint Quantifications

  • Christoph Meinrenken, Associate Research Scientist, Earth Institute; and Adjunct Professor, Sustainability Management, School of Professional Studies, Columbia University
  • Tamar Eilam, IBM Fellow, IBM Research

11:30 AM: Session 2: Disrupting Supply Chains through Blockchain and AI

  • Jay Sethuraman, Professor and Chair of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University
  • Ramesh Gopinath, VP, Organic Ventures, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software

12:00 PM: Session 3: Legal and Policy Dilemmas in a Transparency Environment

  • R.A. Farrokhnia, Faculty & Executive Director in the Dean’s Office, Advanced Projects and Applied Research in Fintech, Columbia Business School
  • Joe Latone, Researcher (IBM Quantum), IBM Research

12:30 PM: Session 4: Security and Privacy

  • Steve Bellovin, Percy K. and Vida L.W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
  • J.R. Rao, IBM Fellow and CTO for Security Research, IBM Research

1:00 PM: Session 5: Highlights from the Innovation Accelerator

  • Dmytro Pokhylko, Director of the Columbia Lab-to-Market Accelerator Network, Columbia Technology Ventures
  • Austin Flon, IBM Ventures, NYC Innovation Hub Leader

1:30 PM: Closing Remarks

  • Mahmoud Naghshineh, General Manager, Offerings & Solutions, IBM Global Business Services

2:00 PM: END

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Data Science Institute


June 16
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
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