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Web3 Scholars Conference 2024 - By DRK Lab
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10:00 - 10:05 Welcome to WSC 2024
Audrey Tang, Founder of DRK Lab
10:05 - 10:15 Opening Remarks
—— Duncan Chiu, Legislative Council Member (Technology & Innovation Constituency), Hong Kong —— Eric Chan, Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport
10:15 - 10:40 Reaching the Limits of Protocol Design
Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum
Session 1: Scaling
10:40 - 10:55 Decentalized Computing Infrastructure for Web 3.0
Prof. Jiannong Cao, the Otto Poon Charitable Foundation Professor in Data Science and the Chair Professor of Distributed and Mobile Computing in the Department of Computing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
10:55 - 11:10 Validating Bridges
Patrick McCorry, Arbitrum Foundation
11:10 - 11:25 MACH: A Fast Finality Layer (“FFL”) for Ethereum Rollups
YQ, Founder of AltLayer
Session 2: ZK
11:25 - 11:40 Harness ZK Proof to Build Data-driven dApps Using Brevis
Mo Dong, Cofounder of Brevis
11:40 - 11:55 New Paradigm in Designing ZK-ASICs, the zkVM Way
Leo Fan, Cofounder of Cysic & Assistant Professor at Rutgers University
Session 3: Security
14:00 - 14:20 Speculative Denial-of-Service Attacks in Ethereum
Liyi Zhou, Imperial College London & Berkeley RDI & Co-founder of Decentralized Intelligence AG
14:20 - 14:40 Security Analysis of Ethereum and its Smart Contracts
Daniel Xiaopu Luo, ​Professor at the Department of Computing and the Director of Research Centre for Blockchain Technology of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Session 4: Consensus
14:40 - 15:00 TrustBoost: Boosting Trust among Interoperable Blockchains
Xuechao Wang, Assistant Professor in Thrust of Fintech at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou)
15:00 - 15:20 My Biases against Every Consensus Protocol that is not Nakamoto Consensus
Ren Zhang, Lead Researcher at Cryptape & Nervos
Session 5: Panel: East & West, Industry & Academia
​Moderator ​Audrey Tang, Founder of DRK Lab ​Panellists ​Yi Tang, Principal, Qiming Venture Partners ​Emma Cui, Cofounder and Managing Partner, LongHash Ventures ​Tina Zhen, Cofounder and Steward, Flashbots ​James Parillo, Managing Partner, Figment Capital ​Kun Peng, Founder, Stanford Blockchain Accelerator
15:20 - 16:00 Panel: East & West, Industry & Academia
Session 6: Liquidity
16:00 - 16:20 Towards Secure, Trust-minimized Optimistic Rollup
Zhe Ye, UC Berkeley & Berkeley RDI
16:20 - 16:40 Unraveling the Success Behind MEV Bots: Strategies for Making Money in Web3 Ecosystem
Ye Wang, Assistant Professor and Ph.D. Supervisor at the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management at the University of Macau
Session 7: Decentralization & AI
16:40 - 17:00 opp/ai: Optimistic Privacy-Preserving AI on Blockchain
Cathie So, Chief Scientist at ORA
17:00 - 17:20 Engineering the Blockchain Brain: Integrating Mechanism Design, Reinforcement Learning, and Advanced Language Models
Luyao Zhang, Assistant Professor of Economics and Senior Research Scientist at the Data Science Research Center at Duke Kunshan University (DKU)
17:20 - 17:40 FLock: Defending Against Poisoning Attacks in Federated Learning with Blockchain
Jiahao Sun, CEO of & Research Fellow at Imperial College London
17:40 - 18:00 Decentralized Learning Autonomy: Blockchain and AI Revolutionize Talent Cultivation and Recruitment
Zoey Ziyi Li, Monash University