Several blockchain startups and cryptocurrency organizations, including the Ethereum is a decentralized blockchain platform, enabled with EDCCs, where a software developer can build games, financial applications, gambling applications, utility and logistics software, social networks and more.
“>Ethereum Foundation, have come together to sponsor a research and education center created by Stanford University computer science professors.
According to a press release issued June 20, the Center for Blockchain Research will be a place that brings together industry professionals and university scientists to “develop best practices for this burgeoning and potentially transformative field.”
This new center at Stanford will address blockchain’s practical, legal, and societal challenges, and develop a curriculum to facilitate its use across a variety of fields and applications.
The center will be led by Dan Boneh and David Mazières, who are both professors of computer science. Faculty members will include experts in the fields of particle physics, electrical engineering, and law, among others. As per the Center’s website, the inaugural five-year program will also seek to create “new technologies” to propel the space into the future:
“The Center for Blockchain Research (CBR) is a focused research effort on crypto-currencies and blockchain technologies. The center brings together engineering, law, and economics faculty, as well as post-docs, students, and visitors, to work on technical challenges in the field. The center’s primary mission is to support the thriving ecosystem by developing new technologies needed to advance the field. Beyond its research mission, the center runs an extensive education and outreach program, including on-campus courses, MOOCs, workshops, and conferences for the general blockchain community”
In addition to support from the Ethereum Foundation, the center’s initial five-year research program is sponsored by DFINITY Stiftung, the Interchain Foundation, OmiseGO, PolyChain Capital, and Protocol Labs.
Block chain research and education has been a hot topic this month. On June 4, Ripple announced it was planning to donate $50 million to 17 different universities in an effort to further blockchain research and improve the ecosystem of payments.