Blockchain for the real world

When: 10th Oct 2017, 19:00 - 10th Oct 2017, 20:45
Where: Room BY.01.021, University of West London, Ealing Campus, St Mary's Road, London, W5 5RF
Town/City: London
Organiser: BCS West London Branch
Price: Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members.
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  • 7.00pm - 7.30pm - Refreshments and Networking
  • 7.30pm - 7.50pm - Talk by Bob Yelland
  • 7.50pm - 8.10pm - Talk by Prof Jonathan Loo
  • 8.10pm - 8.30pm - Q&A and close

Event details:

An introduction to Blockchain for business
During this session Bob will explain the concepts of blockchain - from crypto-currencies through to smart contracts. He will explore how blockchain can be used to support business transactions, the key use cases emerging and the challenges for implementing this technology. Bob will attempt to avoid the hype and present a pragmatic view of the potential of this technology and where it makes sense to apply it. If you have ever been confused or sceptical about blockchain, take the opportunity to discover what makes it different from a traditional database and why so many companies are so excited about the new business models that it opens up.

Introduction to Blockchain for IoT/CPS

Jonathan will introduce the blockchain properties - what makes blockchain as a secure platform. He will then talk about blockchain deployment model namely public and private in terms of their similarities and differences, and the advantages and disadvantages. He will highlight examples of Internet of Things / Cyber-Physical System (IoT/CPS) application driven by blockchain. Last but not least, Jonathan will talk about his research interest on exploring blockchain properties to build a secure decentralised and distributed IoT/CPS communication network.

About the speakers:

Bob Yelland - European Blockchain Marketing Leader
Bob Yelland is passionate about many things, from beekeeping to big data and from medieval castles to marketing. He is unashamedly a technology marketer who enjoys helping clients to understand the power and potential of emerging concepts in IT.As a 'new boy' to the blockchain world he is responsible for helping clients understand the concepts behind this transformational technology whilst avoiding the inevitable hype that surrounds it.

Professor Jonathan Loo - Chair in Computing and Communication Engineering

Jonathan Loo has a long-standing research for over 14 years covering telecommunication, electronics, computing and applied mathematics, largely contributing in the advancement of ICT systems and applications. He has successfully graduated 18 PhD students as their principal supervisor, and has co-authored more than 240 journal and conference papers. For more information: