Abdelhakim Senhaji Hafid

Full Professor at the University of Montreal. He is the founding director of Network Research Lab and Montreal Blockchain Lab. He is also the co-founder of Tipot Technologies Inc. (IoT research and development platform), Canada. He is research fellow at CIRRELT Montreal, Canada. He published over 240 journal and conference papers; he also holds Three US patents. Prior to joining U. of Montreal, he spent several years, as a senior research scientist, at Bell Communications Research (Bellcore), NJ, US working in the context of major research projects on the management of next-generation networks. Pr. Hafid was also Assistant Professor at Western University (WU), Canada, Research director of Advance Communication Engineering Center (venture established by WU, Bell Canada and Bay Networks), Canada, researcher at CRIM, Canada, visiting scientist at GMD-Fokus, Berlin, Germany and visiting professor at University of Evry, France. He has extensive academic and industrial research experience in the area of the management of next-generation networks. His research interests include also Fog/Edge computing, Blockchain, IoT, and intelligent transport systems

Talk: Blockchain and IoT

Blockchain can be simply defined as a distributed digital ledger that keeps track of all the transactions that have taken place in a secure, chronological and immutable way using peer-to-peer networking technology. The most known blockchain application is bitcoin that supports transactions of bitcoin transfer. However, blockchain is finding many uses in financial and non-financial applications; indeed, it is believed that blockchain will transform how we live, work, and interact. This talk will start with an introduction to Blockchain technology. It will show how Blockchain works. It will present the concept of smart contracts, which are critical in developing blockchain applications. Then, the talk will address the integration of blockchain and IoT; in particular, it will show how IoT can add value to Blockchain and vice versa. It will also present interesting use cases that combine Blockchain and IoT. The talk will conclude by briefly overviewing our work at Montreal Blockchain Lab and our view on the future of the technology