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IEEE United Kingdom & Ireland Blockchain Launch | 2020

Welcome to the IEEE United Kingdom and Ireland Blockchain Group Launch!

Blockchain, as a disruptive technology, is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary specialism. It is by far the most forward thinking, impactful, and disruptive emerging technology family that the Future Directions Committee and the IEEE has sought to embrace.

The vision of the IEEE UK & Ireland Blockchain Group is for an active and dynamic forum focused on member value. The aim is to serve as a forum for professional networking, learning, and growth for our IEEE UK and Ireland members in the rapidly emerging Blockchain field and to organise events covering the start-of-the-art Blockchain technology and applications.

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Keynote Speakers

Professor Don MacRaild is an historian by training who has written or edited a dozen books on aspects of Irish, British, social and labour histories. He’s best known as a scholar of the Irish diaspora in Britain. He has supervised 15 PhD students who have all gone on to be academics, policy advisors, public historians, teachers and civil servants. Don also has significant experience of the UK funding landscape. He has been a peer reviewer for UK, Irish, South African, Canadian and US funding councils and has held major grants totally around £1m in value from the AHRC, ESRC and Leverhulme and others. Don also has 20 years of leadership experience in four universities in three countries, where has previously been head of several departments and associate dean for research.

Dr Ramesh Ramadoss is an entrepreneur, researcher, author, and international speaker based in Silicon Valley. He is the Founder & President of BitCasas Inc., which is building a cross-border investment platform fuelled by tokenization of mortgage loans backed by US Real Estate. He is a co-chair of the IEEE Blockchain Initiative. He is the chair of the IEEE Blockchain Standards Working Group.

He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai Kamaraj University, India in May 1998 and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May 2003. From Jun. 2003 to Dec. 2007, he was employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Auburn University, Alabama, USA. He has 10 years of industrial experience as a Manager/Director in technology companies in Silicon Valley. He is the author or coauthor of 1 book, 4 book chapters and 55 papers. He has conducted R&D projects for DARPA, NASA, US Army, US Air Force, Sandia National Labs, and Motorola Labs.

Dr Cyril Onwubiko is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and currently the Secretary – IEEE United Kingdom and Ireland, Chair of the IEEE UK & Ireland Blockchain Group; and Director, Cyber Security Intelligence at Research Series Limited, London, UK, where he directs Cyber Strategy, IA Governance and Cyber Security. Prior to Research Series, Cyril had worked in the Financial Services, Telecommunication, Health sector & Government and Public services Sectors. He is a leading scholar in Cyber Situational Awareness (Cyber SA), Cyber Security, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) & Data Fusion, he has authored a couple of books including “Security Framework for Attack Detection in Computer Networks”, and edited several books including “Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense: Principles, Methods & Applications”.

Cyril is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness (IJCSA), and founder of the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research, Innovation and Collaboration (C-MRiC). He holds a PhD in Computer Network Security from Kingston University, London, UK; MSc in Internet Engineering, from University of East London, London, UK, and BSc, first class honours, in Computer Science & Mathematics. He’s a guest lecturer to several UK and European Universities and have successfully examined / assessed several PhD students in the UK and Europe.

Professor Karim Ouazzane is a professor of Computing and Knowledge Exchange, Director of Research and Enterprise, Chair of the European Cyber Security Council (Brussels), and founder of the Cyber Security Research Centre (CSRC), London Metropolitan University, London, UK. His research interests include artificial intelligence (AI) applications, bimodal speech recognition for wireless devices, cyber security and big data, computer vision, hard and soft computing methods, flow control and metering, optical instrumentation and lasers.

He has carried out research in collaboration with industry through a number of research schemes such as The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), KTP, EU Tempus, LDA (London Development Agency), KC (Knowledge Connect) and more. He has also published over 100 papers, three chapters in books, is the author of three patents and has successfully supervised 13 PhDs. He is a member of the Oracle Corporation Advisory Panel.

Paul Cuffe received B.E. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from University College Dublin in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He is currently an assistant professor within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering there, and is a member of the Energy Institute.

His core research interests are in the optimisation and analysis of electrical energy systems, and he is the Principal Investigator on the SEAI-funded project ‘Using blockchains to facilitate renewable power generation: forecasting, hedging and tokenisation applications’

Dr Abdullah Albeyatti is the Co-Founder and CEO of Medicalchain. He graduated from Imperial College London as a doctor in 2011. He has always had a passion for innovation and problem solving and has developed solutions to inefficiencies he found whilst working in the UK National Health Service.  He continues to treat his patients on a weekly basis at a clinic in Leeds.

The company’s headquarters are in London, UK but plan to roll out this platform worldwide.  As well as building Medicalchain, Dr Albeyatti continues to be involved in patient care and sits on the board of IGB at NHS Digital.

Dr Albeyatti believes that blockchain technology has the ability to revolutionise the healthcare system by providing a platform that empowers people with full access and control over their own personal health records. Being an NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow shows the appetite for this technology within our healthcare system.  As a result of his experiences and profile he is a sought after speaker in the world of healthcare and blockchain and has presented internationally at prestigious conferences as well as official government events.

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IEEE UK & Ireland Blockchain Group Committee

Dr Cyril Onwubiko – Chair
Dr Mona Ghassemian – Vice Chair
Dr Richard Barnes – Secretary
Dr Jonathan Tate – Cyber Security Lead
Simon Barducci – Evangelist
Dr Xavier Bellekens – Outreach Lead, Scotland
Dr Avishek Nag – Outreach Lead, Ireland
Bryan Shutes – Commercialisation Lead
Dr Husam Awadalla – Industrial Liaison Lead

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