MS Project Defense - Ayushi Mehta

Blockchain Based Solutions for Real-World Problems

Ayushi Mehta, MS Candidate

Thursday, Apr. 18, 2019, 12:30 pm
Dunn Hall 311

Committee Members:

Prof. Dipankar Dasgupta, Chair
Prof. Nirman Kumar
Dr. Andrew J. Neel

Abstract

Blockchain is a buzz word these days; it is a technology originally created to support the famous cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. The blockchain gradually transformed and permeated a broad range of applications across many industries including finance, healthcare, government, manufacturing, and distribution. There is a dire need for critical thinkers, designers and developers who can envision and create new application of blockchain to benefit the large-scale problems. This MS project is a first step in addressing this need. In this work, I studied how to develop end to end solutions for real-world applications which require features like a decentralized, peer-to-peer network, operations without intermediaries, validation, verification, and consensus on a universally timestamped, immutable ledger. Developed smart contracts for autonomous operations guided by rules and policies. This work focuses on developing small applications and use case scenarios as a proof-of-concept to complex applications like time-based auctions at the stock exchange, access control of medical data, time-based electronic voting using Ethereum blockchain, supporting API’s and other frameworks.