Associate Professor Dr Alexandra Norta
Department of Software Science, Tallinn University of Technology
Dr. Norta is currently an associate professor at the Department of Software Science where his recent research focus is on blockchain technology for enabling novel e-governance models that involve many collaborating organizations. His research background is interdisciplinary comprising cross-organizational business-process automation, multi-agent systems, security, agile software engineering, blockchain-system engineering, e-learning, the legal relevance of smart contracts. In conducting action-design research, he has been involved in numerous blockchain startup research. For example, he published the founding paper for qtum.org. He has also published many blockchain papers in diverse areas such as banking the unbanked, insurance issuance on blockchains, e-procurement on blockchains, multi-factor identity authentication with a blockchain-based distributed application. Recently he has developed a novel methodology for the design of distributed blockchain application Further pertaining to blockchain relevance, Alex has co-supervised an award-winning PhD thesis defended at the University of Goettingen about the novel machine-to-everything (M2X) economy in which it is assumed that self-driving cars participate in an open socio-technical ecosystem. His specific supply chain experience reaches back to his time as a PhD student at the TU-Eindhoven where he investigated the automation of cross-organizational business processes for truck production. As a post-doc at the University of Helsinki, he developed formalized lifecycle management for the setup, enactment, and orderly termination of such automated cross-organizational business-process collaboration. This keynote-speech paper summarizes conceptually the publication results that map into blockchain technology and have been further developed at the Department of Software Science. Alex was nominated as the most successful PhD supervisor of the IT School in 2020 and in 2021 he won also the best-paper award of the IT school in the category for social-science category for his journal paper about e-participatory budgeting.
|Blockchain Technology for Secure Internet-of-Things
The presentation introduces the intersection between smart-contract blockchain systems, internet of things (IoT) and security and the problems and opportunities that emerge. First, I address the current trends in IoT and the rising importance for business. Next. I introduce the exciting topic of blockchain technology and the extension towards smart contracts. Finally, the main properties of security are addresses. After the elementary introductions, the keynote investigates the intersections between IoT and blockchain, IoT and security, and blockchain and security. This intersection investigation reveals problems that open up scope for future research work. The keynote culminates in the presentation of various industry applications in the supply chain domain.