2018 Xi’an International Workshop on Blockchain was held in High-Tech Industries Development Zone in the city of Xi’an, on December 10-14. It brought together more than 150 academics, experts, and industry representatives from Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Technion, UC Berkeley, King’s College London, IBM, Google, Huawei, Ant Financial, etc. and provided a vital space to exchange knowledge and experience on the blockchain and related fields. The workshop was opened by Prof. Andrew Chi-Chih Yao, Turing Award Winner, CAS Academician and IIIS Dean, who welcomed all the participants and shared the understanding on how information sciences influenced fintech and impact people’s well-being today.
The workshop also featured a parallel panel on the afternoon of December 10, themed on FinTech Regulation and RegTech Innovation. High-level panelists included Prof. Andrew Yao, Runzhong Huang, Chairman of China Banking Association, Fangyu Fei, President of Internet Finance Institute and Director of the China HP Financial Innovation Center of Shanghai Jiaotong University, and Elaine Shi, Cornell Associate Professor, and they offered an insight into the financial governance and regulatory challenges associated with the burgeoning information sciences and technologies. This panel was co-organized by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Core Technology in Xi’an, which is initiated by Prof. Andrew Yao and aims to be home to the most powerful AI grouping in Xi’an to help advance development of local AI industry. The institute now hosts three centers which are Frontier Architecture and Smart Chip Research Center, FinTech Research Center, and City Brain Research Center.
2018 Xi’an International Workshop on Blockchain was co-hosted by the Institute for Interdisciplinary Information Sciences (IIIS), Tsinghua University and Cornell University. It is an annual workshop where a large number of international experts from disciplines ranging from theoretical computer sciences through to economy and finance are gathered to explore new ideas and approaches for the beneficial development of blockchain.