Collaboration Agreement signed
Blockpass is using blockchain to develop alternatives which allow users to retain control of their identity, with only they deciding who can access their sensitive personal data.
As an identity system supporting verification of humans, organizations, objects, and connected devices, Blockpass will enable development of new applications that rely on a trusted connection between human, corporate, and device identities. At the core of the Blockpass protocol is a self-sovereign identity system that supports user ownership of personal data, objects and devices. This facilitates the transition from a centralized internet, where data and commerce is controlled by large organizations, to Web 3.0, where users control their data and have access to decentralized applications.
Its six Edinburgh-based Schools are spread across three campuses, and it also has transnational education partnerships in Hong Kong, China, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Switzerland. Teaching programmes have strong links with industry, and more than half of the university’s research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework review. Through the Bright Red Triangle, the university offers a one-stop shop for extra-curricular innovation and enterprise activities. With over 50 academics and 1100 students, our School of Computing is one of the UK’s largest computing departments.
He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cyber security. In 2018 he received an “Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge Exchange” at the Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards. One of his most recent achievements is the creation of a Blockchain Identity Lab and which is one of the first of its type in the world, and has significant industry funding.
Currently he leads the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security at Edinburgh Napier University and The Cyber Academy. His main research focus is around information sharing, IoT, e-Health, threat analysis, cryptography, and triage within digital forensics. This has led to several World-wide patents, and in three highly successful spin-out companies: Zonefox, Symphonic Software and Cyan Forensics.
He has worked on a variety of blockchain related projects in healthcare asset tracking, personal data management, food supply chain management and construction compliance as well as previous research projects into citizen focused identity and digital forensics. His key research interests focus around self-sovereign identity, blockchain & privacy enhancing technologies such as homomorphic encryption and zero-knowledge proofs.
A serial blockchain entrepreneur, Vaziri has founded or co-founded several successful blockchain businesses, and has more than half a decade of experience working on Blockchain policies and assisting Blockchain businesses in licensing and compliance. Vaziri is impassioned to build a better, smarter economy through the gradual integration of Blockchain technologies into the mainstream economy.
He is a co-founder of Chain of Things – a Hong Kong-based startup integrating blockchain & IoT devices. In 2012, he sold his previous company, a data collection and analytics research firm focused on mainland Chinese high-technology industries. He is an Internet industry veteran with regional management experience. During the Internet boom, Hans provided due diligence support for the internet.com Venture Capital Fund in Asia, investing in a number of Internet startups in Greater China.
Collaboration Agreement signed
Formal Launch scheduled for 26 September
Final Lab Layout design approved
PhD Studentship Selection Interviews commence