Program Details

Understanding Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Mehrdad Nojoumian
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Cryptocurrency is becoming more mainstream, endorsed by many celebrities like Tom Brady and Matt Damon. But for many, the question remains, what is it? This one-time program helps to answer this question in an easy-to-understand format. This overview will help explain blockchain and its objectives and properties, Bitcoin's architecture, Bitcoin mining and its profit, and mining's difficulty factor. The lecture will delve into dishonest mining strategies and their countermeasures, the economic properties of cryptocurrencies, and their political aspects. Cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Come learn what they are and are not!

About the Instructor

  • Mehrdad Nojoumian, Ph.D. earned his doctoral degree from the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and his MSc from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa, Canada.  Nojoumian is currently an associate professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science and the director of the Privacy, Security, and Trust in Autonomy Lab at FAU. Nojoumian’s research interests lie in cybersecurity, privacy, AI-&-society, human-autonomy interactions, and cross-disciplinary research on the intersections of computer science and other disciplines. The Army Research Lab (ARL), National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), Cyber Florida, among others, have funded Nojoumian’s research. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award 2020 from the College of Engineering and Computer Science at FAU.