[Lecture Series HS22] Transparent, Trustworthy & Privacy-Preserving Supply Chains


Prof. Dr Salil Kanhere
(School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney, Australia)


Over the years, supply chains have evolved from a few regional traders to globally complex chains of trade. Consequently, supply chain management systems have become heavily dependent on digitisation for the purpose of data storage and traceability of goods. However, current approaches suffer from issues such as scattering of information across multiple silos, susceptibility of erroneous or untrustworthy data, inability to accurately capture physical events associated with the movement of goods and protection of trade secrets. Our work aims to address above mentioned challenges related to traceability, scalability, trustworthiness, and privacy. To support traceability and provenance, a consortium blockchain based framework, ProductChain, is proposed which provides an immutable audit trail of product’s supply chain events and its origin. The framework also presents a sharded network model to meet the scalability needs of complex supply chains. Next, we address the issue of trust associated with the qualities of the commodities and the entities logging data on the blockchain through an extensible framework, TrustChain. TrustChain tracks interactions among supply chain entities and dynamically assigns trust and reputation scores to commodities and traders using smart contracts. For protecting trade secrets, we propose a privacy-preservation framework PrivChain, which allows traders to keep trade related information private and rather return computations or proofs on data to support provenance and traceability claims. The traders are in turn incentivised for providing such proofs. A different privacy-preservation approach for decoupling the identities of traders is explored in TradeChain by managing two ledgers: one for managing decentralised identities and another for recording supply chain events. The information from two ledgers is then collated using access tokens provided by the traders. Salil will conclude the talk with some future directions.


Tuesday, 11th October 2022
18:00 – 20:00

[Hybrid] KOL-E-18, University of Zürich, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich


Prof. Dr Salil Kanhere

Salil Kanhere is a Professor in the School of Computer Science and Engineering at UNSW Sydney, Australia where he leads the Information Security and Privacy (ISPri) research group and is affiliated with the UNSW Institute for Cyber Security (IFCYBER). His research interests span the Internet of Things, pervasive computing, cybersecurity, blockchain and applied machine learning. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and is leading several government and industry funded research projects on these topics. He received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (2020) and the Humboldt Research Fellowship (2014) from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany. He is the recipient of 8 Best Paper Awards. Salil has held visiting positions at I2R Singapore, Technical University Darmstadt, University of Zurich, the Graz University of Technology and RWTH Aachen and is on the advisory board of two companies. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM, an ACM Distinguished Speaker, and an IEEE Computer Society Distinguished Visitor. He serves as the Editor in Chief of the Ad Hoc Networks journal and as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management, Computer Communications, and Pervasive and Mobile Computing. He has served as General Chair and/or TPC Chair of several IEEE/ACM international conferences such as IEEE PerCom, IEEE ICBC, IEEE Blockchain, IEEE LCN, IEEE CNSM, IEEE WoWMoM, ACM MSWiM and EWSN. Salil has co-authored a book titled Blockchain for Cyberphysical Systems published by Artech House.


Time Speaker Event Title Presentations
18:00 -18:15Prof. Dr Claudio TessoneWelcome & Introduction
18:15 -19:00Prof. Dr Salil KanhereTransparent, Trustworthy and Privacy-Preserving Supply Chains
19:00 -19:30Q&A
19:30 -20:00Apéro


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