Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe

Financial Minister

Gerhard Schwabe has been a full professor at the University of Zurich since 2002. His research interests focus on the intersection of collaborative technologies and information management. He is interested in Blockchain applications e.g. in finance, E-Government and car trade. Currently, three PhD student work on Blockchain topics.

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Conference proceedings:

Buyers of lemons: addressing buyers’ needs in the market for lemons with blockchain technology

Authors: Liudmila Zavolokina, Gianluca Miscione and Gerhard Schwabe

52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019), Maui, Hawaii, 8-12 January 2019. …

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Examining Gentle Rivalry: Decision-Making in Blockchain Systems

Authors: Rafael Ziolkowski, Geetha Parangi, Gianluca Miscione and Gerhard Schwabe

52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019), Maui, Hawaii, 8-13 January 2019. …

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Exploring Blockchain Value Creation: The Case of the Car Ecosystem

Authors: Ingrid Bauer, Liudmila Zavolokina, Fabian Leisibach and Gerhard Schwabe

52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2019), Maui, Hawaii, 8-12 January 2019. …

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Consensus through Blockchains: Exploring Governance across interorganizational Settings

Authors: Rafael Ziolkowski, Gianluca Miscione and Gerhard Schwabe

International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS 2018), San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2018. …

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To Token or not to Token: Tools for Understanding Blockchain Tokens

Authors: Luis Oliveira, Liudmila Zavolokina, Ingrid Bauer and Gerhard Schwabe

International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS 2018), San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2018. …

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Blockchain Technologies from the Consumers’ Perspective: What Is There and Why Should Who Care?

Authors: Manuel Schlegel, Liudmila Zavolokina and Gerhard Schwabe

51st Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2018), Hawaii, 4-6 January 2018. …

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Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone

Chairman & Academic Director

Claudio J. Tessone is Assistant Professor for Network Science at the University of Zurich since 2015, where he also serves as co-director of the University Priority Programme on Social Networks. His research interests focus on modelling and data analysis of complex socio-economic and techno-economic systems with more than 70 peer-review publications in diverse fields.

He has been doing research on cryptocurrencies and blockchain-related topics since 2013. With respect to the former, his interests lie on cryptocurrency analytics, the economics of cryptocurrencies, with a focus on the processes that lead to the centralisation of these, a priori, decentralised systems; therefore, a focal point of interest is the unveiling and understanding of the incentive schemes placed – many times unexpectedly in their design. With respect to blockchains, he studies the efficiency and scalability of consensus mechanisms, combining emulation of the platforms, complex-systems inspired modelling and real-world data analysis.

Since 2018, he serves as Chief Editor of the section on non-financial blockchains and interdisciplinary applications of the Journal “Frontiers in Blockchain”.

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Research paper:

A Taxonomy of Blockchain Technologies: Principles of Identification and Classification

Authors: Paolo Tasca, Claudio J. Tessone

Ledger, 4 (2019) …

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The digital traces of bubbles: feedback cycles between socio-economic signals in the Bitcoin economy

Authors: David Garcia, Claudio J. Tessone, Pavlin Mavrodiev and Nicolas Perony

Journal of the Royal Society: Interface, pp. 20140623, vol. 11 (2014)  …

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Conference proceedings:

Mining blocks in a row: A statistical study of fairness in Bitcoin mining

Authors: Sheng-Nan Li, Zhao Yang, Claudio J. Tessone

2nd IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency (ICBC 2020), Toronto, Canada, May 2020 …

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Incentivizing Data Quality in Blockchains for Inter-Organizational Networks – Learning from the Digital Car Dossier

Authors: Liudmila Zavolokina, Florian Spychiger, Claudio J. Tessone and Gerhard Schwabe

International Conference of Information Systems (ICIS 2018), San Francisco, USA, 12-16 December 2018. …

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Preprint:

Bitcoin Transaction Networks: an overview of recent results

Authors: Nicolò Vallarano, Claudio Tessone, Tiziano Squartini

arXiv:2005.00114 …

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Lightning Network: a second path towards centralisation of the Bitcoin economy

Authors: Jian-Hong Lin, Kevin Primicerio, Tiziano Squartini, Christian Decker, Claudio J.Tessone

arXiv:2002.02819 …

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Network-based indicators of Bitcoin bubbles

Authors: Alexandre Bovet, Carlo Campajola, Jorge F. Lazo, Francesco Mottes, Iacopo Pozzana, Valerio Restocchi, Pietro Saggese, Nicoló Vallarano, Tiziano Squartini, Claudio J. Tessone

arXiv:1805.04460 …

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Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber

Steering Committee

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber is Professor of international business law at Zurich University acting there as co-director of the Research Program on Financial Market Regulation, the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law and the Blockchain Center. Furthermore, he was Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University and he is practicing attorney-at-law in one of the largest independent Swiss law firms in Zurich. Prof. Weber is board member of the Swiss Blockchain Federation and expert of the Swiss government in Blockchain matters.

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  • FinTech and Blockchain
  • Civil and Commercial Law Aspects of Blockchain
  • Privacy and Blockchain

His publications (46 pages) can be found at https://www.ius.uzh.ch/de/staff/professorships/alphabetical/weberr/person.html.

Related Presentation

  • Privacy Rights and Blockchain Technologies
  • Switzerland, latest developments in blockchain regulation and law
  • Blockchain Regulation and Law
  • Blockchain Regulatory Framework in Switzerland

Related Project

  • Security Token Offerings
  • Digital Value in International Trade

Prof. Dr. Christine Kaufmann

Steering Committee

Christine Kaufmann was born in Zurich. After graduating from high school (Type A), she studied law at the University of Zurich and graduated in 1987 with a licentiate. From 1987 to 1991 she worked as an assistant to Professor Daniel Thürer, at the chair for international and European law as well as constitutional and administrative law. In 1990 the doctorate (summa cum laude) was based on the dissertation on the topic “Hunger as a legal problem – international law aspects of a right to food”

On October 1, 2002, she was appointed assistant professor and on September 1, 2003, she was appointed full professor of constitutional, administrative and international law at the University of Zurich. From 2012 to 2014 Christine Kaufmann was Vice Dean of Teaching, from 2014 to 2016 she was Dean of the Faculty of Law.

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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens

Steering Committee

Thorsten Hens (born December 19, 1961) is a Swiss economist and finance academic born in Germany. According to the Handelsblatt ranking, measured by life-time achievement, Hens is among the top 20 economics professors in the German-speaking area (Germany, Switzerland and Austria). Hens is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics and member of the directorate of the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zürich. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen and a permanent guest professor at the University of Lucerne.

His research areas are—among others—evolutionary and behavioral finance. In researching how investors make their decisions, Professor Hens draws on work in Psychology and applies insights from Biology in order to understand the dynamics of financial markets. He was one of the pioneers of evolutionary finance and cultural finance, where he conducted the first large-scale international test on risk- and time attitudes (INTRA).

His consulting experience includes application of Behavioral finance for Private Banking and evolutionary finance for asset management. He studied at the University of Bonn and at DELTA in Paris, and previously held positions at Stanford University and at the University of Bielefeld.

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Related Publication

  • 2020–“Escaping the Backtesting Illusion”, joint with Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppe and Mathis Woesthoff, Journal of Portfolio Management, Vol. 46(4), 124-138.
  • 2015–“Risk Preferences Around the World”, joint with Mei Wang and Marc-Oliver Rieger, Management Science, Vol. 61(3), pp. 637-648, 2015

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Related Teaching

  • Module responsible for the courses Fintech, Blockchain and the course Regulatory Challenges in Finance.

Related Project

  • Fintrech – in particular robot advisory
  • Asset Management with crypto currencies

Connections with industry

  • Co-founder of the UZH-HSG-spinoff company Behavioral Finance Solutions.

Prof. Dr. Christian Ewerhart

Steering Committee

Christian Ewerhart has been professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Zurich since 2003. He has published in journals such as the Rand Journal of Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Economic Theory, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. Research interests include game theory, information and contract economics, and financial applications. Professor Ewerhart has served as a consultant to central banks and other major financial institutions. Since 2013, he has been organizing the annual OLIGO workshop. More recently, Professor Ewerhart has been elected a member of the Steering Committee of the UZH Blockchain Center.

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Research paper:

Finite blockchain games

Authors: Christian Ewerhart

Economics Letters 197 (2020) …

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Preprint:

Ethereum Gas Price Statistics

Authors: David Carl, Christian Ewerhart

University of Zurich, Department of Economics, Working Paper No. 373, 2020 …

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Related Presentation

  • “Smart contract oracles,” October 2019, presentation to financial sector representatives of Thailand visiting the University of Zurich
  • “Implementing central bank digital currency,” April 2020, Humboldt University, Berlin

Related Teaching

  • Seminar in Information and Contract Economics (3 ECTS, Seminar, MA-level)
  • Vertrags- und Informationsökonomik (6 ECTS, Lecture, BA-level, in German)
  • Blockchain Lecture Series (3 ECTS, Seminar, PhD-level)
  • Summer School: “Deep Dive into Blockchain”

Related Project

  • Blockchain Presence. This project was initiated in February 2019 by Prof. Ewerhart with the goal of conceptualizing a smart-contract oracle for the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Students participating in this project have been assigned to four different teams: (i) strategy, (ii) development, (iii) marketing, and (iv) accounting, taxes & legal. Coordinated through regular meetings, the spring 2019 team has developed a prototype of a secure, cost-efficient Ethereum based platform solution. Present efforts aim at further developing the existing oracle prototype into a revenue-generating product. Specific tasks include the optimization of the user experience for the senders and receivers, and the preparation of a product launch scheduled for the early summer of 2020.

Farkas Ruxandra

Managing Director

Education

  • SAA fully qualified Actuary, Swiss Association of Actuaries
  • Master of Advanced Studies in Finance, UZH & ETH (joint degree)
  • Master of Science in Mathematics, University of Munich (Major / Minor: Financial Mathematics / Computer Sciences)
  • Licence Diploma in Mathematics (Dipl. Math.), University of Bucharest

Current Professional Activities

  • Managing Director, Blockchain Center, University of Zurich
  • Lecturer:  Professionalismus Kurs für Aktuare, Swiss Association of Actuaries
  • Manager, Chapter for Regulatory Developments, Swiss Risk Association

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