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Amirreza Sarencheh wins “Best Fintech Student of the Year” award at DIGIT’s Scottish Financial Technology Awards

Congratulations to Amirreza Sarencheh for his outstanding achievement in winning the prestigious “Best Fintech Student of the Year” award at the 2022 Scottish Financial Technology Awards, organised by DIGIT, Scotland’s renowned technology, media, and events company. Amirreza, a dedicated PhD student at the Blockchain Technology Lab, University of Edinburgh, has …

Comparison of alternative reward schemes for Cardano

The reward sharing scheme used in the current deployment of Cardano has some favourable properties that were analysed theoretically in an academic paper and through simulation experiments in our previous blog post.  Specifically, we examined the reward scheme in terms of the level of decentralisation it induces and concluded that …

Pool Splitting Behaviour and Equilibrium Properties in Cardano’s Rewards Scheme

Since the introduction of blockchain systems more than a decade ago, groups and individuals from both academia and industry have strived to refine the underlying protocols, improving their scalability, stability or decentralisation properties, to name a few. In this blog post, we will focus on the aspect of decentralisation and …

Crypto miners migrating augments major environmental concern

Chinese crypto firms are relocating to other nations amidst a crackdown by Chinese authorities, who are addressing concerns regarding energy usage and financial risks associated with the crypto industry. The Scotsman recently featured an article on the environmental impact of migrating crypto miners, with insights from Prof. Aggelos Kiayias. For …


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