Concordium aims to build the world’s leading open-source, permissionless, and decentralized blockchain with built-in user identity at the protocol level. Concordium supports regulatory compliance, allowing businesses to harness the power of blockchain technology.
The goal of the Concordium Blockchain Research Center Aarhus (COBRA) is to provide the basic research needed to build energy-efficient and scalable blockchain technology that is provably secure.
20 researchers and scientists at COBRA are performing research in blockchain technology, foundational blockchain theory, and cryptography. They are developing new protocols for efficient and secure consensus algorithms (such as proof-of-stake-based ones), sharding mechanisms, new cryptographic techniques supporting privacy-preserving identification, anonymous payments, better zero-knowledge techniques, and languages for smart contracts. Other research includes formal verification of cryptographic protocols, foundational security models for the blockchain space, governance of blockchains, and incentive design and analysis. All research performed in the center is open source and patent-free and will help build a solid foundation for the entire blockchain space. COBRA was created as a partnership between Aarhus University and the Concordium Foundation, which committed funding of DKK 50 million (EUR 6.7 million) over five years. The goal of COBRA is to help build the world’s leading open-source, permissionless, and decentralized blockchain with built-in identity management at the protocol level. The Concordium blockchain will enable regulatory compliance, allowing businesses to harness the power of blockchain technology.
ETH Zurich in Switzerland
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics university with the mission to educate engineers and scientists.
ETH Zurich serves as a national center of excellence and provides a hub for interaction between the scientific community and industry. ETH Zurich is ranked among the top universities in the world. In the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject, it is ranked 3rd in the world for engineering and technology (1st in Europe). As of August 2018, 32 Nobel laureates, 4 Fields Medalists, and 1 Turing Award winner have been affiliated with the Institute, including Albert Einstein. The most recent Nobel Laureate is Richard F. Heck, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2010. ETH Zurich has a long-running and successful history of designing computer systems and developing software tools. Its Department of Computer Science was formed in 1981 and has quickly developed into the renowned institution it is today. Currently, over 30 professors from over 10 countries are active at the Department of Computer Science. More than 220 PhD students and research assistants and over 60 postdocs and senior scientists contribute to maintaining the high research and teaching standards for which the department is known worldwide.