Recently, Dr. Ren Zhang, a consensus algorithm researcher at Nervos, was invited to become a special blockchain committee member of the Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS). NDSS is regarded as one of the top four conferences in the information security field.
Dr. Zhang’s invitation marks the first time a blockchain researcher from mainland China has been invited to be a member of the NDSS Program Committee or any program committee of a top security conference.
Dr. Ren Zhang is a researcher at Nervos and Cryptape Co., Ltd., working in the exciting field of cryptocurrencies and blockchains. He is best known for his work analyzing Bitcoin Unlimited and other blockchain consensus protocols. His research interests also include P2P network security and cryptography. He has a B.S. in math and an M.S. in computer science, both from Peking University, China. He received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the COSIC research group, KU Leuven, Belgium, where he was supervised by professor Bart Preneel. During his Ph.D., he interned at Blockstream, supervised by Bitcoin core developers Pieter Wuille and Gregory Maxwell. He enjoys solving challenging problems and participating in competitions, including the International Olympiad in Cryptography (NSUCRYPTO) where he won first place in the professional category in 2014. In 2019, Ren received the “Outstanding Self-Financed Student Studying Abroad Award” issued by the China Scholarship Council.
The NDSS is recognized as one of the top four premier internet security conferences in the world. The others are the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security, the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, and the USENIX Security Symposium. The acceptance rate of NDSS during the last decade was roughly 17 percent.
These security conferences, together with Financial Cryptography and Data Security (FC), are considered the most influential conferences in blockchain.
NDSS aims to foster information exchange among researchers and practitioners in the field of network and distributed system security. The target audience includes those interested in practical aspects of network and distributed system security, with a focus on actual system design and implementation. A major goal is to encourage and enable the Internet community to apply, deploy, and advance the state of available security technologies.
In order to maximize the exchange of information and ideas, the number of participants in the seminar is strictly limited. Participants are generally university researchers and educators, chief technology and privacy officers, security analysts and system administrators, as well as business and security managers.
For more information on the NDSS, visit the website.
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