Shayan Eskandari Senior Blockchain Engineer / PhD Student Full on Blockchain enthusiast, Security in essence. Based in Montreal, QC.

About

Shayan is currently completing his doctoral studies in Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University. He has worked in network and information systems security for several years and has extensive experience as a blockchain engineer in startups as well as contributing to open source projects. He is currently dedicating both his intellectual and professional pursuits towards Blockchain technology. Looking at the technology from an interdisciplinary perspective, Shayan has been working on multiple academic papers varying from exploring the psychology of Blockchain to decentral exchanges.

Publications

A first look at browser-based Cryptojacking

IEEE SECURITY & PRIVACY ON THE BLOCKCHAIN (IEEE S&B) 2018 University College London (UCL), London, UK

GitHub   Paper   Slides  

Press: Schneier on Security   Cointelegraph   Motherboard Vice   Cointelegraph   Cryptoinsider   Randed   Bleepingcomputer  

On the feasibility of decentralized derivatives markets

FC 2017 Financial Cryptography and Data Security

GitHub   Paper  

Press: Coindesk   Bitaccess   bitcoin.com  

Buy your coffee with bitcoin, Real-world deployment of a bitcoin point of sale terminal

Advanced and Trusted Computing (ATC), 2016 Intl IEEE Conferences, Toulouse, France.

GitHub   Paper  

Press: Cafe Aunja   Cointelegraph  

Real-world Deployability and Usability of Bitcoin

Thesis (M.A. Sc.) - Concordia University, 2015

Paper  

A first look at the usability of bitcoin key management

USEC 15 NDSS Workshop on Usable Security (USEC) 2015, San Diego, CA, USA, February 8, 2015, Internet Society

Paper  

Press: The Morning Paper   VentureSkies   Standford, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies Syllabus   Hackernoon   Blocks and Chains (Book)   ACM Queue Research for Practice   King Abdullah University, Blockchain Systems and Cryptocurrencies Syllabus  

Monitoring system calls for anomaly detection in modern operating systems

Software Reliability Engineering Workshops (ISSREW), 2013 IEEE International Symposium

GitHub   Paper  


Projects

Catena Blockchain Suite

The Catena Blockchain Suite is an industry first product to quickly enable publishing of complex datasets onto public or private blockchains. Utilising smart contracts and hardware security modules, Catena enables a new level of data consistency and integrity. Government of Canada, piloted by National Research Council (NRC) is using the Catena Blockchain Suite on the Ethereum blockchain, to publish funding and grant information in real time.

GitHub Homepage
Press: National Research Council Canada   GlobalNews   Newswire   ETHNews   TrustNodes  

Bitaccess Enterprise Wallet

Bitaccess offers Bitcoin ATM and online software solutions to purchase and sell Bitcoin and Ethereum. I joined Bitaccess in 2015 to redesign and develop a new enterprise cloud wallet for better scalability of the BTM network and easier integration of the wallets in the software solutions.

GitHub Homepage
Press: Enterprise Wallet   TechCrunch   Bitcoin.com   CoinDesk  

Velocity Technology

Velocity is a decentralized options platform that allows users to enter into a collar option using a smart contract on the ethereum blockchain. Velocity platform includes smart contracts responsible for the trades and, PriceGeth, an oracle to publish price pairs on Ethereum blockchain at every blocktime.

GitHub
Press: Steemit   ETHNews   IBSIntelligence   siliconANGLE   BlockTribune  

Keystamp, An open-source Proof-of-Compliance standard on the blockchain

Ontario Securities Commission Hackathon 1st Prize Winner. Integrating applied cryptography and blockchain technologies in existing corporate processes and commercial relationships, such as compliance policy implementation and audit.

GitHub Homepage
Press: Betakit   TimelyDisclosure   Ontario Securities Commission   Keystamp Pitch in RegHackTo  

Shir Ya Khat

Farsi (Persian) educational podcast on Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies

Homepage
Press: CoinIran  


Lectures and Panels

Cryptojacking, victimless crime or a new online economy?

Blockchain Technology Symposium - from Hype to Reality, U of T, Toronto, Canada. - 2018

Cryptojacking is the invisible use of one’s resources to mine cryptocurrency for someone else’s profit. Even though these attacks rose by 8500 percent in the final quarter of 2017, it seems that this phenomena is neither well-studied or well-known. In the follow up of the published paper, we invite the community from crypto-communities to ethicists to start the conversation on the policies and regulation for this new online monetization architecture.

Website   Video  

Cocktail Blockchain

Blockhouse, Montreal, Canada. - 2018

Panel organized by National Bank of Canada, Catallaxy and Ivado.
Discussion regarding the use of blockchain now and in the future in the real world and how organizations such as banks can use Blockchain technology and smart contracts to facilitate trust and security within their infrastructure.

Website  

SecRev - The Security Revolution from Montreal

Montreal, Canada. - 2018

The Cybersecurity Revolution is an event conceived to openly encourage sharing and interaction among the wider cybersecurity research community. It is an event focused around research, education, science and learning and not the furthering of commercial interests. On this talk I presented my work on the first look at browser-based Cryptojacking.

Website   Paper   Slides   Video  

2nd Annual Blockchain Bootcamp

Blockhouse (Catallaxy), Montreal, Canada. - 2018

This blockchain bootcamp is an introductory level workshop that will teach the attendees the main building blocks of blockchain, with hands on experience with timestamping and associated use cases.

Website  

A first look at browser-based Cryptojacking

IEEE SECURITY & PRIVACY ON THE BLOCKCHAIN (IEEE S&B) 2018 University College London (UCL), London, UK - 2018

Security & Privacy on the Blockchain (affiliated with Euro S&P) - Paper Presentation

GitHub   Paper   Slides  

Blockchain Fundamentals

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada - 2018

Covering all of the basic fundamentals of blockchain and societal impact of this innovative technology.

Website   Slides  

WTH is Bitcoin?

Technologies, World and Societies Class, School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa, Canada - 2018

A through historical view of where Bitcoin and Blockchain technology came from and how it evolved to be what we know now.

Slides  

Bootstrap Ethereum Development

ETHWaterloo, Waterloo, Canada - 2017

A walkthrough on Ethereum development stack, describing how EVM and Full nodes function, Requirements for interprise high scale setup and how to deploy smart contracts on Ethereum hacker-style and fast

Website   Slides  

On the feasibility of decentralized derivatives markets

Financial Cryptography 17, Malta - 2017

1st Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts In Association with Financial Cryptography 2017 - Paper presentation

Website   Slides  

Buy your coffee with bitcoin, Real-world deployment of a bitcoin point of sale terminal

Advanced and Trusted Computing 15, Toulouse, France - 2016

Advanced and Trusted Computing (UIC/ATC/ScalCom/CBDCom/IoP/SmartWorld), 2016 Intl IEEE Conferences - Paper presentation

Website   Slides  

A first look at the usability of bitcoin key management

Network and Distributed System Security (NDSS), San Diego, United States - 2015

USEC 15 NDSS Workshop on Usable Security (USEC) - Paper presentation and discussion

Website   Slides  

Introduction to Bitcoin

Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran - 2015

The first workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain technology in Iran. This workshop organized by SBU Computer Science Scientific Association was designed to introduce and discuss research possibilities regarding Blockchain technology for graduate students and other interested parties.

Video  


Skills

Work

January 2015 - Blockchain Engineer @ Bitaccess
2008 - 2012 Co-founder, CTO @ i-Phone.ir

CVE

2018 CVE-2018-1000023 NIST NVD