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Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain: A Recipe for Disruptive Innovation in Quality and Supply Chains

Tuesday, May 1
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: WSCC Hall 4E

In December 2017, the popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin gained wider recognition as its value (which had slowly grown from tens to thousands of dollars since its inception in 2009) soared to nearly $20,000. We will cut through the hype to explain what cryptocurrencies are and how they are created, and explore the technical details of the enabling technology -- a data structure called the blockchain -- through the lens of quality. Although cryptocurrencies may be a disruptive technology in and of themselves, blockchain has the potential to be far more revolutionary. The majority of the presentation will demonstrate blockchain technology by introducing common hashing algorithms and how they are used for quality assurance, building a blockchain from scratch, and demonstrating how a blockchain can be used to enhance the provenance, auditability, and integrity of supply chains and other critical records using Hyperledger Composer.

Nicole M. Radziwill

Associate Professor
James Madison University
HARRISONBURG, VA

Nicole Radziwill is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE). She has a Ph.D. in Quality Systems, and her research uses data science to explore quality and innovation in cyber-human production systems. She is one of ASQ's Influential Voices and blogs at http://qualityandinnovation.com.

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