IC3 Winter Retreat
January 15-18, 2023 Eurotel Victoria - Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Join us for the 2023 IC3 Winter Retreat which will be hosted in-person at the Eurotel Victoria in Les Diablerets, Switzerland! Our technical committee of Surya Bakshi, Lorenz Breidenbach, Patrick McCorry, and Haaroon Yousaf is preparing another immersive learning experience.

Please note that this is an IC3 member event, limited to current IC3 partners, academic members, fellows, and alumni. Some special exceptions will be made if capacity allows. Please reach out to Oana Gherman (og64@cornell.edu) if you hope to qualify for an exception.

Surya Bakshi, Lorenz Breidenbach, Patrick McCorry, and Haaroon Yousaf
2023 Winter Retreat - Technical Committee

Event Agenda

The retreat agenda will consist of 10-minute talks (8 minutes + Q&A), panels, group discussions and fun activities. For details see below.

Sunday
15:00 - 19:00 Arrival and Check-In
19:00 - onwards Welcome Reception and Dinner
Monday
08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
08:45 - 09:00 Welcome - Jim Ballingall
09:00 - 10:00 Session 1: Consensus - Session Chair: Andrew Miller
1. Ujval Misra - Specular: Towards Trust-minimized Blockchain Execution Scalability with EVM-native Fraud Proofs
2. Matan Yechieli - Low-Latency Blockchains with DAG Holography
3. Christian Cachin - Asymmetric Byzantine Consensus
4. Ignacio Amores Sesar - A Security Analysis of Avalanche Consensus
5. Luca Zanolini - Quorum Systems in Permissionless Network
10:00 - 10:30 Break - 30 minutes
10:30 - 11:10 Session 2: Enabling DeFi - Session Chair: Patrick McCorry
1. Ariah Klages-Mundt - Designing Autonomous Markets for Stablecoin Monetary Policy
2. Eleftherios Kokoris-Kogias - The Sui Smart Contracts Platform
3. Stephen Buttolph and Patrick O'Grady - Cross-Subnet Messaging
4. Deepak Maram - Designing secure crypto wallets
5. Bryan Ford - Privacy-Preserving Personhood-Based Credentials
11:10 - 12:00 Fireside Chat on Off-Chain Computation and Privacy
Moderator: Andrew Miller
Participants: Chris Buckland, Barnabé Monnot, Mikerah Quintyne-Collins
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Session 3: Cryptography I - Session Chair: Sarah Meiklejohn
1. James Austgen - Complete Knowledge: How to Destroy a Secret-Sharing Scheme
2. Mahimna Kelkar - Complete Knowledge
3. Amit Agarwal - Concretely efficient two party secure comparison
4. Orestis Alpos - Do Not Trust in Numbers: Practical Distributed Cryptography With General Trust
5. Andrew Miller - TEE blockchains
14:30 - 15:00 Break - 30 minutes
15:00 - 16:00 Panel: MEV and Centralization
Moderator: Patrick McCorry
Panelists: Barnabé Monnot, Sarah Allen, Mahimna Kelkar, Lorenz Breidenbach
16:00 - 17:00 Session 4: MEV - Session Chair: Ittay Eyal
1. Barnabe Monnot - Economic organization of block-building
2. Haoqian Zhang - Flash Freezing Flash Boys(F3B)
3. Jovana Micic - Quick Order Fairness
4. Chris Buckland - Rollup delay attacks
5. Arthur Gervais - Whitehat Hacks?
17:00 - 19:00 Networking/Sightseeing
19:00 - onwards Dinner
Tuesday
08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
08:45 - 13:00 Local Activities
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Session 5: Cryptography II - Session Chair: Philipp Jovanovic
1. Mikerah Quintyne-Collins - Knapsack and Knapsack Auctions in MPC
2. Carolina Ortega Perez - Whistleblower Protocols
3. Thomas Yurek - What Went Wrong with Secret Network
4. Jens Groth - Native BTC integration and threshold ECDSA signing service on the Internet Computer
5. Michael Mirkin - Sprints: intermitent mining protocol
15:00 - 15:30 Break - 30 minutes
15:30 - 16:20 Session 6: Understanding Blockchains - Session Chair: Lorenz Breidenbach
1. Zhe Ye - Smart Contract Execution Property Graph
2. Kushal Babel - Lanturn: Measuring Cryptoeconomic Smart-Contract Security through Learning
3. Sarah Meiklejohn - De-Anonymization in Bitcoin
4. Duc V. Le- Modeling Resources in Permissionless Longest-chain Total-order Broadcast
5. Dr. Vero Estrada-Galiñanes - Towards a fair sharing economy in decentralized systems
16:20 - 16:45 Break - 25 minutes
16:45 - 17:45 Town Hall Session - Identifying Gaps in IC3’s Research Agenda
Session Chair: Sarah Meiklejohn
17:45 - 18:00 Closing Remarks -
19:00 - onwards Chalet Dinner!
Wednesday
08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast
08:45 - onwards See You Next Time!

More updates to follow!

We hope to see you at the IC3 Winter Retreat!