May 10: The Future of Money by Dr. Yuliang Zheng from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham InfraGard Meeting

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Meeting Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

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Topic: The Future of Money

Digital cash has undergone transformational changes over the last few years. We examine cryptographic foundations of digital cash, and discuss blockchain based consensus protocols that underpin all notable digital cash systems. We also discuss security challenges posed by these new types of digital cash and survey the applications of blockchain in an array of real world problems ranging from smart contracts and title registration to financial services.

Presenter: Dr. Yuliang Zheng, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Professor Yuliang Zheng is known as the father of the signcryption technology which is now an ISO international standard for data security. His pioneering research into the application of one-way hash to immunizing public key encryption against adaptive attacks has been embodied in numerous international standards for public key cryptography, including those from ISO, IEEE and IETF. An internationally recognized authority in cryptography and network security, Professor Zheng has published over 200 scholarly articles and books on security and holds a multiple number of patents in cyber security. He plays an active, leadership role in international research communities, serving as the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Public Key Cryptography (PKC) conferences sponsored by the International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR). In addition, he served as an associate editor of The Computer Journal published by the Oxford University Press and is on the steering committees for a number of research and industrial forums including Information Security Conference (ISC), IEEE Information Assurance Standards Committee, and Workshop on Long-Term/Information-Theoretic Security.

In his more than 30 years of experience with information security technology and applications, Professor Zheng has traversed both the commercial and scholastic sides of the industries. He worked for two years as a software engineer at a telecommunication company after completing his undergraduate degree, and, after earning his PhD, moved to Australia. There he worked at first as a cyber security research scientist at the Australian Defense Force Academy, then as a professor at the University of Wollongong and Monash University. In August 2001, Professor Zheng was recruited as one of the top 10 international experts in cyber security to join the faculty of UNC Charlotte where he founded the Information Security and Assurance Center (ISAC). Since July 2015 Professor Zheng has been with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, serving as the Chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences. In addition to scholarly research, he has consulted for a large number of banks, e-commerce, computer and telecommunication companies, and governments at all levels.

Professor Yuliang Zheng earned his Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Distinction in computer science from the Nanjing Institute of Technology in 1982. He then won a prestigious young researcher’s award from the Ministry of Education for studies at Yokohama National University in Japan, where he earned his master’s and PhD degrees in electrical and computer engineering.

Lunch Details

  • Lunch is available for purchase via Eventbrite and provided by LunchBox Express.
  • Lunch includes:  Any sandwich or wrap (Includes pickle spear, tortilla chips, homemade salsa with salad of the day OR homemade dessert), a drink (Water, Sweet Tea, Coke, Diet Coke or Sprite).


Location: The Conference Center at Brasfield & Gorrie, 3201 7th Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There are two visitor parking lots and ample, free street parking.

What is the refund policy?

Cancellation must be made through Eventbrite before Monday, May 9 at 11:30AM CT.  Refunds (minus any Eventbrite fees) will be acknowledged within 2 business days and can take up to 5 days to process.

What if I can’t attended, but I purchased a lunch?

Any lunches left over at the end of the meeting (1:00 PM CT) will be donated to the Chapter.  We cannot carry over payments to the next month meeting.

Can I bring my own lunch?

Absolutely!  If you did not order a lunch, feel free to bring your own.

Will there be any extra lunches (that can be bought at the door)?

No.  Lunches are made to order.