Blockchain Platforms

This specialization introduces blockchain, a revolutionary technology that enables peer-to-peer transfer of digital assets without any intermediaries, and is predicted to be just as impactful as the Internet. More specifically, it prepares learners to program on the Ethereum blockchain. The four courses provide learners with (i) an understanding and working knowledge of foundational blockchain concepts, (ii) a skill set for designing and implementing smart contracts, (iii) methods for developing decentralized applications on the blockchain, and (iv) information about the ongoing specific indus

Created by: Bina Ramamurthy

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Course Description

This fourth course of the Blockchain specialization provides learners with an understanding of the broader blockchain ecosystem. Learners are introduced to other blockchain platforms, details of two decentralized application use cases, and challenges such as privacy and scalability. They are prepared to discuss permissioned blockchain architectures of Hyperledger and Microsoft Azure's blockchain as a service model and analyze the Augur and Grid+ decentralized application platforms. Course material includes emerging alternative decentralization models such as IPFS and Hashgraph, challenges in broader blockchain adoption, and continuous improvement solutions.

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Bina Ramamurthy

Dr. Bina Ramamurthy is a Teaching Professor at University at Buffalo, Computer Science and Engineering Department. She has been involved in the STEM area research, curriculum development, and instruction for the past two decades. She is the Program Director of the SUNY approved certificate program in Data-intensive Computing at University at Buffalo. She is the Director of the Blockchain ThinkLab that has been awarded University at Buffalo's President's Circle Funding. Bina has designed and implemented emerging technology training programs for diverse industries with international participation including manufacturing, automotive and healthcare. She recently received the Best Teaching Faculty of the Year award (2017) from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Buffalo. She has been the Principal Investigator on four National Science Foundation (NSF) grants and a co-investigator in five Innovative Instructional Technology grants (IITG) from SUNY. She has given numerous invited presentations at prominent conferences in the areas of data-intensive and big-data computing. Bina Ramamurthy received the B.E. (Honors) in Electronics and Communication from Madras University, India, the M.S. in Computer Science from Wichita State University, KS, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, NY.



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By Rajan on 12-Dec-18

Learnt about IPFS and Hashgraphs . The exercise on IPFS was exciting

By Pranav P on 11-Oct-18

very detailed and helpful

By Pankaj B on 15-Oct-18

Excellent Course

By Luis G L G on 11-Nov-18

Excellent course. This course open your mind to de blockchain universe and how it can be applied to solve problems

By David R D on 22-Sep-18

very informative course

By Ashwin S on 7-Sep-18

Thanks Bina for a great introduction to Blockchain technology. I liked the way the course is structured, moving from more heard-of concepts and terminology to relatively advanced concepts. The course has definitely provided me with information to explore this technology further!

By Arun K D on 12-Aug-18

Excellent Course. Love this one.

By Ganesh H on 17-May-19

Well structured course. Enjoyed learning!

By Erix S on 20-Nov-18

useful, but can have more in-depth knowledge

By Ik K on 9-Dec-18

This is a great course to get the high-level understanding about blockchain platforms. I wish if there are more hands-on assignments.

By Martin J K on 7-Aug-18

A lot of material got cramped into Week 4. A more balance work load would be better.The course would benefit from more (animated) visualisations on the Hashgraph rather than speech only. Also, please add an exercise involving Hashgraph.

By Ying C C on 15-Jan-19

To understand blockchain platform and clarify the misunderstand.