Special Technical Session

Special Technical Session Invited Talk (1)


Peter Mell is a senior computer scientist in the Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is an author of the NIST Blockchain Technology Overview publication and has spent the last few years researching managed cryptocurrency systems and blockchain applications for commerce. As a researcher, he is focused on cybersecurity defense and has over 50 research publications. His security research experience includes the areas of network security, intrusion detection, big data, continuous monitoring, cloud computing, security metrics, security automation, and vulnerability databases. He also has started several government initiatives including the National Vulnerability Database, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and NIST Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) program. He led the technical team in creating version two of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) vulnerability metrics. And he wrote the U.S. government’s definition of cloud computing that was adopted within international standards and that has been cited over 14000 times in scientific publications. Mr. Mell received his undergraduate math and computer science degrees from Vanderbilt University in 1995 and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California at Davis in 1998.


Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies whose price is pegged to that of another asset (typically one with low price volatility). These coins are being used extensively in newly developing paradigms for digital money and commerce as well as for decentralized finance technology. This presentation provides a technical description of stablecoin technology to enable understanding of the variety of ways in which stablecoins are architected and implemented. This includes a descriptive definition, commonly found properties, and distinguishing characteristics, as well as an exploration of stablecoin taxonomies, descriptions of the most common types, and examples from a list of top stablecoins by market capitalization. The presentation also explores related security, safety, and trust issues.

January 6 (14:30-15:00 PST)

Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Enhance Patient and Community-Centered Approaches to Public Health Challenges

Tim K. Mackey 
UC San Diego,  Global Health Program,  USA