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27.04.2021 | 15:00 - 16:00 (CET)

"Blockchain for COVID-19 contact tracing and vaccine support".

• On April 27th the Helios@AI4EU Cafe has presented
"Contact tracing and vaccine management for COVID: blockchain-based approaches"
with the Speaker Laura Ricci (UNIPI, Italy)
This is a cross project collaboration effort between AI4EU and Helios
The Helios@AI4EU Café will present Laura Ricci (UNIPI, Italy)

Several blockchain projects to help against COVID-19 are emerging at a fast pace, showing the potential of this disruptive technology to mitigate the multi-systemic threats that the pandemic is posing in all phases of the emergency management and generating value for the economy and society as a whole. This talk investigates how blockchain technology can be useful in the scope of supporting health measures that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 infections and allow the return to normality. Since
the prominent use of blockchains to mitigate COVID-19 consequences are in the area of contact tracing
and vaccine/immunity passport support, the talk mainly focuses on these two classes of applications. 



Laura Ricci (UNIPI, Italy)

Short CV:
Laura Ricci received the Ph.D. from the University of Pisa. She is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science,  University of Pisa. Her research interests include distributed systems, peer-to-peer networks, cryptocurrencies, blockchains and social network analysis. In these fields, she has co-authored 150+ papers published on international journals and conference/workshop proceedings. She has served as program committee member and chair of several conferences and she is editor  of international journals on blockchain technology.  She has been a member of the group for the definition of the Italian national strategy on blockchains. She has been involved in several research projects and  is the local coordinator of University of Pisa unit of the H2020 European Project "Helios: A content aware Distributed Networking Framework".