Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Financial applications of blockchains and distributed ledgers

FIN-413

Lecturer(s) :

Lipton Alexander
Treccani Adrien

Language:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

Remarque

Special schedule: see the IF website http://sfi.epfl.ch/mfe/study-plan

Summary

This course provides an introduction to distributed ledger technology, blockchains and cryptocurrencies, and their potential applications in finance and banking.

Content

The course covers the basics of cryptography and its applications to cryptocurrencies; historical examples to centralized cryptocurrencies; foundations of modern decentralized cryptocurrencies; Byzantine fault tolerant consensus; mechanics of Bitcoin platform including storage, mining, wallets, etc.; alternative platforms, including Ethereum; smart contracts; potential applications of decentralized ledgers in finance and their pros and cons.

Keywords

Electronic Money, Cryptocurrencies, Distributed Ledger Technology, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Smart Contracts

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Introduction to Finance

Important concepts to start the course

Cryptography, Databases, Payment Systems

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, homework

Assessment methods

30% Homework assignments
30% Coding exercises
40% Final paper

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Bibliography

Narayanan, A., Bonneau, J., Felten, E., Miller, A. and Goldfeder, S., 2016, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, Princeton University Press.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German