TUM Blockchain Salon


  • Exploring core technologies for security, scalability, and privacy in Blockchain systems
  • Discussing applications and solutions with requirements met by these core technologies, and to which extent these technologies provide value
  • Exchange on methods for assessment of P2P layer, smart-contract security, and cryptographic innovations
  • Bridge academia, industry, and students and introduce recent topics from various layers of the Blockchain stack and ecosystems

Topical Scope

  • Individual layers of Blockchain Protocols spanning hardware, peer-to-peer network, consensus, execution layers, applications, and ecosystems
  • Innovative scalability and privacy technologies, such as zero knowledge proofs
  • Design, verification, and implementation of smart contracts logic
  • Methods and tools for performance assessment
  • Overview of possible optimization solutions and their applicability to blockchain solutions
  • Applications and use-cases in Web3.0 and Blockchain Technologies and open challenges

Organization by the Technical University of Munich

  • Chair: Georg Carle
  • Organizing committee chairs: Kilian Glas, Filip Rezabek, and Richard von Seck
  • Organized in the context of the ACE-SUPPRA project


  • Afternoon 11 and Morning 12 May 2023
  • TUM-IAS Institute of Advance Studies
    • Lichtenbergstraße 2 a, 85748 Garching bei München
    • also online (Hybrid Event)


  • During the event we used this website for the program - link
  • Speakers' bios - link


(subsequent times are CEST - Central European Summer Time, UTC+2)

Get together - 12:00 - 13:00

Session 1 - 13:00 - 14:30

Topic: Privacy and Security in the Blockchain Technologies

Session Chair: Georg Carle
  • Welcome and Introduction: Georg Carle (TUM)
  • Daniel Hugenroth (University of Cambridge): Rollercoaster: An Efficient Group-Multicast Scheme for Mix Networks (.mp4, YouTube)
  • Barnabé Monnot (Ethereum Foundation): The relationship between Ethereum and MEV: "It's complicated" (remote) (pdf, YouTube - not from event)
  • Burak Öz (TUM): A First Study of MEV on an Up-and-Coming Blockchain: Algorand (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Poster Madness: Students introduce in a short pitch their posters
    • Poster Chair: Kilian Glas

Session 2 - 15:00 - 16:30 CET

Topic: Secure Smart Contract Computing

Session Chair: Florian Matthes
  • Hugo Krawczyk (Algorand Foundation): Private Computing on Public Blockchains (remote) (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Valentin Zieglmeier (TUM): Decentralized Inverse Transparency with Blockchain (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Xinxin Fan (IoTeX): Talk on Secure Oracles, MachineFi, and Devices Identity Management (remote) (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Session 3 - 17:00 - 18:15 CET

Topic: Blockchain Optimization and Interoperability Approaches

Session Chair: Filip Rezabek
  • Claudio Tessone (UZH): Modelling Strategic Behaviour on Proof-of-Work Based Blockchains (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Smriti Verma (OpenZeppelin): Security of Smart Contracts and Secure Bridge Design (remote) (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Richard von Seck (TUM): BFT-Blocks: The Case for Analyzing Networking in BFT Consensus (.mp4, YouTube)
  • Jonatan Luther-Bergquist (Inflection XYZ): What VCs want to hear: How to raise (or not) in a Bear Market (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)

Session 4 - 18:30 - 19:00 CET

Panel Discussion

  • Panelists:
    • Prof. Georg Carle (TUM)
    • Jonatan Luther-Bergquist (Inflection XYZ)
    • Prof. Florian Matthes (TUM)
    • Eomji Park (TUM/Encode Club)
    • Dr. Yvonne-Anne Pignolet (DFINITY)
    • Prof. Claudio Tessone (UZH)
  • Topics (tentative)
    • Upcoming research challenges
    • Web3.0 education
  • Moderator: Valentin Zieglmeier

Friday 12.5.2023

Arrival and registration 8:30 - 9:00

Session 5 - 9:00 - 10:30

Topic: Integration of Blockchain technologies to Business Logic

Session Chair: Georg Carle
  • Andreas Kind (Siemens AG): Siemens Blockchain Strategy (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Christian Ziegler (TUM): DAOs and Organizational Approaches (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Jan Lauinger (TUM): Decentralized Identity Management (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Lars Hupel (G+D): Designing CBDCs for Seamless Integration with External DLTs: Strategies and Solutions (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)

Session 6 - 11:15 - 13:00 CET

Topic: Blockchain Infrastructure Challenges

Session Chair: Richard von Seck
  • Yvonne-Anne Pignolet (Dfinity): Internet Computer Protocol: Democratic Evolution of a Web3 Platform (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Peter Ince (Monash University): Smart Contract Exploits and Automated Vulnerabilities Detection (remote) (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Stylianos Kampakis (Goracle, UCL): A Discussion on Consumer Fees within Oracles and Limitations with Pricing in a Native Token (remote) (.mp4, YouTube)
  • Thomas Wild (TUM): Options for Blockchain Acceleration on SmartNICs (pdf, .mp4, YouTube)
  • Filip Rezabek (TUM): Framework for Large Scale Distributed Systems Evaluation (.mp4, YouTube)

13:00 - 13:10 Wrap-up (Session Chair: Georg Carle)

  • Collection of feedback and suggestions for follow-up event

Poster Sessions

The Blockchain Salon will be accompanied by a poster session of TUM students, Research Associates, and student clubs.

Student Posters

  • Simon Borowski: Chain Reaction: Unraveling the Overhead of Ethereum and Algorand (pdf)
  • Yintao Chen: Analysis of TEAL Smart Contracts (pdf)
  • Jonas Gebele: Analysis of Maximum Extractable Value on the Algorand Blockchain (pdf)
  • Stefan Genchev: TUMeID (pdf)
  • Phillip Kemper: Algorand Governance (pdf)
  • Andreas Kramer: Nym Performance (pdf)
  • Vigan Lladrovic: Analysis and Evaluation of the CoW Protocol for MEV Mitigation on the Ethereum Blockchain (pdf)
  • Christoph Schnabl: Private Group Management for Mix Networks (pdf)
  • Fabian Stiehle: State Channel-Based Process Enactment (pdf)
  • TUM Blockchain Club: Poster (pdf)