PhD Seminar on Blockchain Research


Blockchains have disrupted the way of thinking distributed systems; since their introduction multiple applications have surfaced, ranging from financial ones – which have been the most pervasive – to supply chains, digital democracy and distributed computing. Blockchain related research is increasingly becoming an active, heavily interdisciplinary, field of research. This Seminar is intended for PhD students interested in obtaining in-depth familiarity with and current research topics different areas related to blockchains. Students will actively participate in lectures by important researchers from Switzerland and abroad, will critically evaluate the research presented, and will also receive feedback on their current research projects.


Prof. Dr Claudio J. Tessone (theory and practice)

Doctoral Seminar

Target Audience:

PhD students at the Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Information Technology

Each spring semester


Topics typically comprised in the course contents include (but are not limited to): modelling complex systems, theory of emergence, critical behavior, emergence in social systems, cellular automata, game of life, sand-pile model, public-good games, assignment allocation, minority games, voter model, continuous opinion models, game theory signals (policy changes, advertisement)



A Masters Degree in areas related to Informatics, Economics, Finance or Law or related areas. For those with a degree different from Informatics, knowledge about the functioning of blockchain-based systems is required. Very good ability to read, communicate and write in English. .

The grade will be determined by one written paper, or presentation, or referee report, and by active participation in class discussions of research papers.

Dates and Location:

Location: tba

Further information:
Network Science

Market Research


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This information in the syllabus supports the official information in the electronic university calendar (VVZ – “Vorlesungsverzeichnis”). In cases of doubt, the official information at the VVZ is valid.