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TIME CHANGE - MSc Thesis Defense Announcement by Nasim Al Goni:"A P2P Optimistic Fair Exchange (OFE) Scheme For Personal Health Records Using Blockchain Technology "

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 11:00 to 13:00




The School of Computer Science is pleased to present…


MSc Thesis Defense by: Nasim Al Goni

Date: January 17, 2020

Time:  11 am – 1 pm

Location: Essex Hall, Room 109


In today’s digital world, it is common to exchange sensitive data between different parties. There are many examples of sensitive data or documents that require a digital exchange, such as banking information, insurance data, health records. In many cases, the exchange exists between unknown and untrusted parties. Therefore, it is essential to execute the data exchange over a fair non-repudiation protocol. In digital communication, non-repudiation is undeniable evidence of one’s responsibility regarding the validity of any data he shares/receives. Usually, this is achieved by the use of a cryptographic digital signature. In this case, the parties cannot deny the authenticity of their digital signature. The protocol satisfies the fairness property if and only if it does not give the sender any advantages over the receiver or vice versa, at any step during the exchange process. Combining fair exchange and non-repudiation for digital exchange is critical in many applications and can be acquired with or without the involvement of any trusted third party (TTP). However, without the involvement of (TTP), fairness becomes probabilistic, and the involvement of (TTP) can cause significant dependency on the third party. Therefore, a peer-to-peer (aka offline) fair non-repudiation protocol that does not require a trusted third-party is desirable in many applications. Blockchain is designed in such a way that the network can handle the trustless environment and deliver the correct result. Thus, if the exchanges are done leveraging Blockchain, it will ensure true fairness, and at the same time, none of the participants have to deal with the trust issue. In this thesis we propose a P2P fair non-repudiation data exchange scheme by leveraging Blockchain and distributed ledger technology. The scheme combines on-chain and off-chain communication patterns to enable the exchange of personal health records between patients and healthcare providers. We provide an informal reasoning of the proposed scheme. Moreover, we propose a design and implementation agnostic to existing Blockchain platforms to enable unbiased evaluation of the proposed scheme. Finally, we make a comparative analysis of the result derived from our approach with the existing one.


Thesis Committee: 

Internal Reader: Dr. Saeed Samet
External Reader: Dr. Balakumar Balasingam
Advisor: Dr. Sherif Saad
Chair: Dr. Asish Mukhopadhyay

 MSc Thesis Defense Announcement

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