Coinbase Machine Learning and Blockchain 

Research Summit 2024

Updated: May 19, 2024

My experience

This month, I attended the live virtual Machine Learning and Blockchain Research Summit. What immediately struck me was the emphasis on academic “research.” And it indeed showed with the presenters’ credentials and types of their talks. The full list of speakers can be found on the website, to name a few: Salman Avestimehr, professor of electrical & computer engineering (ECE) and computer science (CS) at University of Southern California, Yupeng Zhang, assistant professor of ECE  and CS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Bhaskar Krishnamachari, professor of ECE  and CS at the University of Southern California. Of course, there were prominent speakers from the industry, including Vitalik Buterin. 

Indeed, the discussion with Vitalik was quite interesting as one can sense a deep thought process in formulating a deep answer for not a superficial question. I enjoyed it as much as the panel with Sam Green on it. Sam’s analogies, like the blockchain to the brain that is open to everyone to see, were so illustrative that I would borrow them for my undergraduate class. Of course, the expert knowledge of all speakers was well-appreciated, especially in learning about the peculiar technical challenges that oftentimes slip researchers’ attention when modeling generalized incentive mechanisms or theoretical models.  

Key Takeaways

As I listened to the presentations and speakers, several ideas were carved more distinctly in my mind:

If you were to watch one segment from this event, I would recommend this panel:

The whole recording of the event can be found here: