Sergey TsiulinSergey Tsiulin works as a PhD researcher at the University of Aalborg, with a focus on the shipping & supply chain industry. He will give us some insights into his latest work and his perspective on blockchain.
1. How is Aalborg University involved in blockchain; can you tell us a bit about your (latest) developments?
At Aalborg University, we do research on whether blockchain can be applied to document handling in maritime ports. So far, we established how closely certain blockchain scenarios for port management relate to previously introduced concepts, in particular the Port Community System - a shared port platform that enables secure and intelligent exchange of information between organisations. Both blockchain and Port Community have similar goals, yet provide different solutions from a technical point of view. The two concepts do not supplement each other, yet have been developed almost in parallel. We believe we can use the strengths of both systems to significantly shift the maritime document system to the next level.
2. Which blockchain topics do you find the most interesting or promising?
By the beginning of 2021, three areas seem to be receiving the most attention in relation to blockchain: supply chain, healthcare and digital identity. These three areas match the fundamental requirements of blockchain: a high number of scattered, diverse actors are involved, with a lack of trust between each other, and there is a low level of co-integration and significance of third parties in data processing. These areas really seem promising, so we keep our eyes on recent and further developments!
3. What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far by working together with international partners in this European project?
Our BLING partners motivate us to look further, and keep our eyes open towards different aspects of implementation of blockchain and its practical sides. It is very interesting and encouraging. As people say: “The truth is born in argument” which we exactly see in BLING – where great ideas and new methods emerge from our project discussions!