We are the first Swiss university lab that deals exclusively with Blockchain, Distributed Ledger and Smart Contracts.

Blockchain Lab in a nutshell

Our goal is to drive education and enhance the knowledge adoption in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. With a broad spectrum of competences and a wide network the Blockchain Lab is engaged in both research and education. We bring academics and industry partners together to explore new use cases for Blockchain technologies. Located in the Crypto Valley the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School for Information Technology was one of the first Universities focusing on this disruptive topic.

  • One stop for education and research
  • Industry-oriented and applied research
  • International network
  • In the middle of the Crypto Valley Switzerland

Services

Research

The team of the Blockchain Lab has extensive experience with the Distributed Ledger Technology. Our track record includes national and international applied research projects with renowned partners.

Bachelor

We support our students with modules on the topics Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Distributed Ledger Business Cases. This leads to award winning theses and applied results.

Continuing Education

For people at work we provide continuing education in courses as well as individual tailored trainings for companies.

PhD Program

We offer the opportunity to do a PhD Thesis with one of our partner universities.

Workbench

The Blockchain Workbench is an interactive learning platform currently under construction that helps you forge your blockchain skills.

News

6. April 2020, news.hslu.ch

Blockchain – ist die Kette rostig geworden?

18. March 2020, Tim Weingärtner

Blockchain for the Social Good

The IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) is an “on invitation only” program by the U.S. State Department with each group having a special topic and visiting selected spots in the United States. I had the honor of being invited to the IVLP 2020 with topic “The Digital Economy – Transformative Technology for the Social Good”. The goal of the program was to learn about digital economy and innovations in the U.S., meet with advocate, start-ups, investors and contributors, and learn about blockchain projects and the impact of crypto currencies on national economies. Our group consisted of 18 participants from 16 countries. The following report summarizes the main lessons learned from my visit in the USA. From the numerous presentations and meetings, I picked the most important regarding blockchain technology. This selection reflects my personal opinion on the contents.

2. March 2020, Luca Mazzola, Alexander Denzler, Ramon Christen

Towards a Peer-to-Peer Energy Market: an Overview

This work focuses on the electric power market, comparing the status quo with the recent trend towards the increase in distributed self-generation capabilities by prosumers. Starting from the existing tension between the intrinsically hierarchical current structure of the electricity distribution network and the substantially distributed and self-organising nature of the self-generation, we explore the limitations imposed by the current conditions. Initially, we introduce a potential multi-layered architecture for a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) energy market, discussing the fundamental aspects of local production and local consumption as part of a microgrid. Secondly, we analyse the consequent changes for the different users' roles, also in connection with some incentive models connected with the decentralisation of the power production. To give a full picture to the reader, we also scrutinise relevant elements of energy trading, such as Smart Contract and grid stability. Thirdly, we present an example of a typical P2P settlement, showcasing the role of all the previously analysed aspects. To conclude, we performed a review of relevant activities in this domain, to showcase where existing projects are going and what are the most important themes covered. Being this a work in progress, many open questions are still on the table and will be addressed in the next stages of the research. Eventually, by providing a reference model as base for further discussions and improvements, we would like to engage ourselves in a dialog with the different users and the broad community, oriented towards a more fair and ecological-friendly solution for the electricity market of the future.

Events

2020 Crypto Valley Conference on Blockchain Technology
15th Jun 2020

The 2020 Crypto Valley Conference was rescheduled due to the global pandemic of the COVID-19. The 3rd edition of the Crypto Valley Conference will take place on 15th June 2020 as a virtual conference (online event) with in-depth discussions on the current state and future of blockchain technology.

All services related to the academic track are free of charge. This includes, review, presentations of accepted papers and the inclusion in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

The Crypto Valley Conference is organised by us, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in conjunction with the Crypto Valley Association - an independent, government-supported association building the world’s leading blockchain and cryptographic technology ecosystem.