Catherine Mulligan discusses the implications of blockchain on distributed systems and what needs to be addressed to build and maintain these systems effectively.
Dr. Catherine Mulligan is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where she is Co-Director of the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, which has launched several start-ups in the cryptocurrency space. She is co-author of the UK Government Office for Science Report “Blockchain: Beyond Bitcoin”. Prior to her academic career, Cathy gained 15 years’ international experience in the mobile telecommunications industry and is working extensively to apply blockchain in this space with several operators and SMEs. She has authored 5 books covering both the technology and economics of the mobile communications industries including SAE/EPC & M2M/IoT. Cathy is a member of the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Task Force, where she leads Standardisation Activities around ETSI, ISO, ITU, 5G and Open APIs. She is the Vice Chairman of the ETSI ISG on Context Information Management (IoT). Catherine received her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge and her BSc. (Hons 1) from UNSW, Australia. Catherine is also a Fellow and Expert member of the World Economic Forum’s Blockchain council.