Algorand Centre of Excellence

on Sustainability Informatics

for the Pacific

ACE-SIP (Algorand Centre of Excellence on Sustainability Informatics for the Pacific), funded by Algorand Foundation under the competitive Algorand Centres of Excellence (ACE) Program, is the only Australian ACE among the 10 winners in the world. It is a multi-university team advancing the state-of-the-art Algorand blockchain technology, the world’s most powerful and sustainable blockchain, from research and education to provide sustainability in the Pacific Region. Led by Monash University in Australia, the team benefits from the expertise of researchers from other universities including University of Queensland (Australia), University of Sydney (Australia), Swinburne University of Technology (Australia), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong), University of Fiji (Fiji), University of the South Pacific (Fiji) and two research institutes the Oceania Cyber Security Centre (Australia) and the Climateworks Centre (Australia and Indonesia).

About

Our ACE aims to make a global impact on sustainable development, particularly in the Pacific.

We will adopt an integrated approach focused on environmental sustainability (climate change, energy and water), governmental sustainability (protection, streamlined processes and waste reduction) and social and community sustainability (supply chains, real estate, Fintech and culture).

Our efforts will work on preserving natural resources and environmental quality, driving a more protected and optimised government model, and supporting the community socially, economically and culturally. Only in this holistic way can we deliver the outcomes and long-term viability we seek.

Our ACE activities will fall within three co-related clusters – research, education and community.

With research, we will drive cutting-edge blockchain technologies while ensuring they are ethically embedded into the lives and practices of people and communities.

Our education will equip secondary, tertiary and vocational students, enterprise and government leaders, educators and careers coordinators with the expertise and tools to create a diverse, high-calibre and connected workforce and curricula.

It will transform the way people learn about blockchain and cryptocurrency with research-informed resources that focus training through gamification, innovative and collaborative learning, and data analytics. Enterprises will undertake industry immersions and career-focused initiatives to produce blockchain-capable, work-ready professionals.

Finally, the Community cluster will connect with the Algorand community and provide support, opportunities and resources enriched by the other clusters – ultimately resulting in self-sufficiency.

Putting it all together, Research supports Education by enabling empirically-informed curricula and pedagogy, and providing advice and support to the Community. Education engages with Research through learning analytics, providing an interactive platform for implementing enhanced learning outcomes. It also creates candidates and training opportunities to help the Community address global talent shortages in Algorand Blockchain. Supported by the other two clusters, Community empowers researchers and students to uphold sustainable development after the lifetime of this ACE.


Cluster

Research Cluster

  • Technology Research

    • Post-quantum Conversions – New post-quantum secure cryptographic primitive for Algorand
    • Privacy Enhancement on smart contract – PyTeal Library to support privacy enhancement on smart contract
    • Consensus Improvements
    • Smart Contract Vulnerability Detection
    • Secure Data Storage and Search – Decentralised Secure Database system based on Algorand
    • Formal Verification
  • Social Research

    • Improve the social acceptance of blockchain technology in the Pacific Region
    • Undertake qualitative evaluations of the social impact and ethics
    • Field trips to conduct on-site research, with local partners supported

Education Cluster

  • Strategic Training, Workshop and Summer School
  • Student Innovation Challenge
  • Learning Management
  • Learning Analytics

Community Cluster

  • Support, Advice & Tech Accelerator
  • Designated Physical Space and Cyber Channels
  • Sustainability Informatics (SI)-DAO

News and Updates

ACE-SIP Blockchain Hackathon 2022

The ACE-SIP Blockchain Hackathon will be held from 2nd to 4th Dec, 2022.

The registration is now open! Learn more about this event...

ACE-SIP Summer School 2023

The ACE-SIP Summer School will be held from 2nd to 3rd Feb, 2023.

The registration and stipend application are now open! Learn more about this event...


Events

ACE-SIP Blockchain Hackathon 2022

The first ACE-SIP Blockchain Hackathon will be held from 2nd to 4th Dec, 2022.

The international Monash Blockchain Hackathon is a joint initiative between the Blockchain Technology Centre of Monash University’s leading Faculty of Information Technology and esteemed fintech company and cryptocurrency provider, Algorand. Join in person or online to develop blockchain-driven solutions for great sustainability challenges. This hackathon is open to anyone anywhere in the world! Learn more ...


ACE-SIP Summer School 2023

The 1st ACE-SIP Summer School will be held in Melbourne Australia from 2nd to 3rd Feb, 2023.

The Summer School is an annual event organised by our Algorand Centre of Excellence on Sustainability Informatics for the Pacific (ACE-SIP). The first Summer School will be held from 2nd to 3rd February 2023 at Monash University Clayton Campus, Australia. Learn more ...


The Team

Monash University

Joseph Liu

PI
Monash University
Australia

Amin Sakzad

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Arial Liebman

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Carsten Rudolph

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Dragan Gasevic

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Jiangshan Yu

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Johannes Luebbers

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Rafael Dowsley

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Raphaël Phan

Co-PI
Monash University
MALAYSIA

Ron Steinfeld

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Sarah Pink

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Weiping He

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Xiaoning Du

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Xin Ma

Co-PI
Monash University
Australia

Peter Ince

Community Champion
Monash University
Australia

Monash University (Climateworks Centre)

Tom Wainwright

Co-PI
Climateworks Centre
Australia

University of Queensland

Adam Komarek

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Amelia Radke

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Gilda Carvalho

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Mark Utting

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Marten Risius

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Naipeng Dong

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Paul Dargusch

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

Ryan Ko

Co-PI
University of Queensland
Australia

University of Sydney

Qiang Tang

Co-PI
University of Sydney
Australia

Vincent Gramoli

Co-PI
University of Sydney
Australia

Swinburne University of Technology

Dimitrios Salampasis

Co-PI
Swinburne University of Technology
Australia

Yang Xiang

Co-PI
Swinburne University of Technology
Australia

Ziyuan Wang

Co-PI
Swinburne University of Technology
Australia

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Daniel Xiapu Luo

Co-PI
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

Man Ho (Allen) Au

Co-PI
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

University of Fiji

Shawkat Ali

Co-PI
University of Fiji
Fiji

University of the South Pacific

Bibhya Sharma

Co-PI
University of The South Pacific
Fiji

Oceania Cyber Security Centre

James Boorman

Co-PI
Oceania Cyber Security Centre (OCSC)
Australia
The listing of Co-PI is sorted according to the alphabetical order of first names.
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