Blockchain technology represents a new paradigm for applications in fintech and beyond, one that requires new approaches to age-old problems—how do you track criminals, derive BI insights, and fight fraud in a blockchain-powered world? While the decentralized nature of the blockchain presents challenges to easily understanding the movement of money, the immutable, shared ledger also represents a tremendous opportunity for behavioral analytics at scale. As blockchain adoption continues to accelerate, organizations big and small need to understand the systems required to efficiently and quickly analyze the wealth of complex information available.
Since 2014, BlockCypher has been on the forefront of blockchain infrastructure. BlockCypher’s Bryan Cheng and Karen Hsu describe how they built machine-learning and graph traversal systems on Apache Spark to help government organizations and private businesses stay informed in the brave new world of blockchain technology. Bryan and Karen also share lessons learned combining these two bleeding-edge technologies and explain how these techniques can be applied to private and federated chains.
Bryan Cheng is a backend developer and analytics lead at BlockCypher. Since 2015, he has worked on infrastructure powering bitcoin and other blockchains. As analytics lead, Bryan works to combine BlockCypher’s experience with blockchains of all sizes with the latest in machine-learning and big data analytics to help governments and private industry stay informed and secure. Previously, Bryan cofounded a startup and led a network access control team at UC Berkeley, where he graduated with a BS in materials science and mechanical engineering. When not hacking in Spark or writing Golang, Bryan can be found learning Rust, riding his bike, and exploring VR.
Karen Hsu is head of growth at BlockCypher. Karen has over 20 years of experience in technology, with a focus on business intelligence, fintech, and the blockchain, and has worked in a variety of engineering, marketing, and sales roles to bring new products to market. She has coauthored four patents. Karen holds a BS in management science and engineering from Stanford University.
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