The ABC is a COMET K1 Research Center bundling fundamental and applied research in blockchain and relat ed technologies. The ABC involves 21 scientific institutions, 54 companies, and 17 associated participants, including 16 international institutions/companies. The Security and Privacy Laboratory at Universität Innsbruck is lead academic partner in the center’s Area 4.
Understanding socio-economic and technical questions that arise in blockchain-based systems requires novel data-driven methods, services and tools. The goal of Area 4 is to investigate, and develop scalable data science methods, tools and services that contribute to a better understanding of the structure and dynamics of blockchain-based ecosystems and environments. A central outcome will be a horizontally scalable platform that can be used by researchers and practitioners to answer scientific or business-related questions. This area will also have a strong interdisciplinary and community-oriented and focus and involve data scientists, practitioners from the startup community, as well as scientists with various backgrounds within and outside the ABC initiative. From an organizational perspective, this area could be organized horizontally to other areas.
The COMET Centers (K1), coordinated by the FFG, are intended to support and promote the development and focusing of competencies. They are funded by the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, the participating provinces (in case of the ABC Vienna, Lower Austria and Vorarlberg) as well as partners from economy and science. K1 centers conduct research at a high international level, provide new research impulses, and contribute to innovation, especially with regard to future-relevant markets.