Name of Applicant: Justin Goldston, PhD
Contact Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Wallet Address : 0xDB47B39e2fe61bA6a0f82aBf07daa38D358134c5
Grant for Education
The goal of this peer-reviewed academic case study is to raise awareness of optimistic oracles and to bring more users and developers into the UMA ecosystem and the Web3 space. Additionally, we want to contribute to the academic body of knowledge regarding optimistic oracles. In performing a search on Google Scholar, there are only two academic studies that mention optimistic oracles and hope that this research study fills that gap while also highlighting the UMA ecosystem.
Other measurable goals and success factors include:
Number of academic citations
Number of article views
The presentation of research at blockchain conferences
To introduce Web2 developers and natives into the Web3 space, the team is looking to conduct a peer-reviewed academic journal article on Optimistic Oracles using UMA in a case study approach. As students and researchers are becoming increasingly interested in blockchain and Web3, given the events that occurred in 2021 and 2022, developers are increasingly needed across all ecosystems. This study will not only provide insight into the tooling that powers Web3, but it will also introduce UMA to a pool of developers to further build out solutions for the ecosystem. In this study, we will look at the current uses for Optimistic Oracles, such as for synthetic assets, swaps, derivatives, and for bridges, such as Across. We will also look at future state solutions for Optimistic Oracles in industries such as law, supply chain, insurance, and healthcare organizations participating in Decentralized Science (DeSci).
We will begin this study by conducting a literature review of the current academic research on oracles, including interviews done by Hart Lambur and Clayton Roche. We will also review Medium articles written by Hart Lambur and the UMA team to provide practical insight into Optimistic Oracles. Once the literature review has been completed, we will provide a conceptual view of how UMA could onboard Web2 users and organizations into the ecosystem. Finally, based on our findings, we will include a section for further research to encourage other academics to assess use cases where Optimistic Oracles could be applied.
As we deliver blockchain and Web3 workshops at a number of institutions, students from various programs attend our events. During these events, we purposely pair Computer Science students with students from other programs, such as Business, Law, Supply Chain, Accounting, etc., so they can brainstorm about use cases where the protocols we are discussing can be applied. The same exercise can be done with UMA, where we could deliver an Ethereum workshop and include a section for Optimistic Oracles, and students from other programs could work with Computer Science students to propose solutions.
What would UMA lose out on if it did not fund this grant
As the team looks to disseminate the results of the study at a number of institutions, we will be exposing the UMA ecosystem to major sources of developers at these colleges and universities. From our experience in delivering blockchain and Web3 sessions in the past, students are willing to share their GitHub profiles in order for us to share them with potential employers - the protocols and projects such as UMA. This would be a great opportunity for this project as students are curious about the tooling that will power Web3.
How many UMA tokens are you requesting for this project?
What percentage of the grant would you retain to secure the Optimistic Oracle by voting
How would you spend the remainder of the grant?
The remaining funds left after setting aside tokens to secure an Optimistic Oracle will be spent for stipends for a principal researcher and three student researchers. We have also set aside funds to cover the publishing fees to publish the study in an academic journal article. The budgetary outline can be found here: UMA Budget V1.0.xlsx - Google Sheets
How many months would this grant cover?
The project team members are as follows:
Dr. Justin Goldston - Justin Goldston is a Professor at Penn State University, as well as a Visiting Professor and Graduate Advisory Board Member at Georgetown University and the University of Southern California. His research is focused on blockchain, social impact, and the metaverse, and is a five-time TEDx speaker on blockchain. Please see some of his journal articles in the next section.
Dr. Anoop V.S. - Dr. Anoop is a Professor and Senior Scientist in India, where his focus is on blockchain and artificial intelligence. As the author and co-author of many highly-cited academic journal articles focused on emerging technologies, his research experience is invaluable to the team and this project.
Tomer Jordi Chaffer - Jordi is a graduate researcher at McGill University in Canada and is also the co-author of The Metaverse as the Digital Leviathan: A Case Study of Bit.Country (in the next section). As an international speaker on blockchain, Jordi’s research is focused on blockchain within the healthcare sector.
George Martinez - George Martinez is a doctoral candidate at the University of the Cumberlands, where he is studying Blockchain and International Business. As the co-author of The Metaverse as the Digital Leviathan: A Case Study of Bit.Country, George brings over 20 years of practical experience in the Computer Science field to the inclusion of Ethereum within the industry.
Relevant past publications from the project team
This is the link to Goldston’s Anoop’s book published by Taylor and Francis entitled “Blockchain for Industry 4.0: Emergence, Challenges and Opportunities” Blockchain for Industry 4.0: Blockchain for Industry 4.0: Emergence ... - Google Books
This is the first peer-reviewed academic case study on soulbound tokens written by Justin Goldston and Jordi Chaffer. - View of On the Existential Basis of Self-Sovereign Identity and Soulbound Tokens: An Examination of the “Self” in the Age of Web3
This is the first peer-reviewed academic case study on the metaverse written by Justin Goldston, Jordi Chaffer, and George Martinez. - BitCountryCase.pdf - Google Drive
This is the first peer-reviewed academic case study on hybrid finance (HyFi) written by Justin Goldston and Anoop V.S. - AcalaCase.pdf - Google Drive
This is the Google Scholar profile for Justin Goldston - Justin L Goldston, PhD - Google Scholar
This is the Google Scholar profile of Jordi Chaffer. - Tomer Jordi Chaffer - Google Scholar
This is the Google Scholar profile for Anoop V.S. - Dr. Anoop V. S. - Google Scholar
Justin Goldston: https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-goldston/
Anoop V.S., PhD: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anoopacademia/
Tomer Jordi Chaffer: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jordichaffer
George Martinez: https://www.linkedin.com/in/georgeamartinez/