Sina Rafati Niya

 

 Contact Information:

Universität Zürich Institut für Informatik (IFI),

BIN 2.E.02 Binzmühlestrasse 14 CH-8050 Zürich

Phone: +41 44 635 67 02 Fax: +41 44 635 68 09

Email: rafati@ifi.uzh.ch

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Short Bio:

Sina Rafati Niya started his Ph.D. studies at Communication Systems Group (CSG), under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller at the University of Zurich (UZH). Since Oct. 2016 he is working as a teacher and research assistant at CSG. He had his MSc. in Information Technology Engineering and BSc. in Software Engineering.  

Research Area:

  • Blockchain applications and protocols,
  • Smart contract,
  • Distributed consensus and fault tolerance mechanisms,
  • Security, privacy, trust management,
  • Performance optimization of blockchains 

Publications

2020

  1. [Full Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Eryk Schiller, Ile Cepilov, Burkhard Stiller: Standardization of Blockchain-based I2oT Systems in the I4 Era; IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, "Management in the Age of Softwarization and Artificial Intelligence", Budapest, Hungary, April 2020.
  2. [Full Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Fabio Maddaloni, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller: Toward Scalable Blockchains with Transaction Aggregation; The 35th ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, "Decentralized Applications (DAPP) with Blockchain, DLT and Crypto-Currencies", Brno, Czech Republic, March 2020.
  3. [Full Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Danijel Dordevic, Markus Hurschler, Sarah Grossenbacher, Burkhard Stiller: A Blockchain-based Supply Chain Tracing to Empower The Swiss Dairy Value Chain; 2nd International Conference on Societal Automation, SA 2020, Funchal, Portugal, October 2020.
  4. [Full Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Raphael Beckmann, Burkhard Stiller: DLIT: A Scalable Distributed Ledger for IoT Data; 2nd International Conference on Blockchain Computing and Applications (BCCA2020), Antalya, Turkey (Remote), November 2020.
  5. [Technical Report] Sina Rafati Niya, Benjamin Jeffrey, Burkhard Stiller: A Blockchain-based Self-sovereign IoT Identification; University of Zurich, IFI-TecReport, Zürich, Switzerland, August 2020, URL: https://owncloud.csg.uzh.ch/index.php/s/9o4M2fngmLrNgJW
  6. [Technical Report] Sina Rafati Niya, Raphael Beckmann, Burkhard Stiller: BIoT: A Hybrid Blockchain for IoT Data; University of Zurich, IFI-TechReport No. 2020.2, Zürich, Switzerland, July 2020, URL: https://owncloud.csg.uzh.ch/index.php/s/TJHqxDgTtJNG66T.
  7. [Book Chapter] Sina Rafati Niya, Eryk Schiller, Burkhard Stiller: Architectures for Blockchain-IoT Integration; in: Nur Zincir-Heywood, Yixin Diao, Marco Mellia (Edt.), "Communication Networks and Service Management in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning", Wiley-IEEE Press, New York, NY, USA, December 2020, pp 100-137.
  8. [Full Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Benjamin Jeffrey, Burkhard Stiller: KYoT: Self-sovereign IoT Identification with a Physically Unclonable Function; The 45th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN), Sydny, Australia (virtual conference), November 2020.

 

2019

  1. [Technical Report] Sina Rafati Niya, Burkhard Stiller: BAZO: A Proof-of-Stake (PoS) based Blockchain; UZH, IFI-TecReport No. 2019.03, Zürich, Switzerland, May 2019, URL: https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/CSG/staff/Rafati/BAZO-IFI-2019.03.pdf.
  2. [Technical Report] Sina Rafati Niya, Sebastian Allemann, Arik Gabay, Burkhard Stiller: Blockchain-based Anonymous P2P Trading System; UZH, IFI-TecReport No. 2019.04, Zürich, Switzerland, June 2019, URL: https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/CSG/staff/Rafati/TradeMap-IFI-2019.04.pdf.
  3. [Short Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Sebastian Allemann, Arik Gabay, Burkhard Stiller: TradeMap: A FINMA-compliant Anonymous Management of an End-2-end Trading Market Place; 15th International Conference on Network and Service Management CNSM 2019, Halifax, Canada, October 2019, pp 1-4. URL: https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/CSG/staff/Rafati/CNSM19.pdf
  4. [Full paper] E. Schiller, S. R. Niya, T. Surbeck and B. Stiller, "Scalable Transport Mechanisms for Blockchain IoT Applications," 2019 IEEE 44th LCN Symposium on Emerging Topics in Networking (LCN Symposium), Osnabrück, Germany, 2019, pp. 34-41.
  5. [Demo] Sina Rafati Niya, Danijel Dordevic, Atif Ghulam Nabi, Tanbir Mann, Burkhard Stiller: A Platform-independent, Generic-purpose, and Blockchain-based Supply Chain Tracking; IEEE International Conference on Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies, "ICBC 2019 - Demo", Seoul, South Korea, May 2019. url: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8751415/
  6. [Demo] Sina Rafati Niya, Eryk Schiller, Ile Cepilov, Fabio Maddaloni, Timo Surbeck, Kürsat Aydinli, Thomas Bocek: Adaptation of Proof-of-Stake-based Blockchains for IoT Data Streams; IEEE International Conference on Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies, "ICBC 2019 - Demo", Seoul, South Korea, May 2019. url: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8751260.
  7. [Demo] Andreas Schaufelbühl, Sina Rafati Niya, Lucas Pelloni, Severin Wullschleger, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller, Lawrence Rajendran: EUREKA -- A Minimal Operational Prototype of a Blockchain-based Rating and Publishing System; IEEE International Conference on Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies, "ICBC 2019 - Demo ()", Seoul, South Korea, May 2019. url: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8751445
  8. [Full Paper] Sina Rafati Niya, Lucas Pelloni, Severin Wullschleger, Andreas Schaufelbühl, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller, Lawrence Rajendran: A Blockchain-based Scientific Publishing Platform; IEEE International Conference on Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies, "ICBC 2019 - Demo", Seoul, South Korea, May 2019. url: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8751379/
  9. [Poster] Sina Rafati Niya, Danijel Dordevic, Atif Ghulam Nabi, Tanbir Mann, Burkhard Stiller: IoT and Blockchain-Integrated Supply Chain Tracking System; 3rd for Digital Workshop on Blockchains, Karlsruhe, Germany, February 2019.

2018

  1. [Journal Paper] - Sina Rafati Niya, Florian Schüpfer, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller: A Peer-to-peer Purchase and Rental Smart Contract-based Application (PuRSCA); it - Information Technology, (2018) Retrieved 8 Oct. 2018, doi:10.1515/itit-2017-0036. URL: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/itit.ahead-of-print/itit-2017-0036/itit-2017-0036.xml
  2. [Poster] - Sina Rafati Niya, Burkhard Stiller: Poster: Design and Evaluation of a Time Efficient Vertical Handoff Algorithm between LTE-A and IEEE 802.11ad Wireless Networks; IFIP Networking 2018, "IFIP Networking", Zürich, Switzerland, May 2018, pp 100-101. link
  3. [Technical Report] - Sina Rafati Niya, Burkhard Stiller: Design and Evaluation of a Time Efficient Vertical Handoff Algorithm between LTE-A and IEEE 802.11ad Wireless Networks; UZH-IfI, IFI-TecReport No. 2018.03, Zürich, Switzerland, April 2018, URL: https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/CSG/staff/Rafati/Handoff-IFI-2018.03.pdf.
  4. [Technical Report] - Sina Rafati niya, Florian Schüpfer, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller: A Peer-to-Peer Purchase and Rental SmartContract-based Application; University of Zurich- IFI, IFI-TecReport No. 2017.04, Zürich, Switzerland, November 2017. link
  5. [Demo] - Sina Rafati Niya, Florian Schüpfer, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller: Demo- Setting up Flexible and Light Weight Trading Contracts with Enhanced User Privacy Using Smart Contracts; 16th EEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, "Cognitive Management in a Cyber World", Taipei, Taiwan, April 2018, pp 100-104. URL: https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/CSG/staff/Rafati/BTSCA.pdf.
  6. [Short Paper] - Sina Rafati Niya, Sanjiv S. Jha, Thomas Bocek, Burkhard Stiller: Design and Implementation of an Automated and Decentralized Pollution Monitoring System with Blockchains, Smart Contracts, and LoRaWAN; 16th IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium, "Cognitive Management in a Cyber World", Taipei, Taiwan, April 2018, pp 100-102. URL: https://files.ifi.uzh.ch/CSG/staff/Rafati/BPMS.pdf.

2017

  1. [Journal] - Thomas Bocek, Sina Rafati, Bruno Rodrigues, Burkhard Stiller.  CoinBlesk - A Real-time, Bitcoin-based Payment Approach and App. ERCIM News - Special Issue: Blockchain Engineering, Vol. 2017, No. 110, July 2017, pp 14-15. Link
  2. [Full Paper] - Bruno Rodrigues, Thomas Bocek, David Hausheer, Andri Lareida, Sina Rafati, Burkhard Stiller. A Blockchain-based Architecture for Collaborative DDoS Mitigation with Smart Contracts and SDN. 11th International Conference on Autonomous Infrastructure, Management and Security (AIMS 2017). July 10-14, Zurich, Switzerland. To appear.

Teaching Assistance

2017- 2020: 

  • MobSys: Mobile Communication Systems;
  • CECN: Computer Engineering and Computer Netwroks;
  • SSDS: Systems Software and Distributed Systems;
  • IntEco|: Internet  Economics;
  • ComSys: Communication Systems;
  • PMMC: Protocols for Multimedia Communications;

Previous Projects/ Thesis

  1. Data Sovereignty Provision in Cloud-and-Blockchain-Integrated IoT Data Trading, 2020, link
  2. Design and Prototypical Development of a GDPR and Swiss Law Compliant Blockchain, 2020, link
  3. A Blockchain-based Self-sovereign IoT Identification with A Physically Unclonable Function, 2020, link
  4. Enhancing the Scalability of a Sharded Blockchain; Universität Zürich, 2020, link.
  5. TradeMap: A FINMA-compliant Anonymous Management of an End-2-end Trading Market Place, 2020, link.
  6. Design and Prototypical Implementation of a Smart Contract-based Trading Platform, 2019, link.
  7. Toward Scalable Blockchains with Transaction Aggregation, 2020, link.
  8. Developing a Blockchain-based Supply Chain Tracking Platform, 2019, link.
  9. Design and Prototypical Implementation of an Open Source and Smart Contract-based Know Your Customer (KYC) Platform, 2019, link.
  10. Analytic Study on Android-based Crypto-Currency Wallets, 2018, link.
  11. Evaluation and Improving Scalability of the Bazo Blockchain, 2019, link.
  12. Adaptation of Proof-of-Stake-based Blockchains for IoT Data Streams, 2019, link.
  13. Performance Assessment of Cardano, 2019, link.
  14. Design and Implementation of a Scalable IoT-based Blockchain, 2019, link.
  15. Design and Implementation of an IoT-based Hierarchical Payment System with BAZO Blockchain, 2019, link.
  16. Simulation and Efficiency Improvements of the IoT Communication Protocols Used in the Supply Chain Monitoring Systems, 2019, link.
  17. Analysis of the Tangle in the IoT Domain, 2019, link.
  18. Security Improvements for Object Tracking using LoRaWAN and The Things Network, 2018, link
  19. A Survey on Blockchain and IoT Based Implementations for Supply Chain Management, 2018, link.
  20. Design and Implementation of a Smart Contract Creator Framework for IoT Devices, 2017, link.
  21. Comparative Study on Identity Management Methods Using Blockchain, 2017, link.
  22. Design and Implementation of a Smart Contract Application, 2017, link.
  23. Design and Implementation of an Integrated Water Quality Monitoring System and Blockchains, 2017, link.
  24. Collaborative DDoS mitigation based on Blockchains, 2017, link.
  25. Implementation, and Evaluation of an Object Tracking Motion Detection System, 2017, link.

Open Thesis:

Please check here to see list of open thesis (SP, BA, MBM, IS, BA, MA, MP,... ). Also, If you are interested to work on any blockchain-based topics related to my research area feel free to contact me.