About

Software for Edge and Blockchain Systems (SFENKS) Laboratory is a research group at the School of Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. We work on the analysis, design, implementation, and optimization of software for edge and blockchain systems. Our current research interests are in the area of software systems, include but not limited to:

  • blockchain systems
  • cloud-edge computing
  • game systems

SFENKS, the abbreviation of our lab name, comes from the Turkish version of Sphynx, which can be interpreted from three perspectives:

  • Riddle of the Sphinx [1]: The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, asking a riddle to travelers to allow them passage: “Which creature has one voice and yet becomes four-footed and two-footed and three-footed?” She strangled and devoured anyone who could not answer. Oedipus solved the riddle by answering: “Man—who crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then uses a walking stick in old age”. From our view, the key of designing software system is the experience of a man, while the fundamental of blockchain systems is the consensus trust of men. The answer to the riddle of the Sphinx is also the guideline to our research.
  • Sphynx Cat [2]: Sphynx cats are known for their extroverted behavior. They display a high level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, and affection for their owners. They are one of the more dog-like breeds of cats, frequently greeting their owners at the door and friendly when meeting strangers. Sphynx was breed in Canada, which is the same to the research origin of SFENKS lab.
  • Turkish: the language from Turkey, the country connecting Europe and Asia. As the bridging state, Turkey is serving as the intermediate of western and eastern cultures, which coincides the slogan of CUHK-Shenzhen: To Combine Tradition with Modernity, To Bring Together China and the West.
  1. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphinx
  2. Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphynx_cat