The Ontology Research Institute Officially Opens

The Ontology Team
Nov 8, 2018 · 4 min read
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We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Ontology Research Institute, with senior blockchain and cryptography expert Dr. MAO Xianping as the dean of the institute.

Current Research Progress

As a new high-performance public blockchain project and a distributed trust collaboration platform with a real use case scenario strategy, Ontology has always put technology at the forefront of strategy and paid close attention to the continuous improvement of technology through research.

We have built a new generation high-performance public blockchain using the VBFT consensus algorithm, a smart contract system supporting multiple programming languages, and a chain network system supporting multi-chain collaboration.

At the same time, we have improved the distributed identity framework and distributed data exchange protocol, which have laid a solid foundation for building the distributed trust cooperation platform component of Ontology.

In addition, Ontology provides a one-stop smart contract development tool — SmartX — and a distributed application development tool Punica to facilitate developers to build diverse types of distributed applications on Ontology.


Ontology set up the research institute in order to focus more on the research and development of core blockchain technology and strengthen the ability to explore, reflect on, and apply emerging technologies, as well make contributions to the entire industry. At present, there are more than 10 R&D personnel in the Ontology Research Institute.

Institute Dean

Dr. Mao holds a PhD in Cryptography from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is committed to innovation and application research of blockchain underlying technology and cryptography, and has a deep understanding of blockchain consensus mechanisms, blockchain privacy protection, and data security. Mao has been in well-known international journals in the field of cryptography and has published more than ten related academic papers for conferences.

Next Steps

The Ontology Research Institute is an important link in the Ontology technical community, enhancing the core technology strength of Ontology, the connection with the technical community, and ties with academic institutions.

In the future, the Ontology Research Institute will work on:

  • Exploring the next generation of blockchain architecture which will be more secure and highly scalable — research in sharding and multi-chain for the Ontology chain network;
  • Researching a blockchain application platform that is easier to use, private, and controllable — exploring the application of cryptography and data security technologies on blockchain platforms, such as zero-knowledge proof, secure multi-party computing, and trusted execution environments, to provide a more secure and easy-to-use platform for blockchain applications;
  • Continuing to increase input in technologies to provide solid technical support for building a distributed trust ecosystem — such the multi-dimensional identity system, data exchange system that supports complex metadata modeling and multi-level extensions, multi-dimensional credit rating system.


We welcome technical communities and various research institutions to work together with us to build the Ontology technical ecosystem and bring trust to society. You can contact Dr. Mao at

Team Notes

Ontology is an open community project and research platform. We have already formed joint research cooperations with a few universities, technical communities, and technical and industry experts. In the future, through the Ontology Research Institute, we will be able to form technology research cooperations on a larger scale, to not only develop the Ontology ecosystem, but also further contribute to the development of blockchain technology at large.

Founder of Ontology, LI Jun

Blockchain 3.0 is the strategic goal for the next generation of blockchain, an infrastructure all countries are competing for. The development of blockchain requires joint efforts of more academic and research institutions around the world, as well as the cross-integration of multiple professional fields. Ontology Research Institute should undertake the responsibility of theoretical innovation and basic method innovation in the field of blockchain, cryptography, and distributed computing, continuously develop blockchain core technology, and help China open-source independent core code and play a decisive role.

Chief Strategy Officer of Ontology, Andy Ji

Ontology is aimed at becoming an internationally leading blockchain project. We hope that, under the guidance of Dr. Mao, the Ontology Research Institute will provide rigorous and forward-looking theoretical guidance for the Ontology project.

Senior Protocol Architect of Ontology, HU Ning

“The man on the high mountain always sees the sunrise ahead of the man on the plain”. We wish the Ontology Research Institute to lead us to innovate ceaselessly and embrace a brighter future.

Senior Blockchain Technology Professional of Ontology, Honglei CONG

Technology accumulation is at the core of Ontology. We hope the research institute will take Ontology to a new height in frontier technologies.

Business Development Director of Ontology, Daniel Wen

Are you a developer? Make sure you have joined our tech community on Discord. Also, take a look at the Developer Center on our website, there you can find developer tools, documentation, and more.


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