Blockchains and Smart Contracts workshop (BSC)

Following the success of the previous edition of the workshop on Blockchains and Smart Contracts (BSC 2019), we are pleased to announce the 3rd International Workshop on Blockchains and Smart Contracts (BSC 2020), which will be held in conjunction with the 11th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS 2020).
Blockchain has recently emerged as a disruptive technology that may revolutionize the world economy and our societies, with applications in key industries including finance, insurance, energy, mobility, healthcare and logistics. A blockchain is typically a decentralized, trustless and continuously growing ledger that is used to record and keep track of every transactions across a peer-to- peer network of participants.

The conference & workshop are supported by IFIP TC6 WG6.2 and IEEE France.

Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore®, IFIP Digital Library as well as other Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases. The workshop is also collaborating this year with International Journal of Forensic Software Engineering:

International Journal of Forensic Software Engineering    http://www.inderscience.com

 

This technology is secure by design and leverages well known cryptographic protocols and distributed consensus algorithms to provide key characteristics, such as resilience, fault-tolerance, persistence, anonymity, auditability and data immutability. More recently, smart contracts, backed by the blockchain technology, have emerged as a promising means for automating the execution of business workflows and enforcing legal contracts, in a fully decentralized way and without the need for any trusted third parties. However, there are still major research challenges that need to be overcome to unlock the tremendous potential of blockchains, and before enabling a mass market penetration and adoption.


The objective of this workshop is to bring together experts from various domains to explore the current state of the art of blockchains and its related challenges, and to discuss new ideas and innovations to design scalable and robust blockchain solutions that are technically, economically and legally viable.


The workshop invites both academic researchers and industry practitioners to submit original and previously unpublished contributions covering the theoretical and practical aspects of the blockchain technology, smart contracts and their applications

Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cryptographic algorithms and protocols
  • Distributed consensus algorithms
  • Peer-to- peer communication protocols
  • Architecture, scalability, governance and interoperability
  • Smart contracts and workflow automation
  • Validation of smart contracts using formal methods
  • Decentralized autonomous organization (DAO)
  • Data privacy, anonymity and confidentiality
  • Data analytics and fraud detection
  • Cryptocurrencies, markets and finance
  • Crypto economics, incentives and gamification
  • ICO and cryptocurrencies, token valuation, governance and voting 
  • Blockchain use cases such as:
    • Blockchain in IoT and cyber physical systems
    • Blockchain in Smart grids and Industry 4.0
    • Blockchain in Networking, Edge and Cloud Technologies
    • Blockchain in 5G Technologies, Telecom Process and Operation 
    • Blockchain in Supply chain management
    • Blockchain in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
    • Blockchain in Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Regulatory and standards frameworks
  • Security, privacy and trust of blockchain
  • Testing and monitoring techniques for blockchain
  • Simulation and performance evaluation techniques
  • Formal Testing / Verification

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Submission Deadline:April 10, 2020
  • Acceptance notification: May 1st, 2020
  • Papers camera-ready: June 8th, 2020
  • Workshop date: 6 to 8 July 2020

COMMITTEES

Workshop Chair

  • Kalpana Singh, IRT SystemX, France
  • Khalifa Toumi, IRT SystemX, France

Technical Program Committee

  • Loic Lesavre, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States
  • Rajeev Anand Sahu, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Veronika Kuchta, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Ashok Prajapati, IEEE Computer Society South-East Michigan, United States
  • Nicolas Heulot, IRT SystemX, France
  • Ana Cavalli, Telecom Sud paris, France
  • Zaynah Dargaye, Nomadic Labs, France
  • Youyang Qu, Deakin University, Australia
  • Emilio Jesús Gallego Arias, Inria, France
  • Öznur Ozkasap, Koc University, Turkey
  • Ahmed Soua, Vedecom, France
  • Anis Laouiti, Télécom Sud Paris, France
  • Fares Alharbi Shaqra University, Saudi Arabia
  • Antoine Durand, IRT SystemX, France
  • Hanen Idoudi, ENSI-University of Manouba, Tunisia
  • Aymen Boudguiga, CEA LIST, France
  • Suresh Veluru, Arclabs Research Center, Ireland
  • Clément Huyart, Ercom, France
  • Tesnim Abdellatif, EDF R&D, France
  • Elyes Ben Hamida, Sagemcom, France
  • Joaquin Garcia Alfaro, Télécom Sud Paris, France
  • Nesrine Kaaniche, University of Sheffield, united kingdom
  • Ridha Soua, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Steven Martin, University of Paris-Sud, France
  • Wissam Mallouli, Montimage, France
  • Yevhen Zolotavkin, Deakin University, Melbourne
  • Gaurav Sharma, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Vishal Saraswat, Bosch, India
  • Keshav Sood, Deakin University, Australia
  • Önder Gurcan, CEA, France
  • Bhagvan Kommadi, Quantica Computacao, India
  • Nouha Omrane, Jems Group, France

PAPER SUBMISSION

Papers are to be submitted electronically on the EDAS web site of the conference in PDF format: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=27121

Submissions should be original and limited to 5 double-column pages, and should follow IEEE paper templates. Paper with more pages can be accepted however they need to be reduced to 5 pages for publication.

Submission process

Your paper must be printable in order to be accepted. The paper's cover page must include

the following information:

  • Title of paper.
  • Authors' names and affiliations.
  • Contact author's name and address (both postal and electronic).
  •  A short abstract.
  • Keywords.

In order to submit, you must first create an EDAS account. The EDAS system will e-mail you your password. Then you can login to EDAS using the password you have received by email.

EDAS will provide you with a submissions homepage where you can register your paper submission and make appropriate changes.

Selected Authors will be invited to submit an extension of their work in International Journal of Forensic Software Engineering Link to be added. 

How to use EDAS to submit your paper:

  • Create an account in the EDAS system at  https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=27121
  • Login to EDAS using your username and password (sent via email).
  • Click on the "submit paper" image to submit a new paper, or select an existing submission to edit.
  • Fill in the detail of the paper. You will be required to provide information for co-authors not already registered with the system. Choose as many topics as apply to your paper. Choose the submit button to register your paper.
  • Upload your paper using the provided form. You may choose not to upload a file immediately. You may upload a new version of your file at any time (prior to submission deadline) by returning to the EDAS system. Once you login, a list of submitted papers will be made available. Click on the upload image to upload a new version of your paper.

After submission, reviews of your paper can be accessed from your submission list. If you

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