ERCIM-Blockchain 2018: Blockchain Engineering: Challenges and Opportunities for Computer Science Research


CWI, Amsterdam, 8-9 May 2018

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Call for Papers

With Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology has gained widespread attention by the general public. Major companies like Facebook have announced that they are considering significant projects based on this technology.

The purpose of this workshop is to look at what the general excitement about blockchain technologies means for computer science research and to identify the major research challenges in this area. The aim is to establish Blockchain Engineering as a new field of computer science research.

Goals include:

  • Solidifying and incubating the fledgling community of Blockchain technology research
  • Fostering an “interdisciplinary” exchange between researchers specialised in the various CS research fields covered by blockchain technology
  • Establishing a roadmap documenting ongoing research and open research questions in the rapidly moving field of blockchain technology
  • Developing, analysing and evaluating Blockchain applications, networks and infrastructures.

List of Topics

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

  • Architecture
    • Scaling issues of blockchains
    • Cryptographic algorithms and protocols for blockchains
    • Permissioned and permissionless blockchain designs
    • Formal specification of Blockchain behavior
    • Proof-of-work/ proof-of-stake algorithms
    • Distributed consensus algorithms and protocols
    • Peer-to- peer communication protocols
    • Identity, identification and trust
    • Atomic swaps and cross blockchain communication
  • Smart contracts
    • Smart contract programming languages and VMs
    • Workflow automation
    • Formal verification of smart contracts
    • Smart Contract Testing (SCT)
    • Smart Contracts Software engineering
  • Privacy and Security
    • Privacy and anonymity-enhancing technologies
    • Confidentiality
    • Security of blockchain protocols
    • Attacks on existing blockchain protocols and platforms
    • Fraud in cryptocurrencies, contracts and blockchain
    • Privacy and anonymity-enhancing technologies
  • Blockchain Applications
    • Finance
    • Internet of Things
    • Supply chain management
    • Notarization
    • E-government
    • Energy/Smart Grid
    • Copyright management
  • Cryptocurrencies
    • Economics of cryptocurrencies
    • Analytics, prediction of cryptocurrency markets
    • Privacy and anonymity
    • Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
  • Operations
    • Forensics and monitoring
    • Real-world measurements and metrics
    • Test-beds and platforms
  • Societal aspects
    • Usability and user studies
    • Governance
    • Regulation
    • Legal implications of smart contracts and virtual currencies
    • Censorship
    • Developing countries and blockchain adoption
  • Standardization and Interoperability
    • Interplay between Blockchains
    • Interoperable Smart Contracts
    • Directory of public/private Blockchains


The conference will be held at CWI in Amsterdam (Netherlands).

For more information see the full Call for Papers