The emergence of Bitcoin, decentralized cryptocurrencies and the fundamental innovation blockchain have allowed for entities to trade and interact without a central trusted third party. This has led to a captivating research activity in multiple domains, across different venues, such as top security, distributed systems conferences, journals as well as a vibrant startup rush on this new technology.
The first IEEE (under application) CRYPTO VALLEY conference on Blockchain Technology aims to unite interested scholars as well as industrial members from all relevant disciplines who study and work in the space of blockchain technology. Suggested contribution topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of:
Anonymity and privacy issues and measures to enhance them
Applications using or built on top of blockchains
Atomic Swapping and cross blockchain communication
Big Data and blockchain technology
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, ZCash protocol, other coins and extensions (cryptography, scripting/smart contract language etc.)
Case studies (e.g., of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, …)
Consensus protocols for blockchains
Cryptocurrency adoption and economic impacts
Decentralized Applications (Exchanges, Mining Pools, Trading Platforms)
Developing countries adoption of blockchain
Economic and monetary aspects
Forensics and monitoring
Formal Verification of Blockchain Protocols, Smart Contracts
Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
Identity, Identification and trust in blockchain systems
Implications for existing business models
Interfacing fiat and cryptocurrencies
Intermediates in different industries and their future
Internet of things (IoT) and blockchain technology
Legal implications of smart contracts
Legal, ethical and societal aspects of (decentralized) virtual currencies, ICO/TGE
New applications and business models for permissioned/permissionless blockchain
Off-chain payment channels
Permissioned (e.g. Hyperledger) and permissionless (e.g. Bitcoin) blockchains
Privacy and anonymity-enhancing technologies
Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and virtual mining
Real-world measurements and metrics
Regulation and law enforcement
Relation to other payment systems
Scalability and scalable services for blockchain systems
Security of Blockchain Protocols
Smart Contract Programming Languages and VM's
Transaction graph analysis
Usability and user studies
Where does a blockchain makes sense?
The conference solicits manuscripts that represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Submissions should follow the IEEE Conference Proceedings Format format and should not exceed 10 pages, excluding references and well-marked appendices. There is no limit on the length of the references and appendices. Accepted papers will appear in the IEEE proceedings published by IEEE. Authors who seek to submit their works to journals may opt-out by publishing an extended abstract only.
Short papers (4 pages or less including references and appendices) are also welcome and should be submitted with "(short paper)" in the title.
All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such should not contain author names, must be anonymous, no acknowledgments, affiliations, or obvious references.