2nd Advanced Workshop on Blockchain: Technology, Applications, Challenges

December 17, 2017
IIT Bombay, Mumbai, INDIA

Blockchain technology is widely regarded as a revolutionary technology, and banking and financial industry is at the forefront of experimenting with this technology. The comprehension of this technology and its potential impact are still in primitive stages and rapidly evolving. Technology providers are prototyping varieties of platforms to suit varying application scenarios. The fragmentation of solutions and lack of standardization makes it difficult for organizations to evaluate and choose a suitable platform meeting their requirements. The objectives of this workshop include:

  • gain a deeper understanding of the basic concepts underlying the technology;
  • explore the most common applications being experimented;
  • learn the theoretical limits on the possibilities of blockchain;
  • comprehend the design patterns of applications and platforms such as the Bitcoin, Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric, Stellar, Ripple, NEM, Sawtooth Lake, et al.
  • This workshop involves invited talks from reputed academicians and practitioners. Research works, positions papers, practical deployment considerations of the technology are welcome.

    Following topics forms the theme of this workshop:

    1. The Bitcoin blockchain is the best-known example application of the technology. The success of Bitcoin has inspired many more crypto-currency platforms so much so that some countries are contemplating government issued crypto-currency to reduce the amount of cash in circulation.
    2. Consensus is a key aspect of fault-tolerant distributed computing, which plays a big role on the efficiency of the system and needs to be chosen carefully.
    3. Smart contracts are executable programs that enforce the application logic and are responsible for state updates. Choosing a smart contract language, such that the result of the execution is deterministic, and has predictable execution times are critical for ensuring the consistency and progress of the system.
    4. Permissioned systems clearly separate the roles and responsibilities of the entities participating in the system and are better suited for businesses and practical applications. The characteristics of permissioned systems are significantly different from traditional blockchains (open/ permission-less), and have caused an on-going debate as to whether these systems should be considered as blockchains.
    5. Theoretical limits on distributed computing and their impact on the progress of blockchain technology based systems and solutions.

    Call for Extended Abstracts

    Extended abstracts are solicited from both the academicians and practitioners in the following broad areas of blockchain technology:

    1. Crypto-currency, crypto-assets
    2. Smart contracts testing, verification
    3. Consensus protocols
    4. Permissioned ledgers, DLTs
    5. Theoretical results
    6. Applications and case studies
    7. Security, privacy, anonymity
    8. Scalability, efficiency trade-offs

    Submission Guidelines

    The extended abstracts should not be more than 4 pages long (strict), and must be formatted following LNCS guidelines. Abstracts will not be published; however, authors of shortlisted abstracts shall be given an opportunity to present their work at the workshop. Abstracts must be submitted through email with subject EXTENDED ABSTRACT - BCT WORKSHOP - $TITLE to isrdc.iitb.blockchain@gmail.com. The works presented during the workshop, along with a summary of panel discussions, will be compiled and distributed post workshop as a technical report of ISRDC, IIT Bombay.


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