Scope

The 2nd International Congress on Blockchain and Applications 2020 will be held in L'Aquila from 17th to 19th of June, 2020. This annual congress will reunite blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) researchers, who will share ideas, projects, lectures, and advances associated with those technologies and their application domains. This meeting will be co-located with that of PAAMS’20.

Among the scientific community, blockchain and AI are seen as a promising combination that will transform the production and manufacturing industry, media, finance, insurance, e-government, etc. Nevertheless, there is no consensus with schemes or best practices that would specify how blockchain and AI should be used together. Combining blockchain mechanisms and artificial intelligence is still a particularly challenging task.

The BLOCKCHAIN’20 congress is devoted to promoting the investigation of cutting-edge blockchain technology, to exploring the latest ideas, innovations, guidelines, theories, models, technologies, applications and tools of blockchain and AI for the industry, and to identifying critical issues and challenges that researchers and practitioners must deal with in future research. We want to offer researchers and practitioners the opportunity to work on promising lines of research and to publish their developments in this area.

Topics

Technologies and techniques

  • Key and innovative theories, methodologies, schemes and technologies of blockchain and AI
  • Architectures and platforms for blockchain and AI
  • Blockchain and AI for Big Data
  • Blockchain and AI for Multi-Agent systems
  • Blockchain and AI for the Internet of Things
  • Blockchain and AI in 5G
  • Sensors and devices for blockchain
  • Distributed consensus mechanisms (PoW, PoS, PoE…)
  • Encryption algorithms
  • Fault tolerance mechanisms
  • Other distributed ledger technologies
  • Cloud, fog, and edge computing approaches for blockchain
  • Blockchain standardization issues
  • Platforms for smart contracts
  • Side-chain and cross-chain systems
  • Anonymity and privacy in blockchain
  • Malicious transactions detection

Applications

  • Blockchain and AI enabled new business models and applications
  • Blockchain and AI for e-commerce
  • Blockchain and AI for logistics and transportation
  • Blockchain and AI for supply chain management
  • Blockchain and AI for product life cycle
  • Blockchain and AI for knowledge and innovation management
  • Blockchain and AI for agriculture
  • Blockchain and AI in eHealth
  • Applications of cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain as a Tamper-Proof Technology
  • Application of smart contracts
  • Blockchain Governance and Human Rights
  • Applications of blockchain and AI in other domains.
  • Use-cases of blockchain and AI in Industry 4.0, banking, etc.

Doctoral Consortium

The aim of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a frame where students can present their on going research work and meet other students and researchers, and obtain feedback on future research directions.

The Doctoral Consortium is intended for students who have a specific research proposal and some preliminary results, but who are still far from completing their dissertation.

All proposals submitted to the Doctoral Consortium will undergo a thorough reviewing process with the aim to provide detailed and constructive feedback. The accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral Consortium and published in the conference proceedings.

Submissions

Format

All papers must be formatted according to the AISC template, with a maximum length of 8 pages (4 pages in Doctoral Consortium), including figures and references:

Submission

All proposed papers must be submitted in electronic form (PDF format) using the Blockchain congress management system.

Review process

PAAMS welcomes the submission of application papers with preference to the topics listed in the call for papers. All submitted papers will undergo a thorough review process; each paper will be refereed by at least three experts in the field based on relevance, originality, significance, quality and clarity.

Publication

Accepted papers will be included in Blockchain Congress Proceedings, published by Springer.

At least one of the authors will be required to register and attend the symposium to present the paper in order to include the paper in the conference proceedings. All accepted papers will be published by Springer Verlag.

Springer Verlag

** Indexing: The books of this series are submitted to ISI ProceedingsEI-CompendexDBLPSCOPUSGoogle Scholar and Springerlink **

Special Issues

Authors of selected papers from Blockchain Congress will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to special issue in different journals.

Fusion
The research that receives an award for best paper on the topic of Data Fusion, will be sent to Information Fusion (ISSN: 1566-2535, JCR 2018: 10.716) and submitted for a quick review.
Neurocomputing
Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2020 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Section published in Neurocomputing (JCR 2018 Neurocomputing: 4.072).
Electronics
Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2020 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Section published in Electronics (JCR 2018 Electronics. 1.764 (Q3)).
Smartcities
Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2020 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Section published in Smart Cities.
ADCAIJ
Authors of selected papers from PAAMS 2020 and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Issue published in ADCAIJ (ISSN: 2255-2863, indexed in DOAJ, ProQuest, Scholar, WorldCat, Dialnet, Sherpa ROMEO, Dulcinea, UlrichWeb, Emerging Sources Citation Index of Thomson Reuters, BASE y Academic Journals Database)

Important dates

  • Main Track - Paper submission deadline: 31th January, 2020
  • Doctoral Consortium - Paper submission deadline: 29th February, 2020

  • Notification of acceptance: 09th March, 2020
  • Camera-Ready papers due: 30th March, 2020
  • Conference Celebration: 17th-19th June, 2020

Committees

Advisory Board

  • António Pinto - Instituto Politécnico do Porto (Portugal)

General Chairs

  • Javier Prieto - University of Salamanca (Spain)

Program Chair

  • Ashok Kumar Das - IIIT Hyderabad (India)
  • Abdelhakim Hafid - Université de Montréal (Canada)

Local Chair

  • Stefano Ferretti - University of Bologna (Italy)

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