Call for Papers

International Congress on Blockchain and Applications (BLOCKCHAIN'24)

The International Congress on Blockchain and Applications (BLOCKCHAIN'24) will be held in University of Salamanca (Spain) from 26th-28th June, 2024. This annual congress will bring together researchers and practitioners of blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies (DLT), who will share ideas, projects, lectures, and advances associated with those technologies and their application domains. This meeting will be co-located with the PAAMS'24 conference.

Among the scientific community, the advance in next-generation blockchain and distributed ledger technologies is seen as a promising combination that will transform the production and manufacturing industry, media, finance, insurance, e-government, agriculture, energy, or even medicine. Besides, the combination of DLT with other cutting-edge disruptive technologies (AI, metaverse, quantum computing...) will will open up a multitude of amazing opportunities that entail an interesting challenge of research at the same time.

The BLOCKCHAIN'24 congress is devoted to: promoting the investigation of next-generation blockchain and DLT technologies; exploring the latest ideas, innovations, guidelines, theories, models, technologies, applications and tools of blockchain/DLT combined with other cutting-edge technologies; and 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.

As in previous editions, the best speaker and best student speaker will receive an award sponsored by the MDPI Smart Cities journal (500 CHF and 300 CHF respectively).

Topics

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

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
  • 4th and 5th generation blockchain

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.
  • Blockchain and AI for fintech
  • Blockchain and AI for insurtech

The aim of the Doctoral Consortium is to provide a framework as part of which students can present their ongoing research work and meet other students and researchers and obtain feedback on lines of research for the future.

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 of providing detailed and constructive feedback. The accepted submissions will be presented at the Doctoral Consortium and published in the conference proceedings.

The submissions should identify:

  • Problem statement
  • Related work
  • Hypothesis
  • Proposal
  • Preliminary Results and/or Evaluation Plan
  • Reflections

Format

All papers must be formatted according to the LNNS template, with a maximum length of 10 pages (6 pages for Doctoral Consortia), including figures and references:

Submission

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

Review process

BLOCKCHAIN welcomes the submission of papers and gives preference to the topics listed under the call. 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.

The papers must consist of original, relevant and previously unpublished sound research results related to any of the topics of the conference.

Publication

Accepted papers will be included in BLOCKCHAIN Proceedings. 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 the accepted papers will be published by Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems series of Springer Verlag.

Springer

Special Issues

Authors of selected papers from BLOCKCHAIN will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to special issues in different journals:

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in the International Journal of Interactive Multimedia and Artificial Intelligence (ISSN: 1989 - 1660, JCR (2022): 3,6 (Q3))

Special Issue on the Journal Sensors: “Internet of Things (IoT) and Cloud Computing Technologies for Smart Cities and Rural Areas: Sensing and Information Management Technologies” published in MDPI Sensors Journal (ISSN: 1424-8220, JCR (2022): 3.9 (Q1))

Authors of selected papers from PAAMS and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Issue "Advanced Architectures for Hybrid Edge Analytics Models on Adaptive Smart Areas" published in MDPI Electronics Journal (ISSN: 2079-9292, JCR (2022): 2.9 (Q2))

Special Issue on the Journal Future Internet: “Deep Learning in Recommender Systems” published in MDPI Future Internet Journal (ISSN: 1999-5903, JCR (2022): 3.4)

Authors of selected papers from BLOCKCHAIN and Co-located Events will be invited to submit an extended and improved version to a Special Issue published in ADCAIJ (ISSN: 2255-2863, JCR (2022): 1.4, JCI (2022): 0.09 (Q4)) indexed in DOAJ, ProQuest, Scholar, WorldCat, Dialnet, Sherpa ROMEO, Dulcinea, UlrichWeb, Emerging Sources Citation Index of Thomson Reuters, BASE y Academic Journals Database.

To Be Updated

General deadlines

  • Deadline

    15th March, 2024

  • Doctoral Consortium deadline

    22nd March, 2024

  • Notification of acceptance

    26th April, 2024

  • Camera-Ready papers

    17th May, 2024

  • Conference Celebration

    26th-28th June, 2024

General Chairs

Javier Prieto, Chair of the IEEE Blockchain Spain Initiative

Javier Prieto, Chair of the IEEE Blockchain Spain Initiative, University of Salamanca (Spain)

 Óscar Lage

Óscar Lage, Tecnalia (Spain)


TPC Chair

Rafael Pastor Vargas

Rafael Pastor Vargas, UNED (Spain)


Workshops Chair

José Manuel Machado

José Manuel Machado, University of Minho (Portugal)



Advisory board

Abdelhakim Hafid

Abdelhakim Hafid, Université de Montréal (Canada)

Paulo Vieira

Paulo Vieira, Guarda Polytechnic Institute (Portugal)

Ashok Kumar Das

Ashok Kumar Das, IIIT Hyderabad (India)

António Pinto

António Pinto, Instituto Politécnico do Porto (Portugal)

Paulo Leitao

Paulo Leitao, Technical Institute of Bragança (Portugal)

Francisco Luis Benitez Martínez

Francisco Luis Benitez Martínez, Fidesol (Spain)

Pedro Nevado

Pedro Nevado, University of Salamanca (Spain)


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