The Second IEEE International Workshop on Blockchain and Mobile Applications (BlockApp 2020)
Virtual Workshop

Co-located with the 40th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), November 20 - December 1, 2020, Singapore

Given the latest status of COVID-19, ICDCS'20 organization committee decides to convert the conference to the online format. It is unfortunate that we cannot meet in person in this Nov/Dec, but the health and safety of the conference attendees are our top priority. As the cost for running the virtual conference will decrease compared with the physical conference, we are working on the conference finance and will perform partial refunds to the existing registrations. Detailed information of the refunds and virtual conference will follow shortly.

Introduction

Blockchain has already shown its great success in serving as the fundamental technique behind many cryptocurrencies. Its promising capability of decentralized consensus also attracts a wide realm of real-world applications such as international banking, electronic voting, supply-chain management, media communications, and food safety traceability. Meanwhile, with the advancement of 4G/5G mobile communication techniques, more and more data are being generated by mobile phones, wireless sensors, and IoT devices. Mobile decentralized applications (DApps) usually involve many untrusted parties. How to use blockchain to build trust, reduce the operational cost, and accelerate mobile transactions brings many new open issues and challenges for both research communities and industry.

The International Workshop on Blockchain and Mobile Applications is an international forum that aims to bring together researchers and industry practitioners to foster the advancement of blockchain technique and its applications in mobile environments. The workshop solicits original research contributions or novel blockchain applications and experiments. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Benchmarking of blockchain systems
  • Blockchain protocol design
  • Blockchain and 5G mobile networks
  • Blockchain and artificial intelligence
  • Blockchain and big data
  • Blockchain and distributed storage
  • Blockchain and edge computing
  • Blockchain and federated learning
  • Blockchain for FinTech applications
  • Blockchain for IoT applications
  • Cryptocurrencies for mobile applications
  • Consensus algorithms
  • Decentralized App development
  • Decentralized consensus protocols
  • Distributed ledger
  • Efficiency and scalability of blockchain systems
  • Hyperledger and its applications
  • Performance evaluation and modelling of blockchain systems
  • Security and threat modelling
  • Smart contracts
  • Standardization of blockchain techniques
  • Token Economy

Supported by



China Institute of Communications

Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

Blockchain and FinTech Lab, Department of Computer Science, HKBU

Paper Format and Submission Instructions

All papers need to be submitted electronically in PDF format through EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=blockapp2020). Papers must be formatted for 8.5x11-inch paper. The length of the paper must be no more than 6 pages (or 8 pages with over-length charge) in the IEEE double-column format (10-pt font), including references and everything. Papers should neither have been published elsewhere nor being currently under review by another conference or journal. The reviews will be single blind. Each accepted paper must have at least one author registered for the conference. There is no workshop-only registration. For authors with multiple papers accepted by workshops or the main conference, a separate author registration is required for each paper.

Journals

Substantially extended versions of top quality papers will also be recommended for publication in the following international journals:
  • IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics (Current IF: 2.083)
  • IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (Current IF: 3.273)
  • MDPI Sensors, Speicial Issue on Emerging Blockchain Technology Solutions for Real-world Applications (Current IF: 3.031)
  • Important Dates

    Paper Submission:February 29, 2020 March 18, 2020 (anywhere on the earth)
    Result Notification:April 3, 2020
    Camera-Ready Due:April 17, 2020
    Workshop and Conference Date:November 30 - December 1, 2020

    Organization

    Honorary General Chair:

    Zhiming Zheng, Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beihang University, China



    General Chair:

    Yu Yuan, Chair, IEEE Blockchain Asset Exchange; Executive Vice Chair, CIC Blockchain Committee



    Technical Program Co-Chairs:

    Xiaowen Chu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

    Cong Wang, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China



    Technical Program Committee:

    Fei Chen, Shenzhen University, China

    Xiaohe Chen, Chinese Academy of Science, China

    Olivia Choudhury, IBM Research, USA

    Helei Cui, Northwestern Polytechnical University, USA

    Yue Duan, Cornell University, USA

    Shaojing Fu, National University of Defense Technology, China

    Yu Guo, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Debiao He, Wuhan University, China

    Rui Hou, Chinese Academy of Science, China

    Hao Liu, Baidu Research, China

    Siyuan Liu, Pennsylvania State University, USA

    Chengnian Long, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

    Zhe Peng, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

    Chen Qian, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

    Yang Qin, Harbin Institue of Technology (Shenzhen), China

    Qianhong Wu, Beihang University, China

    Jianliang Xu, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China

    Lei Xu, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Keping Yu, Waseda University, Japan

    Lan Zhang, University of Science and Technology of China, China

    Xingliang Yuan, Monash University, Australia

    Yu Leo Zhang, Deakin University, Australia

    Yifeng Zheng, Data61, CSIRO, Australia