Call for Papers
- Abstract submission:
April 21, 2020 May 5, 2020May 12, 2020
- Full paper submission:
April 28, 2020 May 12, 2020May 19, 2020
June 9, 2020 June 16, 2020June 23, 2020
July 7, 2020 July 14, 2020July 26, 2020
July 19, 2020July 20-21, 2020
Deadlines are Anywhere on Earth.
Topics of interest
Blockchains are decentralized transactional ledgers that rely on cryptographic hash functions for guaranteeing the integrity of the stored data. Participants on the network reach agreement on what valid transactions are through consensus algorithms.
Blockchains may also provide support for Smart Contracts. Smart Contracts are scripts of an ad-hoc programming language that are stored in the Blockchain and that run on the network. They can interact with the ledger’s data and update its state. These scripts can express the logic of possibly complex contracts between users of the Blockchain. Thus, Smart Contracts can facilitate the economic activity of Blockchain participants.
With the emergence and increasing popularity of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, it is now of utmost importance to have strong guarantees of the behavior of Blockchain software. These guarantees can be brought by using Formal Methods. Indeed, Blockchain software encompasses many topics of computer science where using Formal Methods techniques and tools are relevant: consensus algorithms to ensure the liveness and the security of the data on the chain, programming languages specifically designed to write Smart Contracts, cryptographic protocols, such as zero-knowledge proofs, used to ensure privacy, etc.
This workshop is a forum to identify theoretical and practical approaches of formal methods for Blockchain technology. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Formal models of Blockchain applications or concepts
- Formal methods for consensus protocols
- Formal methods for Blockchain-specific cryptographic primitives or protocols
- Design and implementation of Smart Contract languages
- Verification of Smart Contracts
Submit original manuscripts (not published or considered elsewhere) with a maximum of twelve pages (full papers), six pages (short papers), and two pages (extended abstract) describing new and emerging ideas or summarizing existing work). Each paper should include a title and the name and affiliation of each author. Authors of selected extended-abstracts are invited to give a short lightning talk.
At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the paper at the workshop as a registered participant.
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fmbc2020
The authors are encouraged to use LaTeX and the EasyChair style files.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee for quality and relevance. Accepted regular papers (full and short papers) will be included in the workshop proceedings, published as a volume of the OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs) by Dagstuhl.