Call for Papers: Blockchain: From Technology to Marketplaces [CFP]

Submission deadline: 1 October 2019
Publication: March 2020

Trust and trust management lie at the heart of today’s increasingly decentralized economy. Blockchain, in all its variations, is emerging as a foundational technology that allows mutually untrusting parties to reach consensus on a shared digital history without a (central) trusted party. Although blockchain is best known as a way to manage so-called cryptocurrencies, it has many promising applications in other domains, such as identifying critical obstacles in a complex supply chain, detecting money-laundering and other financial crimes, identifying fake content, and better diagnosis of diseases. Realizing this potential, however, will require integrating blockchain with mainstream fields of computer science such as distributed computing and artificial intelligence (AI).

This special issue will highlight technical advances that can enable the transformation of blockchain from a niche technology for currencies into a general-purpose technology capable of achieving unprecedented levels of transparency, accountability, and analytics. We solicit original research articles that cover areas including but not limited to:

  • Blockchain technologies
    • Trustworthy infrastructure
    • Blockchain and AI – analytics in encrypted domain
    • Distributed consensus
  • Blockchain applications
    • Multimedia and blockchain
    • Privacy, compliance, and GDPR
    • Blockchain for computer vision/AI
    • Cybersecurity using blockchain
    • Decentralized identity management
  • Blockchain marketplaces
    • Dynamic enterprises
    • Distributed credit assignment
    • Co-creativity
  • Emerging Landscape
    • Run-time verification
    • Cross-chain swaps and transactions
    • Off-chain transactions
    • Level 2 applications

Key Dates

Paper submission deadline: October 1, 2019
First notification to authors: December 1, 2019
Camera-ready paper deadline: January 15, 2020
Special issue date: March 2020


Submission Guidelines

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Please contact the guest editors at

Karthik Nandakumar, IBM Research AI
Nalini Ratha, IBM Research AI
Sharath Pankanti, IBM Research AI
Alex Pentland, MIT
Maurice Herlihy, Brown University

Special Issue on Blockchain: From Technology to Marketplaces
1 October 2019