Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain 2018

The University of South California (USC) will host on Friday March 9, 2018 the first Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain 2018.  Its program is available at   Note the presence of Leonard Adelman at the discussion panel!  I hope to meet some of you there.

Full disclosure:  I am member of its PC.

NIST overview on Blockchain

There are not many excellent available overviews of blockchain technologies. Thus, when NIST issues a draft “Blockchain Technology Overview,” it is interesting to have a look. It is a 57-page document open for public comments.

I like their description:

Blockchains are distributed digital ledgers of cryptographically signed transactions that are grouped into blocks. Each block is cryptographically linked to the previous one after validation and undergoing a consensus decision. As new blocks are added, older blocks become more difficult to modify. New blocks are replicated across all copies of the ledger within the network, and any conflicts are resolved automatically using established rules.

The document provides a high-level overview of blockchain. There are not many detailed technical descriptions. The document uses the bitcoin structure and vocabulary as all blockchains would use them. Thus, a generic block has necessary a nonce (for the Proof of Work) as well as a Merkle Tree. I am sure that many blockchains will not have such elements. Similarly, it uses the terminology of mining nodes for the validators. For consensus mechanisms that are not Proof of Work, it is not suitable. The sections dedicated to consensus (section 4) and Smart Contracts (section 6) are too light. The golden nugget is section 9: Blockchain Limitations and Misconceptions.

Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to read it and potentially to comment. Knowing the NIST, I am confident that the final document will be a reference document.

Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain


The University of South California (USC) organizes a   Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain. Following in the call for paper.

Full disclosure: I am member of the PC


                                           Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain


9 March 2018, Los Angeles, California



Blockchain – the technology behind Bitcoin and Ethereum – is flourishing into an impressive spectrum of research projects and initiatives, corporate alliances, and startup companies. This multidisciplinary effort spans diverse disciplines ranging from Computer Science and Engineering to Communications, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Banking and Finance, Journalism, and Political Sciences to name a few. This one day event strives to bring researchers and practitioners of blockchain together to share and exchange results. We are interested in papers and presentations on a broad range of topics including:

  • Application use cases of blockchain
  • Secure smart contracts
  • Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain for social networking
  • Distributed systems for blockchain
  • Blockchain consensus protocols
  • Blockchain and Governance
  • Blockchains and network systems
  • Partitioned and replicated data stores for blockchain
  • Transactions and blockchain
  • Software engineering practices and life cycle management of blockchain
  • Societal impact and social aspects of blockchain
  • Game theory and its applications to blockchain
  • Blockchain protocol analysis and security
  • Algorithm design, complexity analysis, implementation of efficient blockchains
  • Experience with blockchain


Important Dates:

Dec 15, 2017:  Paper submission Deadline

Feb 5, 2018:  Author notification

March 9, 2018:  One day symposium


Paper submission:

Authors are invited to submit papers through the CMT3 conference submission system by December 15, 2018. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference. FAB’18 welcomes long and short papers in four categories:  Research, Industrial, Vision, and Poster.  See the online call for paper for additional details.


General Chair:  Bhaskar Krishnamachari, USC

Program Chair:  Shahram Ghandeharizadeh, USC

Program Committee:

Sumita Barahmand, Microsoft

Yu Chen, State University of New York – Binghamton

Bhagwan Chowdhry, UCLA

Eric Chung, DApperNetwork

Ming-Deh Huang, USC

Eric Diehl, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Abdelkader Hameurlain, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France

Zhiyuan Jiang, Tsinghua University

Lou Kerner, Flight VC

Bhaskar Krishnamachari, USC

Genevieve Leveille, Otentic8

Chen Li, UC Irvine

David MacFadyen, UCLA

Beng Chin Ooi, National University of Singapore

Avinash Sridharan, Mesosphere

Vassilis Tsotras, UC Riverside

Nick Vyas, USC

Li Xiong, Emory University

Kiran Yedavalli, Cisco


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