[ecoop-info] WTCS17 first call for papers

Andrea Bracciali abb at cs.stir.ac.uk
Mon Oct 31 20:31:37 CET 2016

[apologies for cross-posting] 

1st Workshop on Trusted Smart Contracts

April 07, 2017
The Palace Hotel & Spa

http://fc17.ifca.ai/wtsc/ <http://fc17.ifca.ai/wtsc/>

in association with Financial Cryptography 17
http://fc17.ifca.ai <http://fc17.ifca.ai/wtsc/>


A potentially highly transformational technology currently developing on top of blockchain technologies are smart contracts, i.e. self-enforcing agreements in the form of executable programs that are deployed to and run on top of (specialised) blockchains. A prominent example, also in terms of capitalisation and market share, is the Ethereum blockchain. It has a Turing-complete programming model, and bears one of the most striking performed attacks, the DAO attack (not to mention the discussed fork adopted as a counter measure).

These technologies introduce a novel programming framework and execution environment, which are not satisfactory understood at the moment. Multidisciplinary and multifactorial aspects affect correctness, safety, privacy, authentication, efficiency, sustainability, resilience and trust in smart contracts. The definition of new engineering paradigms and further research on programming languages and verification methodologies, and security aspects in general, are needed towards laying the foundations of Trusted Smart Contracts.

A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest and open problems includes:

- validation and definition of the programming abstractions and execution model, 
- foundations of software engineering for smart contracts, 
- authentication and anonymity management, 
- privacy and privacy-preserving contracts, 
- oblivious transfer, 
- data provenance, 
- access rights, 
- game-theoretic approaches for security and validation, 
- resilience of the validation/mining/execution model, 
- verification of the properties expected to be enforced by smart contracts, 
- fairness and decentralisation of contracts and their management, 
- effects of consensus mechanisms and proof-of mechanisms on smart contracts, 
- blockchain data analysis, 
- rewards, economics and sustainability/stability of the framework, 
- comparison of the permissioned and non-permissioned scenarios, 
- use cases and killer applications of smart contracts, 
- future outlook on smart contract technologies. 

Existing frameworks adopt different solutions to issues like the above ones, whose merits are still to be fully evaluated and compared by means of systematic scientific investigation.
WTSC aims to gather together researchers from both academia and industry interested in the many facets of Trusted Smart Contract engineering, and to provide a multi-disciplinary forum for discussing open problems, proposed solutions and the vision on future developments. TSC focuses primarily on smart contracts as an application layer on top of blockchains. Aspects of the underlying supporting blockchains may clearly become relevant in so much as they affect properties of the smart contracts. Experts from fields like (non-exhaustive list):

- programming languages, 
- verification, 
- security, 
- software engineering, 
- decision and game theory, 
- cryptography, 
- finance and economics, 
- monetary systems, 

as well as, practitioners and relevant companies, are invited to take part and submit their findings, case studies and reports on open problems for presentation at the workshop.


To be announced on  http://fc17.ifca.ai/wtsc/ <http://fc17.ifca.ai/wtsc/>


Paper Submission Deadline	January 8, 2017
Author Notification			January 27, 2017
Early registration deadline	TBA
Final Papers				February 17, 2017  

WTSC					April 7, 2017
Financial Cryptography		April 3-7, 2017


WTSC solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

Submissions should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and appendices. Papers may also be in a short format, no more than 8 pages including references and appendices.

Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Authors who seek to submit their works to journals may opt-out by publishing an extended abstract only.

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such, must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or obvious references.

Papers can be submitted through easychair at this link:

	https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wtsc17 <https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=wtsc17>


Andrea Bracciali	University of Stirling
Massimiliano Sala	University of Trento


Massimo Bartoletti		Univeristy of Cagliari, IT
Eimear Byrne		UCD, IE
Tiziana Cimoli		University of Cagliari, IT
Nicola Dimitri		University of Siena, IT
Laetitia Gauvin	ISI Foundation, IT
Davide Grossi		Liverpool University, UK
Iain Henderson		Jlink Lab, US
Yoichi Hirai		Ethereum DEV UG, DE
Camilla Hollanti		Aalto University, FI
Michele Marchesi		University of Cagliari, IT
Sead Muftic		KTH, SE
Daniela Paolotti		ISI Foundation, IT
Federico Pintore		University of Trento, IT
Roberto Tonelli		University of Cagliari, IT
Ilya Sergey		UCL, UK
Luca Vigano’		King's College, UK
Yaron Welner		Hebrew University, IL

This conference is organized annually by the International Financial Cryptography Association in cooperation with IACR.

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