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Blockchain 2020 : The 2020 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain


When Nov 2, 2020 - Nov 6, 2020
Where Rhodes Island, Greece
Submission Deadline Jul 15, 2020
Notification Due Aug 15, 2020
Final Version Due Sep 2, 2020

Call For Papers

The 2020 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain (Blockchain-2020)
Rhodes Island, Greece, November 2-6, 2020


As a promising technique to achieve decentralized consensus, blockchain has been successfully applied into digital currency, e.g., bitcoin, for serving as a public ledger for transactions. Its secure design for supporting a distributed computing system with high fault tolerance is attracting wide attention all over the world. Blockchain has a great potential to create new foundations for our socio-economic systems by efficiently establishing trust among people and machines, reducing cost, and increasing utilization of resources. On one hand, blockchain will play an important role for secure decentralization in such emerging fields as Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems, edge computing, social networking, crowdsourcing and next generation wireless communications, and even more other fields. On the other hand, its advance should be further evolved in terms of scalability, security, privacy, efficiency, flexibility, availability, real decentralization and high dependability.

Following the great success of IEEE Blockchain 2019, held in Atlanta, USA, IEEE Blockchain 2018, held in Halifax, Canada, the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain (Blockchain-2020) will provide a high-profile, leading-edge forum for researchers, engineers, and practitioners to present latest advances and innovations in key theories, infrastructure, schemes, and significant applications for the blockchain, as well as to identify emerging research topics and define the future.


The emergence and popularity of blockchain techniques will significantly change the way of digital and networking systems’ operation and management. In the meantime, the application of blockchain will exhibit a variety of complicated problems and new requirements, which brings more open issues and challenges for research communities.

IEEE Blockchain-2020 will be held in November 2020, Rhodes Island, Greece. The goal of this conference is to promote community-wide discussion identifying the advanced applications, technologies and theories for blockchain. We seek submissions of papers that invent novel techniques, investigate new applications, introduce advanced methodologies, propose promising research directions and discuss approaches for unsolved issues.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Theories of blockchain and distributed ledger technology
• Distributed consensus and fault tolerance mechanisms
• Security, privacy and trust of blockchain and distributed ledger technology
• Decentralization, scalability, and security tradeoff
• Performance analysis and optimization
• Simulation and performance evaluation techniques
• Smart contract and chain code
• Applications and services based on blockchain
• Protocols and algorithms based on blockchain
• Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
• Blockchain in the Internet of things (IoT)
• Blockchain in cyber physical systems
• Blockchain in social networking
• Blockchain in supply chain management
• Blockchain in agriculture
• Blockchain in connected and autonomous vehicles
• Blockchain in crowdsourcing and crowdsensing
• Blockchain in mobile cellular networks
• Blockchain in edge and cloud computing
• Blockchain in next generation communications and networks


All papers need to be submitted electronically through the conference website ( with PDF format. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 8 pages in IEEE Computer Society proceedings format (or up to 10 pages with the pages over length charge), including tables, figures, references and appendices. Papers will be selected based on their originality, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation assessed by at least three reviewers. All submitted papers will be judged through double-blind reviews, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Papers that do not conform to our double-blind submission policies will be rejected without review.

Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. IEEE Blockchain 2020 reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the digital library and indexing services), if the paper is not presented at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in IEEE CPS proceedings (EI Indexed) and collected by IEEE Xplore Digital Library. Two outstanding papers will be selected to receive the Best Paper Awards.

Workshops and Special Sessions
Special Session on Blockchain Network and Its Applications
Workshop on Recent Advances of Blockchain Technologies for Cybersecurity
Workshop on Blockchain Technology and its Potential Applications
2nd International Workshop on Advances in Artificial Intelligence for Blockchain

Journal Special Issues

- Information Fusion (IF: 10.716)
Special Issue: Data Fusion for Trust Evaluation
Publisher: Elsevier, SCI indexed

- Information Fusion (IF: 10.716)
Special Issue: Fusion from Big Data to Smart Data
Publisher: Elsevier, SCI indexed

- MDPI Electronics (IF: 1.764)
Special Issue "Blockchain-based Technology for Mobile Application"

- IEEE Internet of Things Journal (IF: 9.515)
Special Issue: TBD
Publisher: IEEE, SCI indexed

- Digital Communications and Networks
Special Issue: TBD
Publisher: Elsevier, SCI indexed

- Security and Communication Networks (IF: 1.376)
Special Issue: Trustworthy Networking for Beyond 5G Networks
Publisher: SCI indexed (

- IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica
Special Issue: Blockchain for Internet-of-Things and Cyber-Physical Systems: Emerging Trends, Issues and Challenges
Publisher: IEEE

- Future Generation Computer Systems (IF: 5.768)
Special Issue: Artificial Intelligence for Cyber Defence and Smart Policing
Publisher: Elsevier, SCI indexed

Important Dates

Workshop Proposal Due: May 15, 2020
Paper Submission Deadline: June 15, 2020 ---) July 15, 2020
Author Notification: July 31, 2020 ---) Aug 15, 2020
Final Manuscript Due: September 02, 2020
Conference Date: November 02-06, 2020

Organization Committee

General Chairs
Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA
Kouichi Sakurai, Kyushu University, Japan
Qinghua Zheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

Program Chairs
Vojislav B. Mišić, Ryerson University, Canada
Chunhua Su, University of Aizu, Japan
Yulei Wu, University of Exeter, UK

Workshop and Symposia Co-chairs
Bin Cao, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Yu Chen, San Jose State University, USA
Sokratis Katsikas, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Publicity Co-Chairs
Xueqin Liang, Aalto University, Finland
Mariusz Nowostawski, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Steering Committee
Elisa Bertino, Purdue University, USA
Jinjun Chen, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Robert H. Deng, Singapore Management University, Singapore
Victor C. M. Leung, University of British Columbia, Canada
Fenghua Li, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Wenjing Lou, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA
Vijay Varadharajan, University of Newcastle, Australia
Chonggang Wang, InterDigital, USA
Yang Xiang, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Zheng Yan (Chair), Xidian University, China and Aalto University, Finland
Laurence T. Yang (Chair), St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Qinghua Zheng, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
Pierangela Samarati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

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