[Haskell-cafe] (Extended deadline) Formal Methods 2019 - 1st Workshop on Formal Methods for Blockchains, CFP

Bruno Bernardo bernardobruno at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 14:45:27 UTC 2019

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1st Workshop on Formal Methods for Blockchains (FMBC) 2019


Porto, Portugal, October 11

Part of the 3rd World Congress on Formal Methods


Abstract submission: June 30, 2019 (extended)
Full paper submission: July 7, 2019 (extended)
Notification: July 31, 2019
Camera-ready: September 2, 2019
Conference: October 11, 2019
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 so ware. 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:

* Design and implementation of Smart Contract languages
* Formal models of blockchain applications or concepts
* Formal methods for consensus protocols
* Formal methods for blockchain-specific cryptographic primitives or
   protocols Formal languages for Smart
* Verification of Smart Contracts
Submit original manuscripts (not published or considered elsewhere)
with a maximum of twelve pages (regular 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 of up to
15 minutes.

At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the
paper at the workshop as a registered participant. All accepted
contributions will be reviewed once more by the program committee
after the workshop and before being included in the post-proceedings.

submission link https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fmbc19
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 FM workshop
post-proceedings, published as a volume of the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science (LNCS) by Springer.
Ilya Sergey - Associate Professor at Yale-NUS College and NUS School of 
Computing, (Singapore).

PROGRAM committee
Program Chairs
Bruno Bernardo (bruno at nomadic-labs.com <mailto:bruno at nomadic-labs.com>)
Néstor Cataño (nestor.catano at gmail.com <mailto:nestor.catano at gmail.com>)
Diego Marmsoler (diego.marmsoler at tum.de <mailto:diego.marmsoler at tum.de>)

Program Committee
Pietro Abate (Nomadic Labs, France)
Ijaz Ahmed (University of Madeira, Portuga)
Jonathan Aldrich (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Bernhard Beckert (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)
Bruno Bernardo (Nomadic Labs, France)
Sukriti Bhattacharya (LIST, Luxembourg)
Néstor Cataño (Universidad del Norte, Colombia)
Maria Christakis (MPI-SWS, Germany)
Léa-Zaynah Dargaye (CEA LIST, France)
Georges Gonthier (Inria, France)
Neville Grech (University of Athens, Greece / University of Malta, Malta)
Davide Grossi (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
Sorren Hanvey (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Andreas Lochbihler (Digital Asset, Swiss)
Diego Marmsoler (Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany)
Anastasia Mavridou (NASA Ames, USA)
Simão Melo de Sousa (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)
Fabio Mogavero (Università degli Studi di Napoli, Italy)
Peter Csaba Ölveczky (University of Oslo, Norway)
Karl Palmskog (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
Vincent Rahli (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Steve Reeves (University of Waikato, New Zealand)
Camilo Rueda (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia)
Claudio Russo (Dfinity Foundation, USA)
Jorge Sousa Pinto (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
Bas Spitters (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Christoph Sprenger (ETH, Zürich)
Mark Staples (Data61, Australia)
Philip Wadler (University of Edinburgh / IOHK, UK)
Xi Wu (The University of Queensland, Australia)
Santiago Zanella-Beguelin (Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK)

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