[Haskell-cafe] FMBC 2019 Call for Participation - Porto (Portugal), October 11

Bruno Bernardo bernardobruno at gmail.com
Mon Sep 23 08:50:26 UTC 2019

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Call for Participation

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


Porto, Portugal, October 11

Part of the 3rd World Congress on Formal Methods



About FMBC

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 Smar Contract languages
* Formal models of blockchain applications or concepts
* Formal methods for consensus protocols
* Formal methods for blockchain-specific cryptographic primitives or
* Formal languages for Smart Contracts
* Verification of Smart Contracts

Invited Speaker
Ilya Sergey (Yale-NUS College / NUS School of Computing)

Contributed papers
See the workshop program at: https://sites.google.com/view/fmbc/program

Registration is shared for all FM events:

See the FM webpage at: http://formalmethods2019.inesctec.pt/?page_id=140

mailto:fmbc19 at easychair.org

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