[Haskell-cafe] First CfP: FMBC 2022 - 4th International Workshop on Formal Methods for Blockchains

Zaynah Dargaye zaynah.dargaye at nomadic-labs.com
Tue Mar 29 06:49:58 UTC 2022

FMBC 2022 First Call for Papers
[ Please distribute, apologies for multiple postings. ]


4th International Workshop on Formal Methods for Blockchains (FMBC) - First


August 11, 2022, Haifa, Israel

Co-located with the The Federated Logic Conference 2022 (FLoC 22 --
https://www.floc2022.org/) as a satellite workshop of the 34th
International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification (CAV 2022 --

Important dates

    Abstract submission: May 3, 2022
    Full paper submission: May 10, 2022
    Notification: June 15, 2022
    Camera-ready: July 13, 2022
    Workshop: August 11, 2022

Deadlines are Anywhere on Earth --

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 software. 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:

* Formal models of Blockchain applications or concepts
* Formal methods for consensus protocols
* Formal methods for Blockchain-specific cryptographic primitives or
* Design and implementation of Smart Contract languages
* Verification of Smart Contracts

Submit original manuscripts (not published or considered elsewhere) with a
page limit of 12 pages for full papers and Systematization of Knowledge
(SoK) papers, 6 pages for short papers, and 2 pages for tool papers
(excluding bibliography and short appendix of up to 5 additional pages).

Alternatively, you may also submit an extended abstract of up to 3 pages
(including a bibliography) summarizing your ongoing work in the area of
formal methods and blockchain. Authors of selected extended abstracts are
invited to give a short lightning talk.


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 workshop proceedings.

Massimo Bartoletti, Professor, Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Italy


* Zaynah Dargaye (Nomadic Labs, France) (zaynah.dargaye at nomadic-labs.com)
* Schneidewind Clara, (MPI-SP, Germany) (clara.schneidewind at mpi-sp.org)


Wolfgang Ahrendt (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
Leonardo Alt (Ethereum Foundation, Germany)
Lacramioara Astefanoaei (Nomadic Labs, France)
Roberto Blanco (MPI-SP, Germany)
Joachim Breitner (Germany)
Achim Brucker (University of Exeter, UK)
Ethan Cecchetti (University of Maryland, USA)
Manuel Chakravarty (IOHK & Tweag, Netherlands)
Jing Chen (Algorand Inc, USA)
Jérémie Decouchant (TU Delft, Netherlands)
Antonella Del Pozzo (Université Paris-Saclay & CEA & List, France)
Dana Drachsler Cohen (Technion, Israel)
Cezara Dragoi (INRIA & ENS & CNRS & PSL, France)
Ansgar Fehnker (Twente, Netherlands)
Dominik Harz (Interlay & Imperial College London, UK)
Lars Hupel (INNOQ, Germany)
Igor Konnov (Informal Systems, Austria)
Paul Laforgue (Nomadic Labs, France)
Julian Nagele (Bank of America, USA)
Russel O’Connor (Blockstream)
Maria Potop-Butucaru (LIP6, France)
Albert Rubio (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)
César Sanchez (IMDEA, Spain)
Sun Meng (Peking University, China)
Simon Thompson (IO Global, UK)
Josef Widder (Informal Systems, Austria)
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