Second International Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain
April 5, 2019, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Call For Papers

Blockchain - the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum and many other cryptocurrencies - is flourishing into an impressive spectrum of research projects and initiatives, corporate alliances, and startup companies. This multidisciplinary effort spans diverse disciplines ranging from Computer Science and Engineering to Communications, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Banking and Finance, Journalism, and Political Sciences to name a few. This one day symposium builds on the previous success of FAB’18, attended by close to a hundred participants and featuring presentations by distinguished speakers from academia and industry. We strive to once again bring researchers and practitioners of blockchain together to share and exchange new ideas and results, and are interested in papers and presentations on a broad range of topics including:

  • Application use cases of blockchain
  • Secure smart contracts
  • Bitcoin and cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain for social networking
  • Distributed systems for blockchain
  • Blockchain consensus protocols
  • Governance and blockchain
  • Blockchains and network systems
  • Partitioned and replicated data stores for blockchain
  • Transactions and blockchain
  • Software engineering practices and life cycle management of blockchain
  • Social aspects of blockchain
  • Game theory and its applications to blockchain
  • Blockchain protocol analysis and security
  • Algorithm design, complexity analysis, implementation for blockchain
  • Experience papers with blockchain
  • Domain-specific contract languages for e.g. business process and supply-chain management


Demystifying Blockchains: Foundations, Challenges and Opportunities

Amr El Abbadi, Department of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Abstract: TBA

Bio: Amr El Abbadi is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his B. Eng. from Alexandria University, Egypt, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Prof. El Abbadi is an ACM Fellow, AAAS Fellow, and IEEE Fellow. He was Chair of the Computer Science Department at UCSB from 2007 to 2011. He has served as a journal editor for several database journals, including, The VLDB Journal, IEEE Transactions on Computers and The Computer Journal. He has been Program Chair for multiple database and distributed systems conferences. He currently serves on the executive committee of the IEEE Technical Committee on Data Engineering (TCDE) and was a board member of the VLDB Endowment from 2002 to 2008. In 2007, Prof. El Abbadi received the UCSB Senate Outstanding Mentorship Award for his excellence in mentoring graduate students. In 2013, his student, Sudipto Das received the SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award. Prof. El Abbadi is also a co-recipient of the Test of Time Award at EDBT/ICDT 2015. He has published over 300 articles in databases and distributed systems and has supervised over 35 PhD students.




Abstract: TBA

Bio: Dr Ingo Weber is a Principal Research Scientist & Team Leader of the Architecture & Analytics Platforms (AAP) team at Data61, CSIRO in Sydney. In addition he is a Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Swinburne University. He has published around 100 refereed papers and two books. A third book, “Architecture for Blockchain Applications”, will be published by Springer in late 2018. The AAP team led by Dr Weber tackles major challenges around applications based on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, approaching the topic from the areas of software architecture and engineering, business process management, and dependability.


General Chair

  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari, University of Southern California

Program Co-Chairs

  • Shahram Ghandeharizadeh, University of Southern California
  • Tijs Slaats, University of Copenhagen

industry Co-Chairs

  • Diego Lugones, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Raghu Nambiar, AMD

Proceedings Chair

  • Sumita Barahmand, Microsoft

Web Chair

  • Gowri Sankar Ramachandran, University of Southern California

Technical Program Committee

  • Daniel Augot, Inria, France
  • Mashael AlSabah, Qatar Computing Research Institute
  • Sumita Barahmand, Microsoft
  • Eric Chung, DApperNetwork
  • Claudio di Ciccio, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Søren Debois, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Ajay Dholakia, Lenovo Data Center Group
  • Eric Diehl, Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Marlon Dumas, University of Tartu
  • Boris Düdder, University of Copenhagen
  • Luciano GarcÍa-Bañuelos, University of Tartu
  • Vincent Gramoli, University of Sydney
  • Abdelkader Hameurlain, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France
  • Ming-Deh Huang, USC
  • Zhiyuan Jiang, Tsinghua University
  • Salil Kanhere, UNSW
  • Yaron Kanza, AT&T
  • Bhaskar Krishnamachari, USC
  • Genevieve Leveille, Otentic8
  • Chen Li, UC Irvine
  • Ron van der Meyden, University of New South Wales
  • Beng Chin Ooi, National University of Singapore
  • Charalampos (Babis) Papamanthou, University of Maryland - College Park
  • Fabio Porto, Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica - LNCC
  • Jason Potts, RMIT University
  • Björn Scheuermann, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Peter Sestoft, IT University of Copenhagen
  • Mark Staples, CSIRO
  • Vassilis Tsotras, UC Riverside
  • Sherry Xu, CSIRO
  • Kiran Yedavalli, Cisco

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Paper Submission Deadline: December 10, 2018 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Reviews to Authors: February 1, 2019 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Rebuttal Phase: February 1-8, 2019 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Paper Decision: February 12, 2019 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Author Registration Deadline: February 26, 2019 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Early Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • Camera Ready Deadline: March 18, 2019 (23:59:59 PM AoE)
  • FAB 2019 Conference: April 5, 2019

Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit papers through the CMT3 conference submission system by December 10, 2018. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference. FAB’19 welcomes long and short papers in four categories: Research, Industrial, Vision, and Poster.

Research Papers describe original research work in the broad area of blockchain. We solicit both long papers (up to 12 pages) and short papers ( up to 6 pages). The former will tend to be descriptions of complete technical work, while the latter will tend to be descriptions of interesting, innovative ideas, which nevertheless require more work to mature.

Industrial Papers describing experiences with the deployed and state-of-the-art blockchain systems. These papers can also be either long papers (up to 12 pages) or short papers (up to 6 pages).

Vision Papers describe speculative but well-reasoned and thought-provoking essays. We will only consider short papers (up to 6 pages) in this category.

Posters: Researchers and practitioners wishing to showcase and get feedback on work that is in an early stage, and hence not yet ready for publication as a paper, are invited to submit a proposal for a poster, optionally accompanied by a demo. All accepted papers are encouraged to showcase a poster, too.

All submissions will be held to a high quality standard, and evaluated based on their originality, technical merit, topical relevance, value to the community, and likelihood of leading to insightful discussions. Submissions will be kept confidential. On rare occasions, long paper submissions may be accepted as short papers (pending authors’ approval and significant shortening).

Formatting Guidelines

Papers must meet the following formatting rules in order to be considered for publication. They should be submitted in PDF format and formatted in 10-point type using the templates provided. We cannot give extensions for reformatting.
Submissions must be formatted using the LaTeX style file or the MS-Word template. Judicious use of color is permitted, but please bear in mind that not everybody has access to a color printer, and some people cannot distinguish some colors. Figures should be clear when printed in black & white. Symbols and axis labels used in graphs should be legible as printed, and not require magnification. Limit the file size to less than 15 MB.
Long papers can have up to 12 pages while short papers can be a maximum of 6 pages. These limits exclude references but include all other content (e.g., appendices). Following the list of author names and affiliations on the first page, submissions should include a line that specifies the paper’s “type” (research, industrial, or vision) and “length” (long or short).

camera-ready Guidelines

These instructions are for the authors of accepted papers. We need the following by March 18th (11:59 PM (PDT)):
  • Your paper MUST be formatted using one of the templates available in the “formatting guidelines” section. These template files are a variant of the ACM style that provide a consistent look and feel for our proceedings. Please do not use your own style file or one of the "standard" ACM ones.
  • Your papers should be submitted as .pdfs and the PDF MUST have the correct copyright statement on the bottom of the first page left column which should read as follows:
    This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits distribution and reproduction in any medium as well allowing derivative works, provided that you attribute the original work to the author(s) and FAB 2019. Second International Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain (FAB ‘19) April 5, 2019, Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • Do not include page numbers.
  • Name your file according to this rule: FAB2019-paperID-firstauthorlastname.pdf.
  • The page limit restrictions still stand and are strict and final.
  • Please use the paper-submission site to upload your final camera-ready copy. If you have any other question regarding the proceedings, please contact the publication and proceedings chair (Sumita Barahmand sumita [dot] barahmand [at] gmail [dot] com) or the PC chairs immediately. Don't wait!
  • At least one of the authors must register for the symposium to present their work.


Email any questions you have to the PC chairs at shahram [at] usc [dot] edu or slaats [at] di [dot] ku [dot] dk.


Please register using the following link.

Registration fees for FAB 2019 are shown below. Note that early registration (discounted) for authors of the accepted papers and other attendees is March 8, 2019 and regular registration is available until April 3, 2019.

 Type  Early Registration  Regular Registration
 General  $ 75  $ 100
Students  Free  Free

Accomodation: USC Hotel

We have secured a discount for USC Hotel. The following information should be used to reserve accomodation at a discounted price:

  • Use the discount code FAB '19 Symposium Group at the following reservation link .
  • Payment: Individuals will pay on own for all charges.
  • Parking available at $25 per night, all guest pay on own for parking.
  • Last day to make reservations under the groups discounted rate is March 18,2019.

USC is only about 3-4 miles from Downtown Los Angeles, out-of-town attendees may also wish to consider hotels in the downtown area.


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.