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FMBC 2021 - Call for Papers


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3rd International Workshop on Formal Methods for Blockchains (FMBC) - Second Call




July 18 or 19 (TBA), 2021


Co-located with the 33nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification (CAV 2021)








Abstract submission: April 22, 2021

Full paper submission: April 29, 2021

Notification: June 10, 2021

Camera-ready: July 8, 2021

Workshop: July 18 or 19 (TBA), 2021


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 protocols

* 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 6 pages for short

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 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.


Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fmbc2021


Authors are encouraged to use LaTeX and prepare their submissions

according to the instructions and styling guides for OASIcs provided

by Dagstuhl.


Instructions for authors: https://submission.dagstuhl.de/documentation/authors#oasics


At least one author of an accepted paper is expected to present the

paper at the workshop as a registered participant.







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,

published as a volume of the OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs)

by Dagstuhl.







David Dill, Lead Researcher, Blockchain, Novi/Facebook, USA









* Bruno Bernardo (Nomadic Labs, France) (bruno at nomadic-labs.com)

* Diego Marmsoler (University of Exeter, UK) (D.Marmsoler at exeter.ac.uk)



* Wolfgang Ahrendt (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

* Lacramioara Astefanoei (Nomadic Labs, France)

* Massimo Bartoletti (University of Cagliari, Italy)

* Joachim Breitner (Dfinity Foundation, Germany)

* Achim Brucker (University of Exeter, UK)

* Zaynah Dargaye (Nomadic Labs, France)

* Jérémie Decouchant (TU Delft, Netherlands)

* Dana Drachsler Cohen (Technion, Israel)

* Ansgar Fehnker (University of Twente, Netherlands)

* Maurice Herlihy (Brown University, USA)

* Lars Hupel (INNOQ, Germany)

* Florian Kammueller (Middlesex University London, UK)

* Igor Konnov (Informal Systems, Austria)

* Andreas Lochbihler (Digital Asset, Switzerland)

* Simão Melo de Sousa (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)

* Karl Palmskog (KTH, Sweden)

* Maria Potop-Butucaru (Sorbonne Université, France)

* Andreas Rossberg (Dfinity Foundation, Germany)

* César Sanchez (Imdea, Spain)

* Clara Schneidewind (TU Wien, Austria)

* Ilya Sergey (Yale-NUS College/NUS, Singapore)

* Mark Staples (CSIRO Data61, Australia)

* Meng Sun (Peking University, China)

* Simon Thompson (University of Kent, UK)

* Josef Widder (Informal Systems, Austria)



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