3rd Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research


In Assocation with Financial Cryptography 16
February 26, 2016
Accra Beach Hotel & Spa

Call for Papers

The success of Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptographic currency, and the many alternative cryptocurrencies it has inspired has raised new research questions on the opportunities and risks of these currencies, as well as the potential applications of the underlying blockchain technology. A growing number of research papers have appeared in multiple disciplines, spanning a range of outlets, including top security conferences, legal journals, and reports of international financial organizations. This workshop aims to bring together interested scholars who study cryptocurrencies and their surrounding ecosystems from a technical or socio-economic perspective. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of:

  • Bitcoin protocol and peer-to-peer network
  • General platforms for decentralized consensus (Ethereum, Stellar, SafeNet, etc.)
  • Threat models and attacks
  • Anonymity and privacy
  • Metrics, measurements, and network forensics
  • Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and alternatives
  • Alternative defenses against Sybil attacks
  • Transaction graph analysis
  • Scalability issues and solutions
  • User studies
  • Economic and monetary aspects
  • Legal, ethical, and societal aspects
  • Relationship to traditional payment systems
  • Financial markets
  • Regulation and law enforcement
  • Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
  • Case studies (e.g., of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, etc.)
  • New applications of the blockchain

Important Dates

Paper Submission DeadlineNovember 5, 2015
November 10, 2015 (23:59 PST)
Author NotificationDecember 11, 2015
December 15, 2015
Early registration deadlineTBA
Final PapersJanuary 22, 2016
WorkshopFebruary 26, 2016


The workshop solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

Submissions should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and appendices. Papers may also be in a short format, no more than 8 pages including references and appendices.

Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Authors who seek to submit their works to journals may opt-out by publishing an extended abstract only.

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such, must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or obvious references.

The submission website is: https://arima.cylab.cmu.edu/bitcoin16/

Program Chairs

Sarah MeiklejohnUniversity College London, UK
Jeremy ClarkConcordia University, Canada

Program Committee

Gavin Andresen MIT Media Lab, USA
Elli Androulaki IBM Research Zurich, CH
Foteini Baldimtsi Boston University, USA
Iddo Bentov Technion, IL
Alex Biryukov University of Luxembourg, LU
Joseph Bonneau Stanford University & EFF, USA
Rainer Böhme University of Innsbruck, AT
Srdjan Capkun ETH Zurich, CH
Nicolas Christin Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Christian Decker ETH Zurich, CH
Stefan Dziembowski University of Warsaw, PL
Ittay Eyal Cornell University, USA
Christina Garman Johns Hopkins University, USA
Matthew Green Johns Hopkins University, USA
Jens Grossklags Penn State University, USA
Feng Hao Newcastle University, UK
Ethan Heilman Boston University, USA
Garrick Hileman London School of Economics, UK
Aquinas Hobor National University of Singapore, SG
Aniket Kate Purdue University, USA
Aggelos Kiayias National Kapodistrian University of Athens, GR
Gregory Maxwell Blockstream / Bitcoin Core, USA
Tyler Moore University of Tulsa, USA
Andrew Miller University of Maryland, USA
Arvind Narayanan Princeton University, USA
abhi shelat University of Virginia, USA
Elaine Shi Cornell University, USA
Aviv Zohar The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL

This conference is organized annually by the International Financial Cryptography Association in cooperation with IACR.