Blockchain for the Internet of Things

BIoT 2018: The 1​st​ International Workshop on
Blockchain for the Internet of Things

Workshop Objective

The 1st International Workshop on Blockchain for the Internet of Things (BIoT 2018) will be held in conjunction with The 2018 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain with a goal to provide an inclusive platform for academia and industry to exchange ideas and results in the theory and applications of blockchain for the Internet of Things.

General Description and Workshop Scope

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides sensing, communication, computing, and actuation infrastructure for ubiquitous interactions. The networked physical objects including devices and processes, such as home appliances, vehicles, drones, and industry machineries, enabled by the IoT generate, exchange, and process data for pervasive services and cyber-physical system functionalities. It is estimated that the IoT will consist of billions of objects in distributed physical and cyber spaces. Handling the massive amount of data generated by these objects in efficient, secure and economic ways is an essential research question. Current solutions are mostly based on cloud computing infrastructures, which necessitate high-end servers and high-speed networks to provide services related to storage and computation. This centralized IoT framework manifests a number of disadvantages that impede its wide adoption. Moreover, there are concerns and adoption barriers for scaling up the IoT, such as interoperability, cyber security, and data privacy, among other technical and business issues.

Blockchain technologies, providing mechanisms for realizing distributed consensus and verifiable trust, are envisioned to address and solve some of the IoT-related concerns and adoption barriers listed above. Nevertheless, there is no consensus towards best practices that specify how blockchain should be used in the IoT. The main challenge lies in the fact that there is a large discrepancy between the computational and storage capabilities of resource-constrained IoT devices and those needed for implementing blockchain. It is also urgent for research and development communities to study how to address “blockchain bloat” issue manifested in Bitcoin/Ethereum. In many IoT application scenarios, a sheer amount of data are expected to be stored and documented, and the “blockchain bloat” issue may become severe and detrimental to the success of blockchain-based solutions.

The scope of this workshop is to investigate theory and applications of blockchain for the Internet of Things to enhance and transform the capability, reliability, resiliency, scalability, security, and/or usability of IoT.


This workshop suggests topics include, but not limited to, the following theoretical and application studies.

‐ Alternative high-throughput consensus design for IoT
‐ Blockchain based IoT architecture
‐ Blockchain based IoT security solutions
‐ Blockchain for IoT supply chain management
‐ Blockchain for IoT data management
‐ Blockchain for IoT data privacy and security
‐ Blockchain for IoT system resilience
‐ Blockchain schemes for decentralization in IoT
‐ Distributed consensus for resource-limited IoT devices
‐ IoT applications with blockchain technique
‐ New solutions of blockchain for IoT data storage
‐ Security analysis of existing blockchain solutions for IoT
‐ Smart contract and distributed ledger for IoT devices and data


All papers need to be submitted electronically through the conference website (http://edas.info/N24471) with PDF format. Please select a correct workshop forum. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 6 pages in IEEE Computer Society proceedings format (or up to 8 pages with the pages over length charge), including tables, figures, references and appendices. Papers will be selected based on their originality, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation assessed by at least three reviewers. Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. Blockchain 2018 reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the digital library and indexing services), if the paper is not presented at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in IEEE CPS proceedings (EI Indexed) and collected by IEEE Xplorer Digital Library.

One outstanding papers will be selected to receive the Best Paper Awards.

Please submit your paper through conference EDAS submission system (http://edas.info/N24471) and choose this Workshop as your submission outlet.

Workshop deadlines

Submission of papers: May 5, 2018
Notification of acceptance: June 5, 2018
Camera-ready papers: June 11, 2018 (firm)
Conference: July 30 - August 3, 2018

Program Committee Co-Chairs and Workshop Contact Information (in alphabetic order)

• Dr. Liang Cheng, Lehigh University, USA (cheng AT lehigh DOT edu)
• Dr. Xin Huang, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, China (Xin DOT Huang AT xjtlu DOT edu DOT cn)
• Dr. Hong-Sheng Zhou, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA (hszhou AT vcu DOT edu)

Program Committee

• Xiuzhen “Susan” Cheng, George Washington University, USA
• Alexander Chepurnoy, Ergo Platform
• Sherman Chow, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
• Joshua Ellul, University of Malta, Malta
• Russell Hsing, OpenFog Consortium
• Bhaskar Krishnamachari, University of Southern California, USA
• Jian Liu, Aalto University, Finland
• Zhiqiang Liu, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
• Gowri Ramachandran, University of Southern California, USA
• Qiang Tang, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
• Yuzhe Tang, Syracuse University, USA
• Yonggang Wen, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
• Bingsheng Zhang, Lancaster University, UK



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