Important Dates

January 31, 2018

Workshop/Special Session Proposal Due


April 15, 2018

Paper Submission Deadline


May 31, 2018

Author Notification:


June 17, 2018

Camera-ready Submission


Blockchain Summit Keynotes

Blockchain: Challenges and Opportunities

Sachiko Yoshihama

Senior Manager, Ph.D
FSS & Blockchain Solutions, IBM Research Tokyo, Japan






Dr. Sachiko Yoshihama is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Senior Manager at IBM Research - Tokyo. She leads a team that focuses on financial and blockchain solutions. Her research interest is to bring advanced concepts and technologies to practice and address real-world problems to transform industries. She served as a technical leader and advisor in a number of blockchain projects with clients in Japan and Asia. She joined IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in 2001, and then moved to IBM Research – Tokyo in 2003 and worked on research in information security technologies, including trusted computing, information flow control, and Web security. She served as a technology innovation leader at IBM Research Global Labs HQ in Shanghai in 2012, and helped define research strategies for developing countries. She received Ph.D from Yokohama National University in 2010. She is a member of ACM, a senior member of Information Processing Society of Japan, and a member of IBM Academy of Technology.

From Network Virtualization to Blockchain Virtualization:
Virtualization for Distributed Ledger Technology (vDLT)


F. Richard Yu

Professor, Ph.D
Carleton University, Canada






F. Richard Yu received the PhD degree in electrical engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2003. From 2002 to 2006, he was with Ericsson (in Lund, Sweden) and a start-up (in California, USA). He joined Carleton University in 2007, where he is currently a Professor. His research interests include distributed ledger technology, wireless cyber-physical systems, connected/autonomous vehicles, security, and deep learning. He has published over 450 papers in prestigious journals and conferences, 14 book chapter, 6 edited books and 27 granted patents, with over 10,000 citations and an H-index of 61 (Google Scholar). He has received many professional awards, including the prestigious Ontario Early Researcher Award and several Best Paper Awards from some first-tier IEEE conferences.

He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including Co-Editor-in-Chief for Ad Hoc & Sensor Wireless Networks, Lead Series Editor for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking, and IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials. He has served as the Technical Program Committee (TPC) Co-Chair of numerous conferences. Dr. Yu is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is a Distinguished Lecturer, the Vice President (Membership), and an elected member of the Board of Governors (BoG) of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is the Chair of IEEE P2418.3/4 Standards Working Groups (Blockchain for Agriculture and Blockchain for Connected/Autonomous Vehicles).

Blockchain in IoT-Security and Applications

Hui Li

Dean, Professor, Ph.D
Xidian University, China






Hui Li, received B.Sc. degree from Fudan University in 1990, M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Xidian University in 1993 and 1998. Since 2005, he has been the professor in Xidian University, China. Now, he is the executive dean of School of Cyber Engineering, Xidian University.

His research interests are in the areas of cryptography, IoT and cloud computing security, privacy protection, and information theory. He has published over 200 papers in academic journals and conferences. He served as chair of ACM SIGSAC china chapter, TPC co-chair of ISPEC 2009 and IAS 2009, general co-chair of E-Forensic 2010, ProvSec 2011 and ISC 2011, honorary chair of NSS 2014, ASIACCS 2016.

Blockchain Technology and its Application in Financial Industry

Ruppa K. Thulasiram

Professor, Ph.D
University of Manitoba, Canada






Dr. Ruppa K. Thulasiram (Tulsi) is a Professor with the Department of Computer Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his Ph.D.,from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and spent years at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada; Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta; and University of Delaware as Post-doc, Research Staff and Research Faculty respectively before taking up a position at University of Manitoba. Tulsi's current research interests include Computational Finance, Cloud Computing, and related areasfocusing on Derivative PricingAlgorithms, Investment Optimization, Task Matching in Grid/Cloud Systems, Resource Pricing in Cloud. He has written about two hundredpapers in the areas of High Temperature Physics, Gas Dynamics,Computational Finance, Grid/Cloud computing, and ad hoc networks research areasin prestigious journals and conferences. He has received many best paper awards at conferences andmost cited paper recognition injournals. He has delivered many keynote andinvited talks at conferences and special events. He has supervised many MSc and PhD thesesand graduated manystudents.He holds a patent for true random generators along with students. His research has been continuously funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canadaand byotherfunding opportunities.

Tulsi has developed a curriculum for cross-disciplinary computational finance as well as Cloud computing courses at University of Manitoba for both graduate &senior undergraduate levelsand has been teachingthemfor the past several years. Also, he has been involved in the development of Business Analytics program at University of Manitoba. Tulsi has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computingand has been guest editor for journals such as Elsevier Parallel Computing, Wiley Concurrency and Computation –Practice and Experience etc. Hehas organized many IEEE/ACM conferencesespecially in Computational Finance and Computational Intelligence in Finance. He is associated with many professional societies and technical committees of IEEE, ACM, ASAC etc. andis a senior member of IEEE.

Economic and Security Foundations of Cryptocurrency Mining

Jens Grossklags

Professor, Ph.D
Technical University of Munich, Germany






Dr. Grossklags is a faculty member at the Technical University of Munich, where he directs the Professorship of Cyber Trust at the Department of Informatics. His research and teaching activities focus on economic and behavioral challenges in the areas of security, privacy and technology policy.

He completed his doctoral dissertation at UC Berkeley's School of Information, and conducted postdoctoral research at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy. He also led the Security, Privacy and Information Economics Lab, and served as the Haile Family Early Career Professor at the Pennsylvania State University. In addition, Dr. Grossklags has been an invited visiting professor at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), an invited visiting researcher at Copenhagen Business School, an invited visiting scientist at EURECOM, and an invited professor at the IMDEA Software Institute. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and ACM.

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