Blockchain and beyond
IEEE International Conference on
Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures
April 5 - 9, 2019
East Bay, San Francisco, California, USA
In conjunction with:
IEEE SOSE, IEEE Mobile Cloud, IEEE BigDataService, and IEEE AITest
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April 5, 2019:

  • The downloadable program PDF file has been updated with the print version that is handed out to all conference participants.

April 2, 2019:

  • The joint conferences program has been slightly updated. For IEEE DAPPCON, sessions D3 and D7 have been shifted by 15 minutes. The downloadable program PDF now also includes the schedules for all the workshops of the joint conferences.

March 21, 2019:

February 28, 2019:

  • The preliminary program is available. Please note that the exact session times are currently synchronized between the joint conferences and may still change.

February 27, 2019:

February 12, 2019:

January 24, 2019:

Call for papers


The objective of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures (IEEE DAPPCON 2019) is to facilitate the exchange between researchers and practitioners in the area of Decentralized Applications based on Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain and related technologies.

It can be already seen today that Blockchain is making a huge impact on the way digital payments are made. However, the potential implications of Blockchain technologies go far beyond their application as the technological backbone for cryptocurrencies. In recent years, Decentralized Applications (dApps) have emerged as a new model for building massively scalable services.

dApps allow for various novel application scenarios, which are build upon distributed consensus and thus are hard to block or censor. While Blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum are based on compute-intense consensus mechanisms, more recent approaches focus on voting- or staking-based algorithms that support higher transactions per second and are also better-suited to reflect proportions of majority ownership, which are required in many enterprise application scenarios. Also, the integration of Smart Contracts into Blockchains, for example, based on Ethereum or Hyperledger, leads to a plethora of possible use cases for dApps.

IEEE DAPPCON 2019 will provide a high-quality forum for participants from research and industry. The conference will discuss key theories, algorithms, infrastructures, and significant applications for Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures, as well as emerging research topics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain theory
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)
  • Decentralized Applications / Smart Contracts
  • Consensus protocols for Decentralized Applications
  • Infrastructures for Decentralized Applications
  • Communication protocols and standards for Decentralized Applications
  • Identity Management for Decentralized Applications
  • Token economy
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain analytics
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain governance
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain interoperability
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain privacy
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain security
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain scalability and performance
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain policy/law
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain applications in areas such as Internet of Things, Logistics, or Health
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain emerging research topics

Important Dates

  • Nov. 30, 2018: Abstract registration & paper submission deadline
  • Jan. 14, 2019: Author notification --all authors have been notified via email and the reviews are also available in EDAS--
  • Jan. 31, 2019: Camera-ready submission and conference registration
  • Apr. 5 - 8, 2019: Conference
Invitation letters for visa applications will be available on the day of the author notification.

Paper submission

IEEE DAPPCON 2019 solicits research papers describing significant and innovative research contributions to the field of Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures.

Both full and short papers can be be submitted. All papers must be written in English. Manuscripts must include a title, an abstract with 200-250 words, and a list of 4-6 keywords. Each full paper is limited to 10 pages, including tables, figures and references. Each short paper is limited to 6 pages, including tables, figures and references.

All papers must be prepared in the IEEE double column proceedings format. Please see:

IEEE DAPPCON 2019 uses a double-blind review policy. Authors are required to remove their names, affiliation and other identifying information from the header of the manuscript. This also includes meta-data in the submitted document as well as acknowledgement sections. Papers that do not meet these anonymization requirements may be rejected without further review.

Authors are encouraged, but not required, to cite their previous work in a neutral manner, for example, avoid “in our previous work [3]” and instead use “as shown in [3]”.

The name(s) of the author(s) will not be visible to the reviewer of a paper. The name(s) of the author(s) will be visible in the submission system to the General Chairs and the Program Chairs. Authors are free to indicate any conflict of interest with the list of Technical Program Committee (TPC) members during submission of the manuscript, in which case the Program Chairs will exclude the corresponding TPC member(s) from reviewing the paper.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three TPC members.

Authors must submit their manuscripts using the EDAS conference system via the following link:
Paper submission is open until Friday, 30 November 2018, 23:59 PST (UTC -8).

Paper publication

All accepted papers will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press (EI-Index) and included in the IEEE Digital Library. For publication, each accepted paper is required to be registered by one of its authors, and at least one author is required to attend and present the paper at the conference for the paper to be included in the final technical program and the IEEE Digital Library.

Special issues

The authors of the best papers will be invited to also submit their work (with at least 30% novel contents) to the following special issues:


The organizing committee of IEEE DAPPCON 2019 can be reached via email at:



IEEE DAPPCON 2019 is co-located with four other IEEE conferences:

On April 5, 2019, a Full-Stack Blockchain Development Tutorial will be offered (separate registration required).

On April 6, 2019, the IEEE 2019 Industry Summit on future technology for Smart Cities will take place, which includes several keynotes and panelists on Blockchain technology (included with the conference registration).

All five conferences follow a common daily schedule and share some events such as keynote talks and panel discussions.

The joint conferences program takes place from April 5 until April 9, 2019:

The complete joint conferences program is available for download below:

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Friday, April 5, 2019: Blockchain Development Tutorial & Workshop day

8:50 – 9:35 Joint Conferences Keynote:
  • Marianne Huchard, University of Montpellie, France:
    Formal Concept Analysis, A framework for Knowledge Structuring and Exploration – Applications to Component/Service Directories and Product Lines
9:45 – 17:30
18:30 – 20:30 Reception
20:30 – 22:30 Joint Conference Organization Planning Meeting I

Saturday, April 6, 2019: Industry Summit Day

8:30 – 8:50 Joint Conferences Opening Session
8:50 – 9:30 Industry Summit Opening Session
9:30 – 18:30 Industry summit day (included in conference registration)

Sunday, April 7, 2019: Conference Day 1

8:50 – 9:35 Joint Conferences Keynote:
  • Taghi M. Khoshgoftaar, Florida Atlantic University and NSF Big Data Training and Research Lab:
    Machine Learning, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
9:45 – 11:00 Session D1:
Full Papers I: Blockchain Protocols
  • David Vangulick; Bertrand Cornélusse; Damien Ernst:
    Blockchain: A novel approach for the consensus algorithm using Condorcet Voting procedure
  • Sarah Sharkey; Hitesh Tewari:
    Alt-PoW: An Alternative Proof-of-Work Mechanism
  • Paul Merrill; Thomas H. Austin; Jenil Thakker; Younghee Park; Justin Rietz:
    Lock and Load: A Model for Free Blockchain Transactions through Token Locking
11:15 – 12:30 Session D2:
Full Papers II: Applications
  • Martin Westerkamp; Sebastian Göndör; Axel Küpper:
    Tawki: Towards Self-Sovereign Social Communication
  • Donghang Lu; Pedro Moreno-Sanchez; Amanuel Zeryihun; Shivam Bajpayi; Sihao Yin; Ken Feldman; Jason Kosofsky; Pramita Mitra; Aniket Kate:
    Reducing Automotive Counterfeiting using Blockchain: Benefits and Challenges
  • Eric Brigham; John Doucette; Matthew Lepinski:
    A Usage-Based Mechanism for Securing Systems via Blockchains
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Joint Conferences Keynote:
  • Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research
    From Blocks to Structures: Blockchain in the Enterprise
14:30 – 15:45 Session D3:
Full Papers III: Smart Contracts & Analytics
  • Luca Guida; Florian Daniel:
    Supporting Reuse of Smart Contracts through Service Orientation and Assisted Development
  • Monika di Angelo; Gernot Salzer:
    A Survey of Tools for Analyzing Ethereum Smart Contracts
  • Yahya Shahsavari; Kaiwen Zhang; Chamseddine Talhi:
    Performance Modeling and Analysis of the Bitcoin Inventory Protocol
15:45 – 16:30 Panel discussion:
  • Jie Xu, Deng Li, Fan-Jing Meng, W. T. Tsai:
    Big Data Computing and Service for Tomorrow
16:45 – 18:00 Session D4:
Full Papers IV: Identity & Token Economy
  • Yao-Chieh Hu; Ting-Ting Lee; Chungsang Tom Lam:
    A Risk Redistribution Standard for Practical Cryptocurrency Payment
  • S. Sharmila Deva Selvi; Arinjita Paul; C. Pandu Rangan; Siva Dirisala; Saswata Basu:
    Splitting and Aggregating Signatures in Cryptocurrency Protocols
  • Christos Patsonakis; Katerina Samari; Aggelos Kiayias; Mema Roussopoulos:
    On the Practicality of a Smart Contract PKI
19:30 – 21:30 Joint Conferences Banquet

Monday, April 8, 2019: Conference Day 2

8:50 – 9:35 Joint Conferences Keynote:
  • Franz Wotawa, Graz University of Technology, Austria:
    AI-Based AI Testing
9:45 – 11:00 Session D5:
Short Papers I: Blockchain Protocols
  • Felipe Bravo-Marquez; Steve Reeves; Martín Ugarte:
    Proof-of-Learning: a Blockchain Consensus Mechanism based on Machine Learning Competitions
  • Qi Zhou:
    Irregular-Program-Based Hash Algorithms
  • Ya-Che Tsai; Raylin Tso; Zi-Yuan Liu; Kung Chen:
    An Improved Non-Interactive Zero-Knowledge Range Proof for Decentralized Applications
11:15 – 12:30 Session D6:
Short Papers II: Applications I
  • Girish J. Showkatramani; Nidhi Khatri; Arlene Landicho; Darwin Layog:
    A Secure Permissioned Blockchain Based System for Trademarks
  • Daniel Miehle; Dominic Henze; Andreas Seitz; Andre Luckow; Bernd Bruegge:
    PartChain: A Decentralized Traceability Application for Multi-Tier Supply Chain Networks in the Automotive Industry
  • Tim Reimers; Felix Leber; Ulrike Lechner:
    Integration of Blockchain and Internet of Things in a Car Supply Chain
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:15 Joint Conferences Keynote:
  • Fan-Jing Meng, IBM Research, China
14:30 – 15:45 Session D7:
Short Papers III: Applications II
  • Mengyi Li; Lirong Xia; Oshani Seneviratne:
    Leveraging Standards Based Ontological Concepts in Distributed Ledgers: A Healthcare Smart Contract Example
  • Martijn De Vos; Mitchell Olsthoorn; Johan Pouwelse:
    DevID: Blockchain-based Portfolios for Software Developers
  • Marcel Müller; Peter Ruppel:
    Process Mining for Decentralized Applications
15:45 – 16:30 Panel discussion:
  • Jerry Gao, Marc Roper, Franz Wotawa, George Zhou:
    Ai Testing and Automation – Issues, Challenges, and Needs
16:45 – 18:00 Session D8:
Short Papers IV: Smart Contracts
  • Christos Patsonakis; Mema Roussopoulos:
    An Alternative Paradigm for Developing and Pricing Storage on Smart Contract Platforms
  • Chien-Che Hung; Kung Chen; Chun-Feng Liao:
    Modularizing Cross-cutting Concerns with Aspect-Oriented Extensions for Solidity
  • Shuze Liu; Farhad Mohsin; Lirong Xia; Oshani Seneviratne:
    Strengthening Smart Contracts to Handle Unexpected Situations
18:00 – 19:30 Dinner Break
19:30 – 21:30 Joint Conference Organization Planning Meeting II

Tuesday, April 9, 2019: Conference Day 3

8:50 – 9:35 Joint Conferences Keynote:
  • George Zhou, University of Wollongong, Australia:
    Automated testing of real-life self-driving systems and beyond
9:45 – 11:00 Joint Conferences Paper Presentations
11:15 – 12:30 Joint Conferences Paper Presentations
12:30 – 13:30 Joint Conferences Closing Remarks & Lunch

Keynote Speakers

From Blocks to Structures: Blockchain in the Enterprise

Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research

Abstract: Blockchain technology is quickly moving from the realm of crypto currency to mainstream. In the last couple of years, there has been widespread discussion about the adoption and deployment of blockchain technology to the enterprise segment. In this talk I will start with some blockchain fundamentals, and then look at some of the challenges blockchain technology faces for widespread adoption. Standardization efforts are afoot that are encouraging. Finally, we will look at some tangible applications of blockchain technology to solve real world problems.

Biography: Dr. Divyesh Jadav manages the Cloud, IoT & Systems Lifecycle Analytics department at IBM's Almaden Research Center. He received a B.E. degree from Mumbai University (India) in 1992 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University in 1995 and 1997, respectively, all in Computer Engineering. His research interests are in the area of management and performance analysis of distributed and parallel systems, with an emphasis on storage. Since joining the IBM Research in 1997, Dr. Jadav has led or contributed to innovations in several IBM products such as ServRAID adapters, XIV storage, Tivoli TotalStorage Productivity Center, GPFS, multiple Cloud offerings, Watson Agent Assist, and the IBM GTS Technical Support Appliance. Dr. Jadav's recent work focuses in delivering productivity enhancing analytics to IBM services offerings, and designing and building end-to-end solutions at the confluence of Mobile Computing, Internet-Of-Things, and Blockchain technology. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and the recipient of multiple IBM Research Division and Outstanding Technical Achievement awards. He has published over 20 technical papers and holds over 25 patents.

Blockchain – From Conception to Production

Mike DiPetrillo, VMware

Abstract: Blockchain adoption is ramping up across every vertical and industry. More and more POCs and pilots are being started. With all of this activity, we still see very little true production implementations of the blockchain. Why is that? This talk will discuss the "stalled pioneers" - how they got there, why they're stuck, and how they can get out of it. Come to this session to hear about real-world use cases being implemented today and what the industry needs to do to get these companies from pilot to production.

Biography: Mike DiPetrillo is the Senior Director of Blockchain Technologies at VMware. In his most recent role he is responsible for advancing the innovations that VMware has made in blockchain with customers, partners, and through open standards. Mike has a long history of developing and launching new, industry changing initiatives at VMware including the initial launch of x86 virtualization with ESX, the initial launch of cloud technologies, cloud-based lab solutions with the VMware Learning Platform, and now blockchain. Prior to VMware Mike spent his time launching the first global VoIP networks, the first global search engines, and many other interesting technologies. When he’s not developing something new at VMware you can find Mike flying, golfing, or spending time at the beach.


General Chairs

Axel Küpper, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Jie Xu, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

General Executive Chairs

Jerry Gao, San Jose State University, United States of America

Hong Zhu, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Program Committee Chairs

Peter Ruppel, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Stefan Schulte, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Younghee Park, San Jose State University, United States of America

Local Organization

Jerry Gao, San Jose State University, United States of America

Registration Chair

Mahima Agumbe Suresh, San Jose State University, United States of America

Publication Chair

Stefan Schulte, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Web Chair

Peter Ruppel, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Publicity Chair

Wencen Wu, San Jose State University, United States of America

Industry Chair

Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research, United States of America

Program Committee

Thomas Austin, San Jose State University, United States of America

Ahmed Banafa, San Jose State University, United States of America

Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna, Italy

John Calian, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Edward Corwith Carr, North Carolina A&T University, United States of America

Sang-Yoon Chang, University of Colorado, United States of America

Chang-Wu Chen, AMIS, Taiwan

Noel Crespi, Institut Mines-Télécom, France

Bersant Deva, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Hai Dinh Tuan, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Sebastian Göndör, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Philipp Hoenisch, CoBloX, Australia

Hongxin Hu, Clemson University, United States of America

Junbeom Hur, Korea University, Korea

Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research, United States of America

Dong Jin, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States of America

Ej Jung, University of San Francisco, United States of America

Younho Lee, SeoulTech, Korea

Gabor Madl, IBM Research, United States of America

Rebecca Montanari, University of Bologna, Italy

Alexander Norta, TalTech University, Estonia

Ammar Rayes, Cisco Systems, United States of America

Khaled Salah, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

Alessandra Scafuro, North Carolina State University, United States of America

Sandra Scott-Hayward, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Seungwon Shin, KAIST, Korea

Chungsik Song, San Jose State University, United States of America

Hyo Jung Song, San Francisco State University, United States of America

Friedhelm Victor, Technische Universität Berlin

Roman Vitenberg, University of Oslo, Norway

Ingo Weber, Data61/CSIRO, Australia

Edgar Weippl, SBA Research, FH St. Pölten, Austria

Martin Westerkamp, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Simon Woo, Stony Brook University, United States of America

Konrad Wrona, NATO Communications and Information Agency, The Netherlands

Xiwei Xu, Data61-CSIRO & UNSW, Australia

Attila Yavuz, University of South Florida, United States of America

Kaiwen Zhang, Université du Québec, Canada

Qi Zhou, QuarkChain, United States of America

Sebastian Zickau, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


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Conference registration

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Tutorial registration

The participation in tutorial sessions requires a separate registration, which is handled independently of the main conference registration.

In order to register for the Full-Stack Blockchain Development Tutorial on April 5, 2019, please use the following link: