1st Workshop on Blockchain theoRy and ApplicatIoNs

BRAIN 2020

in conjunction with ISCC 2020

7 July 2020, online



The workshop will be held online and the accepted papers will be published in IEEExplore if the authors provide a online presentation and/or a video. The registration fees will be reduced as follows:

  • workshop author member fee: 100 Euros
  • workshop authors non-member fee: 125 Euros

The submission deadline has been extended to May 9th, 2020.


A blockchain protocol is employed to implement a tamper free distributed ledger which stores transactions created by the nodes of a P2P network and agreed upon through a distributed consensus algorithm, avoiding the need for a central authority.

Blockchain technology has a great potential to radically change our socio-economical systems by guaranteeing secure transactions between untrusted entities, reducing their cost and simplifying many processes. Such a technology is going to be exploited in many different areas like IoT, social networking, health care, electronic voting and so on. Even if several applications are already leveraging its disruptive potentials, further research and development is required for several challenging aspects like scalability, efficiency, privacy and support of complex queries, both from a theoretical and applicative point of view.

This workshop aims to provide a venue for researchers from both academy and industry to present and discuss important topics on blockchain technology. The workshop’s goal is to present results on both theoretical and more applicative open challenges, as well as to provide a venue to showcase the current state of existing proposals.

All workshop papers are limited to no more than 6 pages in IEEE format aligned with the IEEE-ISCC main conference guidelines.

Accepted workshop papers will be included in the IEEE ISCC 2020 proceedings and will appear in the IEEE Explore Library.

Authors of papers presented at this workshop will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to a Special Issue of an International Journal. The details of this special issue will be published soon.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

      • Blockchain Protocols
        • Distributed consensus Algorithms
        • Permissioned vs permissionless paradigms
        • Scalability issues
        • P2P communication protocols
        • Inter-ledger protocols
        • Smart contracts automatic verification
        • dApp software engineering aspects
        • layer-2 payment protocols, lightning networks
        • legal Aspect (smart contract, utility and security tokens, ICO,...)
      • Blockchain data analysis
        • Analysis of transaction graphs
        • Social media analysis correlation studies
        • Cryptocurrencies exchange rate analysis
        • Smart contract classification
        • Illicit activity tracking and analysis
        • Blockchain data visualization
      • Blockchain applications
        • Blockchain for IoT
        • Blockchain based social media
        • Distributed supply chains
        • Blockchain based access control
        • Distributed notaries
        • Blockchain in health care
        • Blockchain for telecommunications
        • Smart Contracts and dApp software engineering aspects
        • Cryptocurrencies

Important Dates (tentative)

Paper Submission Deadline: 25 April 2020 9th of May 2020

    • Notification of Acceptance: 15 May 2020 1st of June 2020
    • Registration and Camera Ready: 25 May 2020 8th of June 2020
    • Workshop: 7 July 2020

    • Damiano Di Francesco Maesa, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Laura Ricci, University of Pisa, Italy
    • Nishanth Sastry, King’s College, UK

    • Andrea Bracciali, University of Stirling, UK
    • Mauro Conti, University of Padova, Italy
    • Andrea De Salve, Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems, CNR, Italy
    • Damiano Di Francesco Maesa, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Carolina Goberna Caride, University of Passau, Germany
    • Barbara Guidi, University of Pisa, Italy
    • Stefano Ferretti, University of Bologna, Italy
    • Salil Kanhere, UNSW, Sidney, Australia
    • Andrea Marino, University of Firenze, Italy
    • Paolo Mori, IIT, CNR, Pisa, Italy
    • Laura Ricci, University of Pisa, Italy
    • Nishanth Sastry, King’s College, UK
    • Nishant Saurabh, University of Innsbruck, Austria
    • Claudio Schifanella, University of Turin, Italy
    • Jatinder Singh, University of Cambridge, UK
    • Frank Tietze, University of Cambridge, UK

The First BRAIN workshop is a workshop co-located with ISCC2020