[fc-announce] Last Call for Papers: 1st Workshop on Bitcoin Research, associated with Financial Cryptography 2014, Barbados, March 7, 2014

Tyler Moore twmoore at gmail.com
Wed Nov 13 16:38:11 CET 2013

The submission deadline is in ten days.  Apologies if you received multiple 
copies of this call for papers. 


1st Workshop on Bitcoin Research (BITCOIN)
Held in Association with Financial Crypto (FC14)
March 7, 2014 - Accra Beach Hotel and Spa, Barbados




	Submissions due				24 November 2013
	Notification of acceptance		22 December 2013
	Final papers due				31 January 2014 
	Workshop					07 March 2014

The recent success of Bitcoin, a decentralized cryptographic currency,
has raised new research questions on the opportunities and risks of
virtual currencies. A handful 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 virtual currencies, Bitcoin in
particular, and their supporting ecosystems from a technical or
socio-economic perspective.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and
theoretical studies of:

- Bitcoin protocol and extensions (cryptography, scripting language, 
   formalization etc.)
- Adoption and transition dynamics
- Threat models and attacks
- Anonymity and privacy
- Metrics and measurements
- Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and alternative defenses against 
   Sybil attacks
- Bitcoin peer-to-peer network
- Transaction graph analysis
- User studies
- Economic and monetary aspects
- Business models for Bitcoin services and intermediaries
- Relation to other payment systems
- Financial markets
- Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
- Regulation and law enforcement
- Forensics and monitoring
- Legal, ethical and societal aspects of (decentralized) virtual 
- Case studies (e.g., of adoption, tools, attacks, forks, scams, ...)
- Novel applications


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. In-scope papers submitted to but not selected for the
main FC14 conference will automatically be considered for inclusion in
the workshop. 

All submissions should follow the Lecture Notes in Computer Science
format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and
well-marked appendices. Peer reviewers are not required to read the
appendices, so the full papers should be intelligible without
them. Paper submissions must be anonymous, with no author names,
affiliations, or obvious references. 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.


Note that the International Financial Cryptography Association offers
travel stipends in particular for students who will be presenting at
the conference or associated workshops, including the workshop on
Bitcoin research. See the main conference page for details.


Program Chairs
  Rainer Boehme, University of Muenster, Germany
  Tyler Moore, Southern Methodist University, USA


Elli Androulaki, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Rainer Boehme, Univ. of Muenster, Germany (co-chair)
Dominic Breuker, University of Muenster, Germany
Srdjan Capkun, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
David Chen, Lightspeed Venture Partners, USA
Nicolas Christin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Jeremy Clark, Concordia University, Canada
Benjamin Edelman, Harvard Business School, USA
Matthew Green, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Ghassan Karame, NEC Labs, Heidelberg, Germany
Stefan Katzenbeisser, TU Darmstadt, Germany
Joshua Kroll, Princeton University, USA
Kirill Levchenko, UC San Diego, USA
Ian Miers, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Andrew Miller, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Tyler Moore, SMU Dallas, USA (co-chair)
Fergal Reid, University College Dublin, Ireland
Meni Rosenfeld, Bitcoil, Israel

This workshop is organized by the International Financial Cryptography

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