Blockchain Research
and Applications





Societies and Institutions





FinTech Companies


A number of FinTech companies support the event. Information about them will be updated here.




8 - 13 July 2018, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Call for Papers


Aim and Scope

The blockchain emerged as a novel distributed consensus scheme that allows transactions, and any other data, to be securely stored and verified in a decentralized way. Considered by some as revolutionary as the Internet, the blockchain has the potential to underpin concepts, frameworks, regulations, and economics. The nascent field of blockchain research is highly interdisciplinary, and has the potential for fascinating research projects and results, sitting at the intersection of computer science, cryptography, economics, engineering, finance, law, mathematics, and politics. There is a great interest in applying blockchain to different application scenarios and in solving complex problems. This technology also offers superb opportunities to support the transformation of business models. This special session aims to provide a forum for researchers in this area to carefully analyze current systems or propose new ones, in order to create a scientific background for a solid development of new blockchain technology systems.


Track 1. Theoretical and Empirical Studies and Engineering Applications

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Adoption and transition dynamics
  • Blockchain-enabled services
  • Blockchain protocols and extensions
  • Case studies (of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, …)
  • Economic and monetary aspects
  • Forensics and monitoring
  • Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
  • Game theoretic analysis of blockchain protocols
  • Legal, ethical and societal aspects
  • P2P network analysis
  • Permissioned and permissionless blockchains
  • Privacy and anonymity-enhancing techniques
  • Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and virtual mining
  • Real-world measurements and metrics
  • Regulation and law enforcement
  • Scalability solutions for blockchain systems
  • Security and cryptography engineering questions relevant to blockchains
  • Smart contracts
  • Transaction graph analysis


Track 2. Initial Token Offering / Initial Coin Offering Solutions

We invite submissions of research and engineering papers pertaining to the development of solutions or business and software ecosystems, in relation to/ funded by an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) or an Initial Token Offering (ITO) operation. It is expected that the ITO/ ICO operations are either ongoing, recently completed, or publicly announced. The papers should begin with an introduction, followed by a study of the state of art and competing research/ solutions. They should then contain a novel/ original part, a conclusion that makes it clear what are the contributions and achievements, and a list of references. For each author, a 3-line biography is expected (before the bibliography) that includes research/ academic/ engineering/ software-development qualifications and professional experience. The papers should have a well-defined self-contained scope, and demonstrate that the presented solutions correspond to the ITO/ ICO operations and help achieve desirable outcomes for the business or software ecosystem being built/ developed.

We welcome all sorts of:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Detailed design / engineering / crypto / protocol / architecture white papers
  • Performance usability and security evaluations
  • Software / hardware /cryptographic / other solutions to distributed storage
  • Distributed execution environments
  • Distributed trust and distributed business systems
  • Efficient / optimized implementations
  • In-depth comparative studies
  • Discussions of pros and cons of how blockchain can be used to solve business problems
  • Studies on intellectual property pertaining to practical applications of distributed ledger technology
  • In-depth analyses of existing or future token ecosystems with token economics, transaction activity, etc.



The Blockchain Research and Applications Session is accepted as a Cross-Disciplinary and CI Applications Sessions, accross the three Conferences of the 2018 World Congress on Computational Intelligence (WCCI) - the International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (IEEE CEC), and the IEEE International Conference on Fuzzy Systems (FUZZ-IEEE).

The papers accepted for the Blockchain Session will be published in the IEEE Proceedings of 2018 IJCNN, and will be available after July 2018 at For reference, the Proceedings of 2016 IJCNN, which took place within 2016 WCCI, are available at this link. Selected papers from the 2018 Blockchain Research and Applications Session will be invited for submission in extended versions to a special journal issue.



Please contact the Organizing Committee with any questions.