The 5th Workshop on Bitcoin and Blockchain Research

In association with Financial Crypto 2018
March 2, 2018
Santa Barbara Beach Resort

Call for Papers

The success of Bitcoin and subsequent decentralized cryptographic currencies has led to fascinating research in multiple venues, including top security conferences, legal journals, and reports of international financial organizations. This workshop aims to bring together interested scholars from all relevant disciplines who study cryptographic currencies and their surrounding ecosystems. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to) empirical and theoretical studies of:
  • The Bitcoin protocol and extensions (cryptography, scripting language etc.)
  • Applications using or built on top of Bitcoin
  • New applications of blockchain technology
  • Permissioned and permissionless blockchains
  • Cryptocurrency adoption and transition dynamics
  • Economic and monetary aspects
  • Relation to other payment systems
  • Real-world measurements and metrics
  • Transaction graph analysis
  • Privacy and anonymity-enhancing technologies
  • Fraud detection and financial crime prevention
  • Regulation and law enforcement
  • Forensics and monitoring
  • Economics and game theoretic analysis of cryptocurrency protocols
  • Proof-of-work, -stake, -burn, and virtual mining
  • Peer-to-peer networks
  • Usability and user studies
  • Legal, ethical and societal aspects of (decentralized) virtual currencies
  • Case studies (e.g., of adoption, attacks, forks, scams, …)

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline2017-11-04
Author Notification2017-12-17
Early registration deadline2018-01-05
Submit Pre-Proceedings Version2018-01-15


Registration is via the FC conference website.


Submission is now closed.

The workshop solicits 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.

Format. Submissions should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science format (see here) and should be no more than 12 pages, excluding references and well-marked appendices. Short papers (8 pages or less including references and appendices) are also welcome and should be submitted with "(short paper)" in the title. There is no limit on the length of the references and appendices. Committee members will read the appendices at their discretion, therefore the body of the paper should be intelligible without them.

Double blind. All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such, must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or obvious references. Violating submissions will be desk-rejected at the discretion of the PC chairs.

Publication. 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.

Program Chairs

Ittay EyalTechnion, Israel
Aviv ZoharHebrew University, Israel

Program Committee

Elli AndroulakiIBM Zürich, Switzerland
Foteini BaldimtsiGeorge Mason University, USA
Iddo BentovCornell, USA
Alex BiryukovUniversity of Luxembourg, LU
Rainer BöhmeUniversity of Innsbruck, Austria
Christian CachinIBM Research - Zurich, Switzerland
Srdjan CapkunETH Zürich, Switzerland
Melissa ChaseMicrosoft Research, USA
Nicolas ChristinCarnegie Mellon University, USA
Jeremy ClarkConcordia University, Canada
Phil DaianCornell, USA
Christian DeckerBlockstream, USA
Tadge DryjaMIT DCI, USA
Stefan DziembowskiUniversity of Warsaw, Poland
Juan GarayTexas A&M University, USA
Christina GarmanJohns Hopins University, USA
Arthur GervaisETH Zürich, Switzerland
Sharon GoldbergBoston University, USA
Jens GrossklagsTechnical University of Munich, Germany
Ethan HeilmanBoston University, USA
Garrick HilemanUniversity of Cambridge, UK
Aquinas HoborNational University of Singapore, SG
Philipp JovanovicEPFL, Switzerland
Aniket KatePurdue University, USA
Aggelos KiayiasUniversity of Edinburgh, UK
Yoad LewenbergHebrew University, Israel
Joshua LindImperial College London, UK
Patrick McCorryUniversity College London, UK
Ian MiersJohns Hopkins University, USA
Tyler MooreUniversity of Tulsa, USA
Malte MöserPrinceton University, USA
Olaoluwa OsuntokunLightning Labs, USA
Michael RiabzevTechnion, Israel
Peter RizunBitcoin Unlimited, CA
Abhi ShelatNortheastern University, USA
Yonatan SompolinskyHebrew University, Israel
Eran TromerTel Aviv University, Israel
Luke ValentaUniversity of Pennsylvania, USA
Peter Van ValkenburghCoin Center, USA
Marco VucolicIBM Research - Zurich
Roger WattenhoferETH Zürich, Switzerland
Nathan WilcoxZcash, USA
Fan ZhangCornell, USA