The 1st Workshop on Blockchain-enabled Networked Sensor Systems (BlockSys 2018)

November 4th 2018, Shenzhen China

In conjunction with ACM SenSys 2018

Call for Papers

Networked sensor systems as a key component of internet of things (IoT) have been widely used in various environments such as smart home, smart building, vehicular network, wearable computing, robotics systems, industrial control systems, etc. They capture human and physical-world dynamics and feed the data into large-scale analytical backends. Today’s cloud-centric paradigm, however, does not genetically support trust management and privacy preservation; it also does not encourage information sharing in multi-stakeholder settings through incentives and payment mechanisms. As a result, complementary technologies that can offer to ensure data protection, incentivize information exchange, and reduce sharing and maintenance costs are highly desired.

We have seen the increasing interest in tackling such problems by using emerging blockchain and other distributed ledger technologies. BlockSys’18 aims to set up a stage for industry and academia to share wins and lessons: we solicit high quality research and position papers that address opportunities and challenges at the intersection of networked sensing/IoT and blockchain. We also welcome on-going work, demos and tutorials. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

* Blockchain in networked sensor system and other IoT environments
* Blockchain in 5G systems
* Blockchain in smart cities
* Blockchain in edge computing
* Blockchain in mobile systems and general ad-hoc networks
* Blockchain in vehicular networks
* Blockchain in intelligent supply chain
* New protocols and consensus algorithms providing fault-tolerance for sensing and IoT systems
* Blockchain-based sensor data-tampering protection
* Security issues of using blockchain
* Incentives and reward mechanisms for sharing sensing data
* Blockchain in participatory sensing and crowd-sourcing
* Smart contract design and implementation in sensing systems
* Formal verification on smart contracts in sensing systems
* Decentralized sensing data storage
* Decentralized sensing data transmission
* Performance issues of using blockchain
* Scalability issues of using blockchain
* Using blockchain in resource/energy-constraint systems

Important Dates
  Submission deadline: Aug 26, 2018
  Notification of acceptance: Sep 3, 2018
  Deadline for camera ready version: Sep 14, 2018
  Workshop: Nov 4, 2018
Submission Guidelines

Submissions must be full papers, at most 6 pages, including figures, tables and references, in two-column format, using a minimum of 10-pt font. Submitted papers must not be under review or published elsewhere. The review of all papers will follow the general single-blind policy. We require each to be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) with ACM templates (submit notes) and submitted through the submission site. Accepted submissions will be available in the ACM digital library on the first day of the conference.

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SenSys Workshop Chairs
Rasit Eskicioglu (University of Manitoba)
Yong Li (Tsinghua University)

Program Chairs
Bhaskar Krishnamachari (University of Sounthern California)
Nairan Zhang (Facebook)

TPC members
Ashwin Ashok (Georgia State University)
Biplab Sikdar (National University of Singapore)
David Huseby (The Linux Foundation)
Gowri Sankar Ramachandran (University of Sounthern California)
Hong-Linh Truong (Vienna University of Technology)
Joshua Ellul (University of Malta)
Juan Manuel Corchado (University of Salamanca)
Kui Ren (State University of New York at Buffalo)
Lav Varshney (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Liang Cheng (Lehigh University)
Pan Hui (HKUST & University of Helsinki)
Raja Jurdak (CSIRO)
Robert Deng (Singapore Management University)
Serguei Popov (IOTA Foundation)
Xinxin Fan (IoTeX)
Yonggang Wen (Nanyang Technological University)
Zhiyuan Jiang (Tsinghua University)