[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Workshop on Blockchain Networks and Information Flow

Eduardo Castello eduardo.castello at irl.sys.es.osaka-u.ac.jp
Tue Apr 17 12:48:12 PDT 2018

*9th International Conference on Complex Systems*

*Workshop on Blockchain Networks and Information Flow*

*July 26th, 2018, Cambridge, MA*

*Workshop Title: *Blockchain Networks and Information Flow

*Primary Contact:* Yaniv Altshuler (yanival at media.mit.edu)

*Overview and Scope of Workshop:*

In nature, "simple minded" animals such as ants, bees or birds cooperate to
achieve common goals and exhibit amazing feats of collaborative work. It
seems that these animals are "programmed" to interact locally in such a way
that the desired global behavior is likely to emerge even if some
individuals of the colony die or fail to carry out their task for different

A similar approach may be considered for designing, analyzing and
optimizing decentralized blockchain networks, which are themselves
cooperative groups of network agents without a central supervisor,
achieving global effects through local interactions. When this
decentralized approach is used, much of the communication overhead (typical
of centralized systems) is saved, computational requirements of the agents
can be kept to a minimum, and better modularity is achieved. A properly
designed system should be readily scalable, achieving reliability through

The workshop aims to bring to the forefront innovative approaches that
examine the design and analysis of blockchain networks and application
through a network information-flow prism. In order to achieve this goal and
to eventually design and deploy real-world systems that are based on such
principles, we need to create a common language between the researchers and
practitioners of this new area – spanning from the theory of decentralized
collaborative systems to the networking and engineering side.

The workshop touches on themes that are on the boundary between
collaborative algorithms, swarm intelligence and complex-networks analysis,
and their implementation in the domain of blockchain platforms.  We expect
the workshop to primarily attract researchers that are members of the
decentralized algorithms, complex networks and swarm intelligence community
who are continuously looking for new domains for applying the results of
their research. In addition, we believe the workshop would greatly appeal
to blockchain researchers from the academia and industry, offering them an
interdisciplinary venue to discuss and rethink architecture, configuration,
management and design of blockchain networks.

Submitted prospective works can be algorithmic, theoretical or describe
empirical results in this field. We expect a range of approximately 40-50
participants and 20 submissions (striving for an acceptance rate of 1 out
of 4).


The guiding goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and
practitioners who actively study blockchain technologies and
network-oriented analysis algorithms, in order to:

   1. Survey and discuss the current forefront of blockchain research
   techniques, specifically focusing on information flow in blockchain
   2. Debate different approaches for network analysis and information flow
   methods with existing and future blockchain protocols and architectures.
   3. Develop a strategy for creating a community of researchers and
   practitioners who are interested in ways for enabling current network
   layers to incorporate collaborative security methods and dynamics.
   4. Create new opportunities and set the ground for future collaboration
   between participants, generating insights that can be carried forward into
   future work.
   5. Foster creativity and imagine the underlying technological changes in
   the way blockchain technologies, protocols and networks will take place
   over the next 5-10 years.


The proposed topics for the workshop include but are not limited to the

   - Network effect in on-chain\off-chain interplay

   - Optimization of blockchain configurations based on social contexts
   groups  (social-prediction markets, liquidity providers, etc.)

   - Information flow and information leakage in blockchain services for
   resources allocation (Golem, etc.)

   - Blockchain networks algorithms inspired by human social-cooperation

   - Time series analysis and prediction;

   - Temporal correlations in blockchain traffic

   - Analysis of information flow and scale of dynamic processes in
   blockchain networks

   - Spatio-temporal patterns in blockchain networks

   - Collaborative detection of distributed network attacks

   - Peer-to-peer based security mechanisms

   - Adversarial abuse of blockchain protocols

   - Efficient implementation of security and privacy algorithms through
   sharing knowledge and resources

   - Use of low complexity property testing methods by decentralized
   blobkchain agents

   - Novel collaborative network architectures for increased security and

   - Socially inspired network security architectures

   - Collaboration aware network protocols: information flow and complexity

   - Collaborative privacy management - access controls, permissions

   - Providing security and privacy for social overlay networks in
   blockchain protocols

   - Configuring blockchain protocols' parameters based on the networks'
   topology analysis

   - Integrating social information with traditional network layers:
   Integrating with the OSI model, cross-layered approaches, etc.

*Critical dates for workshop:*

   - Submission deadline:               May 31st
   - Author Notification:                  June 15th
   - Camera ready submission:       July 1st
   - Workshop:                               July 26th


Dr. Yaniv Altshuler

MIT Media Lab


*Cambridge, MA, 02139

Email:    yanival at media.mit.edu


Dr. Eduardo Castello Ferrer

MIT Media Lab

*77 Massachusetts Avenue*

*Cambridge, MA 02139*

Email: ecstll at media.mit.edu


Prof. Alex "Sandy" Pentland

MIT Media Lab


*Cambridge, MA, 02139

Email: sandy at media.mit.edu


*Paper Selection Process:*

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers that
are not being considered in another forum. We will welcome work in progress
in addition to well established works. Submission could be made in the form

   - A short position paper of up to 2 proceedings pages in length.

   - A full length technical paper of up to 8 proceedings pages in length.

Authors will be required to submit their papers in PDF format, and in
compliance with an IEEE conference papers style. We encourage the selected
authors to present demos or videos during their presentation slots.

Papers will be evaluated by their relevance to the workshop's topics,
novelty and scientific contribution, in addition to their potential for
encouraging discussion, engagement, and exchange of ideas during the
workshop itself. The selected papers will be made available on the workshop
website to allow participants to familiarize themselves with each other’s
work before the event. The presented papers will be published in the
workshop's proceedings.

In addition, authors of selected workshop papers will be offered the
opportunity to submit an extended version of their work to be included as
chapters in an upcoming book dedicated to the topic of information flow on

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