Important Dates

May 15, 2020

Workshop Proposal Due

August 8, 2020 (hard)

Paper Submission Deadline

September 12, 2020

Author Notification

October 4, 2020

Final Manuscript Due

November 02 - 06, 2020

Conference Date


Special Sessions

Special Session on Blockchain Network and Its Applications
Held in conjunction with
The 3rd International IEEE Conference on Blockchain (Blockchain-2020)

Blockchain is generally associated with such characteristics as decentralization, security, interoperation, and trust establishment, and consequently can potentially lower the costs of the underpinning infrastructure and maintenance in comparison to conventional centralized systems. These properties can be largely attributed to its consensus mechanism, which enables peer-to-peer trading and exchanges in a distributed manner and leverages the capacity of the entire network to ensure the immutability of stored data. Consequently, Blockchain can be used to build distributed networks, achieving benefits such as (1) minimizing the pressure on high-load nodes in a Blockchain network and reducing the potential for single point failure; (2) improving security and scalability of the Blockchain network, as well as reducing operating costs; (3) facilitating adaptive matching and behavioral decision-making of users/terminals involved in smart contract; (4) reducing associated management and infrastructure costs; and (5) facilitate business exchanges and interactions, for example between Blockchain network operators.

Despite the advances made in Blockchain in the past few years, a number of challenges remain to be addressed. Hence, the objective of the special session is to compile recent research efforts dedicated to the study of Blockchain network and its applications, particularly relating to consistency, security and mobility (in wireless scenarios), new theoretical systems and technical schemes for the Blockchain-based network, and so on. This special session will provide both academic and industry researchers a forum to present their research on the design, implementation, and evaluation of the systems using the concept of blockchain in a broad range of applications in wired/wireless network environments (including 5G). We also seek to identify new application areas within this developing field, and strongly encourage original research articles related to this topic, as well as high-quality review articles describing the current state of the art.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Protocols for management and access using blockchains
• Blockchain architectures tailored for domain-specific applications
• Consensus and mining algorithms suited for resource-limited IoTs
• Security and privacy of blockchains
• Blockchain robustness against maliciousness
• Blockchain for mobile communications and wireless networks
• Lightweight blockchain designs for resource-constrained terminals
• Performance metric design, modeling and evaluation of blockchain systems
• Performance analysis tradeoffs of blockchains
• Blockchain architectures and algorithms for heterogeneous networks
• Network and computing optimization in blockchains
• Experimental prototyping and testbeds for blockchains

Important Dates
Paper Submission Deadline: March 01, 2020
Author Notification: April 07, 2020
Final Manuscript Due: May 02, 2020

Journal Special Issues
Digital Communications and Networks
Special Issue: TBD
Publisher: Elsevier, SCI indexed

All papers need to be submitted electronically through the conference website ( with PDF format, which is the same as the main conference paper submission system. Submitted papers must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Papers must be clearly presented in English, must not exceed 8 pages in IEEE Computer Society proceedings format (or up to 10 pages with the pages over length charge), including tables, figures, references and appendices. Papers will be selected based on their originality, significance, relevance, and clarity of presentation assessed by at least three reviewers. All submitted papers will be judged through double-blind reviews, where the identities of the authors are withheld from the reviewers. As an author, you are required to preserve the anonymity of your submission, while at the same time allowing the reader to fully grasp the context of related past work, including your own. Papers that do not conform to our double-blind submission policies will be rejected without review.

Submission of a paper should be regarded as a commitment that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and attend the conference to present the work. IEEE Blockchain 2020 reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference (e.g., removal from the digital library and indexing services), if the paper is not presented at the conference. All accepted papers will be published in IEEE CPS proceedings (EI Indexed) and collected by IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Special Session Co-chairs
Bin Cao, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China (

Lei Zhang, University of Glasgow, UK.

Shi Yan, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), China (

Program Committee Members
Yang Liu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Jienan Chen, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Peng Xu, ChongQing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Xiaoge Huang, ChongQing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Xiqing Liu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Yaohua Sun, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Chenxi Liu, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Xumin Pu, ChongQing University of Posts and Telecommunications, China
Long Zhang, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Mu Yan, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
Chongyu Zhou, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Zhongxiang We, University College London, United Kingdom
Paulo Valente Klaine, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oluwakayode Onireti, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Yao Sun, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Bin Shen, University of British Columnbia, Canada
Emmanuel Ufiteyezu, University of Rwanda College of Sciences and Technology, Rwanda

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