Academic Track2019-09-04T10:25:00+00:00


The Academic Track of Decentralized 2019 will address the following themes:

  •   Design and engineering improvements to the protocols and architectures underpinning Distributed Ledger Technologies (including Blockchains).
  •   Gaining insights of the technical, business, legal, and societal implications of cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, including real-life applications and case studies.
  •   The convergence of the technology with other emerging technologies (e.g., AI, IoT, VR etc.) that are becoming key elements of the fourth industrial revolution.


Submission Deadline

Notification Due

Sept. 30, 2019

Final Version Due

Oct 30, 2019 - Nov 01, 2019

Conference Dates

Call for Papers


DC 2019 – Academic Track invites researchers and industry experts to submit original contributions in the following major areas (indicative list, other related topics will also be considered):

Industry 4.0 transformation and Blockchains Data Science in Blockchains
Enabling novel Consensus and Fault Tolerance Mechanisms Game Theory in Distributed Ledgers (including Blockchains)
Convergence of Blockchains with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and Virtual Reality (VR) Experience Papers/ Use-cases with Blockchain
Governance, and Incentivised Models for Blockchains Barriers and Enablers in Blockchain adoption
Formal verification of protocols and Smart Contracts Interoperability of Blockchains with existing Business Models and Processes
Legal, ethical and societal aspects of digital-currencies and Blockchains Verticals using Blockchain (financial, e-health, energy, logistics, supply-chain, etc.)
Blockchain in e-government and public administration Technology and infrastructure challenges in Blockchains
Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAO) Attacks and Security considerations on Blockchains
Public, Private and Hybrid Blockchains (permission-less vs. permissioned)

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Publishing Support

Paper Submission

Original Research: which represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Manuscript max length 12,000 words.

  1. Full Research Papers: Submissions must not overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Full research papers should not exceed 10 pages (max 6000 words) including references and well-marked appendices.
  2. Short Research Papers: which summarize works-in-progress, proof-of-concepts, or extensions to previous research papers. Short research papers must meet the above criteria. Short papers should not exceed 4 pages (max 3000 words) including references and well-marked appendices.
  3. Position Papers: to elaborate on an advanced, novel viewpoint or opinion on the field that is not an original research contribution. Short papers should not exceed 6 pages (max 4000 words) including references and well-marked appendices.

Manuscript Preparation

If working with MS Word please use the MDPI Microsoft Word template.

If you wish to submit your article using LaTeX, we recommend the MDPI LaTeX template.
Submissions should follow the MDPI Future Internet Journal Instructions for Authors.

Conference Proceedings 

Accepted papers will appear in Conference Proceedings published by MDPI Open Access Journal Proceedings. Selected papers presented at the Conference will be invited to submit their extended versions (at least 50% extension) to a joint Special Issue with MDPI Future Internet Journal.

Submission Guidelines

  1. All papers should be submitted via the Easy Chair conference management system – 
    Submit Your Paper
  2. Papers must be submitted in a form suitable for anonymous review: no author names or affiliations may appear on the title page, and papers should avoid revealing their identity in the text. 
  3. Papers must be submitted as a single PDF document.
  4. The working language is English.
  5. When referring to your previous work, do so in the third person, as though it were written by someone else.
  6. Papers that are not properly anonymized may be rejected without review.
  7. When preparing the camera-ready version of a paper, authors should add their details (names, affiliation, email etc) on the first page of the paper and indicate which is the corresponding author.

Paper Review Process

Submissions must not overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously considered for publication. All submissions will be blindly reviewed. Any mention of the author’s names or affiliations, acknowledgments or obvious references should be removed from the submitted paper. For any questions regarding the call for papers and the submission, please write to the following address:

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. Decentralized 2019 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.

Notes for Presenters

  • Presentation slots are 20 minutes long (including 5 minutes for questions and answers).
  • Digital projectors and laptops equipped with MS Office and Acrobat Reader will be made available for use.
  • Presenters are expected to arrive with a copy of their presentation on a USB key in MS PowerPoint format or exported as a single PDF document.

MDPI Best Paper Award

The Decentralized-MDPI Best Paper Award is given to the best paper at the Decentralized 2019 conference. All participants who submitted a paper automatically qualify to enter, and the winner will receive 500 CHF in cash.

Camera-Ready Instructions

When and where do I send my final camera-ready paper?

The deadline for submitting the final camera-ready version of your paper is on September 30, 2019 (at 11:59pm, UTC-12 hours, “anywhere on Earth”). You may submit the final version of your paper by navigating to the DC2019 Easychair and following the internal links.

Instructions: Log-in to Easychair, select role (author), select paper (view), Add Files (top-right menu), upload pdf+zip, click submit.

How should I prepare the final version of the original submission?

The camera-ready version of your paper should address all the comments of the reviewers. In addition, be sure to do all of the following:

  • Ensure that your paper conforms to the MDPI Proceedings Journal provided styles, font and page size. Templates for LaTeX are available here, and for Word are available here.
  • Include the authors’ names, affiliations, and emails under the title (according to the template). Note that the list of authors should be identical to the list specified when submitting the paper.
  • De-anonymize references to your own work in the References section of the paper.
  • Where applicable, add acknowledgments for colleagues, reviewers, and grants etc. Please note that the acknowledgement section should fit within the allowed page and be in the same font as the rest of the paper.
  • Ensure that all tables, graphs, and figures are readable at standard resolutions. Again following the MDPI Proceedings Journal provided styles.

What should I submit?

  • The final camera-ready version of your accepted paper as a single PDF document.
  • A single zip archive containing:

(a) all source files (docx, or LaTeX files and figures), and

(b) the final PDF file of your paper. 


I. Future Internet — Open Access Journal

Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903) is a scholarly peer-reviewed open access journal on Internet technologies and the information society, published monthly online by MDPI.

  • Open Access free for readers, with article processing charges (APC) paid by authors or their institutions.
  • High visibility: Indexed in Ei Compendex, Scopus and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI – Web of Science), from Vol. 9.
  • Rapid publication: manuscripts are peer-reviewed and a first decision provided to authors approximately 16.4 days after submission; acceptance to publication is undertaken in 4.7 days (median values for papers published in this journal in the second half of 2018).
  • Recognition of reviewers: reviewers who provide timely, thorough peer-review reports receive vouchers entitling them to a discount on the APC of their next publication in any MDPI journal, in appreciation of the work done.


II. Joint Special Issue “Selected Papers from the 3rd Annual Decentralized Conference (DECENTRALIZED 2019)”

Selected papers presented at the Conference will be invited to submit their extended versions (at least 50% extension) to a Special Issue of the MDPI Future Internet Journal. All submitted papers will undergo a standard peer-review procedure. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. The journal is indexed in Ei CompendexScopus and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI – Web of Science), from Vol. 9.

Special Issue Website: Link

Deadline: 10 March 2020

Manuscript Submission Information

Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


Blockchain; Applications; Distributed Ledgers; Smart Contracts; Internet of things; Decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs);  Data Science

III. Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor 

Prof. Dr. Spyros Makridakis

Research Director, Institute for the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus

Interests: Artificial Intelligence, intelligence augmentation, blockchain, forecasting, uncertainty

Guest Editor 

Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner

Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Interests: Blockchain, crypto assets, digitisation, economics, digital transformation, entrepreneurship

Guest Editor 

Prof. Dr. George Giaglis

General Director of the Institute For the Future, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus

Interests: Blockchain/Bitcoin, information systems, electronic commerce, mobile commerce, social networks

Guest Editor 

Dr. Klitos Christodoulou

Faculty Member, Institute for the Future (IFF), University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus

Interests: Blockchain, distributed ledger technologies, data science, machine learning

Scientific Chairs

  • Prof. Dr. George Giaglis, General Director of the Institute For the Future, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus
  • Prof. Dr. Philipp Sandner, Head of the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC), Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Organisation Committee

  • Dr. Klitos Christodoulou, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus
  • Dr. Elias Iosif, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus

Program Committee Members

  • Andreas S. Andreou, Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Cyprus
  • Michel Avital, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Roman Beck, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Ilias S. Kotsireas, Wilfrid Laurier University-Waterloo, Canada
  • Savvas Chatzichristofis, Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus
  • Panayiotis Christodoulou, Cyprus University of Technology (CUT), Cyprus
  • Paulo Rupino Cunha, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Sokratis K. Katsikas, Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Shih-wei Liao, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
  • Soulla Louca, Institute For the Future, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus
  • Ioannis Katakis, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus
  • Athanasia Pouloudi, Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Angelos Stavrou, George Mason University, USA
  • Marinos Themistocleous, University of Nicosia (UNIC), Cyprus
  • Konstantinos Votis, Centre for Research & Technology, Hellas (CERTH), Greece
  • Giannis Charalambides, University of the Aegean, Greece
  • Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcalá, Spain
Ramesh Ramadoss
IEEE Blockchain Initiative

Title : A Perspective on Blockchain Evolution and Current Ecosystem


The first part of the talk will cover various activities carried out by the IEEE Blockchain Initiative. IEEE, pronounced “Eye-triple-E,” stands for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE is one of the world’s largest technical professional organizations with 423,000 members in 160 countries. IEEE also develops global standards in a broad range of industries and has over 1000 active standards. In January 2018, the IEEE Blockchain initiative was launched to pursue a comprehensive set of projects and activities through various committees focused on community development, conferences, education, publications, standards, and special projects. Currently, IEEE has several blockchain standards under development (P2418 and P2140 series) focused on the areas of digital assets, IoT, energy, supply chain, agriculture, and healthcare.

The second part of the talk will provide a perspective on the evolution of the blockchain field and an overview of the current blockchain ecosystem. In 2008, Bitcoin was introduced by Satoshi Nakamoto as a peer-to-peer electronic cash by solving the double-spending problem. The distributed software architecture underlying Bitcoin was referred to as Blockchain. In 2013, Vitalik Buterin proposed Ethereum as a global distributed computing platform programmable through smart contracts. Blockchain is fundamentally a distributed peer-to-peer software architecture that combines several concepts. Over the last decade, several architectural variations have been introduced that can be broadly categorized as public, permissioned, or private blockchains. The public blockchain community is striving to develop decentralized applications to solve social problems such as identity, banking, data privacy, registry, etc. Whereas in the enterprise space, consortiums such as EEA, R3, Hyperledger are developing industry-grade permissioned/private blockchain tools and technologies. Now, leading cloud service providers including IBM, Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu are offering Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) platforms for financial market, supply chain, trade, etc.