Blockchain and beyond
IEEE International Conference on
Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures
April 5 - 8, 2019
East Bay, San Francisco, California, USA
In conjunction with:
IEEE SOSE, IEEE Mobile Cloud, IEEE BigDataService, and IEEE AITest
Call for Papers

Call for papers


The objective of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures (DAPPCON 2019) is to facilitate the exchange between researchers and practitioners in the area of Decentralized Applications based on Distributed Ledger Technologies, Blockchain and related technologies.

It can be already seen today that Blockchain is making a huge impact on the way digital payments are made. However, the potential implications of Blockchain technologies go far beyond their application as the technological backbone for cryptocurrencies. In recent years, Decentralized Applications (dApps) have emerged as a new model for building massively scalable services.

dApps allow for various novel application scenarios, which are build upon distributed consensus and thus are hard to block or censor. While Blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum are based on compute-intense consensus mechanisms, more recent approaches focus on voting- or staking-based algorithms that support higher transactions per second and are also better-suited to reflect proportions of majority ownership, which are required in many enterprise application scenarios. Also, the integration of Smart Contracts into Blockchains, for example, based on Ethereum or Hyperledger, leads to a plethora of possible use cases for dApps.

DAPPCON 2019 will provide a high-quality forum for participants from research and industry. The conference will discuss key theories, algorithms, infrastructures, and significant applications for Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures, as well as emerging research topics.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Blockchain theory
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)
  • Decentralized Applications / Smart Contracts
  • Consensus protocols for Decentralized Applications
  • Infrastructures for Decentralized Applications
  • Communication protocols and standards for Decentralized Applications
  • Identity Management for Decentralized Applications
  • Token economy
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain analytics
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain governance
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain interoperability
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain privacy
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain security
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain scalability and performance
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain policy/law
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain applications in areas such as Internet of Things, Logistics, or Health
  • dApps/DLT/Blockchain emerging research topics

Important Dates

  • Extended until Nov. 30, 2018: Abstract registration & paper submission deadline
  • Jan. 14, 2019: Author notification
  • Jan. 31, 2019: Camera-ready submission and conference registration
  • Apr. 5 - 8, 2019: Conference
Invitation letters for visa applications will be available on the day of the author notification.

Paper submission

DAPPCON 2019 solicits research papers describing significant and innovative research contributions to the field of Decentralized Applications and Infrastructures.

Both full and short papers can be be submitted. All papers must be written in English. Manuscripts must include a title, an abstract with 200-250 words, and a list of 4-6 keywords. Each full paper is limited to 10 pages, including tables, figures and references. Each short paper is limited to 6 pages, including tables, figures and references.

All papers must be prepared in the IEEE double column proceedings format. Please see:

DAPPCON 2019 uses a double-blind review policy. Authors are required to remove their names, affiliation and other identifying information from the header of the manuscript. This also includes meta-data in the submitted document as well as acknowledgement sections. Papers that do not meet these anonymization requirements may be rejected without further review.

Authors are encouraged, but not required, to cite their previous work in a neutral manner, for example, avoid “in our previous work [3]” and instead use “as shown in [3]”.

The name(s) of the author(s) will not be visible to the reviewer of a paper. The name(s) of the author(s) will be visible in the submission system to the General Chairs and the Program Chairs. Authors are free to indicate any conflict of interest with the list of Technical Program Committee (TPC) members during submission of the manuscript, in which case the Program Chairs will exclude the corresponding TPC member(s) from reviewing the paper.

Each paper will be reviewed by at least three TPC members.

Authors must submit their manuscripts using the EDAS conference system via the following link:
Paper submission is open until Friday, 30 November 2018, 23:59 PST (UTC -8).

Paper publication

All accepted papers will be published by IEEE Computer Society Press (EI-Index) and included in the IEEE Digital Library. For publication, each accepted paper is required to be registered by one of its authors, and at least one author is required to attend and present the paper at the conference for the paper to be included in the final technical program and the IEEE Digital Library.

Special issues

The authors of the best papers will be invited to also submit their work (with at least 30% novel contents) to the following special issues:


The organizing committee of DAPPCON 2019 can be reached via email at:



Keynote Speakers

Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research

Dr. Divyesh Jadav manages the Cloud, IoT & Systems Lifecycle Analytics department at IBM's Almaden Research Center. He received a B.E. degree from Mumbai University (India) in 1992 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University in 1995 and 1997, respectively, all in Computer Engineering. His research interests are in the area of management and performance analysis of distributed and parallel systems, with an emphasis on storage. Since joining the IBM Research in 1997, Dr. Jadav has led or contributed to innovations in several IBM products such as ServRAID adapters, XIV storage, Tivoli TotalStorage Productivity Center, GPFS, multiple Cloud offerings, Watson Agent Assist, and the IBM GTS Technical Support Appliance. Dr. Jadav's recent work focuses in delivering productivity enhancing analytics to IBM services offerings, and designing and building end-to-end solutions at the confluence of Mobile Computing, Internet-Of-Things, and Blockchain technology. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, and the recipient of multiple IBM Research Division and Outstanding Technical Achievement awards. He has published over 20 technical papers and holds over 25 patents.

Mike DiPetrillo, VMware

Mike DiPetrillo is the Senior Director of Blockchain Technologies at VMware. In his most recent role he is responsible for advancing the innovations that VMware has made in blockchain with customers, partners, and through open standards. Mike has a long history of developing and launching new, industry changing initiatives at VMware including the initial launch of x86 virtualization with ESX, the initial launch of cloud technologies, cloud-based lab solutions with the VMware Learning Platform, and now blockchain. Prior to VMware Mike spent his time launching the first global VoIP networks, the first global search engines, and many other interesting technologies. When he’s not developing something new at VMware you can find Mike flying, golfing, or spending time at the beach.


The complete program with all talks and papers will be announced in February 2019.


General Chairs

Axel Küpper, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Jie Xu, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

General Executive Chairs

Jerry Gao, San Jose State University, United States of America

Hong Zhu, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Program Committee Chairs

Peter Ruppel, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Stefan Schulte, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Younghee Park, San Jose State University, United States of America

Local Organization

Jerry Gao, San Jose State University, United States of America

Registration Chair

Mahima Agumbe Suresh, San Jose State University, United States of America

Publication Chair

Stefan Schulte, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Publicity Chair

Wencen Wu, San Jose State University, United States of America

Industry Chair

Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research, United States of America

Program Committee

Thomas Austin, San Jose State University, United States of America

Saswata Basu, 0CHAIN, United States of America

Paolo Bellavista, University of Bologna, Italy

John Calian, Deutsche Telekom, Germany

Sang-Yoon Chang, University of Colorado, United States of America

Chang-Wu Chen, AMIS, Taiwan

Noel Crespi, Institut Mines-Télécom, France

Avigdor Gal, Technion, Israel

Philipp Hoenisch, CoBloX, Australia

Hongxin Hu, Clemson University, United States of America

Richard Hull, Bell Labs Research, United States of America

Junbeom Hur, Korea University, Korea

Divyesh Jadav, IBM Research, United States of America

Ej Jung, University of San Francisco, United States of America

Dong Jin, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States of America

Hyoungshick Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea

Younho Lee, SeoulTech, Korea

Gabor Madl, IBM Research, United States of America

Alexander Norta, TalTech University, Estonia

Ammar Rayes, Cisco Systems, United States of America

Khaled Salah, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, United Arab Emirates

Gokay Saldamli, San Jose State University, United States of America

Alessandra Scafuro, North Carolina State University, United States of America

Sandra Scott-Hayward, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom

Seungwon Shin, KAIST, Korea

Hyo Jung Song, San Francisco State University, United States of America

Athanasios V. Vasilakos, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

Roman Vitenberg, University of Oslo, Norway

Ingo Weber, Data61/CSIRO, Australia

Edgar Weippl, SBA Research, FH St. Pölten, Austria

Simon Woo, Stony Brook University, United States of America

Konrad Wrona, NATO Communications and Information Agency, The Netherlands

Xiwei Xu, Data61-CSIRO & UNSW, Australia

Attila Yavuz, University of South Florida, United States of America

Kaiwen Zhang, Université du Québec, Canada

Qi Zhou, QuarkChain, United States of America


DAPPCON 2019 will be hosted at:


Registration for DAPPCON 2019 will open in January 2019.