CFP for BIOC Workshop


6th Workshop on Blockchains for Inter-Organizational Collaboration (BIOC’23) held in conjunction with MEDES-2023.
  • Dr Alex Norta: [email protected]
    Tallinn University, Estonia.
  • Prof. Anne Laurent: [email protected]
    LIRMM, Univ Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Arnaud Castelltort: [email protected]
    LIRMM, Univ Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Akram Hakiri: [email protected]
    University of Carthage, SYSCOM ENIT, ISSAT Mateur, Tunisia

This paper-oriented workshop scientifically addresses recent research efforts in the field of blockchain technology use for cross-organizational collaboration. The workshop focuses on the application of information and communication technology in order to enable organizational and governmental service provisions. The resulting technology-mediated processes are changing the delivery of private- and public services, as well as the broader interactions between citizens, governments, and organizations. More and more countries are considering e-governance solutions as a tool to improve the efficiency and transparency of their services. However, there exists a gap of understanding the support of trust and reputation via blockchain solutions that allow for immutable event traceability. The workshop aims for exploring systematic approaches for developing and interrelating blockchain-technology supported services, as well as increasing issues concerning blockchain-tech, enabled security and privacy of personal data use. In addition, technological advances in the field of big data analysis, blockchains for distributed application deployment, smart contracts, the Internet-of-Things, agent technologies, etc., offer new research directions in the blockchain-technology space for further improvements of existing solutions.

The goal of this workshop is to promote, establish and speed up blockchain-technology related research, and identify future research questions. Contributions should focus on clearly stated research questions covering the topics mentioned below.

The topics of interest for blockchain-technology research papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Security and Privacy Management of e-Governance Systems
  • (Smart) Government
  • E-Voting
  • Governmental Decision-making
  • E-Business
  • E-Tax
  • E-Health
  • Autonomous e-commerce
  • Identity and Identification Systems
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO)
  • Self-Aware Contracts as well as AI and Smart Contracts
  • Open and Big Data with blockchain technology
  • Interoperability
  • Medical supply chain
  • Crowdfunding
  • Self-organizing and Evolutionary e-governance
  • Collaboration Models
  • Legal Aspects of blockchain technology
  • Benchmarks and Evaluation Strategies for blockchain e-governance Systems
  • Economics of blockchain e-governance
  • Case Studies for blockchain-based distributed applications deployment
  • Blockchain business models for Data aggregation
  • Consortium Blockchain Data Aggregation
  • Federated and Consortium blockchains
  • Blockchain Model and Data Engineering
  • Blockchain Support for Collaborative Business Processes
  • Collaborative Internet-of-Things Services for Business
  • Collaborative Smart Contracts for Enterprises Digital Identities
  • Data Management in Consortium blockchains
  • Integrated Engineering Blockchain Consortium
  • Modeling Tools and Techniques for Co-Operated Consortium Blockchain
  • blockchain-as-a-service (baas) for business

Prof. Walid Gaaloul (Tentative)

is a professor at Télécom SudParis an engineering school (grande école d’ingénieurs) in the field of Information and Communication Technology. Télécom SudParis is part of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (IP Paris) and Institut Mines Télécom. Walid Gaaloul is member of the DIEGO group part of the Computer Science Department of Télécom SudParis and the CNRS research laboratory SAMOVAR.

Before joining Télécom SudParis, he was a researcher at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) and an adjunct lecturer in the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). He holds an M.S. (2002) and a Ph.D. (2006) in computer science from the University of Lorraine, France, and a habilitation (2014) from Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France. He was a junior researcher in the Lorraine Laboratory of IT Research and its Applications (LORIA-INRIA) and a teaching assistant in the University of Lorraine, France.

His research interests are on Business Process Management, Process Mining, Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Computing. Walid Gaaloul has published over 100 research papers in these domains. He serves as program committee member and reviewer at many international journals and conferences, and has participated in several national and European research projects.

BIOC’23 is intended to be a half-day virtual and online workshop divided into three sessions, in which around 4 full and 2 short scientific papers will be presented. Full papers will have a time slot reserved of 30 minutes (20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussions), and short papers will have a time slot of 15 minutes (10 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussions). In addition, we plan to have a keynote speech held by an acknowledged expert in the field of blockchain technology in inter-organizational collaboration.

  • Paper submission: March 5th February 25th 2023 (at midnight UTC)
  • Acceptance notification: March 20th, 2023
  • Camera-ready: April 20th, 2023
  • Workshop: May 5th, 2023

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers. Papers must be written in English and strictly follow the Springer style. Standard Springer conference templates for Microsoft Word and LaTeX formats can be found here.

Three types of submissions are accepted:

  • Regular Research papers: contributions should describe original work (up to 9 pages, including all text, figures, references, and appendices).
  • Industrial case studies and lessons learned papers: works with experiences and notable industrial advances using model-driven engineering technology for verification and testing purposes (up to 9 pages, including all text, figures, references, and appendices).
  • Short Papers and position papers: Research in progress, tools presentations, and new ideas (up to 4 pages, including all text, figures, references, and appendices).

Papers must be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair.

Submitted papers will be evaluated according to their rigor, significance, originality, technical quality and exposition, by at least three distinct members of an international program committee.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register and participate in the workshop. Registration is subject to the terms, conditions, and procedures of the main Forum.

Alex Norta is currently a research entrepreneur and affiliated with the Tallinn University of Estonia. He was before a research member in the Next Gen Digital State Research Group at the Department of Software Science of Tallinn University of Technology and was earlier a researcher at the Oulu University Secure-Programming Group (OUSPG) after having been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his M.Sc. degree (2001) from the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria, and his PhD degree (2007) from the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. His PhD thesis was partly financed by the IST project CrossWork, in which he focused on developing the eSourcing concept for dynamic inter-organizational business process collaboration. His research interests include business-process  collaboration,  workflow  management,  e-business  transactions, service-oriented computing, software architectures and software engineering, ontologies, mashups, social web. For the blockchain-tech startups, and, Alex has worked on their respective white papers. Alex also serves as an advisor for several other blockchain-tech startups, such as Cashaa and RecordGram.

Akram Hakiri is an associate professor of Computer Sciences and Engineering at the University of Carthage, and a research scientist at SYSCOM Labs’ ENIT, both in Tunisia. He was a senior scientist and researcher at LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France, and a visiting research scientist at the Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. Dr. Hakiri was also visiting research scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India, and the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Romania, and Santa Clara University, California, USA. Dr. Hakiri is an IEEE Senior Member, ACM Professional Member, and the Vice-Chair of the IEEE COM NetSoft SDN MCM P1930.1 standardization project. His current research focuses on developing novel solutions to emerging challenges in distributed systems, Blockchain and distributed consensus, distributed ledgers, network virtualization, software defined networking.

Anne Laurent is Full Professor at the LIRMM lab. She received his M.Sc. degree (1999) from the University of Paris 5, France, and her PhD degree (2002) from University of Paris 6 Pierre et Marie Curie, now Sorbonne University. As a member of the FADO Research group, Anne Laurent works on semantic web, data mining, gradual pattern mining, both for trends and exceptions detections and is particularly interested in the study of the use of fuzzy logic to provide more valuable results, while remaining scalable. She is currently Vice-President of the University of Montpellier, Delegated to Open Science and Research Data. Her interest for blockchain is focused on the links with big data, imprecision, and parsimonious data storage.

Arnaud Castelltort is an associate professor at University of Montpellier, France since Sept. 2017. He is a Head of WEB3 team at LIRMM. His research lies in the fields of property graphs and how to exploit them in the context of databases, web semantics, ontologies, AI and Big Data. His interest in blockchain is focused on emerging challenges and blockchain techniques and systems in the field of data exploration and analysis, data storage and modeling and behavior detection.

  • Akram Hakiri, LAAS-CNRS, France
  • Anne Laurent, LIRMM – UM, France
  • Alexander Norta, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Arnaud Castelltort, University of Montpellier, France
  • Clemens Cap, University of Rostock, Germany
  • Arnaud Castelltort, University of Montpellier, France
  • Søren Debois, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Rik Eshuis, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Aniruddha Gokhale, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Jaap Gordijn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Guido Governatori, CSIRO, Australia
  • Hanen Idoudi, ENSI, Tunisia
  • Benjamin Leiding, TU Clausthal, Germany
  • Sabra Mabrouk, Carthage University, Tunisia
  • Giovanni Meroni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Luise Pufahl, TU Berlin, Germany
  • Stefan Schulte, TU Wien, Austria
  • Volker Skwarek, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Tijs Slaats, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Layth Sliman, Efrei Paris, France
  • Mark Staples, CSIRO, Australia
  • Ingo Weber, TU Berlin, Germany
  • SLIM Amri, University of Carthage, Tunisia ([email protected])
  • Bassem Sallemi, University of Tunis EL MANAR, Tunisia ([email protected])
  • Khouloud Boukadi, Faculty of Economics and Management, University of Safx, Tunisia ([email protected])
  • Basem Ben Hamed, University of Safx, Tunisia ([email protected])

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