Title: The Convergence of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence towards Smart and Secure Digital Systems

Aim and Scope

Digitization and digitalization technologies and tools are deeply and decisively penetrating into every industry vertical to bring in delectable implications. These next-generation technologies are bringing forth scores of digital innovations and disruptions for businesses as well as people. Existing enterprise-scale business workloads are being strengthened through digital methods to meet up changing business sentiments. On the other side, the aspect of people empowerment is gaining prominence due to the faster maturity and stability of digital technologies. Precisely speaking, the world is keenly awaiting for a plenty of technology-inspired, people-centric, business-critical, process-aware, service-oriented, and event-driven digital life applications.  There are a large number of IoT devices and sensors being deployed in critical environments and they generate a massive amount of multi-structured data. Now with the pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and libraries, digital data gets subjected to a variety of deeper investigations to extract actionable insights in time. Thus the power of AI is articulated and accentuated well in timely and trustworthy discovery of insights out of accumulating IoT data. 

The much-published blockchain technology is being pitched as the most sophisticated method for ensuring the tightest security of Iot devices and data. However, there are some operational challenges and concerns being associated with the fast-growing blockchain approach. Those shortcomings can be easily surmounted through the smart application of AI, In this special session, we would like to focus on the various business and technical challenges and concerns of blockchain and how they can be overcome through the cool convergence between blockchain and AI in visualizing and realizing unbreakable and impenetrable security for digital transformation systems, networks, and environments.   

List of Topics

The topics relevant to this special session include but are not limited to:

  • Noteworthy Advancements in the Distribution and Decentralization Aspects
  • Describing Cryptography Algorithms and Consensus Algorithms
  • Delineating Blockchain for securing IoT Devices and Transactions Data
  • Blockchain Platforms, Frameworks, Programming Languages and Tools
  • Articulating the key Blockchain Challenges and Concerns
  • Illustrating the Trends and Transitions in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Space
  • Envisioning Blockchain Data Analytics – the Big, Fast and Streaming Data Analytics Platforms and Methods
  • Accentuating AI-centric Methods for surmounting Blockchain Challenges
  • Visualizing strategic Implications of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence
  • Smart Contracts and Microtransactions
  • The Emergence of Smart Assets and Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) 
  • Envisaging Decentralised Applications across Industry Verticals
  • The Elegance of Decentralised Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
  • The Blockchain-enabled Digital Twins for Smarter Manufacturing
  • Microservices Architecture for Blockchain Applications
  • The Relevance of Containerization for the Blockchain Future
  • The Leverage of Kubernetes for accelerated Deployment and automated management of Blockchain Applications 

Paper Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit papers to the special session. Full papers must be submitted through the conference paper submission site (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=icspn2021). Authors must add (special session: SS01) at the beginning of paper title during the submission. Paper should be submitted in PDF format electronically with maximum length of 10 pages as per the Springer LNNS series format. All manuscripts will be reviewed and judged on merits including originality, significance, interest, correctness, clarity, and relevance to the broader community. Papers are strongly encouraged to report experiences, measurements, and user studies, and to provide an appropriate quantitative evaluation.

Submitted papers must include original work, and may not be under consideration for another conference or journal. They should also not be under review or be submitted to another workshop, conference, or journal during the review process. Authors should submit full papers electronically following the instructions from the ICSPN 2021 conference web site. Accepted papers will appear in proceedings available electronically. Authors of accepted papers are expected to register for and present their work at the special session (in Online mode).

Special Session Chair(s):

  • Pethuru Raj, Ph.D, Reliance Jio Platforms Ltd. (JPL), Bangalore, Karnataka, 560103 India, peterindia@gmail.com
  • Kavita Saini, Ph.D, School of Computing Science and Engineering, Galgotias University, India, kavitasaini_2000@yahoo.com
  • Chellammal Surianarayanan, PhD, Department of Computer Science, Government Arts and Science College (Affiliated to Bharathidasan University), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, chelsganesh@gmail.com


All accepted and registered papers of this special session will be published by the conference proceedings published by Springer in LNNS Series.

Journal Publication: Authors of a selected set of top-quality papers from the special session will be invited to submit extended version of their papers in the special issue of SCIE/SSCI/Scopus/WoS indexed journals.

Best Paper: All the regular papers will be considered for the BEST PAPER AWARD.

NOTE: While submitting paper in this special session, please specify “The Convergence of Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence towards Smart and Secure Digital Systems” at the top (above paper title) of the first page of your paper.