Special Issue "Blockchain for IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gürkan Gür
Guest Editor
School of Engineering, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
Interests: future wireless networks; information and network security; IoT/CPS; network softwarization
Prof. Samia Bouzefrane
Guest Editor
National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts, 75003 Paris, France
Interests: IoT/CPS; IoT security; trusted computing; computational intelligence
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Dr. Madhusanka Liyanage
Guest Editor
School of Computer Science, University College Dublin, Ireland and Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, 90570 Oulu, Finland
Interests: 5G; blockchain; network security; virtual networks; security protocols; software-defined networking (SDN); Internet of Things (IoT); multi-access edge computing (MEC).
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Dr. Soumya Banerjee
Guest Editor
Workz Group Telecoms Ltd. R &D, 0402 County Wicklow, Ireland
Interests: machine learning; computational intelligence; private blockchain; predictive analytics; bio-inspired algorithms; IoT/CPS

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Blockchain has been introduced into a wide variety of industries, such as finance, intellectual properties, energy, logistics, and insurance. In many applications and use-cases of this technology, there is an inherent link with IoT and CPS regarding various functions, e.g., for monitoring assets, sensing certain features, and actuating particular actions.

The exploitation of blockchain in the realm of IoT and CPS—and future ICT infrastructure in general—has the potential to enable various capabilities and use-cases in those systems. From a security perspective, blockchain technology can establish distributed security in contrast to centralized architectures. In the second place, blockchain’s strong protection against data tampering helps to prevent a rogue device from disrupting communications involving home, factory or transportation systems by injecting or relaying pernicious information. Moreover, since blockchain is built for decentralized control, various monitoring and decision schemes based on blockchains should be more scalable than conventional ones. From an applications perspective, it can enable new digital and pervasive services such as connected goods, fully-visible supply chains or secure e-health data sharing. Thus, blockchain technology holds the potential to securely unlock the business and operational value of 5G and Beyond networks to support common tasks, such as sensing, processing, storing, and communicating information. This promise has become more important with the emerging challenges of the post-COVID-19-pandemic era.

This Special Issue will elaborate on and emphasize the key aspects of use of blockchain for IoT and CPS with a perspective of 5G and Beyond networks and will provide an opportunity for researchers across the globe to share their latest research on the focal theme of the issue. Thus, researchers and engineers from academia and industry are invited to submit their recent high-quality results and innovations. The list of topics includes but is not restricted to the following:

  • Novel theoretical concepts and applications of blockchain for IoT, CPS, and future ICT systems like 5G and Beyond
  • Experimental evaluations of blockchain-based 5G-enabled IoT and CPS
  • Lightweight protocols and algorithms for blockchains in IoT and CPS
  • Security, privacy, and trust in and of blockchain enabled/augmented IoT and CPS
  • Formal methods and modeling of blockchain enabled IoT and cyberphysical systems
  • Blockchain based security frameworks for 5G/6G IoT and CPS
  • Service-oriented blockchains in IoT and CPS
  • Testbeds, simulation techniques, frameworks, and debugging tools related to blockchain for IoT and CPS
  • Intelligent blockchain and consensus algorithms
  • Performance analysis and optimization of blockchain for IoT and CPS
  • Smart contracts and chain codes

Dr. Gürkan Gür
Prof. Samia Bouzefrane
Dr. Madhusanka Liyanage
Dr. Soumya Banerjee
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Blockchain
  • Distributed ledger technology (DLT)
  • IoT
  • Cyberphysical systems (CPS)
  • Information security 5G and Beyond 5G systems
  • Distributed intelligence

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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