Special Issue "Blockchain and Machine Learning for IoT: Security and Privacy Challenges"

A special issue of Network (ISSN 2673-8732).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Michele Mastroianni
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Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Universita degli Studi della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Caserta, Italy
Interests: security and privacy; computer modeling and simulation; information systems; computer networks
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Prof. Dr. Francesco Palmieri
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Guest Editor
Department of Computer Science, University of Salerno, Via Giovanni Paolo II 132, I-84084 Fisciano (SA), Italy
Interests: high performance networking protocols and architectures; routing algorithms; network security
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The pervasiveness of IoT technologies in a variety of fields is changing our lives. Industry, agriculture, health, and even personal life are experiencing a revolution in the way data are collected, communicated, processed, and stored. In recent years, two other technologies have begun to be used in synergy with IoT: Blockchain, which has changed the way data are stored, and machine learning, which has changed the way data are processed. With these premises in mind, it is desirable for researchers to focus their attention not just on the performance and features of the new systems but also on the new security and privacy issues related to this revolution. 

This Special Issue invites researchers to contribute with original contributions, case studies, and reviews that address all new challenges due to the use of IoT in synergy with blockchain systems and/or machine learning techniques.

The topics relevant for this Special Issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Security and privacy in blockchain technology for IoT;
  • Intelligent systems for fraud detection and forensics in blockchain environments;
  • Innovative architectures and protocols for safe blockchain application in IoT;
  • Blockchain and trust management;
  • Blockchain-based solutions for IoT security;
  • Novel machine learning and data science methods for IoT security;
  • Generative adversarial networks (GAN) in IoT security;
  • Architectures and protocols for scalable, secure, robust, and privacy enhancing IoT;
  • Privacy preservation in IoT;
  • Vulnerability analysis, threat modeling, and risk assessment in IoT;
  • Intrusion detection for IoT;
  • Novel security architectures, protocols, or applications for IoT.

This is a joint special issue with Electronics.

Dr. Michele Mastroianni
Prof. Dr. Francesco Palmieri
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Blockchain
  • Machine Learning
  • IoT
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Risk Analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Security and Privacy Issues in Blockchain/Iot Systems: A Sistematic Literature Review

Lelio Campanile, Pasquale Cantiello, Michele Mastroianni
University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli
Abstract: This paper aims to point out the state-of-the-art of the scientific literature on integrated Blockchain/IoT systems from the point of view of security and privacy Issues. Our research focuses on the problems analysed, the solution proposed and the open issues in  this research field. The study was conducted through a systematic literature review (SLR) on published, peer-reviewed papers, selected from the leading research paper's databases (Scopus, IEEExplore, Springer,...). The paper selected were classified using different criteria, such as  application field, type conceptual study, application, survey), and the results were discussed. Finally, our research have shown that most of the paper examined is either at a conceptual level or at a very early stage, and very few papers deal with practical implementation.

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