Australia-India Council

The 3rd Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology

12 November 2018 - Gold Coast, Australia

Welcome to the 3rd Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology (SDLT)

Distributed Ledger Technology is an emerging technology, which provides the way to store and manage information in a distributed fashion. It enables the creation of decentralized crypto-currencies, smart contracts, eGovernance, supply chain management, eVoting etc over a network of computer systems without any human intervention. Unprecedented reliability and security over other cryptographic schemes has expanded the application domains of blockchain including financial services, real estate, stock exchange, identity management, supply chain, and Internet of Things.

The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for researchers, business leaders and policy makers in this area to carefully analyse current systems or propose new solutions creating a scientific background for a solid development of innovative Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) applications.

This event is Co-located with the 20th International Conference on Formal Engineering Method (ICFEM2018).

We look forward to your contribution and participation.

Past Symposiums

The 1st Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology was held on 13th June 2017 at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

The 2nd Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology was held on 5th July 2018 at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

Keynote Speakers

Dr Ingo Weber is a Principal Research Scientist & Team Leader of the Architecture & Analytics Platforms (AAP) team at Data61, CSIRO in Sydney. In addition he is a Conjoint Associate Professor at UNSW Australia and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Swinburne University. He has published around 100 refereed papers and two books. A third book, “Architecture for Blockchain Applications”, will be published by Springer in late 2018. The AAP team led by Dr Weber tackles major challenges around applications based on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies, approaching the topic from the areas of software architecture and engineering, business process management, and dependability.

Title:Software Architecture, Engineering, and Business Process Management using Blockchain

Abstract:Blockchain is a novel distributed ledger technology, which has attracted a wide range of interests for building the next generation of applications in diverse areas such as supply chain transparency and safety, accounting, utilities, and the sharing economy. The broad range of applications is made possible by so-called smart contracts, which transform a blockchain system into a general compute platform. For this new paradigm and technology platform, we investigated its impact on software architecture and engineering practices. Our starting point for this investigation was the question what do architects and engineers need to know about blockchain to make good use of it? In this keynote, I will cover the main insights from this work. As such, the keynote will also offer a summary of our forthcoming book on this topic

Prof. Burkhard Stiller chairs the Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zürich UZH, Switzerland, since 2004. His main research interests are published in well over 250 research papers and include systems with a fully decentralized control (blockchains, clouds, peer-to-peer), network and service management (economic management), Internet-of-Things (security of constrained devices, LoRa), and telecommunication economics (charging and accounting).

Title:Blockchains and Their Applications – A Critical Review

Abstract: This talk will shed light on core technical characteristics of blockchains, while indicating the evolutionary approach undertaken and putting emphasis on the fact that the non-trusted stakeholder’s assumption combined with a full distribution of data elements was reached by investing heavily into cryptographic means, especially reflected in a high computational demand. Additionally, the talk raises the awareness that such distributed ledgers assume important prerequisites, which result in certain effects and impacts from which different applications can benefit, but at a cost to be named explicitly, too. While selected applications are briefly outlined and their systems as well as performance view are discussed, the trade-off between centralized and decentralized approaches and the balance of these trade-off decisions needs a much closer look at in the near future. Therefore, many projections of the usefulness of blockchains remain today slightly unrealistic or compromise the full decentralization again. As a consequence, this talk will conclude with selected and major challenges as well as measurable risks as of today.

Prof RK Shyamasundar is a JC Bose National Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay. He was the Founding Dean of School of Technology and Computer Science at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. He is a Fellow IEEE, Fellow ACM and Fellow of all National Science and Engineering academies and a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Trieste. He has authored over 300 peer reviewed publications, 8 patents, and 8 books. More than 35 Ph.D. students have graduated under his guidance in India and USA. He has been a consultant to ESPRIT projects, Industries, Govt. of India etc. He is on the editorial board of Journal of parallel and distributed computing, Sadhana etc. He has served as Faculty/Visiting Scientist at various places like IBM TJ Watson Research Center, UCSD, UIUC, SUNY at Albany, INRIA, IRISA, University of Cambridge, JAIST at Japan, Max Planck Institute at Saarbrucken, Visiting Distinguished Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, UK twice etc. One of his principal areas of research has been cyber security and is leading the Information Security Research and Development Center (ISRDC) funded by MEITY at IIT Bombay. He has/had been on the boards of IIIT Allahabad, IIIT Jabalpur, IDRBT, Bombay Stock Exchange etc.

Title:Whither Correctness of Smart Contracts!

Important Dates

Paper submission: 14th September 21st September 2018

Notification of acceptance: 5th October 2018 12th October 2018

Camera ready copy due: 19th October 2018 26th October 2018

Scope and Topics

Authors are invited to submit papers describing original, unpublished research results, case studies and tools. Papers are solicited in all areas related to DLT. Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Anonymity and privacy in DLT
  • Provenance and trust management
  • Security analysis of DLT solutions
  • Formal verification of Smart Contracts and Blockchain Protocols
  • Blockchain based IoT security solutions
  • Deployment of DLT and Smart Contracts
  • Malicious transactions detection and recovery techniques in Blockchain
  • Applications in healthcare, finance, law, governance, supply chain, identity management, agribusiness, fraud detection, crypto currencies
  • Consensus mechanisms: PoW, PoS, PoE etc
  • New architectures, paradigms, and platforms
  • Scalability and interoperability
  • Blockchain based business models
  • Big data, AI and Blockchain technology
  • Other industry applications and evaluations

Paper Submissions

Submitted manuscripts (via EasyChair) should be in English and formatted in the style of double-column CPS format. The submissions should not exceed 6 pages, including figures, references, and appendices. Industry papers (one page) are also welcomed. Authors of accepted symposium papers will be invited to submit extended versions for publication in a special issue of The Knowledge Engineering Review Journal.

We invite all prospective authors to submit their manuscripts via the symposium portal, hosted on EasyChair.

Access submission portal

Authors may prepare your manuscripts in accordance to the IEEE conference format guideline available here.


Student Early Registration
(until 19 Oct 2018)
Early Registration
(until 19 Oct 2018)
Student Late Registration
(after 19 Oct 2018)
Late Registration
(after 19 Oct 2018)
Symposium only* 280 AUD (≈ 205 USD) 380 AUD (≈ 280 USD) 415 AUD (≈ 305 USD) 515 AUD (≈ 380 USD)
Full week** 990 AUD (≈ 730 USD) 1195 AUD (≈ 885 USD) 1130 AUD (≈ 835 USD) 1330 AUD (≈ 985 USD)

*Symposium only registration includes both lunch and dinner.

**Full week registration includes registration to the Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology (SDLT) as well as all co-located events including: the ICFEM conference and all its workshops as well as the Doctoral Symposium. It also includes lunches on each day, a reception dinner, a conference dinner, and a workshop dinner.

The USD conversion is only for indication purposes. The attendants should use the AUD price for registration.

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Host city

Gold Coast is blessed with an enviable climate, world-class facilities and convenient public transport networks.

Delegates can easily access activities like cruising on the Bay, with the lush rainforests of the Scenic Rim and the beaches of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast within a short drive of the city centre.

Venue and Accomodation

The symposium will be held at Novotel Surfers Paradise: 3105 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, 4217 Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
Tel: +61 7 5579 3499. Fax: +61 7 5592 0026. Email:

We have negotiated with Novotel for a discount on accommodation. AWASE 2018 delegates can book a Superior Room with Breakfast for $155 AUD per night (GST inclusive), for one (1) guest and subject to availability at time of booking. Bedding configuration is King or 2 x Queen Beds. As a special offer delegates will receive a complimentary upgrade to the deluxe room (recently refurbished).

To book a room delegates should call the hotel direct on +61 (0) 7 5579 3499 or email reservations on and quote “Griffith” to receive this special rate. Our reservations team are aware of the special rate and will be able to assist delegates with any queries. Our reservations team can provide delegates with a secure link to pay for their room online as well.

Conditions: Rates quote are inclusive of x1 breakfast each day. Additional breakfasts are available at a discounted rate of $20 per person if selected at time of booking. Normal rate of $32 per person applies after this time if consumed during stay period. Car parking is available on site through Secure Parking, entry via Hanlan Street, A special single exit pass is available at a flat rate of $8 per day for hotel guests and conference delegates, or $17 for unlimited entry and exit per day. Please see hotel reception for validation of your parking ticket prior to departure.


The Novotel use the paradise centre car park for guests. This is located off Hanlan street. Guests can take their ticket to the reception to get validated and pay. Charges are $8 for one time exit or $15 for multi exit pass per day.


From Brisbane International Airport: Take the BDVL train line from Brisbane International Airport Station Platform 1 towards Varsity Lakes, get off at Helensvale Station and walk to Platform 5. Take the GLKS train line towards Broadbeach South, get off at Cavill Avenue Station. Walk south for 150 meters to reach Novetel Surfers Paradise. The train leaves every 30 min. Travel time around 2 hours 20 min.

From Gold Coast Airport: Take the 777 bus from Gold Coast Airport Station towards Broadbeach South, get off at Broadbeach South Station and take the GLKS train line towards Helensvale, get off at Cavill Avenue Station. Walk south for 120 meters to reach Novetel Surfers Paradise. The bus leaves every 15 min. Travel time around 50 min.

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Organising Committee

General Co-Chairs

Jin Song Dong, Griffith University, Australia
Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy, Griffith University, Australia

Organization Co-Chairs

Naipeng Dong, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Zhe Hou, Griffith University, Australia

Web Chair

Hadrien Bride, Griffith University, Australia

Industry Co-Chairs

Paul Ashley, Anonyome, Australia
Paul Gampe, PCCW GLOBAL Limited, Australia

Publication Co-Chairs

Wee Lum Tan, Griffith University, Australia
Kal Singh, Itron, USA

Program Co-Chairs

Guangdong Bai, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Kamanashis Biswas, Griffith University, Australia

Program Committee

Ermyas Abebe, IBM Research, Australia
Ross Buckley, University of New South Wales, Australia
Chen Feng, University of British Columbia, Canada
Md Sadek Ferdous, Imperial College London, UK
John Flood, Griffith University, Australia
Ernest Foo, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Raj Gaire, Data61-CSIRO, Australia
Praveen Gauravaram, Tata Consultancy Services, Australia
Vincent Gramoli, University of Sydney and Data61-CSIRO, Australia
Ragib Hasan, University of Alabama, USA
Fritz Henglein, University of Copenhagen and Deon Digital AG, Denmark
Dharanipragada Janakiram, Indian Institute of Technology -Madras, India
Yaoqi Jia, Zilliqa, Singapore
Raja Jurdak, Data61-CSIRO, Australia
Salil Kanhere, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dileban Karunamoorthy, IBM Research, Australia
Paddy Krishnan, Oracles Lab, Australia
Peter McBurney, Kings’ College London, UK
Adrian McCullagh, ODMOB Lawyers, Australia
Ron van der Meyden, University of New South Wales, Australia
Mark Moir, Oracle, New Zealand
Surya Nepal, Data61-CSIRO, Australia
Marimuthu Palaniswami, University of Melbourne, Australia
Vishwas Patil, IIT-Bombay, India
Marius Portmann, University of Queensland, Australia
Sushmita Ruj, Indian Statistical Institute, India
RK Shyamasundar, IIT-Bombay, India
Alex Sims, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Mark Staples, Data61-CSIRO, Australia
Meng Sun, Peking University, China
Xin-Wen Wu, USA
John Zakos, IBM Research Lab, Australia

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Organizing Committee

Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems


Australia-India Council

The 3rd Symposium on DLT, and the Workshop on “Towards digital transformation through blockchain: Australia India perspective” have received grant funding from the Australia India Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Australia-India Council