IEEE Global Communications Conference
9-13 December 2019 // Waikoloa, HI, USA
Revolutionizing Communications

WS-27: IEEE GLOBECOM 2019 Workshop on Blockchain in Telecommunications: Emerging Technologies for the Next Decade and Beyond

WS-27: IEEE GLOBECOM 2019 Workshop on Blockchain in Telecommunications: Emerging Technologies for the Next Decade and Beyond

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Scope and Topics

Blockchain is a decentralized, transparent and trusted database, defined as part of the Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) framework, and considered as an enabling technology of new IT enterprise systems and applications.  Blockchain in Telecommunications is a new powerful concept that can tremendously improve telecom networking operations and customer-facing processes experience, adding a new layer of authentication, validation and security for all telecom assets and transactions.  Telecom companies will benefit most from enterprise, permissioned Blockchain solutions to enhance existing IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology) solutions to address fraud prevention, customer identity management, mobile transactions settlement and mobile payment, among others, Blockchain is still a nascent technology and as such there are challenges for the wide adoption of Blockchain/DLT as a new enterprise and operational layer.  These challenges are around scalability, interoperability, standards, privacy, security, governance and consensus mechanisms that need to be defined and validated for telecom-specific applications. 

This IEEE Globecom Telecom Blockchain Workshop will introduce the basic concepts of Blockchain applied to Telecommunications, and will discuss emerging trends and the challenges ahead.  It will also provide a forward-looking perspective on the emerging technologies and key applications in this new field.


A short biography of the organizers

Fred Douglis is a Chief Research Scientist at Perspecta Labs, where he works in the areas of blockchain, network optimization, and security.  He was previously with Matsushita, AT&T, IBM, and (Dell) EMC. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from U.C. Berkeley. He is an IEEE fellow and a member of the IEEE Computer Society Board of Governors.  He is on the editorial boards of IEEE Internet Computing, IEEE Transactions on Computers, IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, and ACM Transactions on Storage. 
Claudio Lima leads Enterprise Blockchain, IoT and AI in telecom/IT, energy and smart city digital transformation.  He has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering (UKC-UK) and served as Global Smart Grid CTO of Huawei Technologies and DMTS-Research Scientist at Sprint Advanced Technology Labs, in Silicon Valley-CA. Dr. Lima is currently the co-founder of the Blockchain Engineering Council (BEC) and chair and vice-chair of the IEEE Blockchain IoT and Energy standards WGs.  He works as Blockchain cybersecurity advisory board member of the US DOE/PNNL.



This workshop will be aligned with IEEE Blockchain Initiative strategic directions and promoted as a joint initiative with Globecom

The IEEE Globecom Telecommunications Blockchain Workshop invites prospective authors to submit their original technical work on any aspect of engineering, science, and technology of current interest to the workshop. Topic areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Blockchain in 5G Technologies
  • Blockchain in IoT
  • Blockchain in Networking and Cloud Technologies
  • Blockchain in Telecommunications Process, Operation and Customer Management
  • Blockchain Telecom Enterprise Applications
  • Blockchain Telecom in Home Automation and Communications
  • Blockchain Telecom Cybersecurity
  • Blockchain Telecom Scalability, Performance and Privacy
  • Blockchain Telecom Interoperability
  • Blockchain Telecom Pilots and Applications
  • Blockchain Telecom Regulatory Challenges and Requirements
  • Blockchain Telecom Emerging Technologies



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