The 8th Symposium on Distributed Ledger Technology

28 - 29 November, Brisbane, Australia

Welcome to the 8th 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.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Jiangshan Yu , Associate Professor, The University of Sydney, Australia

Title: Architectural Hybridisation for Blockchain

Abstract: Over the past decade, blockchain technologies and their ecosystems have rapidly expanded, reaching trillions in value and significantly reshaping the digital economy. This advancement necessitates enhanced resilience and performance to meet the evolving demands of decentralised applications. This talk explores the potential of architectural hybridisation as a means to bolster blockchain resilience and performance. I will give two examples of our work, namely Damysus and OneShot, to illustrate the successful application of architectural hybridisation in blockchain. These systems demonstrate significant improvements in blockchain performance and fault tolerance, showcasing the practical benefits of our approach. In addition, I will highlight ongoing challenges and open questions in the field, with a particular focus on fault independence in blockchains. Despite significant advancements in scaling blockchains, fault independence continues to be a fundamental bottleneck, constraining the practicality and meaningful resilience of these endeavours. This urges us to refine our approach in making blockchains scalable and more resilient.

Bio: Dr. Jiangshan Yu is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He is an elected member of the prestigious IFIP 10.4 Working Group on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Austrian Blockchain Center (Austria). Previously, he held positions as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Monash University and served as Research Director at Monash Blockchain Technology Centre. Dr. Yu's research interests span trust, reliability, and security, with a particular emphasis on blockchain and trustworthy systems. His work has been widely published in prestigious journals and top-tier conferences such as S&P, EuroSys, ICDE, DSN, ICDCS, FC, TDSC, and TPDS. Notably, his research has identified critical vulnerabilities in deployed blockchains, leading to recommended fixes adopted by projects totaling over $30 billion in market capitalization. This impact has garnered widespread media coverage across hundreds of news reports. He has received several competitive awards, including Monash Research Talent Accelerator Award (2023), ARC DECRA (2021), IBM Academic Award (2020). He actively contributes to the academic community as Associate Editor for ACM Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), and as a Program Committee member for esteemed conferences such as CCS, VLDB, USENIX ATC, DSN, ICDCS, FC, AFT, ICBC, and Blockchain.

Dr Mohi Ahmed, Senior Lecturer of Computing & Security, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Big Game Hunting and Evolution of Blockchain

Abstract: The advancement of technology is a double-edged sword. While we enjoy the benefits, people with malicious intent exploit these technological advances. Since most of the worldwide population is connected to the Internet, criminals are now interested in launching cybercrime more than ever and targeting critical infrastructures. Recent statistics show that cybercrime costs are projected to hit an annual $10.5 trillion annually by 2025. Among various types of cyber-attacks, ransomware is one of the most notorious attacks in recent times and continuously evolving which is directly linked with blockchain ecosystem. This talk will cover the recent trends in ransomware, crypto currency, and evolution of blockchain.

Bio: Mohiuddin Ahmed attained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW Australia). He is currently working as a Senior Lecturer in Computing and Security discipline within School of Science at Edith Cowan University. He has been educating the next generation of cyber leaders and researching to disrupt the cybercrime ecosystem. His research is focused on ensuring national security and safeguarding critical infrastructures from cyber terrorists. Mohiuddin has edited several books and contributed articles to The Conversation with a global audience reach of more than a Billion people. His research publications in reputed venues attracted more than 4500 citations and have been listed in the world's top 2% of scientists for the 2020-2023 citation impact. Mohiuddin secured several external and internal grants worth more than $1.7 Million and has been collaborating with academia and industry. He has been regularly invited to speak at international conferences and public organizations and interviewed by the media for expert opinion. He is an associate editor of International Journal of Computers and Applications and Journal of Cyber Security Technology. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, ACS Certified Professional and a FHEA.

André Augusto, Blockchain Researcher, INESC-ID & Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Uniting Blockchains with Interoperability Mechanisms: Where We Are and Where We're Going

Abstract: As blockchain technology evolves, the pressing need for interoperability mechanisms becomes increasingly evident. Recent years have seen a surge in cross-chain bridge hacks, resulting in losses exceeding 3.2 billion USD, underscoring the critical importance of advancing research within the ecosystem. In this talk, we embark on a journey to explore the current landscape of blockchain interoperability mechanisms, assessing where we stand and envisioning the path forward. We delve into existing mechanisms, highlight their strengths and limitations, and address the open challenges that lie ahead. Additionally, we spotlight solutions like Hyperledger Cacti, a pioneering framework designed to facilitate interoperability across diverse blockchain platforms and traditional systems.

Bio: André Augusto is a blockchain researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of security and privacy in blockchain interoperability. With a passion for advancing decentralised technologies, André has made significant contributions to various projects spanning healthcare to supply chain management. He actively mentors students within the Hyperledger community and has participated in ETH Global events. His recent research centres on formalising security and privacy measures in blockchain interoperability mechanisms. André is an active contributor to the Secure Asset Transfer Protocol (SATP) working group within the IETF, where he advocates for establishing standards to facilitate seamless communication across blockchain networks. SATP is a collaborative effort involving multiple international entities such as Blockdaemon, Quant, IBM, and MIT Connection Science. Additionally, he is pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Lisbon.

Past Symposiums

1st SDLT (Jun 2017) 2nd SDLT (Jun 2018) 3rd SDLT (Nov 2018)

4th SDLT (Dec 2019) 5th SDLT (Nov 2021) 6th SDLT (Nov 2022) 7th SDLT (Nov 2023)


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Scope and Topics

SDLT-2024 solicits research contributions in all areas pertinent to DLT. In particular, the symposium targets contributions in (but not limited to):

  • Blockchain architectures, paradigms, & platforms
  • Consensus mechanisms, scalability and interoperability solutions in Blockchain
  • Deployment of DLT and Smart Contracts
  • Anonymity, privacy and security analysis of DLT solutions
  • Formal verification of Smart Contracts and Blockchain Protocols
  • Malicious transactions detection and recovery techniques in Blockchain
  • Applications in healthcare, finance, law, governance, fraud detection, crypto currencies etc.
  • Blockchain based business models
  • Blockchain based IoT security, identity, provenance and trust management solutions
  • Big data, AI and Blockchain technology
  • Blockchain based virtual economies
  • Blockchain integration in CBDC infrastructure
  • Blockchain based identity management in metaverse
  • Other industry applications and evaluations

Download the CFP

Important Dates

Paper submission: 15 July 2024 29 July 2024

Notification of acceptance: 30 August 2024 13 September 2024

Camera Ready Submissions: 15 September 2024 22 September 2024

Event: 28 - 29 November 2024

Paper/Talk Submissions

Researchers and industry practitioners are invited to submit proposals via this LINK.


Springer will publish the proceedings. Authors are advised to prepare their manuscripts in line with the Springer conference format guidelines available here. Please note: Due to the double-blind review process, authors should not include their names or affiliations in the paper.

For the Academic Track submit a Single Column paper within 15 pages excluding references and appendix.

For the Industry Track, submit a single-column full paper of up to 12 pages or a short paper of up to 6 pages.

For the Industry Talk, submit an abstract and a brief outline of the talk (this will not be published).

Organising Committee

General Chairs

Salil Kanhere, University of New South Wales, Australia
Joy Parkinson, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Bhavani Sridharan, Australian Catholic University, Australia

Program Chairs

Raja Jurdak, Queensland Univeristy of Technology, Australia
Kamanashis Biswas, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Shantanu Pal, Deakin University, Australia

Academic Chairs

Stefano Ferretti, University of Urbino, Italy
Kewen Liao, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Guangdong Bai, The University of Queensland, Australia

Local Chairs

Walayat Hussain, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Naipeng Dong, The University of Queensland, Australia
Babu Pillai, Southern Cross University, Australia

Industry Chairs

Zaidul Alam, CSIRO, Australia
Aaron Osterby, G'day Group, Australia
Niaz Chowdhury, EdTech, UK

Web Chairs

Samantha Tharani Jeyakumar, Griffith University, Australia
Shawon Das, James Cook University, Australia

Technical Programme Committee

Abigail Koay, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Babu Pillai, Southern Cross University, Australia
David Hyland-Wood, Griffith Queensland, Australia
David Pearce, ConsenSys, New Zealand
Dileepa Fernando, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dorottya Zelenyanszki, Griffith University, Australia
Ed Young, Crystal Delta, Australia
Ermyas Abebe, ConsenSys, Australia
Guangdong Bai, The University of Queensland, Australia
Gowri Ramachandran, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Helen Paik, University of New South Wales, Australia
Jiangshan Yu, University of Sydney, Australia
Jubilant Job, Southern Cross University, Australia
Jubilant Kizhakkethottam, Saintgits College of Engineering, India
Joanne Fuller, ConsenSys, Australia
Kamanashis Biswas, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Katrina Donaghy, Civic Ledger, Australia
Kulani Mahadewa, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Marius Portmann, The University of Queensland, Australia
Mark Utting, The University of Queensland, Australia
Md Sadek Ferdous, Imperial College London, UK
Md Whaiduzzaman, Torrens Univeristy, Australia
Mohammad Jabed M. Chowdhury, La Trobe University, Australia
Muhammad Usman, Edge Hill University, UK
Naipeng Dong, The University of Queensland, Australia
Nathan Churchward, Cuscal Limited, Australia
Niaz Chowdhury, CSIRO, Australia
Peter McBurney, Kings College London, UK
Peter Robinson, Immutable, Australia
Qiang Tang, University of Sydney, Australia
Raghavendra Ramesh, SupraOracles, Australia
Raja Jurdak, Queensland Univeristy of Technology, Australia
Ranju Mandal, Torrens University, Australia
RK Shyamasundar, IIT-Bombay, India
Salil Kanhere, University of New South Wales, Australia
Samantha Tharani Jeyakumar, Griffith University, Australia
Sandra Johnson, ConsenSys, Australia
Shantanu Pal, Deakin University, Australia
Shiping Chen, Data61-CSIRO, Australia
Shoufeng Cao, The University of Queensland, Australia
Sujit Biswas, City Univeersity of London, UK
Sushmita Ruj, The University of New South Wales, Australia
Thanh-Hai Tran, ConsenSys, Australia
Vallipuram Muthukkumarasamy, Griffith Univeristy, Australia
Vincent Gramoli, University of Sydney, Australia
Vishwas Patil, IIT-Bombay, India
Warwick Powell, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Xin-Wen Wu, University of Mary Washington, USA
Yinxing Xue, University of Science and Technology of China, China
Zaidul Karim, CSIRO, Australia
Zhe Hou, Griffith University, Australia

Supporting partners


Griffith University