The 2nd IEEE/IFAC Conference on Blockchain and Knowledge Automation (ICBKA 2018), co-sponsored by IEEE and IFAC, was held on June 26, 2018 in Changshu, Jiangsu, China. ICBKA 2018 was organized by IFAC Technical Committee on Economic, Business and Financial Systems (TC 9.1), and co-organized by IFAC Technical Committees on Enterprise Integration and Networking (TC 5.3), Large Scale Complex Systems (TC 5.4), and Control for Smart Cities (TC 9.3). This event was co-located with the 29th IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV 2018), which is a premier annual technical forum sponsored by the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Society (ITSS). The IFAC TC 9.1 Chair, Prof. Fei-Yue Wang, served as the IPC Chair of ICBKA 2018, and the general Chair of IV 2018.
Welcome & Opening Remark from Prof. Fei-Yue Wang in IV 2018 and ICBKA 2018
ICBKA 2018 focused on the emerging research topics of blockchain and knowledge automation. As a novel decentralized architecture and distributed computing paradigm underlying Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain has attracted intensive attention in both research and applications recently. Blockchain, especially powered by chain-coded smart contracts, is widely believed to have the full potential of revolutionizing increasingly centralized Cyber-Physical-Social Systems (CPSS) for constructions and applications and reshaping traditional knowledge automation workflows. Knowledge automation can be considered as a novel direction for further development of Artificial Intelligence technology and a general framework for dealing with management and control of CPSS type complex systems. The goal of knowledge automation is from UDC to AFC, that is, dealing with issues of Uncertainty, Diversity and Complexity with capacity of Agility, Focus and Convergence.
Blockchain and knowledge automation have emerged as a dynamic and fast-growing research area. ICBKA 2018 aims to stimulate innovation in this new direction and provide an international forum that brings together world-renowned researchers, engineers and investors. More than 50 experts from Industry and academia attended the event. Prof. Fei-Yue Wang started with a warm welcome remark in the opening ceremony, pointing out that blockchain features such characteristics as “TRUE” and “DAO”. That is, Trustable, Reliable, Usable, Efficient and Effective for “TRUE”, and Distributed and Decentralized, Automated and Autonomous, Organized and Ordered for “DAO”. Prof. Wang believes that blockchain can commoditize attention and trust, which cannot be massively produced according to Herbert A. Simon. As a result, blockchain has the potential of serving as an important foundation of the future artificial intelligence research and intelligent industries.
Fifth from the front right IPC Chair Fei-Yue Wang, pictured with participants of ICBKA 2018
The opening ceremony was followed by five invited keynote speeches:
-Prof. Jason Jun Zhang (Wuhan University) spoke on “Internet of Mind Enabled by Blockchain”, detailing his extensive research on how to apply blockchain technology in knowledge automation and the future Internet of Mind.
-Prof. You Lu (EDC Education Chain) spoke on “Exploring the Applications of Blockchain in Education and Training”, and gave an interesting use case on blockchain-based education.
-Prof. Yong Yan (Chinese State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power Co., Ltd.) spoke on “Challenges of Blockchain in Internet of Energy”, sharing the perspective application scenarios of blockchain-enabled smart energy and smart grid.
-Prof. Jianwu Chen (Crypto Finance, Hong Kong) spoke on “Financial Changes Brought by Blockchain”, detailing the potential innovations emerged in financial systems thanks to blockchain, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies.
-Prof. Zhifeng Xie (Fudan University) spoke on “Exploring the Business Models for Semiconductor in the New IT Era”, detailing the interesting blockchain-based mining and its influence on the semiconductor industry.
ICBKA 2018 also witnessed the establishment of the Chinese Association of Automation (CAA) Technical Committee on Blockchain, which can provide a platform for the communication and cooperation among researchers and engineers in the Chinese automation Community, and also serve as a bridge connecting blockchain researchers in CAA and IFAC communities.
Prof. Fei-Yue Wang and Prof. Yong Yuan
Chair and Vice Chair of IFAC TC 9.1