1st Workshop on Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

In association with Financial Cryptography and Data Security 2021 https://fc21.ifca.ai/

Date and Venue

Call for papers/talks

Our aim with this workshop is to solicit contributions from both academia and industry, focused on addressing fundamental, timely and important questions at the centre of DeFi. As such, we offer two submission formats, as follows.

  1. A talk proposal (~2 pages). Include an abstract, title and the speaker who will attend. Selected talk proposals will subsequently be invited to submit a precis of the talk (~4 pages, excluding references and appendices) in LNCS format for inclusion in the Workshop Proceedings. The precis will not be subject to further review.
  2. A short paper (~8 pages, excluding references and appendices) in LNCS format.

For either category of submission, we encourage submissions that seek to elucidate or make progress towards solving the new and challenging problems that emerge in the DeFi setting.

Researchers who wish to publish their full work elsewhere (e.g., in an econ or finance journal) are encouraged to submit a talk proposal for the workshop.

Topics of particular interest are listed below:

  • Incentive mechanisms in DeFi
  • Stability, risk, resilience, security of DeFi systems
  • Governance of DeFi systems
  • Scalability of DeFi protocols
  • DeFi composability
  • DeFi attacks, attack techniques, and attack case studies (including financial engineering attacks)
  • Privacy and security of DeFi protocols
  • Game theory in decentralized applications
  • Empirical studies of DeFi
  • Use and design of oracles in DeFi: price feeds and market impact measures
  • Stablecoins
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
  • Decentralized Exchanges, including Automated Market Makers
  • Economics of interoperability
  • Decentralized derivatives
  • Miner extractable value in DeFi
  • Token engineering

The workshop will additionally feature presentations from invited speakers.

COVID-19 Contingency

In the event that FC’21 does not take place in a physical format, the workshop will be held virtually. Additionally if FC’21 does take place in a physical format but the author’s travel is disrupted due to the pandemic we will accommodate virtual presentations on an ad-hoc basis.

Important dates

We have two deadlines, corresponding to two review cycles. The competetiveness of the second round will be affected by the number of accepted submissions from the first round.

First submission deadline: December 15, 2020 AoE

Second submission deadline: January 15, 2021 AoE

Submission instructions

Submit here: link

Organizing Committee

  • Lewis Gudgeon, Imperial College London
  • Ariah Klages-Mundt, Cornell University
  • Daniel Perez, Imperial College London
  • Sam Werner, Imperial College London

Program Committee

  • Cuneyt Akcora, University of Manitoba
  • Raphael Auer, Bank for International Settlements
  • Tarun Chitra, Gauntlet Network
  • Martin Florian, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Dominik Harz, Imperial College London
  • William Knottenbelt, Imperial College London
  • Jiasun Li, George Mason University
  • Benjamin Livshits, Imperial College London, Brave Software
  • Jun-You Liu, Cornell University
  • Patrick McCorry, anydot
  • Andrew Miller, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Andreea Minca, Cornell University
  • Daniel Moroz, Harvard University
  • David Parkes, Harvard University
  • Julien Prat, Centre national de la recherche scientifique
  • Tim Roughgarden, Columbia University
  • Alexei Zamyatin, Imperial College London
  • Fan Zhang, Chainlink


Enquiries can be sent to the Organizing Committee fcdefi2021@gmail.com.