ABC – Austrian Blockchain Center
Proposed COMET K1 Research Center

The Center's mission is to be the one-stop-shop Austrian Research Center for Blockchain (and related) technologies to be applied in industrial applications like industry 4.0 / IoT as well as financial, energy, logistics, government and administrative applications. Those new applications and business models resulting from collaborations between established players, innovative startups and top R&D institutes will be the key for the creation of new jobs and establishing Austria among the top ten innovative countries in Europe.

The R&D themes of the center have been organized in 4 Areas targeting economic, technological, applications as well as political and legal topics interfacing with existing COMET centers like CDP, SBA as well as international Blockchain initiatives.


Overall Scientific Lead: Prof. Taudes, Institut für Kryptoökonomie, WU Wien

Area 1: Cryptoeconomics

Lead: Dr. Shermin Voshmgir, Institut für Kryptoökonomie, WU Wien

Partner: RIAT (Research Institute for Future Cryptoeconomics)

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the current economic system by enabling the replacement of intermediaries by trust less peer-to-peer systems for value exchange. Area 1 addresses the economic potentials and problems of this new paradigm. The area will study economic questions that arise in any peer-to-peer system and investigate DLT based decentralized business models in specific application domains.


Area 2: Cryptography, Technology & Security

Lead: Dr. Weippl, SBA Research

Prof. Rinderle-Ma, Uni Wien
Prof. Klas, Uni Wien
Prof. Maffei, TU-Wien

Area 2 addresses the technical and theoretical foundations of distributed ledger technology. As we have seen in the past, understanding the mathematics and cryptography is important as these are the foundations for consensus building, which is again the very foundation of DLT. The area will also address technical aspects of different types of Blockchains and “Non-Blockchains”, Smart Contracts and transparency on the Blockchain.


Area 3: Emerging Industries

Lead: FH-Prof. DI Dr. Fidler, Dr. Moser, FH St. Pölten

Prof. Bleicher, DI Mörzinger, DI Raschendorfer, TU Wien
DI(FH) Helmut Loibl, FOTEC
Prof. Louca, University of Nicosia

Area 3 focuses on the technological aspects of Blockchains in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. The convergence of Blockchain with emerging technologies in those fields such as semantic database solutions, machine learning, cloud manufacturing, 3D printing and machine-to-machine will be at the centre of the activities.


Area 4: Legal and Political Implications

Lead: Prof. Kalss, WU Wien

Prof. Winner, WU Wien
Prof. Eberhard, WU Wien
Prof. Jeffrey Owens, WU Wien
Prof. Forgó, Uni Wien
Prof. Wendehorst, Uni Wien
Prof. Blocher, Uni Kassel

As a completely new technological concept, DLT also raises demanding legal questions throughout all fields on a national and international level. Area 4 aims to address legal questions arising under current legislation including matters of private, public and tax law, tries to address concepts and suggestions for future legal frameworks and starts to analyse further political implications.



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Forschungsinstitut für Kryptoökonomie

Welthandelsplatz 1, Gebäude D2
A-1020 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43-1-31336-6015
Mail: info-crypto-economy@wu.ac.at