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 5 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: Cryptography, Technology & Security

Lead: Dr. Weippl, SBA Research

Prof. Rinderle-Ma, Uni Wien
Prof. Klas, Uni Wien
Prof. Maffei, TU Wien
Prof. Pietrzak, IST Austria

Area 1 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 2: Cryptoeconomic Modelling & Blockchain Applications for Business

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

Prof. Michaelis, Uni Kassel

Blockchain & similar 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 2 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 3: Emerging Industries & Blockchains in Manufacturing

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
Prof. Treiblmaier, MODUL University Vienna

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: Data Science Methods for Blockchain Analytics & Predictions

Dr. Haslhofer, AIT
M. Tarasiewicz, RIAT

Prof. Böhme, Uni Innsbruck

Understanding socio-economic and technical questions that arise in blockchain-based systems requires novel data-driven methods, services and tools. The goal of Area 4 is to investigate, and develop scalable data science methods, tools and services that contribute to a better understanding of the structure and dynamics of blockchain-based ecosystems and environments. A central outcome will be a horizontally scalable platform that can be used by researchers and practitioners to answer scientific or business-related questions. This area will also have a strong interdisciplinary and community-oriented and focus and involve data scientists, practitioners from the startup community, as well as scientists with various backgrounds within and outside the ABC initiative. From an organizational perspective, this area could be organized horizontally to other areas.


Area 5: 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 5 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.


Research Team

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Forschungsinstitut für Kryptoökonomie

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

Organisation: Dr. Emmerich Fuchs und Dr. Christian Baumann