The 4th Workshop on
Decentralized Finance

In Association with Financial Cryptography 2024

March 8, 2024

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Willemstad, Curaçao

Call for papers and talks

The FC Workshop on Decentralized Finance (DeFi) promotes research on blockchain or distributed ledger-based financial protocols. This workshop aims to bring together researchers from disparate fields, including computer science, economics, finance, and mathematics, to design and analyze blockchain-based financial systems.

We encourage both theoretical and empirical work—from either industry or academia—that provide new insights related to existing mechanisms, or that propose new designs for DeFi protocols. We offer two submission formats:

  1. Talk. (~2 pages). Must include abstract, title, and speaker who will attend. These talks may showcase original research or innovative software of interest to the DeFi research community. Please begin the title for talks with the text "Talk:". (Selected proposals may submit a precis of the talk that is up to 4 pages in LNCS format, excluding references and appendices, for inclusion in the Workshop Proceedings. The precis will not be subject to further review.)
  2. Paper. (Up to 8 pages, excluding references and appendices in LNCS format)

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

Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Decentralized exchanges: automated market makers, liquidity provision, etc.
  • Prediction Markets
  • Liquidity provision in DeFi protocols
  • DeFi lending protocol design
  • Decentralized derivatives
  • Incentive mechanisms in DeFi
  • Game theory in decentralized applications
  • Stability, risk, resilience, security of DeFi systems
  • Miner extractable value (MEV)
  • DeFi attacks, attack techniques, and attack case studies
  • Governance of DeFi systems
  • Scalability of DeFi protocols
  • DeFi composability
  • Economics of cross-chain and L1/L2 interoperability
  • Use and design of oracles in DeFi
  • Privacy and security of DeFi protocols
  • Stablecoins
  • Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs)
  • Empirical studies of DeFi

The workshop will additionally feature presentations from invited speakers.

Organizing Committee

  • Ariah Klages-Mundt, Superluminal Labs (developer of Gyroscope)
  • Sarah Allen, Flashbots & IC3
  • Theo Diamandis, MIT & Bain Capital Crypto

Program Committee

  • Cuneyt Akcora, University of Central Florida
  • Guillermo Angeris, Bain Capital Crypto
  • Maryam Bahrani, a16z crypto
  • Tarun Chitra, Gauntlet
  • Jeremy Clark, Concordia University
  • Matheus Ferreira, University of Virginia
  • Pranav Garimidi, a16z crypto
  • Khaled Grira, Block Analitica
  • Dominik Harz, Interlay
  • James Hsin-yu Chiang, Aarhus University
  • Ruizhe Jia, Columbia University
  • Mahimna Kelkar, Cornell University
  • Kshitij Kulkarni, UC Berkeley
  • Jiasun Li, George Mason University
  • Patrick McCorry, Arbitrum
  • Jason Milionis, Columbia University
  • Barnabe Monnot, Ethereum Foundation
  • Mahsa Moosavi, Offchain Labs / Concordia University
  • Daniel Moroz, Harvard University
  • Andreas Park, University of Toronto
  • Julien Prat, Polytechnic Institute of Paris
  • Palina Tolmach, Runtime Verification
  • Sam Werner, ICL
  • Alexei Zamyatin, Interlay
  • Fan Zhang, Yale University

Important dates

Submission deadline: December 6 (EXTENDED) December 10, 2023 (17.00 UTC)

Author notification by: Monday January 15, 2023

Submission instructions

Submit here:


Enquiries can be sent to the Organizing Committee here.