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. Kühn: TU Wien, Institute of Information Systems Engineering, Compiler and Languages Group
Prof. Maffei: TU Wien, Institute for Information Systems
Prof. Pietrzak: Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST)
Prof. Rechberger: Graz University of Technology - IAIK
Prof. Rinderle-Ma, Prof. Klas: University of Vienna, Faculty of Computer Science
Ass. Prof. Schulte: TU Wien, Institute of Information Systems Engineering, Distributed Systems Group

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: WU Vienna, Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics

Dr. Di Ciccio, Prof. Crespo-Cuaresma, Dr. De Silva, Prof. Eberhartinger, Dr. Eisl, Prof. Franke, Prof. Hirschler, Prof. Mendling, Prof. Moser, Prof. Pichler, Prof. Reutterer, Prof. Schäfer, Mag. Treytl: WU Vienna
Prof. Michaelis: University of Kassel, DLT Resarch Group
Prof. Sandner: Frankfurt School, Blockchain Center at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management gGmbH
Prof. Tessone: University of Zurich, URPP Social Networks

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: Prof. (FH) Fidler, Angermann MBA, Dr. Moser: University of Applied Sciences (UAS) - (FH St. Pölten)

Prof. Bleicher, DI Mörzinger, DI Raschendorfer: TU Wien, Institute for Production Engineering and Laser Technology
DI Hohlagschwandtner, Ackerl MSc, Ing. Gangl MSc, DI Hubmann: FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH
Prof. Louca, Prof. Giaglis, Prof. Iosif, Prof. Makridakis: University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Blockchain Initiative
Prof. (FH) Schumacher, Dobler MSc, BSc: FH Vorarlberg
Prof. Treiblmaier: Modul University Vienna, Institute for International Management

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: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)
Mag. Tarasiewicz: Research Institute for Arts and Technology (RIAT)

Prof. Böhme University of Innsbruck, Security and Privacy Lab
Brekke MSc, Newman MA, MFA: Research Institute for Arts and Technology (RIAT)
Dr. King, Dr. Kupzog, Dr. Slamanig: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)

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 Vienna

Prof. Blocher, Prof. von Wangenheim: University of Kassel, DLT Resarch Group
De Jong LLM, Prof. Eberhard, Mag. Olowska, Prof. Owens, Prof. Winner: WU Vienna
Prof. Forgó, Prof. Wendehorst: University of Vienna, Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law

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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ABC Research GmbH

Welthandelsplatz 1
A-1020 Vienna, Austria
Mail: office@abc-research.at

Organisation der Beantragung des Zentrums: Dr. Emmerich Fuchs und Dr. Christian Baumann