Blockchain Applications in the Metaverse for Smart Cities

A special issue of Smart Cities (ISSN 2624-6511).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2025 | Viewed by 392

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BISITE Research Group, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
Interests: artificial intelligence; blockchain; deep learning; satellite systems; robot vision; cognitive robotics; sensor fusion; data fusion; mobile robotics; wireless networks; robotics; security; Internet of Things
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Communications and Control Systems Department, Computer Science Faculty, Spanish National University for Distance Education (UNED), 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: IoT; smart grids; computer science education; cloud computing; learning analytics
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Computer Engineering Faculty, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: high performance networks; IoT; smart grids; educational technologies; learning analytics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Metaverse has caused a revolution by clearly demonstrating how traditional forms of interaction between people will change. Immersion in digital environments and interaction with avatars and scenarios within a new digital reality will transform smart cities, revolutionizing how companies digitize their resources and monetize them towards Metaverse users.

This digitization has traditional economic aspects like digital markets, resource exchange, resource ownership, and buying/selling. These aspects must be implemented with technologies that enable decentralization and the efficient and secure management of these resources. This technology is called blockchain. However, not only should the economic aspects associated with blockchain be considered but also the possible applications within the Metaverse in a smart-city context.

Applications and services will support the projection of digital rights, the securitization of the Metaverse, and the authentication of the identity of avatars (during interactions between these avatars and the digital markets existing in the Metaverse).

This Special Issue is therefore focused on showing the new developments of blockchain technology integrated with the Metaverse and its application to smart cities, and covers but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Applications of the blockchain-based Metaverse in smart cities;
  • Blockchain-enabled digital markets in the Metaverse;
  • Cryptocurrencies for the Metaverse;
  • NFTs for the Metaverse: integration and applications;
  • Protecting digital assets in the Metaverse with blockchain;
  • AI and blockchain fusion for the Metaverse;
  • Blockchain-empowered Authentication in the Metaverse;
  • Blockchain-based governance in the Metaverse;
  • Security and privacy in the Metaverse.

Dr. Javier Prieto
Prof. Dr. Rafael Pastor Vargas
Dr. Antonio Robles-Gómez
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  • blockchain
  • metaverse
  • digital markets
  • cryptocurrencies
  • NFTs
  • digital assets
  • smart contracts

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