15th European Dependable Computing Conference
17-20 September 2019
Naples, Italy


CARS - 5th Critical Automotive applications: Robustness & Safety

Organizers: Jean-Charles Fabre (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France), Rolf Johansson (Zenuity, Gothenburg, Sweden), Philippe Quéré (Renault Group, Paris, France), Mario Trapp (Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany)

The increasing complexity of automotive applications, the challenges posed by autonomous vehicles, the need to master production costs using off-the-shelf components, the coexistence of critical and non-critical applications, and the emergence of new architectural paradigms (Cloud, AI) may have a strong effect on dependability of automotive embedded systems. This situation requires design and validation methods, but also tools to improve automotive systems robustness and their safety and security properties. The evolution of automotive systems is supported by standards (like AUTOSAR, ISO26262) that respectively advocate a software architecture but also recommend development approaches to improve system robustness and safety. The fast evolution of both standards is a reality to incorporate novel features, more flexibility while improving robustness, security and safety.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the construction of critical automotive applications and systems. It will place the emphasis on dependability issues, software engineering for robustness, security and safety issues, real time embedded systems technologies, architectural software and hardware solutions, development processes for dependable automotive embedded systems. In particular, CARS aims at promoting and fostering discussion on novel ideas and techniques, possibly controversial approaches, it is a forum for ongoing work exchange, a place where researchers and developers can share both real problems and innovative solutions. Application areas of interest to the workshop focus on the automotive domain but methods and techniques in other transport domains (e.g. aerospace, railways) are also welcome.

Website: http://conf.laas.fr/cars/CARS2019

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission due: June 7, 2019 June 14, 2019 (extended!)
  • Notification: July 14, 2019
  • Camera Ready: July 20, 2019
  • Workshop date: September 17, 2019

DSOGRI - International Workshop on Dependable SOlutions for Intelligent Electricity Distribution GRIds

Supported by: Net2DG Project
Organizers: Nicola Nostro (Resiltech s.r.l., Italy), Rasmus Løvenstein Olsen (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Currently and in the future, electrical distribution grids are required to deliver an efficient and reliable supply of electricity to end users. The reliability is challenged by many factors, e.g., the increased penetration of renewable energy resources or equipment wear. For this purpose, Distribution System Operators (DSOs) need to implement intelligent solutions capable of guaranteeing a high level of resilience to their systems. With communication technology, ICT infrastructures, data collection and management solutions create the basis for obtaining intelligent, reliable and efficient distribution grids. Such solution offers functionalities as for example prompt identification and localization of faults and diagnosis. Despite these functionalities offers a more effective and successful management of electricity distribution, they also introduce a level of interdependence between the ICT infrastructure and the electricity grid that must be managed.

The purpose of this workshop is to investigate issues related to the ICT-based management of failures, including cyber-security aspects, the ability to quantify the quality of the data collected from the sub- systems deployed in the field, in order to make an appropriate diagnosis and detection. Moreover, the workshop provides a forum for researchers and engineers in academia and industry for discussing and analyzing current solutions and approaches, research results, experiences, and products in the field of intelligent electricity grids. Its ultimate goal is to presents the advancement on the state of art in this domain and spreading their adoption in several scenarios involving main DSOs of the power domain.

Website: http://www.dsogri.eu

Important Dates:

  • Paper submission due: June 7, 2019 June 21, 2019 (extended!)
  • Short papers submission due: June 21, 2019 July 5, 2019 (extended!)
  • Notification: July 5, 2019 July 10, 2019
  • Camera Ready: July 20, 2019
  • Workshop date: September 17, 2019

SIPS-CIs - Protecting Sensitive Industrial Plants and Sites Critical infrastructures from cyber-physical threats

Supported by: InfraStress Project

SIPS CIs are exposed to large scale, combined, cyber-physical threats and hazards. The workshop aims at connecting stakeholders in charge of operating SIPS and SIPS CIs to researchers and practitioners with cross-cutting and complementary competences engaged in developing techniques and mechanisms for improving resilience and protection capabilities of SIPS CIs. Focus will be on guaranteeing continuity of operations, while minimizing cascading effects in the infrastructure itself, the environment, other CIs, and citizens in vicinity, at a reasonable cost. The workshop will address the current fragmentation of available security solutions and technologies, towards the implementation of integrated frameworks including cyber and physical threat detection, integrated cyber-physical situational awareness, threat intelligence, and innovative methodologies for resilience assessment. The workshop will take a user-driven approach. Presentations by operators of plants and sites are particularly welcome, since they will provide a unique opportunity for gathering requirements and ultimately steer technical activities. Presentations of tailored activities aiming at rising a culture of participatory security - involving all stakeholders, including: companies, workers, public authorities, citizens and civil society – are also very much appreciated.

Website: https://www.infrastress.eu/workshop

Important Dates:

  • Presentation submission due: June 7, 2019
  • Notification: July 14, 2019
  • Camera Ready: July 20, 2019
  • Workshop date: September 20, 2019

SECHEAD - SECurity of cross-border exchange of eHEAlth and critical Data

Supported by: Konfido Project

The “digital era” in the healthcare domain has resulted in the introduction and massive use of tele-monitoring solutions, Electronic Health Records (EHR), genomic information and mHealth applications in combination with the nascent concept of “coordinated care”. This creates the need for increased security implementations, leading to improved user acceptance of such applications and thus to large-scale adoption of these technologies and to full exploitation of their advantages.

In this context, and in the framework of the KONFIDO project, an EU funded Horizon 2020 project, being in its last year of duration, we organise the SECHEAD - SECurity of cross-border exchange of eHEAlth and critical Data workshop in which we plan to disseminate the KONFIDO concept, developments, and findings to all key actors in the field of eHealth technology. More specifically, the SECHEAD 2019 workshop aims to provide a forum for key stakeholders in the eHealth field and KONFIDO Partners to discuss the KONFIDO results, as well as the potentials and the challenges in integrating the KONFIDO toolkit in real-word scenarios.

The KONFIDO project aims to address the emerging security challenges in the healthcare domain taking into account the identified security gaps in existing security frameworks for health such as OpenNCP, STORK 2.0, and DECIPHER advancing the state-of-the-art of eHealth technology in four key dimensions of digital security, namely: data preservation, data access and modification, data exchange, and interoperability and compliance. To address the challenges of secure storage and exchange of eHealth data, protection and control over personal data, and security of health-related data gathered by mobile devices, KONFIDO takes a holistic approach – i.e. one targeting all the architectural layers of an IT infrastructure, and specifically: storage, dissemination, processing, and presentation. The KONFIDO technological framework relies on six technology pillars: 1) security extensions provided by main CPU vendors; 2) security solutions based on photonic technologies; 3) homomorphic encryption mechanisms; 4) customised STORK-compliant eID support; 5) customized extensions of selected SIEM solutions; and 6) disruptive logging and auditing mechanisms.

Website: Konfido-Project

SERENE 2019: 11th International Workshop on Software Engineering for Resilient Systems

Organizers: Radu Calinescu (University of York, UK), and Felicita Di Giandomenico (ISTI-CNR, Italy)

Resilient systems withstand, recover from, and adapt to disruptive changes with acceptable degradation in their provided services. Resilience is particularly important for modern software and software-controlled systems, many of which are required to continually adapt their architecture and parameters in response to evolving requirements, customer feedback, new business needs, platform upgrades, etc. Despite frequent changes and disruptions, software is expected to function correctly and reliably. This is particularly important for software systems that provide services which are critical to society, e.g., in transportation, healthcare, energy production and e-government. Since modern software should be developed to efficiently cope with changes, unforeseen failures and malicious cyber attacks, design for resilience is an increasingly important area of software engineering. The SERENE 2019 workshop will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange ideas on advances in all areas relevant to software engineering for resilient systems.

Publication and Journal Special Issue
The SERENE-2019 proceedings will be published by Springer in the LNCS series. The authors of the best submissions will be invited to submit extended, revised versions of their papers to the forthcoming Special Issue on ‘Resilient Software and Software-Controlled Systems’ of Springer’s Computing journal.

Website: http://serene.disim.univaq.it/2019/home

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission due: May 31, 2019
  • Paper submission due: June 7, 2019
  • Notification: July 14, 2019
  • Camera Ready: July 20, 2019
  • Workshop date: September 17, 2019