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USSR Fall 2014 : 2nd International Workshop on Understanding the inter-play between Sustainabiliy, Resilience, and Robustness in networks


When Nov 19, 2014 - Nov 19, 2014
Where Barcelona
Submission Deadline Oct 24, 2014
Notification Due Nov 4, 2014
Final Version Due Nov 10, 2014
Categories    communications   critical infrastructure   reliability   sustainability

Call For Papers


Call for Papers

USRR 2014 Fall

2nd International Workshop on Understanding the inter-play
between Sustainability, Resilience, and Robustness in networks

co-located with RNDM 2014


Paper submission web page: (

All accepted (and presented) USRR 2014 Fall papers will be published
in Electronic Notes in Discrete Mathematics (ENDM) journal by Elsevier.



Emerging network sciences (interdisciplinary science of networks of networks) aim at discovering/identifying, formalizing/representing and analyzing common processes and phenomena underlying physical, chemical, biological, communication, social and cognitive networks. The fundamental objective of this emerging interdisciplinary field is to propose predictive models of these processes and phenomena in these networks that are characterized as adaptive, interdependent, unpredictable, nonlinear, and dynamic. From this perspective, a fundamental question arises as how interdependent network systems can be designed to support unpredictable disturbance and unexpected changes when vulnerable to natural disasters, (un)voluntary disruptions, malfunctions, and changes in its usage patterns due to socio-economic or technological changes. The latter changes could also impact operations for system maintenance as operators running an infrastructure might operate differently than system design assumes. For this purpose, a better understanding of the aforementioned properties characterizing interdependent networks requires to first capture the fundamental interplay between sustainability, resilience and robustness.

Workshop Objective:

Technical networks exhibit many inter-dependencies which are complex to measure and model but also lead to multi-objective decision problems where uncertainty becomes the transversal notion to capture. To this end, understanding the fundamental interplay between sustainability, resilience, and robustness becomes essential in order to rejuvenate and/or improve current design and evaluation methods that are currently unable to cope with this fundamental dimension.


Authors are invited to submit papers that describe state-of-the-art research, present work-in-progress, or suggest open problems covering one or more of the topics of interest to the workshop:

- Case studies about natural disasters, (un)voluntary disruptions,
malfunctions, failures, etc. in (inter-dependent) network infrastructure:
what happened and what lead to the situation?
- Life cycle (data) analysis for inter-dependent networks:
life stat. distributions, parametric and non-parametric methods,
life data classification, competing failure modes analysis
- Quantifying and evaluating the sustainability of (inter-dependent) networks
- Robust optimization of large-scale (inter-dependent) networks
- Robust decision methods for resilient (inter-dependent) networks
- Robust, adaptive and stochastic optimal control for sustainable network systems design
- Extend robustness analysis towards a rigorous approach to resiliency analysis by e.g. capturing
and representing system dynamics at multiple time scale, multi-scale models and cross-interactions
- Energy-aware resilience
- Game theoretic and economic aspects of sustainability-vs-resilience tradeoffs
- Predictive simulation and uncertainty quantification

Important dates:

- Paper submission deadline: October 24, 2014
- Notification deadline: November 4, 2014
- Camera-ready: November 10, 2014

Submission guidelines:

We invite submissions (via EDAS: ( of original contributions of 4-8 pages, formatted in LaTeX according to the ENDM template available at: (

Workshop registration:

Workshop Registration Fee: 120 EUR (it also covers the Gala Dinner of RNDM 2014)

Workshop Chairs:

- Dimitri Papadimitriou, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs, BE
- Bart Lannoo, iMinds, University of Ghent, BE
- Heiko Niedermayer, TU Munich, DE


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