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SmartBuildingSec 2016 : International Workshop on Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings


When Apr 7, 2016 - Apr 7, 2016
Where Bonn, Germany
Submission Deadline Dec 23, 2015
Notification Due Jan 22, 2016
Final Version Due Feb 2, 2016
Categories    security   automation   cyber-physical systems   networking

Call For Papers


Smart buildings are automated buildings that deliver essential services to the modern society. These buildings reduce the energy consumption of homes, increase the safety of inhabitants, increase the comfort for employees by operating elevators, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, and perform essential services within large infrastructure buildings, e.g. smart video surveillance on airport terminals. Today's smart buildings are equipped with a steadily increasing number of features while providing rather limited security features. Hurdles to increase the security of smart buildings are rooted in several reasons. For instance, new buildings are usually required to be compatible to older components integrated decades ago, which do not provide any security features. The patchability of controller software is another unsolved problem, and the integration of state-of-the-art security features into these old operating environments is difficult due to limited computing power and memory of legacy systems.

The International Workshop on Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings (SmartBuildingSec'16) will be initially held under the umbrella of the GI SICHERHEIT 2016. The workshop is a result of earlier, successful conference sessions and research projects. The event targets all types of automated buildings, being it commercial, public, or residential buildings, their network infrastructure and all operating environments. Research papers can address organizational aspects of smart building security, hardware-level security, network-level security and usability but can also discuss other aspects related to the topic.
Topics of interest:

Monitoring, situational awareness and visualization for smart buildings
Forensics for smart buildings
Side channels, covert channels and other forms of information hiding in smart buildings
Privacy and Surveillance in smart buildings
Network security for building automation protocols (e.g. BACnet, KNX, EnOcean, ZigBee)
Traffic analysis for building automation protocols
Active protection measures of smart buildings
Future perspectives of smart building security
Hardware-level security for smart buildings
Usable security for smart buildings
Teaching and education for smart building security (e.g. testbed setups and experiences to be shared with the research community)
Building-external factors influencing the security of smart buildings
Analysis of inhibitors for the security of smart buildings
Integration of security features from non-building domains to smart buildings


Organizing Committee
Chair: Steffen Wendzel, Fraunhofer FKIE
Co-Chair: Jörg Keller, FernUniversität Hagen
Program Co-Chair: Jernej Tonejc, Fraunhofer FKIE
Website: Jaspreet Kaur, Fraunhofer FKIE

Program Committee

François-Xavier Aguessy, Thales, France
Bernhard Fechner, University of Hagen, Germany
Christian Herdin, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Saffija Kasem-Madani, University of Bonn, Germany
Wolfgang Kastner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Jaspreet Kaur, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
Jörg Keller, University of Hagen, Germany
Wojciech Mazurczyk, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Nasim Mohammadi, York University, Canada
Delphine Reinhardt, University of Bonn, Germany
Arnold Sykosch, University of Bonn, Germany
Jernej Tonejc, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
Steffen Wendzel, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
Matthias Wübbeling, University of Bonn, Germany
Tao Yue, University of Oslo, Norway
Sebastian Zander, Murdoch University, Australia

Submission and Registration

Papers must be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair and must be written in English. Papers should comprise 8-12 pages, including references and appendix. Please use the LNI template to write your paper (Word, LaTeX).

Only novel research papers which are currently not under review at another event or a journal will be accepted to the review process. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. The peer review process is double-blind, i.e. papers must be submitted without indicating the name or affiliation of its authors.

For inclusion into the proceedings, it is mandatory that at least one author participates at the workshop and presents the paper in front of the workshop audience. No-show-up will lead to the exclusion of a paper from the proceedings. The registration to the workshop must be performed via the conference registration service of the GI SICHERHEIT 2016 website (link will be provided soon).

Submission Link:

***Authors of selected accepted papers will receive an invitation to submit an extended version of their paper to a special issue of the Journal of Universal Computer Science (J.UCS).***

Important Dates

Regular paper submission: December 23th, 2015 (extended!)
Notification date: January 22th, 2016
Camera-ready paper version: February 2nd, 2016
Workshop: April 7th, 2016

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