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CERTS 2019 : 4th International Workshop on Security and Dependability of Critical Embedded Real-Time Systems


When Jul 9, 2019 - Jul 9, 2019
Where Stuttgart, Germany
Submission Deadline Apr 16, 2019
Notification Due May 14, 2019
Final Version Due May 29, 2019
Categories    real-time   security   dependability   embedded systems

Call For Papers



4th Workshop on Security and Dependability of
Critical Embedded Real-Time Systems

In conjunction with ECRTS2019
Stuttgart, Germany, July 9, 2019


Welcome to the fourth round of the CERTS workshop! Following a
successful series of workshops that co-locate with conferences in the
fields of real-time and embedded systems, security, and dependability,
we are now happy to be one of the workshops at ECRTS’19.


At their heart, many critical systems and system infrastructures are
composed of real-time and embedded systems (RTES). For example, RTES
control our power grids, maintain our smart homes, steer our vehicles
or they host the software in road-side units that allow our vehicles
to drive more safely and more efficiently. For sure, they will open
the way to even more challenging applications, such as in autonomous
and cooperating vehicles, terrestrial or aerial.

However, most of these RTES are distributed and networked, which makes
them vulnerable to accidental faults, targeted attacks, and advanced
and persistent threats. Worse, compromise of a few nodes may bring
down the entire system, in particular if attacks persist.

The grand challenges brought in by these scenarios include ensuring
continuous unmaintained operation under faults and attacks. Systems
may possibly utilize easier to upgrade computation resources in mobile
phones or road side units whose trustworthiness needs to be
established while the RTES approaches these units. And while attackers
may try to compromise the RTES’ functionality or timing, we seek to
protect the integrity and timeliness of systems and the privacy of
their users. Mastering these challenges requires the expertise of
several research areas, and so, the goal of this workshop is to bring
together researchers and engineers from the security and
dependability, distributed systems and real-time communities, in order
to discuss and promote new and exciting research ideas and
initiatives, and to identify and discuss the challenges that lie ahead
for such critical applications. Additionally new
artificial-intelligence-based sensing, control, and decisions
introduces new challenges in real-time guarantees, dependability and
security threats.

CERTS’19 strives for an inclusive and diverse program and solicits
short and long technical papers on open problems, experiments, case
studies, new ideas, or future challenges.

Important dates
Submission deadline: April 16, 2019
Notification: May 14, 2019
Camera ready deadline: May 29, 2019
Workshops: July 9, 2019

Scope and topics of interest

CERTS’19 is open to all topics at the intersection of security and
dependability of embedded and real-time systems, with an emphasis on
criticality and distribution. As such, areas of interest include but
are not limited to the following topics:

* Security and dependability of cyber-physical and other real-time
and embedded systems,
* Vulnerabilities and protective measures of CPS infrastructure,
* Fault and intrusion tolerant distributed real-time systems,
* Confidentiality and privacy in real-time and embedded systems,
* System architectures encompassing combinations of distribution,
security, dependability and timeliness, and
* Threats and vulnerabilities due to the use of artificial intelligence

Contribution formats include technical presentations of systems,
system models and architectures, methods, tools, protocols and
infrastructures to improve the dependability and security of real-time
systems but also open problems and future challenges papers and
experimental papers including experience reports and negative results.

Submission and publication

Submissions can be made in one of the following two categories:

* Short Work-in-Progress Paper: up to two pages (double column)
* Full Paper: up to six pages (double column)

Accepted papers will appear in the OpenAccess Series in Informatics,
which are published online with an ISBN-number. There will also be an
option to publish the papers as extended abstracts to facilitate
future journal publication.

Papers should be submitted through Easychair:


Workshop Chairs

Mikael Asplund, Linköping University, Sweden
Michael Paulitsch, Intel, Germany

Program Committee

Antônio Augusto Fröhlich, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Rakesh Bobba, Oregon State University, US
Christian Esposito, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Marisol Garcia Valls, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Martin Gilje Jaatun, University of Stavanger, Norway
Karl Goeschka, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Gert Jervan, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Zbigniew Kalbarczyk, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Martina Maggio, Lund University, Sweden
Sibin Mohan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
Sasikumar Punnekkat, Maelardalen University, Sweden
Hans Reiser, Universität Passau, Germany
Soheil Samii, General Motors, US
Elena Troubitsyna, KTH, Sweden
Bryan Ward, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, US
Saman Zonouz, Rutgers University, US

Steering Committee

Marcus Voelp, SnT – University of Luxembourg
Paulo Esteves-Verissimo, SnT – University of Luxembourg
Antonio Casimiro, University of Lisboa
Rodolfo Pellizzoni, University of Waterloo

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