2nd Workshop on
Security and Dependability of Critical Embedded Real-Time Systems

In conjunction with IEEE Real-Time System Symposium 2017, Paris, France

Call for Papers

Download / View the Call for Papers (text version  / pdf)

Important Dates

  • Workshop submission deadline:
    1st October 2017 (aoe) extended and firm !!!
  • Notification of acceptance:
    17th October 2017
  • Final versions:
    20th October 2017
  • Workshop:
    5th December 2017
  • Main conference:
    6th – 8th December 2017


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 or networked, which makes them vulnerable both to accidental faults and 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.

CERTS’17 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.

Scope and Topics of Interest

CERTS’17 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, and
  • System architectures encompassing combinations of distribution, security, dependability and timeliness.

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 Formats

  • Short Work-in-Progress Paper: up to two pages, standard IEEE format
  • Full Paper: up to six pages, standard IEEE format

Adherence to the format is strict, but we tolerate moderately exceeding the page limit (by up to two pages) if the content so justifies.

Paper Submission and Formatting Guidelines

Submitted papers must strictly follow the IEEE conference format (2 columns, 10 pt, single-line spacing, A4 paper) and should be submitted in PDF format.

LaTeX and MS Word templates may be found at: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the program committee.

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=certs2017


Title Image: Benh Lieu Song (CC-BY-SA 4.0) original available here

Workshop Organizers

Marisol García Valls
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Sibin Mohan
University of Illinois

Steering Commitee

Marcus Voelp
SnT – University of Luxembourg

Paulo Esteves-Verissimo
SnT – University of Luxembourg

Antonio Casimiro
University of Lisboa

Rodolfo Pellizzoni
University of Waterloo

Programm Committee

Lui Sha
University of Illinois

Christian Esposito
University of Naples Federico II

Hans Reiser
Universität Passau

Danny Dolev
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Antônio Augusto Fröhlich
Federal University of Santa Catarina

Zbigniew Kalbarczyk
University of Illinois

Miroslav Pajic
Duke University

Ravi Prakash
University of Dallas

Sasikumar Punnekat
Maelardalen University

Guillermo Rodriguez-Navas
Maelardalen University

José Rufino
Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa

Elad Schiller
Chalmers University of Technology

Bryan Ward
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Heechul Yun
Kansas University

Saman Zonouz
Rutgers University