EWICS/ERCIM/ARTEMIS Dependable Cyber-physical Systems and Systems-of-Systems Workshop

The already well-established ERCIM/EWICS/ARTEMIS Workshop on “Dependable (Embedded) Cyber-physical Systems and Systems-of-Systems”, co-hosted by ARTEMIS projects EMC², ARROWHEAD and CRYSTAL, is again planned for the Workshop-Day Sept. 22, 2015. This workshop at SAFECOMP follows already its own tradition since 2006. In the past, it focussed on the conventional type of “embedded systems”, covering all dependability aspects (in the meaning of IFIP WG 10.4, defined by Avizienis, Lapries, Kopetz, Voges and others). To emphasize more the relationship to physics, mechatronics and the notion of interaction with a somehow unpredictable environment, the terminology changed to “cyber-physical systems and systems-of-systems”.

Last year the focus moved to safety analysis, validation and verification of complex cyber-physical systems, and particularly in one session on dynamic issues of resilience and trust in systems-of-systems where the interaction with the environment, collaboration and co-operation of these systems with each other and humans, and the interplay of safety and security are leading to new challenges in verification, validation and certification/qualification. The majority of presentations were from large industry-driven ARTEMIS projects.

In a highly interconnected world, a finite number of independently operable and manageable systems are networked together for a period of time to achieve a certain higher goal as constituent systems of a so-called “system-of-systems”. Examples are the smart power grid with power plants and power distribution and control, smart transport systems (rail, traffic management with V2V and V2I facilities, air traffic control systems), advanced manufacturing systems, mobile co-operating autonomous robotic systems, smart buildings up to smart cities and the like). Contributors are particularly encouraged this year to submit papers on ongoing research work or already available initial experience in the area of “systems of cyber-physical systems”, but all other embedded systems areas are welcome as well.

The impact on society as a whole is considerable – thus dependability (safety, reliability, availability, security, maintainability, etc.) evaluated in a holistic manner becomes an important issue, including resilience, robustness, and sustainability. CPSs are a targeted research area in Horizon 2020 and public-private partnerships such as ECSEL (Electronic Components and Systems for European Leadership), which integrates the former ARTEMIS, ENIAC and EPoSS efforts.

Sessions are planned on

  • Dependable and resilient embedded systems,
  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics,
  • Systems – of- Cyber-Physical Systems,

covering aspects from design, development, verification and validation, certification, maintenance, standardization and education & training. This is a workshop, and to be distinct from the SAFECOMP conference mainstream, it allows reports on on-going work aiming at hopefully fruitful discussions and experience exchange.

Reports on European or national research projects (as part of the required dissemination) as well as industrial experience reports from work in progress are welcome.

You want to present your ideas and results? What do you have to provide?

Submission Guidelines

  • All papers (8 – 12 pages) must be original work not published before, or in submission elsewhere. All papers should be submitted only in PDF.
  • Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers, and accepted papers will be published in the SAFECOMP 2015 Workshop proceedings published by Springer in the LNCS series.
  • For paper submission the same formatting rules as for SAFECOMP regular papers apply (see

The PDF version of the Call for Papers for the workshop can be downloaded here.

Workshop Organizers

Erwin Schoitsch – AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
Amund Skavhaug – Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Programme Committee

Denis Hatebur, Universität Duisburg-Essen, DE
Janusz Gorski, Gdansk University of Technology/FETI/DSE, PL
Christoph Schmitz, Zühlke Engineering AG, CH
Francesco Flammini, Ansaldo STS Italy/University “Federico II” of Naples, IT
Frank Ortmeier, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, DE
Francesca Saglietti, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, DE
Willibald Krenn, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT
Bettina Buth, HAW Hamburg, DE
Rolf Schumacher, Ing.-Büro, DE
Matthieu Roy, LAAS-CNRS, FR
Dejan Nickovic, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, AT

Important dates

Paper submission: May 29, 2015 [extended deadline!]
Author notification: June 15, 2015
Camera-ready Papers: June 28, 2015

Workshop: September 22, 2015

Programme DECSoS 2015 workshop

  • DECSoS’15 Workshop (Programme)