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