RTAutoSec 2024

First Workshop on Real-Time Autonomous Systems Security
July 9, 2024, Lille, France
Held in conjunction with ECRTS 2024


Autonomous systems such as ground and aerial vehicles, cognitive robots, and mechanical plants are used in many applications (transportation, surveillance, control systems, precision agriculture, and healthcare) and ease our everyday lives. Such systems also have “real-time” (viz., stringent timing and safety-critical) requirements. Due to their growing usage and high value, adversarial threats to those critical systems are increasing. Security, resiliency, and privacy problems in modern real-time autonomous systems pose direct threats to the users/operators, the system itself, the other entities (including humans) around it, and the environment. Hence, there is a need for a concerted effort to understand the threats and devise techniques to make critical systems resilient against cyber-attacks.

Considering the urgency and research needs, the First Workshop on Real-Time Autonomous Systems Security (RT-AutoSec) provides a platform for researchers to present original research papers addressing these challenges. RT-AutoSe aims to bring together experts from academia and industry to discuss and address the security, resiliency, and privacy challenges of modern, connected autonomous systems. The expected impacts include identifying and eliminating adversarial threats in autonomous systems’ design and implementation space.

Scope and Topics of Interest

We welcome papers describing applications, methodologies, and case studies contributing to the state-of-the-art design of secure, time-sensitive autonomous systems. We require papers to consider some timing requirements related to the security of autonomous systems. The timing requirements of interest are broadly defined and may include soft real-time, QoS, and probabilistic guarantees.

Specific areas of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Mathematical foundations for secure autonomous systems
  • Control/game-theoretic approaches
  • High-assurance security architectures
  • Security, privacy, and resilience metrics
  • Economics of autonomous systems security and privacy
  • Hardware-assisted security
  • Autonomous systems testbed for security analysis
  • Security/privacy solutions for learning-enabled/AI-driven autonomous systems
  • Trusted computing (TEEs) for autonomous systems
  • Software-defined designs for improving security/resiliency
  • Side-channel analysis
  • Ethics and usability aspects related to time-criticality

Important Dates

  • May 9, 2024 May 16th, 2024 (extended!)
    Submission Deadline
  • June 6, 2024
    Acceptance Notification
  • July 9, 2024
  • July 9-12, 2024
    ECRTS Conference

Submission Instruction

The Workshop accepts two types of submissions: (1) regular papers that are up to 6 pages long and (2) short position papers or work-in-progress (WIP) papers that are up to 4 pages long. Both papers should be formatted in double-column IEEE style, including references and appendices. The IEEE template is available here. Submissions must be in Portable Document Format (.pdf). 

Submissions website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rtautosec2024

If accepted, at least one author must attend the conference for the presentation. The workshop will publish and archive the proceedings. However, authors retain the right to publish their work elsewhere and may opt not to include their paper in the workshop proceedings. In such cases, authors may (optionally) provide an extended abstract.

Workshop Chairs

Monowar Hasan
Washington State University
Email: monowar.hasan@wsu.edu

Mohammad Hamad
Technical University of Munich
Email: mohammad.hamad@tum.de

Technical Program Committee

  • Gedare Bloom (University of Colorado Colorado Springs, USA)
  • Zain A. H. Hammadeh (German Aerospace Center — DLR, Germany)
  • Mehdi Hosseinzadeh (Washington State University, USA)
  • Apostolos Fournaris (Research Center ATHENA, Greece)
  • Mert D. Pesé (Clemson University, USA)
  • Marc-Oliver Pahl (IMT Atlantique, France)
  • Andrea Saracino (Scuola Superiore Universitaria Sant’Anna, Italy)
  • Man-Ki Yoon (NC State University, USA)

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