ERCIM/EWICS/ARTEMIS Workshop on Dependable Embedded and Cyber-physical Systems and Systems-of-Systems (DECSoS’14)

Florence, Italy, Tuesday 9th Sept. 2014, 9:00 – 17:30

Dependable (Embedded) Cyber-physical Systems, Autonomous Systems, Systems-of-Systems: Challenges in Design, Development, Validation & Verification and Certification

Co-hosted by the ARTEMIS projects MBAT, SafeCer, ARROWHEAD, CRYSTAL and EMC2

Erwin Schoitsch, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Amund Skavhaug, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway


The Workshop will be held at Auditorium al Duomo Florence – “Donatello room” – Via de Cerretani 54/r, Firenze

Update: The workshop program is now available here. A pdf version of the program is also available for download.

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”.

Last year the focus moved to “autonomous systems and robotics” 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.

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?

Workshop proceedings will be provided as complementary booklet to the SAFECOMP Proceedings.Please keep your paper format according to SPRINGER LNCS style guidelines as for the main conference proceedings (Microsoft Word if possible) (please use appropriate template, which is at Papers (6-8+ pages) will be reviewed by at least three reviewers. Deadlines are:

A pdf version of the call for papers is also available.

The International Programme Committee is composed of selected EWICS and ERCIM members, led by the workshop organizers.

Contacts (workshop and programme committee chairpersons):

Erwin Schoitsch
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Donau-City-Strasse 1,
TechGate A-1220
Vienna, Austria
Amund Skavhaug
The Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology
Department of Engineering Cybernetics
Trondheim, Norway

Tentative IPC list for DECSoS’14 IPC:

Erwin Schoitsch DECSoS Chair
Amund Skavhaug DECSoS Chair
Frank Ortmeier SAFECOMP WS Chair
Bettina Buth
Peter Daniel
Francesco Flammini
Janusz Gorski
Denis Hatebur
Floor Koornneef
Willibald Krenn
Peter Bernard Ladkin
Meine van der Meulen
Dejan Nickovic
Thomas Pfeiffenberger
Francesca Saglietti
Christoph Schmitz
Rolf Schumacher
Mark-Alexander Sujan
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