[SystemSafety] ASSURE 2013 Call for Papers

Ganesh J. Pai g.pai at ieee.org
Wed Dec 19 21:44:59 CET 2012

The 1st International Workshop on Assurance Cases
for Software-intensive Systems (ASSURE 2013)

San Francisco, California, May 19, 2013.
In conjunction with ICSE 2013.

Software plays a key role in high-risk systems, e.g., safety-
and security-critical systems. Several certification standards/
guidelines now recommend and/or mandate the development of
assurance cases for software-intensive systems, e.g., defense (UK
MoD DS0056), aviation (CAP 670, FAA Interim Guidance 08-01),
automotive (ISO 26262), and healthcare (FDA Guidance on Infusion
Pumps 510(k)). As such, there is a need to understand and evaluate
(a) the application of assurance cases to software, and
(b) the relationship between assurance case development and
assessment, and software engineering concepts, processes and

The goals of the ASSURE 2013 workshop are to explore techniques
for the creation and assessment of assurance cases for software-
intensive systems; leverage, adapt and apply techniques, concepts,
and tools from software engineering in the assurance case
lifecycle; identify the dimensions of effective practice in the
development and evaluation of assurance cases, and identify
critical challenges and define a roadmap for future developments.

We solicit high-quality research contributions, practice and position
papers on the application of assurance case principles and techniques
for software assurance, and on the treatment of assurance cases as
artifacts to which the full range of software engineering techniques can
be applied. Papers should attempt to address the workshop goals in general.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

- Standards How can assurance cases be used to show compliance
  to standards that recommend/mandate their use?

- Methodologies How do development and verification methodologies
  (including configuration management) transfer to an assurance
  case paradigm?

- Use of output from software engineering tools (testing, formal
  verification, code generators) as evidence in assurance cases
  and use of software engineering tools for the modeling, analysis
  and management of assurance cases.

- Application of formal techniques to the creation and analysis of

- Exploring relevant techniques for assurance cases for real-time,
  concurrent, and distributed systems.

- Assurance issues in emerging computational paradigms, e.g.,
  cloud, mobile, virtual, many-core architectures, and adaptive
  and autonomous systems.

- Representation of structured arguments through meta-models.

- Assurance of software quality attributes, e.g., safety,
  security and maintainability as well as dependability in
  general; exploring notions of quality of assurance cases.

- Domain-specific assurance issues, in domains such as aerospace,
  automotive, healthcare, defense and power.

- Reuse and modularization contracts and patterns for improving
  the reuse of assurance case structures.

- Connections between the Goal Structuring Notation for assurance
  cases and goal-orientation from the requirements engineering

Maximum length: 6 pages

Papers should conform to the formatting guidelines:

Instructions for submission are available on ASSURE 2013 website:

Papers should be submitted via Easychair.

Accepted papers will be published in the ICSE 2013 electronic proceedings.

Authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions for
publication in an edited book.

Paper submission : February 7, 2013
Author notification : February 28, 2013
Camera ready copy due : March 7, 2013.
Workshop : May 19, 2013.

Ewen Denney, SGT / NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Ibrahim Habli, University of York, UK
Tim Kelly, University of York, UK
John Knight, University of Virginia, USA
Ganesh Pai, SGT / NASA Ames Research Center, USA

Robin Bloomfield, CSR City University London, UK
Luke Emmet, Adelard, UK
Richard Hawkins, University of York, UK
Kelly Hayhurst, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
Michael Holloway, NASA Langley Research Center, USA
Daniel Jackson, MIT, USA
Insup Lee, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Peter Lindsay, University of Queensland, Australia
Tom Maibaum, McMaster University, Canada
Nikolai Mansourov, KDM Analytics, USA
Robert Martin, MITRE, USA
Yutaka Matsuno, Nagoya University, Japan
Roger Rivett, Jaguar Land Rover, UK
Christel Seguin, ONERA, France
Kenji Taguchi, AIST, Japan
Fredrik Toerner, Volvo Car Corp. and Chalmers University, Sweden
David Ward, MIRA Ltd, UK
Alan Wassyng, McMaster University, Canada
Robert Weaver, AirServices Australia, Australia
Charles Weinstock, SEI, USA

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