[SystemSafety] Deadline approaching: SASSUR 2018

Jose Luis de la Vara jvara at inf.uc3m.es
Mon May 14 16:59:10 CEST 2018

(Apologies for multiple postings)



7th International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches
for Safety-Critical Systems – SASSUR 2018

Västerås, Sweden, September 18th, 2018

In conjunction with the International Conference on Computer Safety,
Reliability and Security - SAFECOMP



Paper submission: May 22nd, 2018

Notification to authors: June 4th, 2018

Camera-ready version: June 18th, 2018

SASSUR 2018 Workshop: September 18th, 2018



Safety assurance and certification are amongst the most expensive and
time-consuming tasks in the development of safety-critical systems. The
increasing complexity and size of these systems combined with their growing
market demand requires the industry to implement coherent reuse strategies.
A key difficulty appears when trying to reuse products from one application
domain in another, because different domains are subject to different safety
regulations. Subsequently, for a reused product, the full safety assurance
and certification process usually has to be applied, just as for a new
product. This reduces the return on investment of such reuse. Further,
market trends strongly suggest that many future safety-critical systems will
be comprised of heterogeneous, dynamic coalitions of systems of systems. For
this type of systems, it is crucial to develop sound strategies that would
allow safety assurance and certification to be done compositionally. Last
but not least, the new characteristics of safety-critical systems, such
connectivity, autonomy, and other cyber-physical properties, makes assurance
more challenging. It is not possible anymore to assure a system only dealing
with its safety, but other quality concerns must be addressed, e.g.

The SASSUR workshop is intended to explore new ideas on compositional,
evolutionary, and multi-concern assurance and certification of
safety-critical systems. In particular, SASSUR will provide a forum for
thematic presentations and in-depth discussions about reuse, composition,
and combination of assurance arguments, assurance evidence, and contextual
information about safety-critical products, in a way that makes assurance
and certification more cost-effective, precise, and scalable.

SASSUR aims at bringing together experts, researchers, and practitioners,
from diverse communities, such as safety and security engineering,
certification processes, model-based technologies, software and hardware
design, safety-critical systems, and application communities (railway,
aerospace, automotive, healthcare, industrial automation, etc.).




Contributions are sought in (but are not limited to) the following topics:

- Industrial challenges for cost-effective safety assurance and

- Assurance and certification of autonomous or adaptive systems

- Robust and verifiable artificial intelligence: safety and ethics

- Cross-domain product certification

- Integration of process-centric and product-centric assurance

- Management of compliance with standards and regulations

- Evidence traceability

- Transparency of assurance and certification processes: metrics and
business cases

- Multi-concern (safety, security, privacy, reliability
) system assurance

- Evolutionary approaches for safety and security assurance

- Tools support for safety and security assurance 

- Seamless toolchains for development, assurance, and certification of
safety-critical systems

- Evolution of standards and trends on regulations

- Human factors in safety and security assurance

- COTS or external sourcing management of evidence in safety-critical

- Mixed-criticality system assurance

- Assurance for new technologies and for their application (e.g. blockchain)




Authors are invited to submit position papers (max. 6 pages) or full
technical contributions (max. 12 pages) written in English in PDF format
using Easychair System: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sassur2018

Submissions must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines. Papers
will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the organisation,
steering, and programme committees. If accepted for presentation, the papers
will be published in the SAFECOMP 2018 Workshops proceedings (LNCS series). 

For each accepted paper, at least one author must register to the workshop.
The authors will be notified about acceptance before the SAFECOMP 2018 early
registration deadline.

As a novelty for this edition, each paper will have an assigned discussant
that will have to perform a short critical review of the corresponding paper
to trigger discussion. The discussants will be an author of another accepted





- Jose Luis de la Vara, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

- Alejandra Ruiz, Tecnalia, Spain

- Tim Kelly, University of York, UK

Steering Committee

- John Favaro, Intecs, Italy

- Huascar Espinoza, CEA-List, France

- Fabien Belmonte, Alstom, France

Programme Committee

- Morayo Adedjouma, CEA-List, France

- Paulo Barbosa, Universidade Estadual da Paraiba, Brazil

- Markus Borg, RISE SICS, Sweden

- Barbara Gallina, Mälardalen University, Sweden

- Garazi Juez, Tecnalia, Spain

- Marion Lepmets, SoftComply, Estonia

- Ibrahim Habli, University of York, UK

- Yaping Luo, Altran, Netherlands

- Silvia Mazzini, Intecs, Italy

- Johnny Marques, Embraer, Brazil

- Jürgen Niehaus, SafeTRANS, Germany

- Mehrdad Sabetzadeh, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

- Christoph Schmittner, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria

- Irfan Sljivo, Mälardalen University, Sweden

- Kenji Taguchi, AIST, Japan

- Stefano Tonetta, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy

- Marc Zeller, Siemens, Germany

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