[SystemSafety] Call for papers: SASSUR 2019

JOSE LUIS DE LA VARA JoseLuis.delaVara at uclm.es
Fri May 3 09:13:55 CEST 2019

(Apologies for multiple postings)

8th International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches for Safety-Critical Systems - SASSUR 2019
Turku, Finland, September 10th, 2019
In conjunction with the International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security - SAFECOMP 2019
Paper submission: May 13th, 2019
Notification to authors: May 27th, 2019
Camera-ready version: June 10th, 2019

System assurance and certification are amongst the most expensive and time-consuming tasks in the development of safety-critical systems. Assurance and certification require the execution of complex and labour-intensive activities, e.g. the management of compliance with hundreds or thousands of criteria defined in safety standards, the management of a large volume of evidence artefacts throughout a system's lifecycle to demonstrate compliance, or the provision of convincing and valid justifications that a system is dependable. Therefore, the companies developing safety-critical systems or components, as well as the companies assessing them, need approaches that facilitate these activities and ideally increase their efficiency. The challenges arising from system assurance and certification are further growing as a result of the evolution of safety-critical systems, e.g. towards cyber-physical systems. In general, practitioners expect improvements in the available method and tool support for assurance and certification.
The SASSUR workshop is intended to explore new ideas on compositional, evolutionary, architecture-driven, multi-concern, and reuse-oriented 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 certification
- Assurance and certification of autonomous or adaptive systems
- Cross-domain product certification
- Integration of process-centric and product-centric assurance
- Management of compliance with standards and regulations
- Management of assurance evidence
- Multi-concern (safety, security, privacy, reliability...) system assurance
- Evolutionary approaches for safety and security assurance
- Tool 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 systems
- Mixed-criticality system assurance
- Assurance for new technologies and for their application (e.g. blockchain)

Authors are invited to submit short position papers (max. 6 pages) or full technical contributions (max. 12 pages) in PDF format using Easychair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sassur2019
Submissions must conform to the Springer LNCS formatting guidelines (https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/editor-guidelines-for-springer-proceedings). Papers will be peer-reviewed through a regular refereeing procedure, with a minimum of three reviewers per paper. If accepted for presentation, the papers will be published in the SAFECOMP 2019 Workshops proceedings articles (LNCS series). At least one author of each accepted paper must register to the workshop so that the paper is included in the proceedings.
As a distinguishing characteristic, each paper will have an assigned discussant (author of another accepted paper) that will have to perform a short critical review of the corresponding paper to trigger discussion.

Organisation Committee
- Alejandra Ruiz. Tecnalia, Spain
- Jose Luis de la Vara. University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
- John Favaro, Intecs, Italy
- Fabien Belmonte, Alstom, France
Programme Committee (to be completed)
- Markus Borg, RISE SICS AB , Sweden
- Barbara Gallina, Mälardalen University, Sweden
- Ibrahim Habli, University of York, UK
- Maritta Heisel, University of Duisburg-Essen , Germany
- Garazi Juez, Tecnalia, Spain
- Sahar Kokaly, University of Toronto, Canada
- Georg Macher, Graz University of Technology, Austria
- Johnny Marques, Brazilian Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA), Brazil
- Silvia Mazzini, Intecs, Italy
- Thor Myklebust, SINTEF ICT, Norway
- Christoph Schmittner, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
- Daniel Schneider, Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering, Germany
- Irfan Sljivo, Mälardalen University, Sweden
- Kenji Taguchi, AIST, Japan
- Stefano Tonetta, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
- Marc Zeller, Siemens, Germany
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