IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference
9-12 January 2021 // Virtual Conference

Call for Papers

Scope: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) integrate computing and communication capabilities with monitoring and control of entities in the physical world. These systems are usually composed of a set of networked agents, including sensors, actuators, control processing units, and communication devices. All the critical infrastructures will also be a part of such cyber-physical ecosystem to enable smart and connected environments. The tight coupling of Cyber systems with the physical systems brings challenges in terms of stability, security, reliability, robustness, and efficiency. Prevalence of such cyber-physical ecosystem, which are inherently of distributed nature, demands to architect models and propose solutions that can suitably address the above-mentioned challenges.  A multitude of CPS devices and applications exist in industrial, transportation, medical, home‑security, building automation, emergency management, power, and many other systems, which serve critical functions in our lives. Given the popularity of the CPS applications, securing them against malicious activities is of utmost importance. Otherwise, malfunctioning and insecure CPS devices and applications can cause enormous damage to individuals, businesses, and nations.

This workshop intends to focus on understanding security challenges and attack surface of modern cyber-physical systems, and architect innovative solutions with the help cutting-edge technologies. Hence, papers addressing the security, trust and privacy challenges in the following areas but not limited to embedded systems, IoT, Smart‑Grid Systems, Critical Infrastructures, Transportation Systems, and Healthcare are all welcome. The workshop seeks novel submissions describing practical and theoretical solutions to the STP challenges in CPS. The proposed CCNC workshop will serve as a forum for researchers from academia, government and industries, to exchange ideas, present new results, and provide future visions on these topics.

Example topics of interest are given below, but are not limited to:

  • STP for softwarized CPS architectures
  • Machine Learning for STP in CPS
  • 5G Integration and applications in CPS
  • Threat models for softwarized CPS
  • Security and Anonymization on heterogeneous CPS
  • Secure protocol design and Vulnerability analysis  in CPS
  • STP management and usability issues in CPS
  • STP-aware service discovery mechanisms for pervasive computing environments
  • STP issues for handheld device CPS applications such as healthcare
  • Teaching, innovative course or curriculum for STP-aware software development
  • Application of blockchain technologies for STP-aware CPS
  • Ethical issues in STP-aware CPS
  • Resilient deployment strategies and auto-configurations mechanisms for softwarized CPS ecosystems
  • STP based architectures, protocols and applications for CPS environment (smart grid, healthcare, etc.)
  • Secure Integration of IoT/CPS and Cloud Computing
  • Energy efficient security in softwarized CPS
  • Trust models and trust handling/propagation for softwarized CPS security

Important Dates:

  • Paper Submission Deadline: 16 October 2020
  • Acceptance Notification: 2 November 2020
  • Final Camera-Ready: 20 November 2020

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