Call For Papers

The conference solicits two kinds of contributions:

  • Regular technical papers (Full or short) --- closed for submission (CFP as pdf)
  • Industrial/practical experience reports (CFP as PDF)

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS -- Industrial/practical experience reports

Critical infrastructures must fulfil dependability requirements that impose the use of rigorous techniques during procurement, development, commissioning and training/preparedness, as well as in regulatory audits of the operational systems.

In this CRITIS special session we solicit short presentations from an industrial perspective addressing any aspect of such processes and of the supervision of critical operations. Reports of actual cases are welcome including success stories or failure/emergency management operations with the aim of sharing lessons learnt. Contributions to this session are also welcome by academics working on research projects with industrial partners who have driven experimental evaluations of research outcomes and prototypes with the help of real-world data, or have validated hypotheses by performing surveys and interviews.

The submissions in this session have the following characteristics:

  • Papers of 1-2 pages in length (including references and figures), using the Springer format.
  • The submissions are NOT anonymised
  • The title of the submission must include the words “Industry/Experience report”

The submissions in this session will be evaluated by the two session chairs:

  • Sokratis K. Katsikas (NTNU, Norway & Open University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
  • Francesco Flammini (Linnaeus University, Sweden)

The final versions of the contributions (reflecting the comments by the session chairs and necessary improvements) will be shown on the conference web page and presented during the conference, and can be later extended and published in other venues.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: 9th June 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 20th June 2019
  • Final version submission: 9th September 2019

Information about submission details.

Conference Themes

CRITIS 2019 continues the tradition of bringing to forth innovative research in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection  (C(I)IP), exploring ideas that address challenges to resilience and societal safety, and fostering the dialogue with stakeholders.

CRITIS 2019 aims at bringing together researchers, professionals from academia, critical (information) infrastructure operators, industry, defence sector and governmental organisations working in the field of the security of critical (information) infrastructure systems.

Moreover, CRITIS aims to encourage and inspire early stage and open-minded researchers in this demanding multi-disciplinary field of research. Outstanding research performance demonstrated by young researchers may compete for the Young CRITIS Award (YCA)

The Projects' Dissemination Session will be an opportunity of dissemination for ongoing European, multinational, and national projects, to share the experiences among scientist and experts working on different projects in the C(I)IP domain.

CRITIS 2019 conference has a special focus on testbeds for research and training with respect to security in critical infrastructures, encouraging participants from Europe, US and Asia to present the state of art in development of such physical and virtual environments.

The conference will also be a forum to discuss current and future energy infrastructures with participation of energy infrastructure operators and stakeholders, as well as the infrastructures for water management systems, traffic management and interdependencies therein.

CRITIS 2019 topics include (but are not limited to): 

Topic 1: Protection of cyber-physical systems,

  • Critical (Information) Infrastructure Protection (CIP and CIIP)
  • Vulnerability and Risk Analysis / Threat Modelling
  • Cyber security in C(I)I systems
  • Self-healing, self-protection, and self-management architectures for C(I)I
  • Fault-tolerant control for cyber-physical systems / C(I)I
  • Modelling and analysis of cyber-physical systems / C(I)I and C(I)IP approaches

Topic 2: Advances in C(I)IP organisation, management and legal aspects

  • Digital forensics and attribution in attacked C(I)I
  • International approaches to C(I)IP including identification of C(I)I elements
  • Risk management, impact and consequence analysis regarding C(I)I
  • Coherent prevention, preparedness / exercises, incident management / mitigation, and recovery approaches to C(I)I
  • Resilience and survivability of C(I)I as complex cyber-physical systems
  • C(I)IP policies at international, national and cross-border levels, e.g. public-private partnerships
  • Cross-border issues regarding EU’s Network and Information Security Directive
  • C(I)IP R&D agenda at national and international levels
  • Economics, investments and incentives for C(I)IP
  • Defence of civilian CI and CII in conflicts with cyber warfare elements
  • Infrastructure, architectural and technology changes in the energy sector which may impact the sector approach to C(I)I or challenge other C(I)I-sectors (e.g. smart grids and energy supply in smart city developments)
  • Impact of geopolitical & social factors and threats

Topic 3: Emergencies and C(I)IP protection, national and cross-border 

  • Analysis of Human Factor and Security Awareness in C(I)IP
  • Advanced decision support for mitigating C(I)I related emergencies
  • Social aspects and public communication in C(I)IP
  • Psycho-social dimensions of crisis management and intervention with C(I)I
  • Training for C(I)IP and effective intervention
  • The role of Social Media in C(I)I-related crisis management (as a threat or a potential benefit)
  • Recent trends in cyber economy (clouds, quasi-monopolies, e-currencies etc.) and implications for C(I)I and C(I)IP

Topic 4: Disruptive technologies for C(I)IP, including 

  • New platforms for financing and data management (e.g. blockchains)
  • Infrastructure IoT and emerging standards
  • The role of AI and machine learning in autonomous management of infrastructures
  • Digital twins and their deployment as augmented reality for training and scenario risk analysis
  • Future communication technologies (5G, edge) and their potential impact on other C(I)I