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Workshop on Blockchain for Software Defined Cyber-Physical Systems (in conjunction with IEEE 5th International Conference of Smartcomp, 2019)

Posted by on Thursday, January 17, 2019 in News.

Call for Papers


As Internet has become a critical utility of the 21st century, more and more devices are getting connected to each other for availing customized and transparent services to the end-users. Emergence of network and computing capabilities of handheld devices is carving out a clear path to adopt the Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, which will facilitate enormous amount of network-capable sensor devices to work coherently for serving our community. All the critical infrastructures will also be a part of such cyber-physical ecosystem to enable smart and connected environments. Some important IoT solutions that are being explored include: hospital sensors for patient vitals and comfort, vehicle sensors, and smart grid infrastructure sensors that can provide real time information to make operations faster and safer. 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.

The automatic orchestration of networks is enabled by the Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Virtualization (NV), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) paradigms, and offers many advantages for the network operators and service providers. Specially, SDN can be integrated with CPS and IoT to provide scalable, reliable, secure and efficient communication in heterogeneous infrastructure. It manages and verifies the correctness of the network operations at run time. The globalized view of SDN controller and programmability feature enable control, configure, monitor and fault (due to accidental failures and malicious attacks) detection and remediate of abnormal operation in the SDN based IoT more efficiently as compared to the traditional based networks.

The Blockchain technology is offering a distributed solution to maintain tamper-resistant system, which can offer variety of solutions to tackle security problems in cyber-physical systems (CPS). Blockchain uses a distributed network of nodes that all maintain a copy of a ledger or database, which demonstrated its potential by storing the cryptocurrency transactions in an immutable ledger. With high availability and immutability characteristics, building auditable and accountable distributed systems are feasible. However, the challenge in integrating Blockchain with CPS is yet to be addressed which require various cyber-physical nodes to work effectively and collaboratively in an asynchronous environment. Hence, it is required to come ups with innovative models,  and effective algorithms which will allow the participating nodes to find consensus on the transactions. What mechanisms can be used to better manage the identities of CPS devices and track the activities of what they were originally intended to do. This can also provide protection for IoT devices that can be compromised and used for malicious attacks on the fly. Therefore, several challenges need to be addressed while integrating these two technologies and enhancing security of existing CPS environments. This workshop intends to draw attentions of researchers from academia, industry, and government agencies to focus on understanding security challenges and attack surface of modern cyber-physical systems, and architect innovative solutions with the help cutting-edge technologies like Blockchain. We hope to attract high quality research articles on the above-mentioned topic along with review articles which describe current state of the art.

Potential topics include but are not limited to following:

  • Blockchain-based security solutions of critical infrastructures
  • Resilient deployment strategies and auto-configurations mechanisms for CPS ecosystems
  • Secure system architectures, protocols and applications for softwarized CPS environment (smart grid, healthcare, etc.)
  • Secure communication protocols for Internet of Things and CPS
  • Auditable and accountable CPS architecture
  • Energy-efficient and distributed consensus models for CPS
  • Software-defined network capabilities in critical infrastructures
  • Low-energy wireless infrastructure for IoT
  • Security testbeds and experimental results for SDN-based CPS and IoT
  • Applying Blockchain technologies for softwarized networks
  • Security and privacy in softwarized IoT networks


Submission Guidelines

Paper submissions must be no longer than 8 pages and formatted according to the two-column IEEE proceedings template. IEEE provides corresponding formatting templates at IEEE conference template. Make sure to use the conference mode of the template, i.e., LaTeX users must use the conference option of the IEEEtran document class.

Papers must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file on US Letter size paper (not A4), with all fonts embedded (the PDF-A standard complies with that). Prior to submission, ensure that any running headers/footers, page numbering, as well as blue underlining for URLs and email addresses has been removed.

All submitted papers will be subject to peer reviews by Technical Program Committee members and other experts in the field. All presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.


Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: 28 February 2019

Acceptance Notification: 29 March 2019

Camera Ready Deadline: 28 April 2019



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