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Cyber-physical systems (CPS) integrate computing and communication capabilities with monitoring and control of entities in the physical world. These systems are usually composed by a set of networked agents, including sensors, actuators, control processing units, and communication devices. While some forms of CPS are already in use, the widespread growth of wireless embedded sensors and actuators is creating several new applications — in areas such as medical devices, automotive, and smart infrastructure — and increasing the role that the information infrastructure plays in existing control systems — such as in the process control industry or the power grid.

Many CPS applications are safety-critical: their failure can cause irreparable harm to the physical system under control and to the people who depend on it. In particular, the protection of our critical infrastructures that rely on CPS, such as the electric power transmission and distribution, industrial control systems, oil and natural gas systems, water and waste-water treatment plants, healthcare devices, and transportation networks play a fundamental and large-scale role in our society — and their disruption can have a significant impact to individuals, and nations at large.

Similarly, because many CPS systems collect sensor data non-intrusively, users of these systems are often unaware of their exposure. Therefore in addition to security, CPS systems must be designed with privacy considerations.

To address some of these issues, we invite original research papers on the security and/or privacy of cyber-physical systems. We seek submissions from multiple interdisciplinary backgrounds representative of CPS, including but not limited to the following:

  • intrusion detection for CPS;
  • privacy in CPS;
  • network security for CPS;
  • control theory and mathematical foundations for secure CPS;
  • embedded systems and IoT security and privacy;
  • real-time systems;
  • game theory applied to CPS;
  • human factors and humans in the loop;
  • reliability and safety; and
  • economics of security and privacy in CPS.
CPS domains of interest include
  • manufacturing;
  • industrial control systems;
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems;
  • power grid and smart grid;
  • robotics;
  • unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • transportation systems;
  • healthcare and medical devices;
  • automotive; and
  • abstract theoretical CPS domains that involve sensing and actuation.

Also of interest will be papers that can point the research community to new research directions that set research agendas and priorities in CPS security.


Submitted papers can be up to 12 pages including appendices and references. Submissions must use the ACM SIG Proceedings Templates (available at the ACM website) in double-column format with a font no smaller than 9 point. Only PDF files will be accepted. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk rejection without consideration of their merits. Accepted papers will be published by the ACM Press and/or the ACM Digital Library. 

Papers should be submitted by following this link:

Submissions must not substantially overlap with papers that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings. Each accepted paper must be presented by one registered author. Submissions not meeting these guidelines risk immediate rejection. For questions about these policies, please contact the chairs.

Publication of Papers

Papers will be digitally published as part of the CCS workshop proceedings, and will be part of the ACM digital library.