1st International Workshop on Self-Protecting Systems (SPS'19)

Part of the FAS* Workshops series held in conjunction with

16th International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC 2019) and 13th International Conference on Self-Adaptive and Self-Organizing Systems (SASO 2019)

June 16 - 20, Umeå, Sweden

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to the special issue on Self-protecting System in the FGCS Journal (Elsevier)

Deadline extended to March 22nd 2019

Call for Paper

Effectively protecting computer systems from cyber-attacks is a challenging task due to their large scale and the heterogeneity of the underlying hardware and software components. Furthermore, when trying to defend from an attack, the time factor is critical and any non-guided human resolution attempt could introduce a significant stress and delay to the execution of the proper response. This situation provides the attackers more time to accomplish their objectives.

Several organizations, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), have released guidelines and best practices to manage cyber-security related risk (e.g., the NIST Cybersecurity Framework 1.1). However, despite a growing interest in the area in the last 4-5 years, automation of cyber-security operations is still at its early stages.

Automatically defending a computer system encompasses a large number of activities, that range from data capture, management and analysis, to automated decision making and automated system operations.

In this workshop, we solicit high quality contributions that fit with the overarching idea of creating a fully automated protection system based on the Monitor, Analyze, Plan, Execute (MAPE) loop for autonomic systems, control theory, bio-inspired solutions, Self-Regenerative Systems, and the like. The aim of the workshop is to share new findings, exchange ideas and discuss research challenges on the following topics (not an exhaustive list):

  • Distributed and secure data collection and storage for sensing/monitoring
  • Automated Feature Selection approaches to reduce data dimensionality on cyber-security relevant data
  • Techniques for automatic correlation of data streams
  • Self-Evolving Anomaly-Based and Signature-Based Network/Host Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Attack and defense modeling for threats detection and risk management
  • Self-Evolving Model-based and Model-free Intrusion response
  • Attack and defense modeling for reactive and proactive intrusion response
  • Foundational results for self-protecting systems: Algorithms, artificial intelligence, biological-inspired techniques, control theory, machine learning, operation research, probability and stochastic processes, queueing theory, rule-based systems, and socially-inspired techniques
  • Software engineering for self-protecting systems: System architectures, services, components and platforms, Goal specification and policies, modeling of security-level agreements, behavior enforcement, IT governance, and security-driven IT management
  • Implementation of prototypes that integrate cutting edge technologies, e.g., Software Defined Networks, Cloud/Fog/edge computing, Artificial Intelligence, micro-services
  • Holistic perspective on self-protecting systems i.e., researches that consider the overall picture and propose novel software architectures, frameworks and technologies to ease the realization of self-protecting systems.

Send your enquire at SPS19Workshop@gmail.com


Paper submission: March 22, 2019 (strict)

Acceptance notification: April 15, 2019

Camera-ready papers due: April 20, 2019


Accepted workshop papers will be published in the proceedings and submitted for inclusion to IEEE Xplore. Papers must thus be in the same format as the conference proceedings and may not be more than 6 pages in length.

Papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format according to the instructions on the submission instruction website.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work in the special issue on Self-Protecting Systems , Elsevier

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sps19



Emiliano Casalicchio, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Stefano Iannucci, Mississippi State University, MS ,USA

Byron J. Williams, University of Florida, FL, USA

Technical Program Committee

Hisham A. Kholidy, State University of New York (SUNY) Polytechnic Institute, USA

Sherif Abdelwahed, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Christopher Archibald, Mississippi State University, USA

Tanmay Bhowmik, Mississippi State University, USA

Giuseppe Bianchi, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

Vincent Bindschaedler, University of Florida, USA

Paolo Campegiani, Bit4id, Italy

Anders Carlsson, Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden

Long Cheng, Clemson University, USA

Naeem Esfahani, Google Inc., USA

Ulrik Franke, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden

Sokratis Katsikas, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Yingjiu Li, Singapore Management University, Republic of Singapore

Sam Malek, University of California at Irvine, USA

Luigi V. Mancini, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Erik Miehling University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Leslie Milton, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), USA

Andrea Montemaggio, Mississippi State University, USA

Alireza Shameli Sendi, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Craig Shorter, National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), USA

Kazi Zakia Sultana, Montclair State University, USA

Cihan Tunc, University of Arizona, USA

Daniele Venturi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Eric Yuan, Aerospace Corporation, USA

Saman Zonouz, Rutgers University, USA

... TBC ...


For information about Registration, Umeå, Conference Location, VISA, Transport and Accommodation please check the conference web site http://icac2019.cs.umu.se/attending/