4th International Workshop on Self-Protecting Systems (SPS'22)

Part of the ACSOS Workshops series held in conjunction with

3rd International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems - ACSOS 2022

September 23rd, 2022 - Virtual Event


For information about Registration, Conference Location, VISA, Transport and Accommodation please check the conference web site https://2022.acsos.org/

Workshop Program

Time is CEST.

19:45 - 20:00 - Welcome and Workshop Introduction - Valeria Cardellini, Stefano Iannucci

20:00 - 20.30 - Invited Talk: Emiliano Casalicchio, "Self-protecting systems for smart-factories"

20:35 - 20:55 - Paper: Cihan Tunc and Salim Hariri, "Autonomic Management for Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (AM-UAV)"

20:55 - 21:15 - Paper: Rami Alboqmi, Sharmin Jahan and Rose F. Gamble, "Toward Enabling Self-Protection in the Service Mesh of the Microservice Architecture"

21:15-21:30 - Break

21:30-22:30 - Birds of a Feather Session

Call for Paper

Modern computer systems are large and heterogeneous. Their complexity is hardly manageable by a human being, especially when it comes to take timely decisions to protect them from an ongoing cyber-attack. In the last decade, the research community has explored the field of cyber-defense from several points of view, which range, among the others, from static analysis of the code and dynamic analysis of the behavior of the executables, to the design of algorithms for intrusion detection. Intrusion response is another important field that has started to receive attention in the last 5 years.

However, despite the advancements in each one of the aforementioned fields, the vision of an autonomic self-protecting system is still far from being realized. Indeed, automatically defending a computer system at run-time encompasses a large number of complex activities, that range from data capture, management and analysis, to automated decision making and automated systems operations.

In this workshop, we solicit high quality contributions that fit with the overarching idea of creating a fully automated protection system. The aim of the workshop is to share new findings, exchange ideas and discuss research challenges on the following topics (not an exhaustive list):

Big Data collection, processing, integration, generation, and analysis for self-protecting systems

Intrusion Detection, either signature-based or anomaly-based

Off-line static code-analysis and behavioral analysis of executables

Cyber-Deception: approaches, analysis, honeypots, metrics, moving target defense

Digital Twins

Cyber-Ranges design and realization

Intrusion Response and systems modeling

Risk Management frameworks and actor modeling

Software engineering for self-protecting systems

Artificial Intelligence applied to self-protecting systems

Machine Learning applied to self-protecting systems

Software-defined self-protecting systems

Frameworks for the integration of self-protecting systems

Performance management and evaluation of self-protecting systems

Evaluation of implementations based on cutting edge technologies

Furthermore, we solicit submissions that examine the self-protection problem from a holistic perspective that is, that consider the overall picture and propose novel software architectures, frameworks and technologies to ease the realization of self-protecting systems.



Valeria Cardellini, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy

Stefano Iannucci, Roma Tre University, Italy

Technical Program Committee

Gabriele Russo Russo, University of Rome "Tor Vergata" (chair), Italy

Assad Abbas, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan

Cristina Alcaraz, University of Malaga, Spain

Ashiq Anjum, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Octav Chipara, University of Iowa, United States of America

Florina Ciorba, University of Basel, Switzerland

Rogerio De Lemos, University of Kent, United Kingdom

Flavia Delicato, Fluminese Federal University, Brazil

Thanasis Loukopoulos, University of Thessaly, Greece

Sudip Mittal, Mississippi State University, United States of America

Damodar Panigrahi, Mississippi State University, United States of America


Paper submission: July 8th, 2022
July 15th, 2022

Author notification: August 1st, 2022

Final Manuscript (camera-ready paper): August 5th, 2022 August 18th, 2022


Accepted papers will be included in the ACSOS'2022 Companion Volume published by IEEE Computer Society Press and made available as a part of the IEEE Digital Library. 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 website and review criteria.

Submission website: EasyChair

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