Call for Papers Submit your paper before 12 June 2016


CRITIS 2016 seeks to promote innovative research and key achievements in the field of critical (information) infrastructures protection (C(I)IP) and to foster the cross-sector dialogue between relevant stakeholders. In addition, CRITIS 2016 aims to encourage and inspire early stage researchers researchers demonstrating outstanding research performance. In 2013, the CRITIS series of conferences has started to foster contributions from young experts and researchers (“Young CRITIS”), and this has been reinforced by the CIPRNet Young CRITIS Award (CYCA) in 2014 and 2015. We will continue this process at CRITIS 2016, since our demanding multi-disciplinary field of research requires open-minded talents.


CRITIS 2016 covers five thematic foci. Paper submissions should focus on one of the following topics.
Note: If you wish to look up definitions for the keywords used in the CfP, then please resort to CIPRNet’s new online glossary CIPedia©.

Topic 1: Technologies: Innovative responses for the protection of cyber-physical systems

  • C(I)IP – Critical Information Infrastructure Protection
  • Cyber security in critical infrastructure systems
  • Fault tolerant control for cyber-physical systems
  • Security and protection of smart buildings
  • Self-healing, self-protection, and self-management architectures
  • Modelling and analysis of cyber-physical systems for monitoring and control
  • Modelling, Simulation, Analysis and Validation Approaches
  • C(I)IP applications in transportation, energy, communication, finance, health and water infrastructures
  • CI in modern Warfare and cyber-warfare

Topic 2: Procedures and organisational aspects in C(I)IP: Policies, best practices and lessons learned

  • Preparedness, prevention, mitigation and planning
  • Risk management in C(I)IP
  • Security, protection, resilience and survivability of complex cyber-physical systems
  • CI Preparedness and Emergency Management
  • C(I)I exercises and contingency plans
  • Crisis Management and CI
  • CI Resilience Assessment
  • Impact and consequence analysis of C(I)I loss or reduction of quality of service
  • Public-private partnership for critical infrastructure resilience
  • C(I)IP policies at national and cross-border levels
  • The role of C(I)I in the implementation of the EU directive on European Critical Infrastructures in EU Member States
  • C(I)IP R&D agenda at national and international levels
  • Economics, investments and incentives of critical infrastructure protection
  • Defence of civilian C(I)I in conflicts with cyber elements
  • Forensics and attribution in C(I)I

Topic 3: Advances in Human Factors, decision support, and cross-sector CI(I)P approaches – focus on end-users

  • 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
  • Training for C(I)IP and effective intervention
  • Coping with Social Media in C(I)I-related Crisis Management
  • Recent trends in cyber economy (clouds, quasi-monopolies, new payment methods etc.) and implications for C(I)I and C(I)IP

Topic 4: Special private stakeholder session

  • C(I)IP specificities in the railway sector
  • Constraints, challenges and opportunities for railway infrastructure
  • Tunnel protection and tunnel control systems
  • Protection of depots and marshalling yards
  • Power stations
  • Railway bridges
  • Railway construction

Topic 5: Young CRITIS and CIPRNet Young CRITIS Award (CYCA)

  • Topics of interest include all topics mentioned under topic categories 1 and 4.
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Paper submission

We encourage submissions containing original ideas that are relevant to the scope of CRITIS 2016. Researchers are solicited to contribute to the conference by submitting research papers, work-in-progress reports, R&D project results, surveying works and industrial experiences describing significant advances in C(I)IP. Stakeholders from governments, Critical Infrastructure operators, and industry are encouraged to submit papers which describe their current and future challenges to be engaged by researchers and multidisciplinary research teams.

It is required that papers are not submitted simultaneously to any other conferences or publications; and that accepted papers not be subsequently published elsewhere. Papers describing work that was previously published in a peer-reviewed workshop are allowed, if the authors clearly describe what significant new content has been included.

All papers need to be written in English. There will be full papers and short papers. Full papers should be no longer than 12 pages, including bibliography and well-marked appendices. Short papers should be 4 to 6 pages long. Any submission needs to be explicitly marked as “full paper” or “short paper”.

All paper submissions must contain a title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. All submissions will be subjected to a thorough double blind review by at least three reviewers. The paper submissions should be anonymised and all author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, and obvious traceable references should be eliminated.

Paper submission will be done via this link to EasyChair. The submitted paper (in PDF or PostScript format) must be formatted using the template offered by Springer LNCS and be compliant with Springer’s guidelines for authors.
Extended deadline for full-text submission: 12 June 2016 at 24:00 CET

Acceptance policy and publications

For publication in the CRITIS 2016 proceedings, all accepted papers (full and short) must be presented at the conference; at least one author of each accepted paper must register to the conference by the early date indicated by the organizers.

The conference pre-proceedings will appear at the time of the conference. All accepted papers will be included in full length in the pre-proceedings.

As in previous years, it is planned that post-proceedings are published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Accepted full papers will be included in full length in the post-proceedings. However, we recommend that the authors produce a revised version of the paper, based on feedback received at the CRITIS event.

For accepted short papers, a four page extended abstract will be included in the post-proceedings.

Any accepted paper (full paper and extended abstract) that shall be included in the post-proceedings requires that its authors sign Springer’s copyright agreement.