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The 11th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS 2016)

Paris, France, October 10-12, 2016
Important Dates:

Submission of full papers: June 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance:  July 15, 2016
Camera-ready papers: September 1, 2016
CRITIS 2016 event: October 10–12, 2016

Conference Outline:

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:

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

– Topics of interest include all topics mentioned under topic categories 1 and 4.

Instructions for Authors:

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.

Important Dates:

Submission of full papers: June 1, 2016
Notification of acceptance:  July 15, 2016
Camera-ready papers: September 1, 2016
CRITIS 2016 event: October 10–12, 2016


UIC Headquarters, Paris, France

Conference Organization:

General Chairs

    • Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, General Director of UIC, represented by UIC Security Division

Local chairs

    • Jacques Colliard, Head of UIC Security Division, Paris, France

Programme chair

    • Grigore M. Havârneanu, Research Advisor, UIC Security Division, Paris, France

Programme co-chair

    • Roberto Setola, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma
    • Hypatia Nassopoulos, Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris, France

Publicity chairs:

    • Cristina Alcaraz (University of Malaga, Spain)
    • UIC Communications Department

CRITIS steering committee chairs

    • Bernhard M. Hämmerli, Technical University Lucerne and ACRIS GmbH, Switzerland
    • Javier Lopez, University of Malaga, Spain
    • Stephen D. Wolthusen, Gjøvik College, Norway, and Royal Holloway, UK

CRITIS steering committee members

    • Robin Bloomfield, City University London, UK
    • Sandro Bologna, AIIC, Italy
    • Sokratis Katsikas, University of the Aegean, Greece
    • Elias Kyriakides, University of Cyprus
    • Eric Luiijf, TNO, the Netherlands
    • Marios M. Polycarpou, University of Cyprus
    • Reinhard Posch, Technical University Graz, Austria
    • Saifur Rahman, Advanced Research Institute, Virginia Tech, USA
    • Erich Rome, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany
    • Roberto Setola, Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma, Italy
    • Nils Kalstad Svendsen, Gjovik University College, Norway
    • Marianthi Theocharidou, EC Joint Research Centre, IPSC, Italy