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Dependable Networked Embedded Control Systems in Industrial Context
ChairAndreas Gerstinger 
ChairErwin Schoitsch 
The list of track sessions and articles can be found here.

Availability, confidentiality, integrity (subsumed with the word system security), reliability and functional safety are very important topics in networked embedded systems. These systems include industrial control systems, embedded systems in cars, railways, aircrafts and other vehicles, wireless sensor networks, building automation systems, critical infrastructures and many others. Nowadays a large amount of research is done on these topics separately – domain independent as well as domain dependent. But in the foreseeable future this way of research may not be sufficient to satisfy all needs of automation systems. Starting with EU-FP 6, where the Embedded Systems Unit within the IST directorate was created, these problems were addressed by (integrated) projects like DECOS (Dependable Embedded Components and Systems).

In the near future, the trend to connect embedded control systems and subsystems, including public networks and automation networks, vehicles and critical infrastructure systems, via public communication systems will highly increase (catch phrases are: “industrial control via internet”, “car on the internet”, “Power grids control via internet” etc.). Then, for example car2car communication for platooning cars needs not only to be safe, but also secure. Security breaches will impact safety and vice versa: a holistic system view is required, covering all life cycle phases – from concept, risk/hazard analysis, development to maintenance and disposal, and all system aspects (control system, system under control, environment, human interaction and usage) Dependable systems are systems that can justifiably be relied on throughout the complete life cycle and under all possible conditions of use.

Depending on the application the dependability attributes safety, reliability, maintainability, survivability, availability and security are emphasized to a greater or lesser extent, i.e. a complex dependable control system will never be totally available, safe and secure. The optimal combination of desirable dependability attributes has to be found and implemented, based on system risk/hazard assessment and evaluation.


  • Design concepts and architectures for dependable networked embedded systems
  • Methods, means and techniques to tolerate, remove, to prevent and forecast faults in dependable networked embedded systems
  • Functional Safety and Security Standards, validation and certification of dependable networked embedded systems
  • Tools and tool chains to facilitate design, development, operation and maintenance effectively and efficiently of dependable networked embedded systems in industrial context

The presentations will be grouped and discussions on (hopefully) even controversial issues are encouraged and moderated by the chairpersons.