Workshop 15-RSS

International Workshop on Resilient Systems and Solutions

(RSS 2012)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2012 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2012)

May 21-25, 2012

The Westin Westminster Hotel

Denver, Colorado, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP

Extended Submission Deadline: February 07, 2012

Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters


“Change happens – we need to design for it.” Resiliency, the ability of a system to persistently deliver its services in a trustworthy and adaptable fashion even when facing changes, is becoming increasingly challenging in the ever-changing environments and circumstances of unprecedented complex modern systems. Coupled with increasing levels of dependency on and pervasiveness of new technologies and systems, resiliency is essential especially in critical infrastructures and complex systems of modern day societies. Resiliency is important in the face of growing device and software susceptibility to transient and hard errors and compromises. Lack of resilient systems and solutions may lead to devastating consequences and dreadful accidents and failures. Engineering resilient systems, new engineering concepts, science, and design tools to protect against inadvertent and malicious compromises of systems and to develop agile manufacturing for trusted and assured systems are key objectives to address these challenges. Future systems will require architects and scientists to integrate adaptive design techniques at all levels to ensure robust and resilient mission execution and to be able to constantly re-optimize in the face of changes both external and internal. New systems must learn to dynamically identify, detect and recover from glitches and compromises in the field.

Designing systems for resiliency requires the ongoing cooperation of a much larger group of stakeholders than customarily work together. Knowledge resulting from that cooperation has to be shared and exchanged among additional stakeholders as the systems development process shifts from conceptual design to deeper design to prototyping to evaluation to production design to manufacturing and sustainment. Otherwise, the original intents of the initial efforts can be defeated in later stages. For complex systems, the scale and heterogeneity of the communities involved combine with the large number of potential unforeseen interactions between the differing concerns of these diverse communities. Furthermore, many critical contributors are not full-time participants but rather are heavily loaded with other primary tasks (imagine, for example, warfighters in theater, who have significant inputs to offer regarding new systems designs, but are necessarily deeply occupied with their operational duties). These factors create a collaboration problem that is challenging at a level beyond crowdsourcing as we think about it today. The criticality of recognizing and collaboratively remediating interacting requirements and technical issues is inherently in conflict with the risk of excessive workload and cognitive overload.

The research community is called upon to address the challenge to develop methods, technologies and solutions to facilitate the design and implementation for resiliency in virtual enterprises that span engineers, customers, users, maintainers and other stakeholders in the extended lifecycle process of creating and fielding new products and systems.

This workshop explores this area and invites exploratory papers as well as mature research contributions of promising approaches to design, develop, maintain, evaluate, and benchmark adaptive and resilient systems.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    • Design Process for Resilient Systems

    • Modeling and Simulation Tools for Resiliency and Resilient Systems

    • Conceptual Models and Paradigms for Adaptability & Trustworthiness

    • Characterization and Properties of Resilient Systems

    • Architectures for Resilient Hardware and Software Systems

    • Architectures for Collaborative Interaction

    • Algorithms for Evaluating Adaptability and Resilience

    • Overheads and/or Tradeoffs of Resiliency Techniques

    • Social Infrastructure for Resiliency

    • Roles of Human Participants in the Design of Resilient Autonomic Systems

    • Human-centered Computing, Human Factors and Collaboration over Resilient Systems

    • Collaboration Issues of Engineering Resilient Systems

    • Designing Resilient Mission Critical Systems

    • Resilience Metrics

    • Monitoring and Self-adaptation

    • Autonomic and Adaptive Solutions

    • Recovery- and Healing-oriented Computing

    • Testing, Verification and Validation of Resilient Systems

    • Data Integrity, Recovery and Warehousing in Resilient Systems

    • Fault Tolerance, Avoidance and Masking

    • Vulnerabilities, Threats, and Attacks

    • Risk Management Guidelines and Standards

    • Security and Intrusion Avoidance and Detection in Sensitive Collaborations

    • Access Control in Collaborations Involving Sensitive Topics

    • Context-aware and Data Mining for Resilient Systems

    • Collaborative Information Presentation and Decision Support Tools

    • Mechanisms for Facilitating Communication Among Heterogeneous Communities

    • Resilient Network Design

    • Resilience in Routing and Networking

    • Techniques for Enhancing Existing Networks with Resilience Capabilities

    • Cyber Physical Systems Support

    • Sensory Systems for Resilience

    • Self-Configuration and Self-Protection

    • Resilient Cryptography

    • Resilience in Noisy Environments

    • Tools for Developing Resilient Systems

    • Design for Resilience

    • Resilience at Run-time


You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to collaborative resilient systems and related topics. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and poster (please refer to for the submission details) will also be accepted. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via the Workshop submission Web page at

Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the Workshop link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical clarity and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2012 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.


Extended Paper Submissions: ------------------------------ February 07, 2012

Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------------- February 21, 2012

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ---------- March 07, 2012

Conference Dates: ---------------------------------------------- May 21 - 25, 2012


Vijay Janapa Reddi

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA



Phone: +1 (512) 475-6153, Cell: (408) 390-2790

Meeta Sharma Gupta

Thomas J. Watson Research Center

Yorktown Heights, NY USA



Phone: +1 (914) 945-2994

Technical Program Committee:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2012.

  • TBA

(*The TPC will be confirmed and completed shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs: Geoffrey C. Fox at and Waleed W. Smari at