[SystemSafety] ASSURE 2014. 3rd Call for Papers

From: Ganesh J. Pai < >
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 10:03:35 -0700

Dear System Safety List members,

Please consider submitting a research / position / tools / industrial practice paper to the 2nd International Workshop on Assurance Cases for Software-intensive Systems (ASSURE 2014), which will be collocated with ISSRE 2014, in Naples, Italy.

Note that the submission deadlines have been extended to AUGUST 24, 2014.

The call for papers is included below. You'll find more details on the workshop website (http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/events/assure2014).

                       CALL FOR PAPERS

ASSURE 2014 The 2nd International Workshop on Assurance Cases for Software-intensive Systems Naples, Italy Collocated with ISSRE 2014 (Nov. 3 - 6, 2014)

Software plays a key role in high-risk systems, e.g., safety-, reliability-, and security-critical systems. Several certification standards/guidelines now recommend and/or mandate the development of assurance cases for software-intensive systems, e.g., defense (UK MoD DS-0056), aviation (CAP 670, FAA Interim Guidance 08-01), automotive (ISO 26262), and healthcare (FDA Draft Guidance 510(k) for pre-market approval of infusion pumps). As such, there is an urgent need to develop models, techniques and tools that target the development of assurance arguments for software.

The goals of the 2014 Workshop on Assurance Cases for Software-intensive Systems (ASSURE 2014) are to:

(a) explore techniques for creating/assessing assurance

    cases for software-intensive systems

(b) examine the role of assurance cases in the systems and

    software engineering lifecycle

(c) identify the dimensions of effective practice in the

    development and evaluation of assurance cases

(d) investigate the relationship between software

    reliability engineering (SRE) and assurance cases, and

(e) identify critical research challenges and define a

    roadmap for future development

We solicit high-quality contributions (research, practice, tools, and position papers) on the application of assurance case principles and techniques to assure that the dependability properties of critical software-intensive systems have been met.

Papers should attempt to address the workshop goals in general.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

− Standards: Industry guidelines and standards are   increasingly requiring the development of assurance   cases, e.g., the automotive standard ISO 26262, and the   FDA Draft Guidance 510(k) for pre-market approval of   infusion pumps

− Dependable architectures: How do fault-tolerant   architectures and design measures such as diversity and   partitioning relate to assurance cases?

− Reliability analysis: What are the relationships between   reliability analysis techniques (e.g., Fault Tree   Analysis / Markov Modeling) and the assurance case   paradigm?

− Tools: Using the output from software engineering tools   (testing, formal verification, code generators) as   evidence in assurance cases / using tools for the   modeling, analysis and management of assurance cases

− Application of formal techniques to create and analyze   arguments

− Exploration of relevant techniques for assurance cases   for real-time, concurrent, and distributed systems

− Assurance issues in emerging computational paradigms,   e.g., cloud, mobile, virtual, many-core architectures,   and adaptive and autonomous systems

− Modeling and Metamodeling: Representation of structured   arguments through metamodels, such as OMG’s Structured   assurance Case Metamodel (SACM)

− Assurance of software quality attributes, e.g., safety,   security and maintainability as well as dependability in   general, including tradeoffs, and exploring notions of   the quality of assurance cases themselves

− Domain-specific assurance issues, in domains such as   aerospace, automotive, healthcare, defense and power

− Reuse and Modularization: contracts and patterns for   improving the reuse of assurance case structures

− Connections between the Goal Structuring Notation for   assurance cases and goal-orientation from the   requirements engineering community

                   SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All papers must be original work not published, or in submission, elsewhere.

All papers should be submitted only in PDF.

Research papers can be up to 6 pages long including figures and references. Tools papers can be up to 4 pages long.

Note: Authors of accepted tools papers will be expected to give a demonstration of the tool(s) at the workshop, i.e., no screenshots

Papers should conform to the ISSRE paper formatting guidelines, i.e., 2 column IEEE conference paper format.

Accepted papers will be published in the ISSRE Supplemental Workshop Proceedings, and indexed on IEEE Xplore. Authors of the best papers may be invited to submit an extended version for publication in a special journal issue (tentative).

Submit your paper electronically by August 15, 2014, through the conference website:


                       IMPORTANT DATES

Paper submission : August 24, 2014 Author notification : September 5, 2014

Camera ready papers : September 15, 2014 (FIRM) ISSRE 2014 dates : November 3 - 6, 2014

ASSURE 2014 will be a one day workshop held on one of the ISSRE 2014 dates. The exact date of the workshop is to be announced. Please see the website for updates.

                     WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

Ewen Denney, SGT / NASA Ames Research Center, USA Ibrahim Habli, University of York, UK
Ganesh Pai, SGT / NASA Ames Research Center, USA
                      PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Robin Bloomfield, City University, UK
John Favaro, INTECS, Italy
Richard Hawkins, University of York, UK
Paul Jones, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Tim Kelly, University of York, UK
John Knight, University of Virginia, USA Tom Maibaum, McMaster University, Canada Robert Martin, MITRE Corporation, USA
Roger Rivett, Jaguar Land Rover, UK
Christel Seguin, ONERA, France
Mark-Alexander Sujan, University of Warwick, UK Kenji Taguchi, AIST, Japan
Fredrik Törner, Volvo, Sweden
Alan Wassyng, McMaster University, Canada Sean White, Health and Social Care Information Centre, UK


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