IWCFS 2023

The 7th International Workshop on Cyber-Security and Functional Safety in Cyber-Physical Systems



  • Paper submission: 10 May 2023 (SHARP - FINAL)
  • Notification of acceptance: 20 May 2023
  • Camera-ready copies due: 15 June 2023
  • Conference days:  28-30 August 2023​

All accepted IWCFS 2023 papers will be published by Springer in their Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS). CCIS volumes are indexed in Scopus; EI Engineering Index; Google Scholar; DBLP; etc. and submitted for indexing in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), part of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science. In addition, the best papers of the workshop, after further revisions and independent reviews, will be considered for publication in a special issue of Wiley Journal of Software: Evolution and Process (IF 1.972). 

The design of modern Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) comprises systems of systems that include several heterogeneous components. Manufacturers of such systems must address several networking, dynamic and uncertain environmental constraints. CPSs are often safety-critical, i.e., any malfunctioning of the system may seriously harm its user. However, the involved communicating peripherals also necessitate the consideration of security issues so that the proper functioning of a CPS is not affected by cyber-security threats. 
The engineering of a CPS requires high safety integrity levels and strong assurances for their fitness for public use against safety hazards and cyber-security threats. Considering safety and security requirements in the design of CPS increases their reliability, confidentiality, integrity, and availability. This also ensures the continuous provision and protection of essential services and assets. However, modern systems and software engineering methods and approaches are often not adequate for the high-confidence design and manufacturing of CPSs. This is especially true within the era of artificial intelligence and quantum computing. 

The overall aim of this workshop is to address a broad range of issues related to cyber-security, functional safety, and their interplay within the context of CPSs – including but not limited to:

  • Functional safety, cyber-security, and their interplay
  • Model-driven engineering
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Specification, verification, and validation
  • System architecture, design, decisions, and tradeoffs, e.g., correct-by-design or privacy-by-design
  • Security, safety, and CPSs in the era of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, and quantum computing
  • Regulation, homologation, legalization, and certification
  • Case studies, experience reports, benchmarking, and best practices
  • Healthcare, transportation, aerospace, energy, robotics, finance, business, etc.

To encourage participation and discussion, this workshop solicits two types of submissions - regular papers and short papers:
- Regular paper submissions about original work not exceeding 10 pages.
- Short paper submissions on recent or ongoing work on relevant topics and ideas not exceeding 5 pages.

Papers submission will be managed using EquinOCS Springer Nature Conference Proceedings Submission System.
Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ instructions ( and use the proceedings templates, either for LaTeX or for Word, for the preparation of their papers. 
Once you click on the submission link (, you will be guided to the EquinOCS Login page, which will be open in your browser. Click on the button “Submit now”. This will guide you directly to the paper submission process. If you already have an account at EquinOCS you will be asked to Login. After Login you will be guided to the start page where you can start with your submission. If you yet do not have an account at EquinOCS, please follow the registration process. Once your Account has been created an email will be sent to the address you have stated in the registration process. Please follow the instructions in this mail to activate your account and start your submission.
Please refer to EquinOCS user guide ( for more information.

Submissions to the workshop must not have been published or be concurrently considered for publication elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers and judged based on originality, contribution to the field, technical and presentation quality, and relevance to the workshop. Short papers are meant for timely discussion and feedback at the workshop.

Program Committee Co-Chairs
• Atif Mashkoor, LIT Secure & Correct Systems Lab, Austria
• Johannes Sametinger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Program Committee Members
• Yamine Ait Ameur INPT-ENSEEIHT/IRIT, France
• Paolo Arcaini, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
• Richard Banach, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
• Ladjel Bellatreche, ENSMA, France
• Silvia Bonfanti, University of Bergamo, Italy
• Jorge Cuellar, University of Passau, Germany
• Angelo Gargantini, University of Bergamo, Italy
• Irum Inayat, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan
• Jean-Pierre Jacquot, University of Lorraine, France
• Muhammad Khan, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
• Saif Ur Rehman Khan, COMSATS University Islamabad (CUI), Islamabad Campus, Pakistan
• Rudolf Ramler, Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH, Austria
• Neeraj Singh, INPT-ENSEEIHT/IRIT, France
• Edgar Weippl, University of Vienna, Austria

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