CfP: SASSUR 2020, 9th Int. Workshop on System Assurance Approaches for Critical Systems

by jmartinez, March 6, 2020

9th International Workshop on Next Generation of System Assurance Approaches for Critical Systems – SASSUR 2020
Santander, Spain, June 12th, 2020
In conjunction with the 25th Ada-Europe International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies (Ada-Europe 2020)



Paper submission: March 31st, 2020

Notification to authors: April 30th, 2020

Camera-ready version: May 15th, 2020


System assurance and certification are amongst the most expensive and time-consuming tasks in the engineering of critical systems, e.g. safety-critical, security-critical, mission-critical, and business-critical ones. Assurance and certification require the execution of complex and labour-intensive activities, e.g. the management of compliance with hundreds or thousands of criteria defined in standards, the management of a large volume of evidence artefacts throughout a system’s lifecycle to demonstrate compliance, or the provision of convincing and valid justifications that a system is dependable. Therefore, the companies developing critical systems or components, as well as the companies assessing them, need approaches that facilitate these activities and ideally increase their efficiency. The challenges arising from system assurance and certification are further growing as a result of the evolution of critical systems, e.g. towards cyber-physical systems. In general, practitioners expect improvements in the available method and tool support for assurance and certification.

The SASSUR workshop is intended to explore new ideas on assurance and certification of critical systems. In particular, SASSUR will provide a forum for thematic presentations and in-depth discussions about specification, analysis, reuse, composition, and combination of assurance arguments, of assurance evidence, and of contextual information about critical products, in a way that makes assurance and certification more cost-effective, precise, and scalable.

SASSUR aims at bringing together experts, researchers, and practitioners from diverse communities, such as safety, privacy, and security engineering, certification processes, model-based engineering, software and hardware design, critical system development, and application communities (transport, healthcare, industrial automation, robotics, nuclear, defence, etc.).


Contributions are sought in (but are not limited to) the following topics:

- Industrial challenges for cost-effective assurance and certification of critical systems

- Assurance and certification of autonomous or adaptive systems

- Cross-domain product certification

- Integration of process-centric and product-centric assurance

- Management of compliance with standards and regulations

- Management of assurance evidence

- Development of assurance cases

- Multi-concern (safety, security, privacy, reliability…) system engineering and assurance

- Evolutionary approaches for system assurance

- Tools support for assurance and certification

- Evolution of standards and trends on regulations

- Human factors in dependability assurance

- COTS or external sourcing management of evidence in critical systems

- Mixed-criticality system assurance

- Model-based system assurance and certification

- Emergent V&V needs for assurance and certification

- Assurance for new technologies and for their application (e.g. blockchain)

- Security debt

- Agile approaches in the context of critical systems

- Methods and techniques to assure artificial intelligence algorithms


Authors are invited to submit short position papers (max. 4 pages) or full technical contributions (max. 8 pages) in PDF format using Easychair:

Submissions must conform to the Ada User Journal style ( Papers will be peer-reviewed through a regular refereeing procedure, with a minimum of three reviewers per paper. If accepted for presentation, the papers will be included in the workshop proceedings, which will be published in the Ada User Journal. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to the workshop so that the paper is included in the proceedings.

As a distinguishing characteristic, each paper will have an assigned discussant (author of another accepted paper) that will have to perform a short critical review of the corresponding paper to trigger discussion. 


- Alejandra Ruiz. Tecnalia, Spain

- Jose Luis de la Vara. University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

- John Favaro, Intecs, Italy

- Fabien Belmonte, Alstom, France