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Call for Papers: Special Issue on User-Centric Security and Safety for Cyber-Physical Systems


The recent spades of cyber security attacks have reinforced the importance of cyber security and that cyber security is no longer just a technical issue requiring the proficiency and capabilities of technical experts, but a global phenomenon requiring the attention of stakeholders across different knowledge domains.
This special issue focuses on user-centric security and safety aspects of cyber-physical systems (CPS), with the aims of filling gaps between the user behaviour and the design of complex cyber-physical systems. These include different stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities, user-centric decision-making capabilities and situational awareness, user experience design, mitigation of user errors and analysing their impact, adaptive risk management, user or operator’s trust, security and safety in the device’s or system’s authentication, access control, and configuration management; and hence the relation to the development of the system’s security and safety in cyber-physical world. It is presumed that alignment of user-oriented processes, standards, and guidelines for security and safety are required to cope with the complexities and interoperability of cyber-physical systems. In other words, this special issue aims to publish latest advancements in user-centric security and safety techniques and controls for CPS and related components.

Aims and Scopes

Topics of interest to include, but are not limited to:
•  User-centric security and safety for smart cities’ frameworks with cloud, fog and edge computing
•  User-centric security and safety for critical infrastructures: health and public transportation
•  User-centric security and safety controls in industrial control systems: energy, oil/gas refineries, and water treatment systems
•  User-centric case studies, applications, and prototypes for security and safety related to the above topics

Submission Instructions

Papers submitted to this special issue for possible publication must be original and must not be under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference proceedings. Previously published or accepted conference papers must contain at least 40% new material to be considered for the special issue. It is imperative that a brief description of the differences, as well as the conference version(s), be attached to this submission for reviewers to identify the new technical materials considered for publication in TCPS. Authors must follow the paper formatting guidelines and instructions: ACM formatting guidelines (Small Standard Format). A 25-page limit applies to all manuscripts, and those longer than the limit will be rejected without going through the review process. Short articles should be about 10-page (minimum 8-page) in length, and long articles can be about 25-page (minimum 15-page) in length. All papers must be uploaded via online system: Authors must specify in the covering letter that the submitted manuscript is for this special issue. Early submissions are also welcome. Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least three independent reviewers. Please contact the Guest Editors, in case you have any query related to your manuscript.  

Important Dates

Full paper submission deadline: Jan. 15, 2019
First round author notification: Mar. 30, 2019
Revised paper due: May 15, 2019
Final round author notification:Publication material due: Jun. 30, 2019
Publication material due: July 15, 2019
Expected publication: Sep./Oct., 2019   

Guest Editors

Neetesh Saxena, Bournemouth University, UK,
Alvaro A. Cardenas, University of Texas at Dallas, USA, 
Raheem Beyah, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 
Rongxing Lu, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 
Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA,
Yiran Chen, Duke University, USA, 

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