Call for Papers










CRITIS 2018, the 13th edition of the CRITIS series of conferences, seeks to promote innovative research and key achievements in the field of critical (information) infrastructure protection and resilience.


The CRITIS series of conferences foster the cross-sector dialogue between relevant stakeholders: academics, practitioners, critical (information) infrastructure operators, industry, defence sector and policy-makers.


Moreover, CRITIS aims to encourage and inspire early stage and open-minded researchers in this demanding multi-disciplinary field of research. Outstanding research performance demonstrated by young researchers may compete for the Young CRITIS Award (YCA).





CRITIS 2018 covers three thematic foci. Paper submission is encouraged but not limited to the following topics. Note: Definitions for the keywords used in this Call for Papers can be found in the online glossary CIPedia©.


Topic 1: Technologies: Innovative responses for the protection of cyber-physical systems


  • Critical (Information) Infrastructure Protection (CIP and CIIP)
  • Cyber security in C(I)I systems
  • Self-healing, self-protection, and self-management architectures for C(I)I
  • Fault tolerant control for cyber-physical systems / C(I)I
  • Modelling and analysis of cyber-physical systems / C(I)I
  • Modelling, Simulation, Analysis and Validation approaches to C(I)IP


Topic 2: Advances in C(I)IP organisation: Policies, good practices and lessons learned


  • International approaches to C(I)IP including identification of C(I)I elements
  • Risk management, impact and consequence analysis regarding C(I)I
  • Coherent prevention, preparedness / exercises, incident management / mitigation, and recovery approaches to C(I)I
  • Resilience and survivability of C(I)I as complex cyber-physical systems
  • C(I)IP policies at international, national and cross-border levels, e.g. public-private partnerships
  • Cross-border issues regarding EU’s Network and Information Security Directive
  • C(I)IP R&D agenda at national and international levels
  • Economics, investments and incentives for C(I)IP
  • Defence of civilian CI and CII in conflicts with cyber warfare elements
  • Forensics and attribution in attacked C(I)I
  • Infrastructure, architectural and technology changes in the energy sector which may impact the sector approach to C(I)I or challenge other C(I)I-sectors, e.g. smart grids and energy supply in smart city developments
  • Impact of geopolitical & social factors and threats


Topic 3: Advances in Human Factors, decision support, and cross-sector CI(I)P approaches – focus on end-users


  • Analysis of Human Factor and Security Awareness in C(I)IP
  • Advanced decision support for mitigating C(I)I related emergencies
  • Social aspects and public communication in C(I)IP
  • Psycho-social dimensions of crisis management and intervention with C(I)I
  • Training for C(I)IP and effective intervention
  • Coping with Social Media in C(I)I-related crisis management
  • Recent trends in cyber economy (clouds, quasi-monopolies, e-currencies etc.) and implications for C(I)I and C(I)IP


Young CRITIS Award (YCA)


Research papers submitted to compete for the Young CRITIS Award shall cover one or more of the subjects mentioned above. More about YCA 2018.



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We encourage submissions containing original ideas that are relevant to the scope of CRITIS 2018. Researchers are solicited to contribute to the conference by submitting scientific research papers, work-in-progress reports, R&D project results, surveying works and industrial experiences describing significant advances in C(I)IP.


It is required that scientific papers are not submitted simultaneously to any other conference or publication; and that accepted papers are not be subsequently published elsewhere. Papers describing work that was previously published in a peer-reviewed workshop are allowed, if the authors clearly describe what significant new content has been added.


All papers need to be written in American English. There will be full papers and short papers. Full papers should be no longer than 12 pages, including bibliography and well-marked appendices. Short papers should be 4 to 6 pages long. Any submission needs to be explicitly marked as “full paper” or “short paper”.


All paper submissions must contain title, a short abstract, and a list of keywords. All submissions will be subjected to a thorough double blind review by at least three reviewers. Submitted papers shall be anonymised and all author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, and obvious traceable references should be eliminated to be eligible for the review process.


Paper submission will be done via this link to EasyChair. The submitted paper (in PDF or PostScript format) must be formatted using the template offered by Springer LNCS and be compliant with Springer’s guidelines for authors.


›› Deadline for full-text submission: 22 May 2018 at 23:59 CET






In order to be included in the CRITIS 2018 proceedings, accepted papers (full and short) must be presented at the conference; at least one author of each accepted paper must register to the conference by the early date indicated by the organisers.


Publication – Pre-proceedings


The conference pre-proceedings will appear at the time of the conference. All accepted papers will be included in full length in the pre-proceedings.


Publication – Post-proceedings


As in previous years, it is planned that post-proceedings are published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series. Accepted full papers will be included in full length in the post-proceedings. However, we require that the authors produce a revised version of the paper, based on feedback received at the CRITIS event. For speeding up the production of the post-proceedings, there will be a fixed deadline for submitting revised paper within six weeks after the conference.


For accepted short scientific papers, a four-page extended abstract will be included in the post-proceedings.

Any accepted paper (full paper and extended abstract) that is to be included in the post-proceedings requires that its authors sign Springer’s copyright agreement.