Springer Book Call-For-Chapters

Editor: Francesco Flammini, Chairman, IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Homeland Security

[email protected]

Title Information

Book title: Resilience of Cyber-Physical Systems
Subtitle: From Risk Modelling to Threat Counteraction
Series title: Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications

Submission Information and Important Dates

  • Chapter submission deadline EXTEDED to: August 30th 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: October 30th 2017
  • Submission of final chapters: November 30th 2017
  • Estimated manuscript publication date: Spring 2018

Electronic submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rcps2018
Templates and guidelines: https://www.springer.com/gp/authors-editors/book-authors-editors/book-manuscript-guidelines


The Resilience of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is a highly cross-discipline topic with many challenges and open issues, including how to master the complexity and heterogeneity of crucial infrastructures and of their growing cyber-physical threats.

The purpose of this book is to address the most recent developments in ensuring the convergence between Cyber and Physical Security by providing integrated, holistic and cohesive approaches to CPS design, evaluation and testing in real industrial applications, including Internet of Things, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Smart-Cities and Factory 4.0. Emerging paradigms and technologies are presented from two antithetic points of view: their exposure to new threats and their potential to counteract them, hence smoothly moving from risk modelling to threat management and mitigation.

Such an approach is aimed at effectively supporting the readers, including graduate students, researchers and industry practitioners, in evaluating and ensuring the resilience of CPS they are developing or analysing.

Topic Coverage

Chapters must be original work not published or submitted for publication elsewhere. Revised and extended versions of published materials could be acceptable provided that they do not violate the copyright, the necessary credits are given and the required permissions granted.

The list of key topics to be addressed in book chapters includes but it is not limited to:

  • Convergence between Cyber and Physical Security
  • Integrated, holistic and cohesive approaches to resilient CPS design, evaluation and test
  • Physical/Logical Security Information/Event Management systems (PSIM and SIEM)
  • Cyber-security of Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
  • CPS resilience models, metrics, middleware, and real-time indicators
  • Emerging Cloud Computing and Internet-of-Things (IoT) security issues
  • Advanced sensing and detecting technologies for CPS
  • Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for CPS
  • Interdependency analysis of critical infrastructures as cyber-physical systems-of-systems
  • Socio-economic, procedural, privacy-related and human factors in CPS
  • Attack/Penetration testing and other simulation techniques for CPS security evaluation
  • CPS intrusion detection and prevention systems
  • Business continuity planning, incident response and emergency/crisis management
  • Applications, case-studies and industrial experience reports in CPS domains including intelligent transport systems, wireless sensor networks, drones, smart-cities and smart-factories

Due to the complexity of CPS, a comprehensive list of topics is almost impossible to sketch, and those topics are rapidly evolving or being specialized as new technologies are introduced and new threats are discovered. The complexity due to systems’ size, distribution and heterogeneity is at the same time an obstacle and a stimulating challenge for research and engineering initiatives.

From a methodological viewpoint, many areas related to design-for-security and Model Driven Engineering (MDE) still need to be extensively explored in their multi-faceted potentialities, currently representing a research niche. From the technology viewpoint, artificial intelligence paves the way to novel scenarios in which they are increasingly adopted and integrated.

A vision of the future of CPS in the context of Homeland Security cannot leave out of consideration the political strategy to find a balance between security technologies and other issues, like privacy, procedures and regulations.

The growing interest and relevance in Homeland Security is witnessed by the efforts that are being carried out at all levels to push, sponsor and fund related investments, research and innovation, like the EU’s Programme for European Critical Infrastructure Protection (EPCIP) and the EU Horizon 2020 initiative on Secure Societies.

In conclusions, CPS are playing a central role in Homeland Security; therefore, it is nowadays essential to evaluate how emerging paradigms and the most current research developments, like big-data analytics, information fusion, early warning and automatic situation assessment, could help improving the Resilience of CPS.

Tentative/Non-Binding Table of Contents



Part I: Risk Modelling in Cyber-Physical Systems

  1. Cyber-Physical Security Risk Modelling: Definitions, Methodologies, Metrics and Tools
  2. Quantitative and Stochastic Performability Evaluation in Embedded Systems
  3. Model-Based Threat/Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing
  4. Holistic Multi-Level and Multi-Paradigm Modelling for Complex Systems-of-Systems
  5. Business Continuity and Contingency Planning for Critical Infrastructures

Part II: Threat Counteraction in Cyber-Physical Systems

  1. Cyber-Security Organization: IAM, SOC and CERT
  2. Systems for Early Warning and Situation Assessment: PSIM and SIEM
  3. Identification and Detection of Cyber-Physical Threats and Strategic Attacks
  4. Smart/Intelligent Firewalls, Intrusion Prevention and Detection Systems
  5. Procedures, Methods and Technologies for Emergency Preparedness, Incident Response and Crisis Management

Intended Audience

M.D. and Ph.D. students in Computer Science and Engineering who need an additional and up-to-date source providing the relevant state-of-the-art for their project works and research activities on resilient CPS, computer dependability and critical infrastructure security.

Industry researchers and engineers from all domains, especially the ones addressing business-critical and safety-critical applications, requiring methodologies, technologies and tools to help them to develop and certify resilient CPS for infrastructure monitoring and control.