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ERCIM News No. 102 (July 2015)
DEADLINE FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Wednesday 13 May 2015
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The sections of ERCIM News 102 are :
- Joint ERCIM Actions
- Special Theme: Trustworthy Systems of Systems
- Research and Innovation
- In Brief
The Special Theme and the Research and Innovation sections contain articles presenting a panorama of European research activities. The Special Theme focuses on a sector which has been selected by the editors from a short list of currently "hot" topics whereas the Research and Innovation section contains articles describing scientific activities, research results, and technical transfer endeavours in any sector of Information and Communication Science and Technology (ICST), telecommunications or applied mathematics. Submissions to the Special Theme section are subjected to an external review process coordinated by invited guest editors whereas submissions to the Research and Innovation section are checked and approved by the ERCIM News editorial board.Special Theme:
"Trustworthy Systems of Systems"
(Safety and Cyber-Security Co-engineering)
- Poul Heegaard, NTNU, Norway
- Erwin Schoits, AIT, Austria
In a highly interconnected world, an increasing number of interdependent, but independently operable and manageable systems, form so-called digital ecosystems or system-of-systems. This includes interacting and interdependent cyber-physical systems-of-systems (CPSoS), which is heterogeneous ICT systems, and ICT systems embedded in and controlling critical infrastructure. Such systems poses new threats and challenges: How can we trust the services in such systems-of-systems, e.g. with respect to dependability, security, safety, privacy? How to model and understand the complexity, and how should they be designed, implemented, deployed, operated and managed? How can safe, reliable and secure interoperability of trustable services be guaranteed? Can such systems be made adaptable, reconfigurable and extendable during life time? Is it possible to define appropriate Service Level Agreements and business model give incentives to collaborate to mitigate the threats and challenges?
Examples of cyber-physical systems-of-systems (CPSoS) include the smart power grid with power plants and power distribution networks and control, intelligent transport systems (rail, traffic management with V2V and V2I facilities, air traffic control systems), advanced manufacturing systems, mobile co-operating autonomous robotic systems or vehicles, health-care systems, smart buildings up to smart cities. The main reason to build systems-of-systems (SoS) are new services, and to support efficient and less failure prone system operation and management.
The impact on society as a whole is considerable, therefore CPSoS is a targeted research topic of European Research Programmes.
Topics in this issue include, but are not limited to:
- Threats - It is a challenge to understand the new threats in trust, safety & cyber-security, resilience, robustness, sustainability, reliability, dependability. The broad set of threats must be considered a the same time, and be co-assessed, co-engineered and certified. Examples of challenges from different domains and how they are taken up are of interest here.
- Interdomain - How can responsibilities and liabilities be managed in systems that interact with each other and other critical systems (such as power-system, healthcare, transportation, financial system), and where the services are provided by partly collaborating, party competing stakeholders?
- Design and implementation - In what way need design, development and V&V and certification/qualification paradigms have to change?
- Management - The systems and services must be managed through the whole life time which evolutionary processes, changes, reconfigurations and adaptations, and where complex requirements of constituent systems (multi-role, multi-multi-actor, multi-user and requirements, multi-technology) changes over time.
- Operation - How can strongly interdependent systems be run optimally, e.g. though an SLA, without knowing the inner technical and research details of the interacting systems?
- Standards - Current frameworks and standards, and open issues. Are there recent developments that will cover these open issues?
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