Call for Papers:
2nd IEEE LCN Special Track on Maritime Communication and Security 
(MarCaS 2024)
in conjunction with the
49th Annual IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (IEEE LCN 2024)

Caen, Normandy, France, October 8-10, 2024

## MarCaS Special Track Synopsis

The ongoing digital transformation of the worldwide maritime
transportation system (MTS) is moving from previously isolated legacy
systems to fully interconnected, globally available, and remotely
controllable maritime systems.

This transformation has a huge impact on most global supply chains
that depend existentially upon maritime. Ultimately, it has also the
potential to pave the way for autonomous, smart, and green shipping,
improving the efficiency and sustainability of the MTS.

However, in light of the growing threat of cyberattacks and malicious
electro- magnetic activities, protecting our maritime transportation
and communication systems must be a top priority not only from an
economic view, but also from a social and political perspective. The
Ever Given’s Suez Canal obstruction in March 2021 has made the world
community noticeably aware of how fragile and vulnerable our global
supply chains are. But even beyond merchant ships and shipping lanes,
port facilities and cargo terminals, as well as many other
infrastructures such as oil and gas platforms, offshore wind farms,
and subsea pipelines and cables, must be secured, especially in view
of the current geopolitical conflicts. The recent attacks on gas
pipelines in the Baltic Sea and the attacks on merchant ships off the
Yemeni coast in the Red Sea by the Houthi militia further demonstrate
the need for more networked surveillance systems in this respect.

The LCN's MarCaS 2024 Special Track is the continuation of the
successful MarCaS workshop from the previous year. Its scope are
innovations from research necessary for the digital transformation,
focusing on maritime information technology (IT) and operational
technology (OT) on board vessels and maritime industrial control
systems, but also on shore at ports, terminals, and other maritime
infrastructures. Maritime communication, satellite navigation, radio-
based situational awareness systems, and maritime cloud services are
of particular interest of MarCaS, combined with novel cybersecurity
approaches for a safer and more resilient MTS.

## Topics

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
* Maritime IT/OT systems, architectures, and communication technologies
* Multi-sensor networks and Cyber-Physical Systems
* Underwater communication, networks, and surveillance
* On-shore and intermodal communication systems
* Maritime cybersecurity and vulnerability analysis
* Safe and secure navigation, GPS interference technique, and GNSS-independent
* AIS and radar protocol security
* Security assessments, threat analyses, and cyber risk management
* (Open source) test and simulation environments and maritime datasets
* Autonomous systems and shipping
* Smart ships, smart ports, and maritime IoT technologies
* Maritime (security) education and training
* Machine learning / artificial intelligence
* Maritime blockchain use cases

## Submission Guidelines

* via EDAS: https://edas.info/N32137
* Paper submissions may be up to six (6) pages, excluding bibliography,
  -  (Contact the MarCaS chairs if you need more pages)
* formatted in 10pt font, two-column IEEE conference style,
* must be prepared for a double-blind review process,
* and must describe original, previously unpublished research and
  developments, not currently under review by another conference,
  workshop, or journal.
* Detailed instructions can be found on the webpage.

## Important Dates

* Special Track Paper Registration:   April 12, 2024
* Special Track Paper Submission:     April 19, 2024
* Paper Acceptance Notification:      June 28,   2024
* Camera-ready Papers Due:            July 25,   2024

## MarCaS Chairs

* Jan Bauer, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
* Ulku Clark, University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
* Gary C. Kessler, Gary Kessler Associates, USA

On behalf of the MarCaS Organizer Committee,
contact: marcas@garykessler.net