Special Issue of IJSSE
Theme:  Software Safety & Dependability - the Art of Engineering
Trustworthy Software 

1.	Guest Editors

Guest Editor:	         
         Dr. Lei Wu
         School of Science and Computer Engineering 
         University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas, U.S.A
         Email:  wul@uhcl.edu
Co-Guest Editor:    
         Dr. Yi Feng
         Department of Computer Science and Mathematics, 
         Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
         Email:  Yi.Feng@algomau.ca 

2.	Important Dates
*	Submission of manuscripts: February 1, 2010
*	Notification of pre-acceptance/rejection: March 31, 2010
*	Submission of camera ready accepted papers: June 30 2010
*	Journal Special Issue Publication: January 2011

3.	Submission Guidelines

*	Submission guidelines through journal web site at:
*	Inquiries, manuscripts and any supplementary material should be
        submitted to Guest Editor Dr. Lei Wu (wul@uhcl.edu), and Co-Guest
        Editor, Dr. Yi Feng (Yi.Feng@algomau.ca) through E-mail 

4.	Call for Paper Content

Software Safety is an element of the total safety program. It optimizes
system safety & dependability in the design, development, use, and
maintenance of software systems and their integration with safety
critical application systems in an operational environment. Increasing
size and complexity of software systems makes it harder to ensure their
dependability. At the same time, the issues of safety become more
critical as we more and more rely on software systems in our daily life.
These trends make it necessary to support software engineers with a set
of techniques and tools for developing dependable, trustworthy software.
Software safety cannot be allowed to function independently of the total
effort. Both simple and highly integrated multiple systems are
experiencing an extraordinary growth in the use of software to monitor
and/or control safety-critical subsystems or functions. A software
specification error, design flaw, or the lack of generic safety-critical
requirements can contribute to or cause a system failure or erroneous
human decision. To achieve an acceptable level of dependability goals
for software used in critical applications, software safety engineering
must be given primary emphasis early in the requirements definition and
system conceptual design process. Safety-critical software must then
receive continuous management emphasis and engineering analysis
throughout the development and operational lifecycles of the system.
In this special issue, we are seeking insights in how we can confront
the challenges of software safety & dependability issues in developing
dependable, trustworthy software systems.  

5.	Topics of Interests
This special issue is designed for software professionals and decision
makers to explore the state-of-the-art techniques of Secure Software
Engineering practices targeted at software safety & dependability
challenges. Some suggested areas include, but not limited to: 

*	Safety consistent with mission requirements 
*	Secure software engineering with software security & trustworthy
          software  development
*	State-of-arts literature review of technology dealing with
          software system security
*	Identify and analysis of safety-critical functionality of
          complex systems  
*	Intrusion detection,  security management , applied cryptography
*	Derive hazards and design safeguards for mitigations 
*	Safety-Critical functions design and preliminary hazards
*	Identification, evaluation, and elimination techniques for
          hazards associated with the system and its software, throughout the
*	Complexity of safety critical interfaces, software components 
*	Sound secure software engineering principles that apply to the
          design of the software-user interface to minimize the probability of
          human error
*	Failure & hazard models, including hardware, software, human and
          system are addressed in the design of the software 
*	Software testing  techniques targeting at software safety issues
          at different levels of testing