5th IEEE Workshop on the Internet of Safe Things (SafeThings'21)
Co-located with IEEE S&P 2021
May 27th, 2021, remote

As traditionally segregated systems are brought online for next-generation
connected applications, we have an opportunity to significantly improve the
safety of legacy systems. For instance, insights from data across systems
can be exploited to reduce accidents, improve air quality and support
disaster events. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) also bring new risks that
arise due to the unexpected interaction between systems. These safety risks
arise because of information that distracts users while driving, software
errors in medical devices, corner cases in data-driven control, compromised
sensors in drones or conflicts in societal policies. Accordingly, the
Workshop on the Internet of Safe Things (or SafeThings, for brevity) seeks
to bring researchers and practitioners that are actively exploring system
design, modeling, verification, authentication approaches to provide safety
guarantees in the Internet of Things (IoT). The workshop welcomes
contributions that integrate hardware and software systems provided by
disparate vendors, particularly those that have humans in the loop. As
safety is inherently linked with security and privacy, we also seek
contributions in these areas that address safety concerns. With the
SafeThings workshop, we seek to develop a community that systematically
dissects the vulnerabilities and risks exposed by these emerging CPSes, and
create tools, algorithms, frameworks, and systems that help in the
development of safe systems.

The scope of SafeThings includes safety topics as it relates to an
individual's health (physical, mental), society (air
pollution, toxicity, disaster events), or the environment (species
preservation, global warming, oil spills). The workshop considers
safety from a human perspective, and thus, does not include topics
such as thread safety or memory safety in its scope.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following
- Verification of safety in IoT/CPS platforms
- Authentication in IoT/CPS settings
- Adversarial machine learning and testing of IoT/CPS systems
- Secure perception, localization, and planning in autonomous systems
  (e.g., autonomous vehicles and drones)
- Sensors/analog and network protocol security in IoT/CPS systems
- Compliance with legal, health, and environmental policies
- Conflict resolution between IoT applications
- Secure connectivity and updates in IoT/CPS
- Secure integration of hardware and software systems
- Privacy challenges in IoT/CPS settings
- Privacy preserving data sharing and analysis
- Resiliency against attacks and faults
- Safety in human-in-the-loop systems
- Support for IoT/CPS development - debugging tools, emulators, testbeds
- Usable security and privacy for IoT/CPS platforms
- Smart homes, smart buildings and smart city security and privacy issues

In addition, application domains of interest include, but are not limited
to autonomous vehicles and transportation infrastructure; medical CPS and
public health; smart buildings, smart grid and smart cities.

Call for Demos: In addition to the presentation of accepted papers,
SafeThings will include a demo session that is designed to allow
researchers to share demonstrations of their systems that include CPS/IoT
security and safety as a major design goal. Demos of attacks are also

Submission Instruction: Submitted papers must be in English,
unpublished, and must not be currently under review for any other
publication. Submissions must follow the official IEEE Conference
Proceedings format. Full papers must be at most 6 single-spaced,
double column 8.5" x 11" pages excluding references. Demos must be at
most 1 single-spaced, double column 8.5" x 11" page, and have "Demo:"
in their titles. All figures must fit within these limits. Authors are
encouraged to use the IEEE conference proceedings templates. LaTeX
submissions should use IEEEtran.cls version 1.8b. Papers that do not
meet the size and formatting requirements will not be reviewed. All
papers must be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) and submitted
through the web submission form via EasyChair (submission link
below). The review process is double-blind.

Full Papers: 6 pages excluding references.
Demos: 1 page (with "Demo:" in the title).

Important Dates*:*
- Submission Deadline: 25 Jan 2021
- Acceptance Notification: 25 Feb 2021
- Camera Ready Deadline: 5 March 2021
- Workshop: 27 May 2021

The full CFP is available on the conference website: