20th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety,
and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS 2018)

Tokyo, Japan
Nov 4 - Nov 7, 2018


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Call for Papers

SSS is an international forum for researchers and practitioners in the design and development of distributed systems with a focus on systems that are able to provide guarantees on their structure, performance, and/or security in the face of an adverse operational environment. The symposium encourages submissions of original contributions on fundamental research and practical applications concerning topics in the three symposium tracks:


Track A. Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Stabilizing Systems
Self-stabilizing systems, Practically-stabilizing systems, Self-* abstractions, Stabilization and self-* properties in hardware, software, and middleware design. Self-stabilizing software defined infrastructure, Self-stabilizing autonomous mobile agents.


Track B. Distributed Networks and Concurrency
Distributed and concurrent algorithms and data structures, Synchronization protocols, Shared and transactional memory, Formal Methods, validation, verification, and synthesis, Social networks, Game-theory and economical aspects of distributed computing, Randomization in distributed computing, Graph-theoretic concepts for communication networks, Dynamic networks, High-performance, cluster, cloud and grid computing, Computing particles (population protocols, nanoscale robots, biological distributed computation), Mobile, ad-hoc and peer-to-peer networks (wireless, mobile, sensor), Mobile agents and robots.


Track C. Safety in Malicious Environment
Network security, Privacy, Internet-of-things Security, Secure cloud computing, Mobile sensor networks/ad-hoc networks security, Verifiable/fault-tolerant computing, Anomaly and networked malware detection, Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies, Byzantine-fault tolerance and distributed consensus protocols, Secure multi-party computation, Applied cryptography.

Important Dates

Paper Submission

Papers are to be submitted electronically, following the guidelines available on the conference web page. Authors unable to submit electronically should contact the program co-chairs to receive instructions. All submission must conform to the formatting instructions of Springer LNCS series. Each submission must be in English, in PDF format, and include in the first page: (1) the title, (2) the names and affiliations of all authors, (3) contact author’s email, address and telephone number, (4) a brief, one paragraph abstract of the paper, (5) indication whether the paper is a regular submission, or a brief announcement submission, (6) indication whether the submission is eligible to be considered for the best student paper award. A regular submission must not exceed 15 pages (including the title, authors, abstract, figures, and references). Additional necessary details for an expert to verify the main claims of the submission should be included in a clearly marked appendix if extra space is needed. A brief announcement submission must not exceed 5 pages and should not include appendix. Any submission deviating from these guidelines will be rejected without consideration. It is recommended that a regular submission begin with a succinct statement of the problem being addressed, a summary of the main results or conclusions, a brief explanation of their significance, a brief statement of the key ideas, and a comparison with related work, all tailored to a non-specialist. Technical development of the work, directed to the specialist, should follow. Papers outside of the conference scope will be rejected without review. If requested by the authors on the cover page, a regular submission that is not selected for a regular presentation will also be considered for the brief announcement format. This will not affect consideration of the paper for a regular presentation.

Publication

Regular papers and brief announcements will be included in the conference proceedings.
Extended and revised versions of selected papers will be considered for a special issue of the journal Information and Computation.

Paper Awards

Prizes will be given to the best paper and best student paper. A paper is eligible for the best student paper if at least one of its authors is a full-time student at submission time. This must be indicated in the cover page. The PC may decline to confer awards or may split awards.

Update: Springer will sponsor the paper awards with a 1,000 euros prize to be split equally between the Best Paper and the Best Student Paper (i.e. 500 euros for each award). The prize amount will be paid in Japanese yens at the conference with an amount equivalent to 500 euros considering current exchange rate (ca. 65,000JPY).
(This page temporarily incorrectly stated that the prize money would be directed only to the best student paper award.)