BY ERTS PROGRAM COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mohamed Kaâniche, LAAS-CNRS Director, Toulouse - France
On behalf of the ERTS- Organizing and Program Committees, it is my pleasure to invite you to contribute and to attend the 12th edition of the Embedded Real-Time Systems Congress.
ERTS is widely recognized as a major cross-sector event for the research and practice of resilient and real-time embedded critical systems. It is a unique bi-annual forum that has gathered researchers, engineers and professionals from a wide variety of application domains, for more than two decades, to address timely challenges related to the design, validation, assessment and operation of embedded critical systems and applications, and to reflect on key future trends.
Critical embedded systems are deployed in several industrial application sectors such as transportation (avionics, automotive, railways ...), industry 4.0, space, healthcare, energy, smart cities, etc. Such systems are required to deliver trustworthy, resilient and timely services while achieving high levels of performance at the lowest costs. Achieving such requirements requires the development of innovative solutions to address various challenges raised today. We can mention first the need to investigate the impact of the new technological trends that include the advent of multi-core, many core and GPU processor architectures, as well as virtualization and edge computing techniques with the development of new services based on a more advanced distribution of processing and storage on remote infrastructures, using in particular Internet of Things (IoT) and advanced communication technologies (5G, etc.). These evolutions have led to increasing the complexity of the systems, as well as the risks of failures or degradation of performances that result from accidental causes or malicious attacks.
Another major challenge is related to the growing interest in integrating artificial intelligence algorithms into mission-critical applications in order to achieve increasing levels of autonomy, flexibility and adaptation to changes and unforseen events. Although machine learning algorithms have demonstrated high accuracy for specific tasks such as object recognition and classification, the current state of knowledge does not allow yet to provide the minimum levels of guarantees and justified confidence required for the certification of systems integrating such algorithms for mission critical domains. Indeed, machine learning (ML) algorithms are typically based on the assumption that the training dataset is representative of the inputs that the system will face during its deployment. However, in practice there are a wide variety of unexpected accidental, as well as adversarially-crafted, perturbations on the ML inputs that might lead to violations of this assumption. Furthermore, ML algorithms are often run on special-purpose hardware accelerators, which may themselves be subject to faults. A major goal of current research is to develop innovative solutions for the problem of establishing guarantees of reliability, security, safety, robustness and better explainability for systems that incorporate increasingly complex ML models, and for the challenge of determining whether such systems can comply with requirements for safety-critical systems. This includes for example defining new paradigms for the design, verification and systems level assurance of embeddable and certifiable AI architectures as well as the design of new processor chips to be used for AI critical applications. The use of AI techniques such as generative models and virtual assistants to support the efficient design and optimization of critical embedded systems requires also careful investigation especially when the implemented systems need to be certified or to comply with stringent development assurance and regulation constraints.
Cybersecurity is another challenging area where significant scientific advances are needed to cope with the increase, in number and sophistication, of malicious threats targeting critical infrastructures and systems. Vulnerabilities span all system layers, and increasingly the lower layers and the hardware. Hardware assisted protection techniques and trustworthy embedded components are among the promising solutions being explored, together with new paradigms that consider security and safety holistically. In addition, personal data protection and privacy have also become a real industrial and societal concern due to the massive collection of data and the requirement to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR.
Finally, developing sustainable and energy efficient solutions to reduce the environmental impact of future generations of critical systems and ensuring their social acceptability is nowadays a major concern and an important objective to achieve in all application sectors.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Toulouse in June 2024 for the 12th edition of the ERTS Congress to exchange about these topics and your recent contributions!
ERTS - IMPORTANT DATES
Abstract of Regular &
Short Paper submission (4 pages) : October 15th, 2023, November 26th, 2023
Acceptance Notification : February 8th, 2024
Call for nomination : ERTS 2024 PhD
Dissertation Award on Embedded critical computing Systems : March, 15th, 2024
Regular Paper for review (10 pages) : April 3rd, 2024
Final Paper (Short and Regular) : May 5th, 2024
Congress (new dates): June 11th to 12th, 2024