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CREST: 1st Workshop on Causal Reasoning for Embedded and safety-critical 
Systems Technologies

April 8, 2016

Satellite event of ETAPS 2016, Eindhoven, The Netherlands



Today's IT systems, and the interactions among them, become more and 
more complex. Power grid blackouts, airplane crashes, failures of 
medical devices, cruise control devices out of control are just a few 
examples of incidents due to component failures and unexpected 
interactions of subsystems under conditions that have not been 
anticipated during system design and testing. The failure of one 
component may entail a cascade of failures in other components; several 
components may also fail independently. In such cases, determining the 
root cause(s) of a system-level failure and elucidating the exact 
scenario that led to the failure is today a complex and tedious task 
that requires significant expertise. In the security domain, localizing 
instructions and tracking agents responsible for information leakage is 
a central problem.

Formal approaches for automated causality analysis, fault localization, 
explanation of events, accountability and blaming have been proposed 
independently by several communities - in particular, AI, concurrency, 
model-based diagnosis, formal methods. Work on these topics has 
significantly gained speed during the last years.

The goals of this workshop are to bring together and foster exchange 
between researchers from the different communities, and to present and 
discuss recent advances and new ideas in the field.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- formal models of causal systems and structures
- languages and logics for specification and causal analysis
- definitions of causality and explanation
- causality analysis on models, programs, and/or traces
- fault localization
- fault ascription and blaming
- accountability
- applications, implementations, and case studies of the above

Keynote Speakers

Hana Chockler, King’s College, UK: Causality and Responsibility for 
Formal Verification and Beyond
Chao Wang, Virginia Tech, USA: Constraint-based Analysis for Verifying 
and Debugging Concurrent Software

Selection procedure, committees, and organization

All contributed papers will be reviewed by at least 3 PC members. 
Revised versions of selected papers will be published as formal 
post-proceedings at EPTCS.

The second part of the workshop will be dedicated to a common discussion 
of a case study and/or a panel on challenges and a longer-term vision of 
causality analysis in computer science.

Program Committee

Salem Benferhat, CRIL - Université d'Artois, France
Hana Chockler, King's College, UK
Eric Fabre, INRIA, France
Görschwin Fey, University of Bremen & DLR, Germany
Gregor Gössler, INRIA, France (co-chair)
Alex Groce, Oregon State University, USA
Sylvain Hallé, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, Canada
Joseph Halpern, Cornell University, USA
Stefan Leue, University of Konstanz, Germany
Dejan Nickovic, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
Andy Podgurski, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Oleg Sokolsky, University of Pennsylvania, USA (co-chair)
Jean-Bernard Stefani, INRIA, France
Louise Travé-Massuyès, LAAS-CNRS, France
Joost Vennekens, K.U. Leuven, Belgium
Chao Wang, Virginia Tech, USA
Georg Weissenbacher, Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Organizers: G. Goessler (INRIA, France) and O. Sokolsky (U. 
Pennsylvania, US)

Important dates:
- abstracts due: January 10, 2016
- full papers due: January 17, 2016
- notification: February 18, 2016
- revised papers for pre-proceedings: March 3, 2016
- workshop: April 8, 2016
- camera ready for post-proceedings: mid-May 2016
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