Call for Contributions

The DSN Tutorial program is a forum for leading work on all aspects of dependability, security and resilience of systems and networks, covering both theory and experimental themes. The objective is to offer attendees the chance to learn from and to interact with leading experts in the most popular areas of dependability, security and resilience of systems and networks.

DSN tutorials cover a wide range of topics. The tutorials committee is soliciting proposals for full-day (six hours) or a half-day (three hours) tutorials on topics in the following non-exhaustive areas:

    • The application of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to dependability, e.g. when applied to safety critical systems, and computer science security;
    • Blockchains and distributed ledgers;
    • Safety and security of intelligent vehicles (verification and validation, testing, certification, fault-tolerance and resilience);
    • Hardware (e.g., microprocessors, systems and networks on chip, storage systems, trusted computing);
    • Software (e.g., applications, middleware, operating systems);
    • Cyber-physical systems (e.g., embedded systems, internet of things, smart grid, automotive, aerospace, medical systems);
    • Socio-technical systems (e.g., virtual worlds, human-computer interaction, social networking);
    • Clouds, data Centers, virtual machines and containers’ dependability (e.g., cloud storage, computing, platforms, applications, security and privacy);
    • Networks (e.g., software defined networks, wireless networks, mobility, software-defined networking, intrusion detection systems, network security);
    • Models and methodologies for programming, evaluating, and assessing dependable systems (e.g., performance and dependability evaluation, analytical and numerical methods, simulation, experimentation, benchmarking, verification, field data analysis).

Hands-on Tutorials: As in previous years, the DSN2020 tutorial committee encourages ”hands-on” tutorials — those that give attendees the chance to try pre-prepared demos or exercises during the tutorial. Tutorials focused on “101 courses” on new technologies, as well as development, analysis, monitoring and assessment tools are good candidates for hands-on demos, but others may be as well.

As an example the lists of some of previous years’ DSN tutorials are available at: and

Complimentary registration and minimum of attendees: As in previous years, financial support, in particular in the form of complimentary registrations, will be provided to tutorials organizers that attract a reasonable number of participants. The precise rules for this support will be clarified to the accepted tutorial presenters.

Video pitch: If your tutorial is accepted, you are also welcome to provide a 2-5 minute video pitch to advertise your tutorial, which will be posted on the DSN2020 website as well as on other channels (e.g., youtube, facebook, twitter and dedicated dependability and IEEE/IFIP channels) well in advance of the conference.

Dissemination: We will create a digital copy containing all tutorial notes (no hard copies). The digital copy will be issued to all tutorial and conference attendees. All tutorial proposals must explicitly agree to the release of the tutorial notes for this purpose.

Authors of selected tutorials will be required to write a 1 page document including i) motivation and goals of the tutorial, ii) organization of the tutorial, iii) related references. The document must follow the main conference guidelines for margins and layout and it will be included in the supplemental volume of the proceedings.

Review Process

Tutorial slots at DSN2020 are highly competitive, so carefully consider the following review process guidelines and submission instructions as you prepare your proposal. Submissions will be reviewed by the DSN tutorials committee, which will consider among other factors:

    • Timeliness (new and emerging technologies), novelty, and relevance of the topic;
    • Technical depth;
    • Quality of the proposal (clarity, completeness, and cohesiveness);
    • Relevance for the DSN audience and appropriateness for a tutorial;
    • CV, presentation history and teaching/speaking experience of the presenters.

Proposal preparation guidelines. Your proposal should clearly describe the target audience and what they will learn. It should discuss in detail the tutorial content, schedule, and organization.

Hands-on tutorials. If you propose a demo- or exercise-based tutorial, you must include an extra section in your tutorial proposal to convince the tutorials committee that your demo and/or exercises can be carried out at the conference. DSN2020 will provide Internet access but no other equipment (other than standard AV for presentations). The demos and exercises may be run on attendee’s laptops (if they have one).

How to Submit

Tutorials may be proposed for either a full-day (six hours) or a half-day (three hours). Tutorial proposals should be sent to with the subject line “DSN 2020 Tutorial proposal”. The proposal should contain the following sections:

    1. Abstract in text format (200-word maximum).
    2. A detailed description of the proposed tutorial (3 pages maximum) with the following sections:
      • Tutorial goals – specifically how attendees will benefit;
      • Why the topic is relevant to DSN2020 attendees, its timeliness, novelty, and relevance;
      • Targeted audience (researchers, students, developers, practitioners, etc.);
      • Content level (% beginner, % intermediate, % advanced);
      • Audience prerequisites;
      • General description of tutorial content;
      • If your tutorial has been presented previously, list when and where and how you will update it for DSN2020;
      • Detailed outline of the tutorial (1 page maximum in outline form);
      • A statement about “hands-on” exercises.
    3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae for each presenter (2-pages maximum each). Make sure this includes a list of short courses the presenter has taught.
    4. A statement agreeing to release the notes for the DSN2020 tutorial digital copy.

Tutorial submissions may be conditionally accepted, pending certain modifications recommended by the committee. You will be required to supply copies of your material about 3 weeks before the conference.

Important Information

Conference Website:

Submissions: to with the subject line “DSN 2020 Tutorial proposal”

Email Contact: 

Tutorial Certificates: Tutorial attendees will receive a DSN Certificate in Advanced Training in System Dependability and Security after completing at least one tutorial.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: February 17, 2020 March 8, 2020.

Notification: March 23, 2020

Tutorial Dates: June 29, 2020 (first day of DSN, together with the workshops)

DSN 2020 Tutorials Co-Chairs
    • Saurabh Bagchi (Purdue University)
    • François Taïani (Univ Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISA)