The workshops at the DSN 2020 provide a forum for groups of researchers to discuss topics in dependability-related research and practice. DSN workshops can be quite diverse. they serve as incubators for scientific communities that form and share a particular research agenda. They also provide opportunities for researchers to exchange and discuss scientific ideas at an early stage, before they have matured to warrant conference or journal publication.

  • Submission deadline:  Dec. 13, 2019
  • Notification to the organizers: Dec. 20 2019

DSN is interested in workshop topics that represent either complementary areas to the main conference or a large, active subarea. Topics from recent DSN workshops include (alphabetical order):

  • Adaptive and Mobile Unbiquitous System Dependability
  • Analysis of Reliability and Security Data
  • Clouds, Data Centers, Virtual Machines and Containers’ Dependability
  • Cyber-physical Systems Dependability
  • Dependability Assessment of Complex Systems
  • Dependable and Secure Nanocomputing
  • Dependability and Security of System Operation
  • Dependability Issues in Software Defined Networks
  • Fault Tolerance for Extreme Scale Systems
  • Resilient Computing
  • Safety and Security of Intelligent Vehicles
  • Trustworthiness of Smart Grids
  • Blockchains
  • Distributed ledgers
  • Infrastructures for Machine Learning

Acceptance will be based on an evaluation of the workshop’s potential for generating useful results, the timeliness of and expected interest in the topic, and the proposers’ ability to lead a successful workshop.

Accepted workshops will have a two-page proceedings-format summary (generated by the workshop organizers) published in the Main Proceedings of the conference. Written contributions to the workshop itself (summaries, short papers, etc.) will be included in the supplement to the DSN Proceedings  (DSN-W volume) and made available on IEEE Xplore. The workshop web pages will be linked through the main DSN website ( and the call for papers will be advertised through the DSN mailing lists.

Organizers are expected to perform any additional advertising in related communities outside the main DSN community, to create and maintain the workshop website, arrange for the collection and refereeing of submissions, and to co-ordinate the collection and delivery of camera ready material and IEEE copyright transfers.

Please submit all workshop proposals by Dec. 13, 2019, preferably as a PDF file, via e-mail to

Workshop proposers will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Dec. 20, 2019. The timelines for submissions to the accepted workshops will be communicated directly to the proposers.

A workshop proposal consists of a descriptive proposal that is not more than 4 pages in length and contains the following information:

  • Title and description of the workshop including motivations, goals, and relevance to the dependability community.
  • Names and contact information of the organizers, including a brief statement on their background and past workshop experience.
  • A description of the workshop planning processes, including the invitation and selection of participants, the refereeing of papers, a tentative program committee if available, and any other pre-workshop activities.
  • A summary of the planned workshop activities including length of time (full day or half day), space required (i.e., room capacity), and the expected workshop outputs. A desired schedule, i.e., approximate number of papers, invited talks, panels, and/or discussion sessions.
  • Whether workshop is new or an ongoing workshop. Information on past editions of the workshop (if applicable) including:
    • History and frequency of the workshop
    • Previous conference co-locations
    • URLs, if available
    • Approximate attendance (for each past edition)
    • How papers were published (website, IEEE, ACM, etc.).
  • Communities from which participation is expected


  • Domenico Cotroneo, Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy
  • Cristina Nita-Rotaru, Northeastern University, USA


For further information please send an email to

The list of accepted workshops can be checked here.