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The Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) is the most prestigious international forum for presenting research results in the field of dependable and secure computing.
Authors are invited to submit original papers on the research and practice of creating, validating, deploying and maintaining dependable and secure systems and networks. A printable call for contributions is available (PDF file).

All aspects of dependable and secure systems and networks are within the scope of DSN including innovative architectures, protocols and algorithms as well as experimentation with and assessment of dependable and secure systems. DSN’s current thematic areas of emphasis are:

  • Hardware (e.g. microprocessors; VLSI; storage systems; and nanoscale systems) 
  • Software (e.g. applications; middleware; and operating systems)
  • Cyber-physical systems (e.g. embedded systems; networked embedded systems; SCADA; automotive aerospace, and medical systems; and smart grid)
  • Socio-technical systems (e.g. virtual worlds; human-computer interaction; usable security; and online social networking)
  • Clouds (e.g. cloud storage, computing, platforms, and applications)
  • Networks (e.g. wireless networks; mobility; next-generation networks; and software-defined networking)
  • Models and methodologies for programming, evaluating, and assessing dependable and secure systems (e.g. performance, dependability and security evaluation; analytical and numerical methods; simulation; experimentation; benchmarking; verification; field data analysis; and data mining techniques)

Information to authors

Innovative papers in other areas of dependable and secure systems and networks will also be considered. Papers will be assessed with criteria appropriate to each category. The conference favors work that explores new territory, continues a significant research dialogue, or reflects on experience with (or measurements of) state-of-the-art implementations. Submissions will be judged on originality, significance, correctness and impact.

Research Papers, Practical Experience Reports, and Tool Descriptions will be refereed and included in the Proceedings of the DSN 2016, if accepted.

All contributions must be written in English. IEEE Computer Society will publish accepted contributions.

At least one author of every accepted paper is expected to register (as a regular registration) for the conference and present the work.

For more details about submission, and for submission, visit the Submission page.

Important Dates

Abstract should be submitted up to November 27th, 2015

The deadline for paper submission is December 7th, 2015

Author rebuttal period: February 11-12, 2016


New: The William C. Carter PhD Dissertation Award in Dependability.
Best Paper Award to the best accepted scientific paper among all.


Program Chairs Domenico Cotroneo (Univ. di Napoli Federico II, IT)
cotroneo [at]
  Cristina Nita-Rotaru (Purdue Univ., US)           
crisn [at]
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