The 51st IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN 2021)

Taipei, Taiwan
June 21-24, 2021

Call For Contributions

The society today is increasingly dependent on the correct functioning of computer systems, edge devices and networks for systems and services we use every day, such as aviation, energy production & power grids, intelligent/autonomous vehicles, medical devices & electronic health records, and many others.

The Annual IEEE/IFIP International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) is devoted to the mission of ensuring that the computing systems and networks on which society relies are dependable and secure.

DSN, one of the longest running IEEE conferences organizing its 51st edition in 2021, has pioneered the fusion between dependability and security research under a common body of knowledge, understanding the need to simultaneously fight against accidental faults, intentional cyber-attacks, design errors, and unexpected operating conditions. Its distinctive approach to both accidental and malicious faults made DSN the most prestigious international forum for presenting research furthering robustness and resilience of today’s wide spectrum of computing systems and networks.

All aspects of the research and practice of dependability and applied security are within the scope of DSN. Relevant topics include innovative architectures, protocols, and algorithms, for preventing, detecting, recovering, diagnosing or eliminating accidental and malicious threats as well as experimentation with and assessment of dependable and secure systems and networks.

Authors are invited to submit original papers on the  current thematic areas of DSN:

* Hardware (e.g., microprocessors, memories, system on chip, I/O devices, storage systems, trusted computing)
* Software (e.g., applications, middleware, distributed algorithms, operating systems, blockchains)
* Networks (e.g., wireless networks, mobility, software-defined networking, edge computing, networks on chip, network security)
* Clouds (e.g., cloud storage, computing, platforms, applications, cloud security and privacy)
* Cyber-physical systems (e.g., embedded systems, real-time control of critical systems, internet of things, smart grid, automotive, aerospace, railway, medical systems)
* Autonomous systems (e.g., resilient AI/Machine Learning based systems, self-driving vehicles, autonomous robots, assured autonomy, explainable decision making, acceptability)
* Models and methodologies for programming, evaluating, verifying, and assessing dependable and secure systems (e.g., performance and dependability evaluation, analytical and numerical methods, simulation, experimentation, benchmarking, verification, field data analysis)

Important dates

Dec. 4, 2020: Abstract submission deadline
Dec. 11, 2020: Paper submission deadline
Feb. 17 – 19, 2021: Author rebuttal period
Mar. 8, 2021: Notification to authors
*All dates refer to AoE time(Anywhere on Earth)*

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 2021, 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.

Paper Categories

Submissions can be made in one of the following categories (authors are required to indicate the category as part of the paper’s title).

Regular papers (11 pages): full paper describing research contribution, including experimental work focused on implementation and evaluation of existing techniques in the DSN thematic areas. Papers should clearly describe a novel scientific contribution and a significant advancement of the state of knowledge in DSN relevant topics. The paper should address a significant problem with a compelling solution whose validity and practical applicability are clearly discussed.

Practical experience reports (7 pages): a shorter paper describing practitioner experiences or lessons learned applying tools and techniques to real-world problems and systems, or based on the empirical analysis of field data using a rigorous scientific approach. A paper on this category is expected to show new insights and experiences informing the research and practice of dependability and resilient computing. Contributions reporting on industry practical experiences and lessons learned are highly encouraged, including studies reporting negative results or challenges about the practical applicability or scalability of research results in industry.

Tool descriptions/demonstrations (7 pages): descriptions of the architecture, implementation and usage of substantive tools to aid the research and practice of dependability. A tool paper is expected to describe and demonstrate the value that the tool brings to the dependability community. Making the tool publicly available, whenever possible, is strongly encouraged.

The number of pages indicated above includes everything *except the references*: title page, text, figures, appendices, etc. Papers that exceed the number of pages for that submission category will be rejected without review.

Independently of the paper category, we expect all papers to provide enough detail to enable reproducibility of their experimental results and encourage authors, whenever possible, to make both the software developed in the experiments or datasets publicly available.

Anonymization Rules

Authors must make a good faith effort to anonymize their paper. As an author, you should not identify yourself in the paper either explicitly or by implication (e.g., through the references or acknowledgments). However, only non-destructive anonymization is required. For example, system names may be left un-anonymized, if the system name is important for a reviewer to be able to evaluate the work. For example, a paper on experiences with the design of .NET should not be re-written to be about “an anonymous but widely used commercial distributed systems platform.”

Additionally, please take the following steps when preparing your submission:

* Remove authors’ names and affiliations from the title page.
* Remove acknowledgement of identifying names and funding sources.
* Use care in naming your files. Source file names, e.g., Joe.Smith.dvi, are often embedded in the final output as readily accessible comments.
* Use care in referring to related work, particularly your own. Do not omit references to provide anonymity, as this leaves the reviewer unable to grasp the context. Instead, a good solution is to reference your past work in the third person, just as you would any other piece of related work.
* If you have a concurrent submission, reference it as follows: “Closely related work describes a microkernel implementation [Anonymous 2014].” with the corresponding citation: “[Anonymous 2014] Under submission. Details omitted for double-blind reviewing.” This is, for example, the case for extended versions of the paper available online.
* If you cite anonymous work, you must also send the deanonymized reference(s) to the PC chair in a separate email.

Submissions that do not conform to the above submission deadline, anonymization and formatting guidelines (e.g., are too long, use fonts or line spacing smaller than what is indicated) or are unoriginal, previously published, or under submission to multiple venues, will be disregarded.

Formatting Rules:
Submissions must adhere to the IEEE Computer Society camera-ready 8.5″x11″ two-column camera-ready format (using a 10-point font on 12-point single-spaced leading) as implemented by the LaTeX/Word templates available at the IEEE conference template page (last updated in 2019):

LaTex Package (ZIP)
Word Template (DOC)

Each paper must be submitted as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file. All fonts must be embedded. We also strongly recommend you print the file and review it for integrity (fonts, symbols, equations etc.) before submitting it. A defective printing of your paper can undermine its chance of success. Please take a note of the following:

* Submissions should be anonymous.
* The page limit includes everything except references.
* The first page must include the title of the paper, the type of the paper (Regular / Practical Experience / Tool), and a maximum 150-word abstract.
* Please take into account that the abstract will be used by the reviewers to bid on papers: describe the paper goals clearly, as well as the means used to achieve them.
* The first page is not a separate page, but is a part of the paper (and thus has technical material in it). Thus, this page counts toward the total page budget for the paper.
* There is no page limit for references – however, authors must not put any text or figures on the pages for the references – if so, those pages will be included in the page limits above (it is acceptable for the references to start on the last page of the paper as long as it is within the page limit).
* Pages should be numbered.
* The use of color for figures and graphs is encouraged, but the paper should be easily readable if printed in grayscale.
* Symbols and labels used in the graphs should be readable as printed, without requiring on-screen magnification.
* Try to limit the file size to less than 15 MB.

Paper Submissions

Papers are submitted via the submission website.

The program committee will perform double-blind reviewing of all submissions, with limited use of outside referees. Papers will be held in full confidence during the reviewing process, but papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be rejected without review.

Authors must anonymize their submissions (see Anonymization Rules). Submissions violating the formatting and anonymization rules will be rejected without review. There will be no extensions for reformatting.

Review Process and Author Response

Authors will have the opportunity to correct, during the rebuttal period, factual inaccuracies in the reviews. After the papers have been reviewed, but prior to the Program Committee meeting, the reviews will be made available to the authors to provide a forum for responding to any factual errors in the reviews. Please note that this is NOT a forum to add any additional information on the paper, to submit an updated or revised paper, or to list changes the authors promise to include in the final version. Author responses will be made available to all PC members before the paper is discussed for selection in the PC meeting.

All accepted papers will be subject to the revision and approval of a PC member acting as shepherd.


DSN 2021 will announce a Best Paper Award, attributed every year to the best accepted scientific paper among all. Please check the relevant page on the DSN website for additional details and other awards.

Program Committee Co-Chairs
Alysson Bessani, Universidade de Lisboa
Giuliano Casale, Imperial College London


Organizing Committee

General ChairsSy-Yen Kuo
Yennun Huang
National Taiwan University
Academia Sinica
Conference CoordinatorYusung WuNational Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan
Program Committee ChairsAlysson Bessani
Giuliano Casale
University of Lisbon
Imperial College London
Industrial Track ChairsHarigovind V.(Hari) Ramasamy
Nobuyasu Kanekawa


Workshop ChairsSaurabh Bagchi
Chia-Mu Yu
Purdue University
National Chiao Tung University
Doctoral Forum ChairsDong Seong Kim
Tadashi Dohi
The University of Queensland
Hiroshima Univ., Japan
Fast Abstracts & Posters ChairsHaruo Yokota
Chun-Ying Huang
Tokyo Institute of Technology
National Chi Nan University
Publication ChairsChiyi Lin
Yao-Hsin Chou
Tamkang University
National Chi Nan University
Publicity ChairsXavier Defago
Hui Xu
Karama Kanoun
Robert S. Swarz
Jiun-Lang Huang
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Fudan University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
National Taiwan University
Finance ChairYusung WuNational Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan
Registration ChairsJenn-Wei Lin
Yao-Tung Tsou
Fu Jen Catholic University
Feng Chia University
Fund Raising ChairsTimothy Tsai
Chiu-Han Hsiao
Academia Sinica
Local Arrangements ChairsShyue-Kung Lu

Yung-Li Hu
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Academia Sinica

Web MastersIng-Yi ChenNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaiwan