Tutorials: 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 areas (as well as others):

  • Hardware (e.g., microprocessors, system 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 (e.g., cloud storage, computing, platforms, applications, cloud security and privacy)
  • Networks (e.g., 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 DSN2018 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 last two years’ DSN tutorials are available at: http://dsn2017.github.io/tutorials/ and https://dsn-2016.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/70

Complimentary registration: Selected tutorial instructors may benefit from awards, depending on the level of registrations. A single complementary conference registration to the main conference, or two such registrations, respectively for half-day and full-day tutorials, will be awarded above 10 registrations. Further awards may be considered by the Tutorial co-Chairs, in consultation with the General Chair, for extremely successful tutorials, both from the viewpoint of attendance and completeness of program, namely level of hands-on activities performed.

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 DSN2018 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 DSN2018 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 DSN2018 audience and appropriateness for a tutorial;
  • CV, presentation history and teaching/speaking experience of the presenters.

Priority will be given to tutorial on disruptive technologies and/or with substantial hands-on activities for attendees.

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. DSN2018 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 must be submitted electronically via easychair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsn18t . The file you upload 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 DSN2018 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 DSN2018.
    • 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 DSN2018 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: http://www.dsn.org
Web Submissions: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsn18t
Tutorials Email Contact: miguel.p.correia@tecnico.ulisboa.pt and rrkapitz@ibr.cs.tu-bs.de

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

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: deadline extended to February 5, 2018
Notification: March 1, 2018
Tutorial Dates: June 25, 2018 (first day of DSN, together with the workshops)

DSN 2018 Tutorials Co-Chairs
  • Miguel P. Correia (INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico)
  • Ruediger Kapitza (Technische Universität Braunschweig)