Cyber-Physical Security and Privacy

Joint special issue with IEEE Intelligent Systems

Final submissions due: 14 January 2016
Publication issue: September/October 2016

Please email the guest editors a brief description of the article you plan to submit by 14 December 2015.
Guest editors: Bruno Crispo and Alvaro Cardenas (

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) integrate computing and communication capabilities with monitoring and control of entities in the physical world. These systems are usually composed by a set of networked agents, including sensors, actuators, control processing units, and communication devices. While some forms of CPS are already in use, the widespread growth of wireless embedded sensors and actuators is creating several new applications — in areas such as medical devices, automotive, and smart infrastructure — and increasing the role that the information infrastructure plays in existing control systems — such as in the process control industry or the power grid.

Many CPS applications are safety-critical: their failure can cause irreparable harm to the physical system under control and to the people who depend on it. In particular, the protection of our critical infrastructures that rely on CPS, such as the electric power transmission and distribution, industrial control systems, oil and natural gas systems, water and waste-water treatment plants, healthcare devices, and transportation networks play a fundamental and large-scale role in our society — and their disruption can have a significant impact to individuals, and nations at large.

Similarly, because many CPS systems collect sensor data non-intrusively, users of these systems are often unaware of their exposure. Therefore in addition to security, CPS systems must be designed with privacy considerations.
To address some of these issues, we invite original research papers on the security and/or privacy of cyber-physical systems. We seek submissions from multiple interdisciplinary backgrounds representative of CPS, including but not limited to the following:

  • intrusion detection for CPS;
  • privacy in CPS;
  • network security for CPS;
  • control theory to enable resilient and secure CPS;
  • embedded systems and IoT security and privacy;
  • real-time systems;
  • game theory applied to CPS;
  • human factors and humans in the loop;
  • reliability and safety; and
  • economics of security and privacy in CPS.

CPS domains of interest include

  • manufacturing;
  • industrial control systems;
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems;
  • power grid and smart grid;
  • robotics;
  • unmanned aerial vehicles;
  • transportation systems;
  • healthcare and medical devices;
  • automotive; and
  • abstract theoretical CPS domains that involve sensing and actuation.

Also of interest will be papers that can point the research community to new research directions that set research agendas and priorities in CPS security.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must be original manuscripts of fewer than 5,000 words, focused on Internet technologies and implementations. All manuscripts are subject to peer review on both technical merit and relevance to IC’s international readership — primarily practicing engineers and academics who are looking for material that introduces new technology and broadens familiarity with current topics. We do not accept white papers, and papers which are primarily theoretical or mathematical must clearly relate the mathematical content to a real-life or engineering application. To submit a manuscript, please log on to ScholarOne ( to create or access an account, which you can use to log on to IC’s Author Center and upload your submission.