Call for papers (CFP): 4th international workshop on agile development of safety-critical software (ASCS 2018)

UPDATE: Submission deadline is extended to March 13

Introduction: The fourth international workshop on Agile Development of Safety-Critical Software (ASCS) will be organized in conjunction with the XP 2018 conference, on May 21 in Porto.

Safety-critical systems are expanding in scope and complexity and software becomes an important and enabling technology for functional safety. This creates new opportunities and new challenges, where agile methods, practices, tools and techniques may offer opportunities to build and certify safety-critical software with lower costs in shorter time. ASCS is a meeting place to share achievements and ideas and to build your network.

The workshop will be based on a mix of presentations by an invited key-note speaker (to be announced later on and by authors of accepted papers (approximately 20 minutes). 40-50% of the time will be reserved for discussions.

The workshop aims to cover a variety of topics, included in but not limited to the following list:

  • Empirical studies, including industry experience reports
  • Tools to support and automate development and certification
  • Integrating safety/security into agile methods
  • Agile methods introduction in safety-systems organizations
  • Adapting existing agile methods for the safety critical domain
  • Addressing safety standards with agile methods
  • Maintaining traceability in agile methods
  • Agile documentation methods including automation of documentation
  • Agile analysis practices for safety-critical systems
  • Change impact analysis
  • Configuration management
  • Compliance with safety standards
  • Agility in safety assessment including assessor collaboration
  • Agile Safety Cases
  • DevOps and safety-critical systems
  • Assurance case experience reports

Call for papers: The workshop organizers call for original papers (either short papers, 5 pages, or full papers, 8-12 pages), which will undergo peer-review. Workshop papers will be considered for publication in the workshop proceedings (most likely to be published by ACM) and must adhere to the ACM formatting guidelines: We encourage work presenting industrial experience as well as papers providing new insights, ideas and analysis of practice.

Proposals must be submitted through the Easychair conference submission site: At least one author of accepted papers must register for the workshop and present.

Important dates:

  • Submission deadline: March 3 March 13, 2018
  • Review notification: April 6, 2018
  • ASCS workshop: May 21, 2018

The ASCS 2018 organizing committee:

Name Affiliation Email Phone
Geir K. Hanssen (C) SINTEF +47 92492454
Thor Myklebust SINTEF +47 95779869
Janusz Górski Gdansk University of Technology +58 3471909

The ASCS 2017 program committee:

Name Affiliation
Tim Kelly University of York
Stig Ole Johnsen Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Katarzyna Lukasiewicz Gdansk University of Technology
Efi Papatheocharous Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE ICT/SICS)
Uwe Becker Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
Barbara Gallina Mälardalen University


Any questions may be directed to the workshop chair; Geir K. Hanssen,, +47 92492454.