3rd Workshop on
Embedded Systems Security (WESS'2008)
A Workshop of the IEEE/ACM EMSOFT'2008 and the Embedded Systems Week
October 23, 2008


Embedded computing systems are continuously adopted in a wide range of application areas and importantly, they are responsible for a large number of safety-critical systems as well as for the management of critical information. The advent of Internet-enabled embedded systems introduces a large number of security issues: the Internet can be used to attack embedded systems and embedded systems can be used to attack the Internet. Furthermore, embedded systems are vulnerable to many attacks not relevant to servers because they are physically accessible. Inadvertent threats due to bugs, improper system use, etc. can also have effects that are indistinguishable from malicious attacks.

This workshop will address the range of problems related to embedded system security. Of particular interest are security topics that are unique to embedded systems. The workshop will provide proceedings to the participants and will encourage discussion and debate about embedded systems security.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Security planning and provisioning for embedded systems.
  • Security of Internet-enabled embedded systems.
  • Power-related attacks and countermeasures.
  • Timing-related attacks and countermeasures.
  • Novel attacks and countermeasures.
  • Security of sensor networks.
  • Case studies.
Important Dates:
  • Abstract registration: June 13, 2008
  • Full paper submission: June 20, 2008
  • Notification of results: August 1, 2008
  • Camera-ready copy due: August 29, 2008
  • ESWEEK: October 19 - October 24, 2008
Paper Submission:
Papers will be submitted through here. Submitted papers should present original research that is unpublished and not submitted elsewhere. Papers should be no more than 10 pages 2-column in ACM format, prepared according to these templates.

General Chairs:
Catherine Gebotys University of Waterloo Canada  
Dimitrios Serpanos University of Patras Greece  
Program Committee:
Umakishore RamachandranGeorgia Tech USA (Co-chair)
Ingrid Verbauwhede K.U. Leuven Belgium (Co-chair)
Roy Campbell UIUC USA 
Jon Giffin Georgia Tech USA 
David Hwang George Mason University USA 
Liviu Iftode Rutgers University USA 
Hyesoon Kim Georgia Tech USA 
Christof Paar Ruhr University Bochum Germany 
Sri Parameswaran University of New South Wales Australia 
Patrick Schaumont Virginia Tech USA 
Chuck Yoo Korea University Korea 
Tilman Wolf University of Massachussetts USA 
Steering Committee:
Catherine Gebotys University of Waterloo Canada  
Dimitrios Serpanos University of Patras Greece  
Wayne WolfGeorgia TechUSA