4th Workshop on
Embedded Systems Security (WESS'2009)
A Workshop of the Embedded Systems Week (ESWEEK '09)
October 15, 2009


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 both wired and wireless.
  • Security engineering.
  • Case studies.


The proceedings of the workshop will be published by the ACM.

Submission Instructions

Paper must be submitted in PDF form through the EDAS system. Submitted papers should present original research that is unpublished and not submitted elsewhere.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. Templates for the submission of papers can be found at the ACM website. The copyright form for proceedings will also need to be filled in.

Important Dates:
  • Abstract Registration: August 10
  • Submission deadline: August 17 (extended!)
  • Reviews out: Sept. 9
  • Copyright forms due: Sept. 15
  • Camera ready papers: Sept. 21

General Chairs

  • Dimitrios Serpanos - University of Patras - Greece
  • Wayne Wolf - Georgia Tech - USA

Technical Chairs

  • Peter Langendoerfer - IHP Microelectronics - Germany
  • Vincent Mooney - Georgia Institute of Technology - USA

Technical Program Committee:

  • Levente Buttyan - Budapest University of Technology and Economics - Hungary
  • Roy Campbell - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - USA
  • Claude Castelluccia - INRIA - France
  • Junfeng Fan - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, ESAT/SCD-COSIC - Belgium
  • Jonathon Giffin - Georgia Institute of Technology - USA
  • Kai Hansen - ABB - Switzerland
  • Hyesoon Kim - Georgia Institute of Technology - USA
  • Vitaly Ocheretny - Fraunhofer SIT - Germany
  • Sri Parameswaran - University of New South Wales - Australia
  • Umakishore Ramachandran - Georgia Institute of Technology - USA
  • Dimitrios Serpanos - University of Patras, Industrial Systems Institute - Greece
  • Ingrid Verbauwhede - UCLA - USA
  • Ning Weng - Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - USA
  • Tilman Wolf - University of Massachusetts - USA
  • Chuck Yoo - Korea University - Korea

Steering Committee:

  • Catherine Gebotys - University of Waterloo - Canada
  • Dimitrios Serpanos - University of Patras, Industrial Systems Institute - Greece
  • Wayne Wolf - Georgia Tech - USA