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CRITIS Conference – Summary 2016 and perspectives 2017

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The 11th International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security held at UIC HQ last week, concluded on the 12 October after 2.5 days of exchanges between experts from governments, regulators, scientists, academics, service providers, and other stakeholders.

This year’s edition marked the beginning of the second decade of CRITIS. The participants and speakers came from 14 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom) and six countries from other continents: Morocco, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, and USA.

Following the call for papers, we received 58 high-quality submissions, which were thoroughly reviewed by the expert members of the International Programme Committee (IPC). Out of the total submissions, 22 papers were accepted as full papers with eight further papers accepted as short papers offering work in progress; these short papers are also collected in this volume. Each paper was reviewed by at least three expert reviewers, and both full and short papers were retained for oral presentations during the conference.

The technical programme consisted of 30 papers grouped into sessions that included topics on innovative responses for the protection of cyber-physical systems, procedures and organisational aspects in C(I)IP and advances in Human Factors, decision support, and cross-sector C(I)IP approaches. These selected papers will now be included in a special volume and published by Springer-Verlag in 2017.

As in previous years, four invited keynote speakers and special events complemented the technical programme. Furthermore, in continuation of an initiative first taken up at the 2014 CRITIS, the conference also included an award for young researchers in the area (the 3rd CIPRNet Young CRITIS Award), seeking to recognise and encourage the integration of talented younger researchers into the community. Six of the accepted papers were presented during a dedicated CYCA Session. The winners were Amalie Grangeat (CEA France) and Tingting Li (Imperial College London, UK). This award was sponsored by the FP7 Network of Excellence CIPRNet.

It is our pleasure to express our gratitude to everybody that contributed to the success of CRITIS 2016. In particular, we would like to thank the General Chair Jean-Pierre Loubinoux (UIC Director-General) and the local UIC hosts Jerzy Wisniewski (Fundamental Values Department Director) and Jacques Colliard (Head of UIC Security Division) for making CRITIS possible at UIC Headquarters in Paris.
Further, we would like to thank the members of the Programme Committee who did a tremendous job under strict time limitations during the review process. We also thank the CRITIS 2016 Co-Chairs Prof. Roberto Setola (UCBM, Italy) and Hypatia Nassopoulos (EIVP, France) and the members of the Steering Committee for the great effort and their continuous assistance in the organisation of the conference. We are also grateful to the Publicity Chair and to the UIC Communications Department for their excellent dissemination support, and to the CIPRNet Network which was an active supporting community. We are equally grateful to the keynote speakers who accepted our invitation and agreed to round off the conference programme through presentations on hot topics of the moment.
Finally, we thank all the authors who submitted their work to CRITIS and who shared their new ideas and results with the community. We hope that these ideas will generate further new ideas and innovations for securing our critical infrastructures for the benefit of the whole society.

The next CRITIS edition is planned to be organised in Lucca, Italy in October 2017 to continue the successful CRITIS conferences series.

For further information please contact Grigore Havârneanu: havarneanu@uic.org

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