The Second ACM International Workshop on the Engineering of Reliable, Robust, and Secure Embedded Wireless Sensing Systems

FAILSAFE 2018 is a workshop about practical solutions to ‘wicked problems’, the faults and failures inherent in the deployment of embedded wireless sensor systems (EWSS). We focus on methods, tools, models and techniques that reduce faults and failures in EWSS deployments.  Our aim is to find approaches to engineer robustness and resilience into both the sensor systems and applications that rely upon their data.

This year we have extended the scope of FAILSAFE from the exploration and classification of embedded sensor system failures to looking for ways to prevent or handle these failures. We are especially interested in applications of formal methods for failure identification and prevention. This represents a natural progression of the core FAILSAFE topic of understanding, reasoning about, and designing systems to be robust against failures.

We address three main themes in this workshop: Deployments and how to engineer them; Security both at design and run time, and Designs for Robust and Resilient Control. We solicit contributions that have been used in a real deployment, are based on experiences from a real deployment, or are intended to reduce the occurrence of faults and failures in practical deployments. These three themes can be related to any application that depends upon distributed sensing such as: control systems used for urban water distribution networks; industrial control systems like those used on off shore oil platforms; precision agriculture facilities; urban transit networks; or any similar sensor dependent systems.

This topic is important. The scientific problems involved with the reliable use of IoT systems strike hard against the limits of our knowledge. We are still seeking reliable methodologies to organize, analyze, and adapt large, loosely-coupled, intercommunicating, and increasingly autonomous, distributed systems. The topics of FAILSAFE 2018 are timely because there is mounting pressure from various industries and government bodies to be able to place their trust in sensing based infrastructures for decision-making. This contention is supported by industry research showing the potential growth of the IoT sector. IDC forecasts that the worldwide market for sensor systems solutions will grow from $1.9 trillion in 2013 to $7.1 trillion in 2020. ABI Research estimates that the number of devices will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecasted for 2020. 75% of the growth between today and the end of the decade will come from non-hub devices: sensor nodes and accessories. The Acquity Group predicts that more than two thirds of consumers plan to buy connected technology for their homes by 2019.