2nd International Workshop on Impact of IT/OT Convergence on the Resilience of Critical Infrastructures (IOCRCI) 2024

    Scope of the workshop

    Our economy and society are increasingly dependent on the proper functioning of critical infrastructures such as for example electricity supply networks, drink water systems, water works, road traffic systems, and gas distribution systems. Traditionally, critical infrastructures are isolated systems. However, they are increasingly being connected to other systems and the internet. Digitalization is an irreversible trend because of significant business advantages such as reduced overhead and process optimization. The digitization of critical infrastructures, also referred to as IT/OT convergence, requires novel methods, models and technologies for design, detection, response, and recovery from cyber-attacks and (cascading) failures in converged IT/OT systems.

    The half-day IOCRCI workshop offers a timely venue for researchers, governmental and industry partners to present and discuss their latest results on the impact of IT/OT Convergence on the Resilience of Critical Infrastructures. We aim to get a clear understanding of the research and operational challenges for this theme, including insight in the state-of-the-art, availability of data sets and testbeds, positioning papers, experimental and operational experience and situational awareness around the subject.

    The workshop is the second edition of the IOCRCI Workshop. The first edition was held in 2023, as a workshop at the IFIP Networking 2023 Conference held in Barcelona:

    This workshop will be held exclusively in-person.

    Topics of interest:

    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Challenges for (cyber) resilient critical infrastructures
    • State-of-the-art studies
    • Lessons learnt from cyber-attacks and/or cascading failures on critical infrastructures
    • Methods for predicting upcoming failures in critical infrastructures
    • Security by design
    • Detection and mitigation of anomalies indicating cyberattacks or other resilience threats
    • Digital twins for (cyber) resilience
    • Methods for modeling resiliency in critical infrastructures
    • Methods for situational awareness and incident response
    • Self-healing for cyber resilience
    • Methods for countermeasures and mitigation actions in critical infrastructures

    Important Dates

    • Paper submission deadline:  March 21, 2024April 14, 2024 (firm)
    • Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2024
    • Camera-ready deadline:  May 2, 2024
    • Workshop:  June 3, 2024

    Paper submission

    Submitted papers should be written in English by following the IEEE conference format (double-column, 10pt font), with a maximum length limit of 6 (six) printed pages, including all figures, references, and appendices.

    Papers should be submitted through EDAS in PDF through the following link:

    Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for review elsewhere will be considered for publication in the proceedings.

    Papers will appear in the conference proceedings and will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements.

    At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register and present the work in the workshop.

    Workshop Organizing Team

    • Robert Kooij, Delft University of Technology and TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), the Netherlands
    • Sridar Adepu, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
    • Romain Dagnas, IRT System X, France

    TPC Co-Chairs

    • Gregorio D'Agostino, ENEA, Italy
    • Rob van der Mei, Vrije Universiteit, the Netherlands
    • Savio Sciancalepore, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
    • Antonia Affinito , Twente University, the Netherlands
    • Martin Warnier, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
    • Alex Stefanov, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
    • Annalisa Socievole. National Research Council of Italy
    • Song Yang, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
    • Maksim Kitsak, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
    • Venkata Reddy Palleti , Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy, India
    • Qin Lin, Cleveland State University, USA
    • Evangelos Pournaras, University of Leeds, UK
    • Swarna Kumarswamy Das, TNO, the Netherlands
    • Jan-Paul Konijn, TNO, the Netherlands
    • Michel Barbeau, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
    • Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro, Télécom SudParis, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Palaiseau, France
    • Arunabha Sen, Arizona State University, USA
    • Jose Marzo, University of Girona, Spain
    • Daisuke Mashima, Illinois Advanced Research Center, Singapore
    • John Henry Castellanos, CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Germany
    • Giedre Sabaliauskaite, Swansea University, UK
    • Gauthama Raman, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
    • Luis Garcia, University of Utah, USA

    Technical Program (Monday, June 3, 2024)

    09:00 - 09:10 


      Robert Kooij (Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Netherlands)
    09:10 - 09:45 


      Gaps on intrusion detection in converging IT/OT systems
      Jan-Paul Konijn, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research)
    09:45 - 11:15 Session 1: Communication Networking
      Session Chair: Romain Dagnas (Institut de Recherche Technologique SystemX, France)
      Private Edge Computing Resource Allocation and Communication Optimization Based on Federated Learning
      Ke Xiao, Jiaxin Wang and Zhenwei Yu (North China University of Technology, China)
    Chaofei Li (University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
    Feifei Gao (Tsinghua University, China)
      Hierarchical Deep Reinforcement Learning-based Load Balancing Algorithm for Multi-domain Software-Defined Networks
      Robert Kołakowski (Warsaw University of Technology & Orange Polska, Poland)
    Slawomir Kuklinski (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)
    Lechosław Tomaszewski (Orange Polska, Poland)
      Studying Slot Assignment for Multi-Gateway Time Scheduled Channel Access in LoRaWAN
      Noah Mehling (University of Würzburg, Germany)
    Frank Loh and Simon Raffeck (University of Wuerzburg, Germany)
    Tobias Hoßfeld (University of Würzburg, Germany)
      Distributed Consensus through Network Support
      David Guzman (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
    Dirk Trossen (Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, Germany)
    Jörg Ott (Technische Universität München, Germany)
    11:15 - 11:30 

    Coffee break

    11:30 - 12:30 

    Session 2: Security and resilience in IT/OT

      Session Chair: Sridhar Adepu (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
      Evaluating Localization Algorithms in IoT Networks Under Jamming Attacks
      Michael Savva and Iacovos Ioannou (University of Cyprus, Cyprus)
    Vasos Vassiliou (University of Cyprus & CYENS Center of Excellence, Cyprus)
      Resilience Assessment of Multi-Layered Cyber-Physical Systems
      Romain Dagnas (IRT SystemX, France)
    Michel Barbeau (Carleton University, Canada)
    Joaquin Garcia-Alfaro (Institut Mines-Telecom, France)
    Reda Yaich (IRT-SYstemX, French Polynesia)
      Decision Support System for Situational Awareness of Cybersecurity Operations Centre
    12:30 - 13:15 

    Panel Session: Impact of IT/OT Convergence on the Resilience of Critical Infrastructures

      Moderator: Robert Kooij (Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Netherlands)
      Jan-Paul Konijn, (TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research)
    Romain Dagnas (IRT SystemX, France)
    Vasos Vassiliou (University of Cyprus & CYENS Center of Excellence, Cyprus)
    David Guzman (Technical University of Munich, Germany)