CARS 2021

6th International Workshop on Critical Automotive Applications: Robustness & Safety

September 13, 2021. Munich, Germany. Virtual

The CARS workshop is a forum focusing on architecture, methods and development techniques for safety-related automotive embedded systems and applications. The 6th edition of CARS is collocated with EDCC 2021, Munich, Germany Virtual.

Important Dates:

·  Paper Submission: June 5 June 21, 2021

·  Author notification: June 29 July 15, 2021

·  WS Camera-Ready Papers: July 5 August 11, 2021

To contribute to the workshop, authors are invited to submit a position paper of up to 4 pages (IEEE format). The final version of accepted papers will be published on-line.

Submission site on easychair was open to new submissions until June 21:


Workshop topics and goals:

The increasing complexity of automotive applications, the challenges posed by autonomous vehicles, the need to master production costs using off-the-shelf components, the coexistence of critical and non-critical applications, and the emergence of new architectural paradigms may have a strong effect on dependability of automotive embedded systems. This situation requires design and validation methods, but also tools to improve automotive systems robustness and their safety and security properties.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the construction of critical automotive applications and systems. It will place emphasis on:

·         dependability issues,

·         software engineering for robustness,

·         security and safety issues,

·         real-time embedded systems technologies,

·         architectural software and hardware solutions,

·         development processes for dependable automotive embedded systems.

CARS is a forum for on-going work exchange.

In particular, CARS aims at promoting and fostering discussion on novel ideas and techniques, possibly controversial approaches, a place where researchers and developers can share both real problems and innovative solutions.

Topics of interest for the workshop are large and include:

·         Safety in the development processes and safety management,

·         Combined approaches for safety and security,

·         Autonomous systems, Car-to-X, ADAS and safety

·         Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF),

·         Hardware and software support for dependable automotive systems.

·         Middleware and tool support for dependable embedded automotive systems,

·         Open-source approaches

·         Hierarchy of SEooC (Safety Elements out of Context) for very complex systems as e.g. ADS

·         Real-time operating systems, WCET estimation, schedulability analysis,

·         Modeling and code generation techniques,

·         Software safety analysis and formal verification techniques for automotive systems,

·         Coordination, communication, networking and distributed control architectures,

·         Diagnosis approaches, failure data, practical experience reports of critical applications,

·         Validation and verification techniques,

·         Cloud-based automotive applications and AI,

·         Cybersecurity and connected cars.


Application areas of interest to the workshop focus on the automotive domain but methods and techniques in other transport domains (e.g. aerospace, railways) are also welcome.


Keynote Speaker: Simon Fuerst (BMW)




Workshop organizers:

·  Jean-Charles Fabre (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, France)

·  Rolf Johansson (Astus, Gothenburg, Sweden)

·  Mario Trapp (Fraunhofer IKS, Munich, Germany)


Program committee – Academic members:

Felicita Di Giandomenico, CNR Pisa, Italy

Johan Karlson, Chalmers University, Sweden

Michael Lauer, LAAS-CNRS, France

Ilaria Matteucci, IIT CNR, Pisa, Italy

Nicolas Navet, Univ. Luxembourg

Yiannis Papadopoulos, University of Hull, UK

Peter Puschner, Technische Universitaet Wien, Austria

Juan-Carlos Ruiz, UPV Valencia, Spain

Daniel Schneider, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany


Program committee – Industry members:

Olivier Flébus, Continental, France

Jelena Frtunikj, Argo, Germany

Andreas Knapp, Daimler, Germany

Mattias Nyberg, Scania, Sweden

Fredrik Törner, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden

Daniel Ratiu, CARIAD, Germany

Andreas Abele, Diconium, Germany

Fredrik Sandblom, Volvo Autonomous Solutions, Sweden


Former editions:

The former editions were very successful events:

·         CARS@EDCC2010, Valencia, Spain

·         CARS@SAFECOMP2013, Toulouse, France

·         CARS@EDCC2015, Paris, France

·         CARS@EDCC2016, Gothenburg, Sweden

·         CARS@EDCC2019, Napoli, Italy