CARS 2021

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

September 13, 2021. Munich, Germany.

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.

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

Important Dates:

Paper Submission: June 5, 2021

Author notification: June 29, 2021

WS Camera-Ready Papers: July 5, 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 is open to new submissions until June 05:


Workshop organizers:

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

Rolf Johansson (Astus, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Mario Trapp (Fraunhofer IKS, Munich, Germany)


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.