CARS 2016
4th International Workshop on Critical Automotive Applications: Robustness & Safety

September 6, 2016. Göteborg, Sweden.


CARS workshop is focussing on architectures, methods and development techniques for safety-related automotive embedded systems and applications

For its 4th edition, CARS was colocated with EDCC in Göteborg, Sweden.


CARS 2016

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 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 fast evolution of standards such as AUTOSAR and ISO26262 is a reality to incorporate novel features, more flexibility while improving robustness, security and safety.

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 the emphasis on:

  1. dependability issues,

  2. software engineering for robustness,

  3. security and safety issues,

  4. real-time embedded systems technologies,

  5. architectural software and hardware solutions,

  6. 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 include (but are not limited to):

  1. Safety in the development processes and safety management.

  2. Combined approaches for safety and security

  3. Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF)

  4. Autonomous systems, Car-to-X, ADAS and safety

  5. Hardware and software support for dependable automotive systems.

  6. Middleware and tool support for dependable embedded automotive systems.

  7. Open source approaches and integration of SEooC (Safety Elements out of Context).

  8. Real-time operating systems, WCET estimation, schedulability analysis.

  9. Modeling and code generation techniques.

  10. Software safety analysis and formal verification techniques for automotive systems.

  11. Coordination, communication, networking and distributed control architectures.

  12. Diagnosis approaches, failure data, practical experience reports of critical applications.

  13. Validation according to ISO 26262.

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.

Workshop topics and goal

Contributions to the workshop and publication

To contribute to the workshop, authors are invited to submit a position paper of up to 4 pages (IEEE format) before the submission deadline.

The program committee will carefully review each position paper. The review will focus not only on the paper's quality but also on its novelty and ability to engender fruitful discussions.

All authors of accepted papers are invited to attend the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published on the open-access eternal publication archive HAL.


Workshop organizers

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

Rolf Johansson, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Philippe Quere, Renault TechnoCentre, Paris, France

Mario Trapp, Fraunhofer IESE, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Program committee — Academic members

Felicita Di Giandomenico, CNR Pisa, Italy

Sébastien Faucou, University of Nantes, France

Christof Fetzer, University of Dresden, Germany

Johan Karlson, Chalmers University, Sweden

Philip Koopman, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Eliane Martins, Unicamp, Brazil

Yiannis Papadopoulos, University of Hull, UK

Matthieu Roy, LAAS-CNRS, France

Juan-Carlos Ruiz, UPV Valencia, Spain

Daniel Schneider, Fraunhofer IESE, Germany

Program committee — Industry members

Lukas Bulwhan, BMW Car IT, Germany

Philippe Cuenot, Continental, France

Olivier Guetta, Renault TCR, France

Mafijul Islam, Volvo Trucks, Sweden

Tilmann Ochs, BMW CarIT, Germany

Markus Schurius, Audi Electronics Venture, Germany

Fredrik Törner, Volvo Car Corporation, Sweden

Regis Valentin, Renault TCR, France

Publication chair

Matthieu Roy, LAAS-CNRS, France

Keynote Speaker: Mathias Westlund (Volvo Car Group)
Systems and functions architect, Autonomous drive

Challenges in Architecture for Self-driving Cars


Mathias holds a doctoral degree in optical communication and a master’s degree in engineering physics, both from Chalmers university of technology. Currently he is with Volvo Cars being responsible for the self-driving cars’ systems and functions architecture. This involves finding innovative structures in order to provide redundancy against failures when not having the driver as a fallback solution. Before joining Volvo in 2014, he was technical leader at EXFO and before that assistant professor at Chalmers University.