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Journal of Universal Computer Science

Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings


Guest Editors

Jörg Keller
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
University of Hagen, Germany

Steffen Wendzel
Department of Cyber Security
Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany

Background & Call for Manuscripts

Smart buildings are automated buildings that deliver essential services to the modern society. These buildings reduce the energy consumption of homes, increase the safety of inhabitants, increase the comfort for employees by operating elevators, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning, and perform essential services within large infrastructure buildings, e.g. smart video surveillance on airport terminals. Today's smart buildings are equipped with a steadily increasing number of features while providing rather limited security features. Hurdles to increase the security of smart buildings are rooted in several reasons. For instance, new buildings are usually required to be compatible to older components integrated decades ago, which do not provide any security features. The patchability of controller software is another unsolved problem, and the integration of state-ofthe- art security features into these old operating environments is difficult due to limited computing power and memory of legacy systems.

The special issue targets all types of automated buildings, being it commercial, public, or residential buildings, their network infrastructure and all operating environments. Research papers can address organizational aspects of smart building security, hardware-level security, network-level security and usability but can also discuss other aspects related to the topic.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring, situational awareness and visualization for smart buildings
  • Forensics for smart buildings
  • Side channels, covert channels and other forms of information hiding in smart buildings
  • Privacy and Surveillance in smart buildings
  • Network security for building automation protocols (e.g. BACnet, KNX, EnOcean)
  • Traffic analysis for building automation protocols
  • Active protection measures of smart buildings
  • Future perspectives of smart building security
  • Hardware-level security for smart buildings
  • Usable security for smart buildings
  • Teaching and education for smart building security (e.g. testbed setups and experiences to be shared with the research community)
  • Building-external factors influencing the security of smart buildings
  • Analysis of inhibitors for the security of smart buildings
  • Integration of security features from non-building domains to smart buildings

This Special Issue on Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings is a result of the International Workshop on Security, Privacy and Reliability of Smart Buildings (SmartBuildingSec'16), held together with the GI Sicherheit Conference 2016 in Bonn, Germany. Both, new research papers and selected papers from the SmartBuildingSec'16 workshop are invited for submission to this special issue.

Important Deadlines

Submission by: 10 June 2016
Notification of authors by: 2 August 2016
Revised submission by: 5 September 2016
Notification about final decision by: 15 October 2016

Submission and Evaluation Procedure

The Journal of Universal Computer Science - is a high-quality electronic publication that deals with all aspects of computer science. J.UCS has been appearing monthly since 1995 and is thus one of the oldest electronic journals with uninterrupted publication since its foundation. A number of special issues as well as the printed archive editions of the volumes are also available in print and can be ordered directly from J.UCS office. The impact factor of J.UCS is 0.401, the 5-year impact factor 0.533 (2013). For further information, please refer to http://www.jucs.org/jucs_info/aims/unique_features.html.

Manuscripts must be submitted in PDF format, written in English and should not exceed 20 pages. Papers only prepared according to the JUCS's guidelines for authors and submitted online (see procedure described below) will be included in the review process. Illustrations and tables must be provided as integrated parts of the manuscript. The guidelines for authors are available at http://www.jucs.org/ujs/jucs/info/submissions/style_guide.html.

For all potential authors who have received an invitation for an extended version of their SmartBuildingSec'16 paper, please bear in mind that we only can consider submissions which are significantly extended (at 50% new material and the title of the extended version must clearly and unmistakably differ from the title of the article presented at the conference). Only novel research papers which are currently not under review at another event or a journal are accepted for the review process. For more details, please also refer to http://www.jucs.org/ujs/jucs/info/special_issues/special_guidelines.html.

Please submit your original and proof-read papers not later than June 10th, 2016 using the EasyChair submission system at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smartbuildingsecj16. Each paper will be blind reviewed by at least three reviewers. According to the covered main subjects in the content, a selected set of reviewers with the appropriate expertise in smart building security, cryptography, reliability, privacy and computer networks will be assigned.

Program Committee (tentative)

  • François-Xavier Aguessy, Thales, France
  • Luca Caviglione, University of Genoa / CNR, Italy
  • Bernhard Fechner, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Amir Houmansadr, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States
  • Jörg Keller, University of Hagen, Germany
  • Wolfgang Kastner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • Jean-Francois Lalande, INSA Centra Val de Loire, France
  • Masood Masoodian, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Wojciech Mazurczyk, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
  • Delphine Reinhardt, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Thomas Rist, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Peter Schartner, University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Jernej Tonejc, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
  • Steffen Wendzel, Fraunhofer FKIE, Germany
  • Tao Yue, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Sebastian Zander, University of Perth, Australia