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23rd International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies (Ada-Europe 2018)

18-22 June 2018 | Lisbon, Portugal |

Organized by U.Lisboa on behalf of Ada-Europe, in cooperation with ACM SIGAda, SIGBED (pending), SIGPLAN (pending) and the Ada Resource Association (ARA)

Ada-Europe organizes annual international conferences since the early 80's. This is the 23rd event in the Reliable Software Technologies series, previous ones being held at Montreux, Switzerland ('96), London, UK ('97), Uppsala, Sweden ('98), Santander, Spain ('99), Potsdam, Germany ('00), Leuven, Belgium ('01), Vienna, Austria ('02), Toulouse, France ('03), Palma de Mallorca, Spain ('04), York, UK ('05), Porto, Portugal ('06), Geneva, Switzerland ('07), Venice, Italy ('08), Brest, France ('09), Valencia, Spain ('10), Edinburgh, UK ('11), Stockholm, Sweden ('12), Berlin, Germany ('13), Paris, France ('14), Madrid, Spain ('15), Pisa, Italy ('16) and Vienna, Austria ('17).

General Information

The 23rd International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies - Ada-Europe 2018 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal. Following its traditional style, the conference will span a full week, including a three-day technical program and vendor exhibition from Tuesday to Thursday, along with parallel tutorials and workshops on Monday and Friday.


  • 22 January 2018: Submission of papers, industrial presentation outlines, tutorial and workshop proposals
  • 9 March 2018: Notification of acceptance to all authors
  • 24 March 2018: Camera-ready version of papers required
  • 8 May 2018: Industrial presentations, tutorial and workshop material required


The conference is a leading international forum for providers, practitioners and researchers in reliable software technologies.
The conference presentations will illustrate current work in the theory and practice of the design, development and maintenance of long-lived, high-quality software systems for a challenging variety of application domains. The program will allow ample time for keynotes, Q&A sessions and discussions, and social events. Participants include practitioners and researchers representing industry, academia and government organizations active in the promotion and development of reliable software technologies.

This edition of Ada-Europe features a focused Special Session on Security in Safety-Critical Systems. Safety-critical systems, on which we daily bet our lives, have become increasingly more complex, networked and distributed. In combination with the growing professionalism of adversarial teams, this demands not only for safe systems but systems that remain safe while under attacks.

This session seeks (but is not limited to) contributions aiming at bridging the safety and security gap in cyber-physical and other safety-critical systems. Topics include: Software and System Aspects of Secure and Dependable CPS, Vulnerabilities and Protective Measures for Safety-Critical System Infrastructures, and Fault and Intrusion Tolerance and Long-Term Unattended Operation for Safety-Critical Systems. For further information please contact the Special Session Chair directly.

For the general track of the conference, topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Real-Time and Embedded Systems: Real-Time Scheduling, Design Methods and Techniques, Architecture Modelling, HW/SW Co-Design, Reliability and Performance.
  • Mixed-Criticality Systems: Scheduling methods, Mixed-Criticality Architectures, Design Methods, Analysis Methods.
  • Theory and Practice of High-Integrity Systems: Medium to Large-Scale Distribution, Fault Tolerance, Security, Reliability, Trust and Safety, Languages Vulnerabilities.
  • Software Architectures: Design Patterns, Frameworks, Architecture- Centered Development, Component-based Design and Development.
  • Methods and Techniques for Software Development and Maintenance: Requirements Engineering, Model-driven Architecture and Engineering, Formal Methods, Re-engineering and Reverse Engineering, Reuse, Software Management Issues, Compilers, Libraries, Support Tools.
  • Ada Language and Technologies: Compilation Issues, Runtimes, Ravenscar, Profiles, Distributed Systems, SPARK.
  • Software Quality: Quality Management and Assurance, Risk Analysis, Program Analysis, Verification, Validation, Testing of Software Systems.
  • Mainstream and Emerging Applications: Manufacturing, Robotics, Avionics, Space, Health Care, Transportation, Cloud Environments, Smart Energy Systems, Serious Games, etc.
  • Experience Reports in Reliable System Development: Case Studies and Comparative Assessments, Management Approaches, Qualitative and Quantitative Metrics.
  • Experiences with Ada: Reviews of the Ada 2012 new language features, implementation and use issues, positioning in the market and in the software engineering curriculum, lessons learned on Ada Education and Training Activities with bearing on any of the conference topics.

Call for Regular and Special Session Papers

Authors of papers which are to undergo peer review for acceptance are invited to submit original contributions by 22 January 2018.
Paper submissions shall be 14 LNCS-style pages in length. Authors for both the general track and the special session shall submit their work via EasyChair at
The format for submission is solely PDF.

The International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies is listed in DBLP, SCOPUS, Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation index, Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search, among others.


The conference proceedings will be published in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) series by Springer, and will be available at the conference. Camera-ready accepted papers must be in conformance with the LNCS style, not exceeding 14 pages and are due strictly by 24 March 2018. For format and style guidelines authors should refer to . Failure to comply and to register for the conference by that date will prevent the paper from appearing in the proceedings.

Call for Industrial Presentations

The conference seeks industrial presentations which deliver value and insight but may not fit the selection process for regular papers. Authors are invited to submit a presentation outline of at least 1 page in length by 22 January 2018, at . The format for submission is solely PDF. The Industrial Committee will review the submissions and make the selection. The authors of selected presentations shall prepare a final short abstract and submit it by 8 May 2018, aiming at a 20-minute talk. Authors will be also invited to submit corresponding articles for publication in the Ada User Journal ( ), which will host the proceedings of the Industrial Program. For any further information please contact the Industrial Co-chairs directly.


Ada-Europe will offer honorary awards for the best regular paper and the best presentation.

Call for Tutorials

Tutorials should address subjects that fall within the scope of the conference and may be proposed as either half- or full-day.
Proposals should include a title, an abstract, a description of the topic, a detailed outline of the presentation, a description of the presenter's lecturing expertise in general and with the proposed topic in particular, the proposed duration (half day or full day), the intended level of the tutorial (introductory, intermediate, or advanced), the recommended audience experience and background, and a statement of the reasons for attending. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the Tutorial Chair. The authors of accepted full-day tutorials will receive a complimentary conference registration as well as a fee for every paying participant in excess of 5; for half-day tutorials, these benefits will be accordingly halved. The Ada User Journal will offer space for the publication of summaries of the accepted tutorials.

Call for Workshops

Workshops on themes that fall within the conference scope may be proposed. Proposals may be submitted for half- or full-day events, to be scheduled at either end of the conference week. Workshop proposals should be submitted to the Tutorial and Workshop Chair.
The workshop organizer shall also commit to preparing proceedings for timely publication in the Ada User Journal.

Call for Exhibitors

The commercial exhibition will span the three days of the main conference. Vendors and providers of software products and services should contact the Exhibition Chair for information and for allowing suitable planning of the exhibition space and time.

Grants for Reduced Student Fees

A limited number of sponsored grants for reduced fees is expected to be available for students who would like to attend the conference or tutorials. Contact the Conference Chair for details.


The conference will take place at the VIP Executive Art's Hotel, in the Parque das Nacoes area of Lisbon, Portugal.

Organizing Committee

General chair

  • Nuno Neves, LASIGE/U. Lisboa, Portugal (nuno at

Program chair

  • Antonio Casimiro, LASIGE/U. Lisboa, Portugal (casim at

Special Session Chair

  • Marcus Volp, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg (marcus.voelp at

Tutorial and Workshop chair

  • David Pereira, CISTER/ISEP, Portugal (dmrpe at

Industrial co-chairs

  • Marco Panunzio, Thales A.S., FR (marco.panunzio at
  • Jose Rufino, LASIGE/U. Lisboa, Portugal (ruf at

Publication chair

  • Pedro Ferreira, LASIGE/U. Lisboa, Portugal (pmf at

Publicity chair

  • Dirk Craeynest, Ada-Europe and KU Leuven (Dirk.Craeynest at

Exhibition co-chairs

  • Jose Neves, GMV Skysoft, Portugal (jose.neves at
  • Ahlan Marriott, White Elephant, Switzerland (ahlan at

Local secretariat

  • Madalena Almeida, Viagens Abreu, Portugal (madalena.almeida at

Program Committee

  • Mario Aldea, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • Ezio Bartocci, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Johann Blieberger, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Rakesh Bobba, Oregon State University, USA
  • Bernd Burgstaller, Yonsei University, Korea
  • Antonio Casimiro, LASIGE/U. Lisboa, Portugal
  • Juan A. de la Puente, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Virgil Gligor, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Michael Gonzalez Harbour, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • J. Javier Gutierrez, Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • Jerome Hugues, ISAE, France
  • Ruediger Kapitza, Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Germany
  • Hubert Keller, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
  • Raimund Kirner, Univ. of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Adam Lackorzynski, TU Dresden and Kernkonzept GmbH, Germany
  • Kristina Lundkvist, Malardalen University, Sweden
  • Franco Mazzanti, ISTI-CNR, Italy
  • Laurent Pautet, Telecom ParisTech, France
  • Luis Miguel Pinho, CISTER/ISEP, Portugal
  • Erhard Plodereder, Universitat Stuttgart, Germany
  • Jorge Real, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
  • Jose Ruiz, AdaCore, France
  • Sergio Saez, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
  • Elad Schiller, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Frank Singhoff, Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, France
  • Jorge Sousa Pinto, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Tucker Taft, AdaCore, USA
  • Elena Troubitsyna, Abo Akademi University, Finland
  • Santiago Uruena, GMV, Spain
  • Tullio Vardanega, Universita di Padova, Italy
  • Marcus Volp, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Industrial Committee

  • Ian Broster, Rapita Systems, UK
  • Luis Correia, EMPORDEF-TI, Portugal
  • Dirk Craeynest, Ada-Belgium & KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Thomas Gruber, Austrian Institute Of Technology (AIT), Austria
  • Andreas Jung, European Space Agency, the Netherlands
  • Ismael Lafoz, Airbus Defence and Space, Spain
  • Ahlan Marriott, White Elephant, Switzerland
  • Maurizio Martignano, Spazio IT, Italy
  • Marco Panunzio, Thales Alenia Space, France
  • Jean-Pierre Rosen, Adalog, France
  • Jose Rufino, LASIGE/U. Lisboa, Portugal
  • Emilio Salazar, GMV, Spain
  • Helder Silva, EDISOFT, Portugal
  • Jacob Sparre Andersen, JSA Consulting, Denmark
  • Andreas Wortmann, OHB System, Germany