Date: Apr 07, 2019 12:00 am – Apr 07, 2019 11:00 am
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

4th Int'l Workshop on formal reasoning about Causation, Responsibility, and Explanations in Science and Technology (CREST@ETAPS 2019)

You are invited to participate in the 4th Int'l Workshop on formal reasoning about Causation, Responsibility, and Explanations in Science and Technology (CREST@ETAPS 2019).


Today’s IT systems, and the interactions between them, become increasingly complex. Power grid blackouts, airplane crashes, failures of medical devices and malfunctioning automotive systems are just a few examples of incidents that affect system safety. They are often due to component failures and unexpected interactions of subsystems under conditions that have not been anticipated during system design and testing. The failure of one component may entail a cascade of failures in other components; several components may also fail independently. In the security domain, localizing instructions and tracking agents responsible for information leakage and other system attacks is a central problem. Determining the root cause(s) of a system-level failure and elucidating the exact scenario that led to the failure is today a complex and tedious task that requires significant expertise. Formal approaches for automated causality analysis, fault localization, explanation of events, accountability and blaming have been proposed independently by several communities - in particular, AI, concurrency, model-based diagnosis, software engineering, security engineering and formal methods. Work on these topics has significantly gained speed during the last years.

The goals of this workshop are to bring together and foster exchange between researchers from the different communities, and to present and discuss recent advances and new ideas in the field. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- foundation of causal reasoning about systems in the philosophy of sciences
- languages and logics for causal specification and causal analysis
- definitions of causality and explanation
- causality analysis on models, programs, and/or traces
- fault localization
- causal reasoning in security engineering
- causality in accident analysis, safety cases and certification
- fault ascription and blaming
- accountability, explainability of algorithms and systems
- applications, implementations, tools and case studies of the above

Paper Selection

All contributed papers will be reviewed by at least 3 PC members. Revised versions of selected papers will be published as formal post-workshop proceedings in the Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science. At least one of the authors of an accepted paper needs to register for the workshop and present the paper in order for it to be included in the post-workshop proceedings.


Submissions should be prepared in EPTCS style ( with a length of up to 15 pages. All contributions must be submitted via the EasyChair submission web site for CREST 2019:

Important Dates

- abstracts due on 27 January, 2019
- papers due on 3 February, 2019
- notification on 4 March, 2019
- workshop date 7 April, 2019
- papers for post-workshop proceedings due 24 May, 2019

Program Committee

Georgiana Caltais, University of Konstanz, Germany (co-chair)
Hana Chockler, King's College London, UK
Gabriel Ciobanu, Romanian Academy, Institute of Computer Science, Iasi, Romania
Sjur Kristoffer Dyrkolbotn, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Eric Fabre, INRIA, France
Gregor Gössler, INRIA, France
Samantha Kleinberg, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Jean Krivine, IRIF, France (co-chair)
Ivan Lanese, University of Bologna, Italy
Matteo Sammartino, University College London, UK
Oleg Sokolsky, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Kristinn Thórisson, Reykjavik University, Iceland
Louise Travé-Massuyès, LAAS - CNRS, France
Daniele Varacca, LACL - Université Paris Est Créteil, France


Georgiana Caltais, University of Konstanz, Germany
Jean Krivine, IRIF, France

The organizers can be reached via email:

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