IJCCBS included in SCOPUS

After careful evaluation, the International Journal of Critical Computer-Based Systems (IJCCBS) has been finally accepted for inclusion in SCOPUS.

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Critical Infrastructure Security book review by Michael Greenberg

Excerpts from the CIS Book Review by Michael Greenberg (*) on the Wiley journal Risk Analysis (Vol. 32, No. 8, 2012):

[…] Critical Infrastructure Security provides “the most up to date compendium of critical infrastructure” literature.

The contributors are government, private, and university experts from Europe and North America; several are Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) members.

[…] the book contains five parts and 19 chapters. “Fundamentals of Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessment” are addressed in Part I, which contains chapters about models and vulnerability assessment. Part II offers four chapters about modeling and simulation tools, including game theory and graphical simulation tools. Part III focuses on cyber security and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, and Part IV has five chapters about monitoring and surveillance technologies. The last four chapters, Part V, are about integrating security systems and using alarms.”

“The book is a handy reference, especially for cyber security, sensors, and several other subareas. Some of the chapters are particularly well done. My favorites were vulnerability assessment, game theory, information technology risks, intelligent video surveillance, terahertz for weapon, and explosive detection.”

If I was teaching a course about critical infrastructure […], I would then pick from among the following books, each of which has a focus on a specific area, such as cyber security, structures, and so on. Critical Infrastructure Security fits into this last set of books, with the clear advantage of presenting recent advancements […]”

(*) Dr. Michael Greenberg, Professor and Director of the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment of Rutgers University; Director of the National Center for Transportation Security Excellence, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Jersey (USA). Dr. Greenberg studies urban environmental, health and neighborhood redevelopment policies.


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Formal Methods for Intelligent Transportation Systems – A track at ISOLA’12


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ACIVS’12 presentation

Cozzolino, A., Flammini, G., Galli, V., Lamberti, M., Poggi, G., Pragliola, C.: Evaluating the effects of MJPEG compression on Motion Tracking in metro railway surveillance. In: Proc. 14th Intl. Conf. on Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems, ACIVS 2012, Sept. 4-7 2012, Brno, Czech Republic, J. Blanc-Talon et al. (Eds.), Springer LNCS 7517, pp. 142–154 (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, ISBN 978-3-642-33139-8)

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RSRS Book Discount

Railway Safety, Reliability, and Security: Technologies and Systems Engineering (ISBN: 9781466616431)


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Critical Infrastructure Security on ERCIM News


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SAFECOMP’11 group picture at Castel Dell’Ovo (Naples)

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Articolo su SAFECOMP’11 Il Mattino 3 Ottobre 2011



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Cari Colleghi,
desidero informarvi dell’apertura delle registrazioni al convegno SAFECOMP 2011,
sponsorizzato dal capitolo italiano dell'IEEE Computer Society.
Ulteriori informazioni sui costi e sulla procedura di registrazione sono
disponibili al seguente link:
E’ ora disponibile il programma del convegno (http://tinyurl.com/3zv7svb) e la
lista delle sessioni plenarie (http://tinyurl.com/6g6xj4e), in cui figurano
relatori eccellenti, tra cui è sufficiente citare Gerard Holzmann (NASA), il
“padre” del famoso model-checker SPIN
Segnaliamo inoltre la possibilità di partecipare ad uno o più seminari
(http://tinyurl.com/3q5lyct) o workshop (http://tinyurl.com/3j9kzxs) che sono
stati pianificati come eventi satellite del convegno.
Vale la pena sottolineare che uno dei seminari, previsto per il 22 Settembre
pomeriggio e tenuto dall’esimio professor Kishor Trivedi della Duke University
(http://people.ee.duke.edu/~kst/), può essere seguito gratuitamente dai membri
della IEEE Computer Society, per cui siete caldamente invitati a partecipare,
muniti del vostro tesserino IEEE valido per l'anno 2011.
Qualora la vostra azienda fosse interessata in opportunità di
sponsorizzazione/esibizione, esistono diversi pacchetti disponibili
Infine, per facilitare la disseminazione di informazioni di natura non tecnica
(es. informazioni turistiche, dettagli sugli eventi sociali, ecc.), è stato
creato un apposito evento Facebook (http://tinyurl.com/68t4bjk), aperto alle
discussioni da parte di tutti i partecipanti.
Non esitate a contattare la segreteria del convegno (safecomp2011@unina.it)
qualora aveste bisogno di ulteriori informazioni o supporto tecnico.
Spero di incontrarvi presto a Napoli!
Cordiali saluti,
Francesco Flammini 



[Apologies for multiple postings]





The 30th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability

and Security


19 / 22 September 2011 – Naples, Italy




Technically co-sponsored by IEEE Computer Society and IFIP

In cooperation with ACM SIGBED and SIGSAC





(quick URL: http://tinyurl.com/3ke7hgk)





Since it was established in 1979 by the European Workshop on

Industrial Computer Systems, Technical Committee 7 on Reliability,

Safety and Security (EWICS TC7), SAFECOMP has contributed to the

progress of the state-of-the-art in dependable application of

computers in safety-related and safety-critical systems. SAFECOMP is

an annual event covering the state-of-the-art, experience and new

trends in the areas of safety, security and reliability of critical

computer applications. SAFECOMP provides ample opportunity to

exchange insights and experience on emerging methods, approaches and

practical solutions. It is a one-stream conference without parallel

sessions, allowing easy networking.





SAFECOMP 2011, the 30th anniversary edition, will be held inNaples,

Italy, at the Congress Center Partenope, located on a wonderful

seafront promenade, close to the historical center, best hotels and

boarding points to the islands.





The 2011 edition will focus on the following key theme: safety and

security of computer-based systems and infrastructures: from risk

assessment to threat mitigation.





This year’s edition features outstanding keynote speakers, including

Dr. Gerard J. Holzmann (NASA/JPL Laboratory for Reliable Software),

the main developer of the SPIN model-checker (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_J._Holzmann).





Workshop and tutorials will be held as satellite events of the

conference. Workshop paper submission could be still open at the

time you are reading this column. It is worth noticing that one

outstanding tutorial will be held by professor Kishor Trivedi from






Social Program includes:

* Welcome Cocktail at the Roof Garden of the Hotel Excelsior, a

splendid building located near Castel dell’Ovo on one of the world’s

most famous bay (http://www.excelsior.it/);

* Social Dinner at “La Bersagliera”, Restaurant inNaplessince 1919

and historical place of Italy (http://www.labersagliera.it/);

* City tour on board of red, open-top, double-decker buses by City

Sightseeing (http://www.napoli.city-sightseeing.it/eng/index.htm)



General Inquires


For more detailed and updated information, please refer to the

conference web site (www.safecomp2011.unina.it) or contact the

conference secretariat at:safecomp2011@unina.it


Given the excellent technical content, extremely attractive location

and social program, you can not miss joining us at the conference:

we look forward to meeting you inNaples!


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CFC: Effective Surveillance for Homeland Security: Balancing Technology and Social Issues (CRC Press / Taylor & Francis)


Effective Surveillance for Homeland Security:
Balancing Technology and Social Issues

CRC Press / Taylor & Francis
Series: Multimedia Computing, Communication and Intelligence

Francesco Flammini, Roberto Setola and Giorgio Franceschetti

Proposal Submission Deadline:

*** July 15, 2011 *** (“soft” deadline)

The scientific and engineering communities have been called upon to help the world
respond to security challenges after September 11, 2001. This book aims at providing a
comprehensive survey of state-of-the-art methods tools for the surveillance and
protection of citizens and critical infrastructures against both natural and deliberate
threats. The focus of the book is on current technological challenges involving
multi-disciplinary problem analysis and systems engineering approaches. Indeed,
surveillance is a complex task where technological, sociological, organizational and
legislative aspects are to be concurrently considered in order to design effective
solutions. In this context, the book will provide an overview about the most relevant
aspects related with surveillance systems in the framework of Homeland Security.
Specifically, the book will be divided into three parts: the first one will be devoted to
analyse the technological issue related with the surveillance; the second one will be
focused on legislative, organizational and management issue with a specific attention to
privacy; the last part will concentrate on innovative solutions and hot research topics.

The target audiences for this monograph are technicians, law-enforcement, critical
infrastructures’ operators, researchers and decision-makers that are involved into to
promote the security of citizens and critical infrastructures as well as advanced
undergraduate and graduate students in lectures and seminars on Homeland Security.

Recommended topics include (but are not limited to)

Part I ? Surveillance technologies
– Intrusion detection / access control
– Video, infrared, thermal cameras and their applications in Homeland Security
– Multi-camera and multi-object tracking methods
– Distributed monitoring through networks of smart-cameras and sensors
– Surveillance systems design and evaluation
– Biometric Identification and Face detection/recognition

Part II  Legislative and social aspects
– Security, Privacy and Dependability issues in surveillance
– Physical and Cyber Security Norms
– Ergonomics in security control rooms
– Urban, Port, Airport and Rail surveillance applications
– Surveillance technologies for forensics
– Procedural and organizational issues

Part III  Advanced Surveillance
– The future of intelligent real-time audio-video analytics
– Multi-modal surveillance and data/decision fusion
– Human-in-the-loop/learning expert systems for surveillance
– Situation awareness, early warning and decision support systems
– Look behind walls, under the wears and inside objects
– Use of radar, sonar and audio techniques for the surveillance of open spaces

You are invited to submit on or before July 15, 2011, a 2- to 3-page manuscript proposal
clearly describing and explaining the topic of the proposed chapter. The proposal should
include the chapter summary, table of contents, and contact authors (in a separate last
page). All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Authors of
accepted proposals will be notified by July 30, 2011 about the status of their proposals
and sent chapter organizational guidelines. The authors are expected to submit the first
version (original manuscript and not published before) of the full chapters are expected
to be submitted the latest by October 15, 2011. The corrections would be sent to the
authors by November 30, 2011. The revised book chapters have to be submitted by December 30, 2011. This publication is anticipated to be released in August 2012.

This book is scheduled to be published by CRC Press, Taylor and Francis group, a global
and a premier publisher of technical and scientific work. For additional information
regarding the publisher, please visit http://www.crcpress.com.

Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15, 2011
Notification of Proposal Acceptance: July 30, 2011
Full Chapter Submission: October 15, 2011
Review Results Returned: November 30, 2011
Submission of Revised Chapters: December 30, 2011 (firm deadline)



Name: Dr. Francesco Flammini
Email: francesco.flammini@ieee.org

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