Call For Papers: Cyber Physical Systems and Industry 4.0: Security and Privacy Challenges and Solutions

Aims & Scope 

Cyber physical systems (CPS) have been increasingly applied in various domains, such as aerospace, automobile, industrial process control, health-care and transportation. CPS leads to a new generation of engineering systems, through integrating computation, communication, and control units. With the combination of the sensing, networking and computation capabilities, these systems are able to connect the cyber space and the physical space in an unprecedented manner. For example, CPS is able to link the physical world (e.g. using sensors or actuators) with the virtual world of information processing. Examples of CPS may include smart grid, autonomous automobile systems, medical monitoring, process control systems, robotics systems, etc. Industry 4.0 is the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, including CPS, IoT and cloud computing.
However, these systems are more vulnerable now than before to new security threats due to various reasons such as open design, networked feature, implementation flaws and so on. As more critical infrastructures are evolving into cyber-physical systems by adopting information and communication technologies (ICT), the added cyber components may make them vulnerable to many devastating cyber attacks launched by insiders or knowledgeable attackers. The disruption may lead to sizable losses economically and in human lives.
This special issue will focus on cyber physical systems and Industry 4.0, and aims to solicit original research papers that discuss the security and privacy challenges and solutions.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

The goal of this special issue is to collect high-quality contributions to address the security and privacy issues for CPS and Industry 4.0. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the ones listed below.

  • Modeling of CPS under cyber and physical attacks
  • Analysis of CPS attack strategies
  • Architectural framework for secure CPS and Industry 4.0
  • Resource Management for secure CPS and Industry 4.0
  • Design methodologies for CPS security and privacy
  • Intrusion detection and prevention schemes for CPS and Industry 4.0
  • New applications for secure CPS and Industry 4.0
  • Lightweight privacy-preserving CPS and Industry 4.0
  • Cross-layer modelling and optimization for smart energy CPS
  • Efficient state estimation techniques in CPS
  • Emerging models of distributed energy systems in CPS and Industry 4.0
  • Failure tolerance, identification and recovery
  • Game theory in CPS and Industry 4.0
  • Cyber architecture: defense optimization
  • Verification and Validation of CPS security

Submission Guidelines

Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Submission Guidelines available from the online submission page of the IJIS at
All submitted papers must contain only original work, which has not been published by or is currently under review by any other journal or conference. Previously published or accepted conference papers must contain at least 50% new material to be considered for the special issue.
Authors should select “'S.I. : CPS-Industry4.0” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least three independent reviewers. Requests for additional information should be addressed to the Corresponding Guest Editor.

Important Dates
• Submission deadline: October 30, 2021
• Initial notification: December 30, 2021
• Revised due: February 15, 2022
• Final notification: April 30, 2022

Guest Editors

Weizhi Meng

Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Alvaro A. Cardenas

University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Jianying Zhou

Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore


Editor Biography
Weizhi Meng is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Hong Kong. Prior to joining DTU, he worked as a research scientist in Infocomm Security (ICS) Department, Institute for Infocomm Research, A*Star, Singapore, and as a senior research associate in CS Department, CityU. He won the Outstanding Academic Performance Award during his doctoral study, and is a recipient of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers in both 2014 and 2017. His primary research interests are cyber security and intelligent technology in security, including intrusion detection, smartphone security, biometric authentication, IoT / CPS security, and blockchain. He also served as guest editor for FGCS, JISA, Sensors, CAEE, IJDSN, SCN, WCMC, etc.
Alvaro A. Cardenas is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Before joining UCSC, he was the Eugene McDermott Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Earlier in his career, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a research staff member at Fujitsu Laboratories. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.S. from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. His research interests focus on cyberphysical systems and IoT security and privacy. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the 2018 faculty excellence in research award from the Erik Johnson School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Eugene McDermott Fellow Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has also received best paper awards from the IEEE Smart Grid Communications Conference and the U.S. Army Research Conference. One of his papers was also a finalist to the CSAW competition in Israel.
Jianying Zhou is a professor and co-center director for iTrust at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He received PhD in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests are in applied cryptography and network security, cyber-physical system security, mobile and wireless security. Before joining SUTD, he was a principal scientist and the head of Infocomm Security Department at Institute for Infocomm Research, A*STAR. He is a co-founder & steering committee co-chair of ACNS. He is also steering committee chair of ACM AsiaCCS and steering committee member of Asiacrypt. He received ESORICS best paper award in 2015 and ESORICS Outstanding Contribution Award in 2020.