The 3rd International Workshop on Vehicle Communication and Software Security (VCSS 2021)


The last decade has witnessed an increased level of sophistication in embedded vehicle software. Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) are classified as critical systems, as their failure could directly impact human safety or lead to loss of valuable assets. Hence, their security is a major concern for users as well as designers. Connected vehicles are primarily software controlled and communicate with each other, the cloud, and the intelligent transportation infrastructure via wireless networks. Given that, the underlying software that controls vehicles’ operations and the integrated communication technologies must be designed and deployed with a higher level of security and safety assurance than traditional systems.

The VCSS workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners working toward the improvement of security of communication and software solutions in the automotive sector. The workshop provides the leaders in the field with an excellent opportunity to discuss emerging security challenges and exchange their research findings and experience. We welcome papers and presentations reflecting the latest advances in theory and technology related to the security of intelligent vehicles.


The list of topics includes, but is not limited to:

  • Vehicular network and software vulnerability assessment and security risk analysis
  • Architecture, design, and implementation of secure and safe vehicle software
  • Design of in-vehicles secure information systems and software applications
  • Vehicle operating system security
  • V2V, V2I and V2X communication security
  • Secure in-vehicle communications and CAN bus
  • Availability, reliability, and fault tolerance in VANETs communication
  • Secure vehicular fog and vehicle-to-cloud communications
  • New methodologies for attack and threat modeling in vehicle communication and software
  • Malware analysis and detection in vehicle software and in-vehicle network
  • Vehicle software testing, verification, and validation
  • Security and safety evaluation methodologies and metrics in CAV
  • Vehicle software standardization, certification, and interoperability
  • Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for CAV security
  • Penetration testing, forensics, events monitoring and auditing of vehicle software
  • Practical experiences, empirical studies, and testbeds for intelligent vehicle security
  • Industrial experiences and best practices for secure vehicle software development


Authors are invited to submit original unpublished research papers as well as industrial practice papers. Simultaneous submissions to other conferences are not permitted. Detailed instructions for electronic paper submission, panel proposals, and review process can be found at

The length of a camera ready paper will be limited to eight pages. Each paper should include a title, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords. Shorter version papers (up to four pages) are also allowed.

All papers must conform to the QRS conference proceedings format (PDF | Word DOCX | Latex) and Submission Guideline set in advance by QRS 2021. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to pay full registration fee and present the paper at the workshop. Arrangements are being made to publish selected accepted papers in reputable journals. Submissions must be in PDF format and uploaded to the conference submission site.


Workshop Chair

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Mohammad Zulkernine

Queen’s University

Program Chairs

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Talal Halabi

University of Winnipeg

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Ryo Kurachi

Nagoya University

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Dennis Kengo Oka

Synopsys, Inc.

Program Committee

Jeremy BryansCoventry University
Talal HalabiThe University of Winnipeg
Anwar HaqueWestern University
Ryo KurachiNagoya University
Dennis Kengo OkaSynopsys, Inc.
Pal-Ștefan MURVAYPolytechnic University of Timişoara
Andre WeimerskirchLear Corporation

Previous VCSS

  • A3S 2020 - Macau (in conjunction with QRS 2020)
  • A3S 2019 - Sofia (in conjunction with QRS 2019)