Cyber-Physical System (CPS), a combination of computing, network and physical processes, have been widely applied as crucial services into various industries, including automobile industry, electric/electronic systems, civil infrastructures, etc. Nowadays, industrial applications of softwareintensive CPS, such as mining vehicles, electrical substations, and robots in factories, are increasingly deployed into the globally large-scale distributed cloud computing environments. On one hand, the deployment in the cloud makes the operations and co-ordinations of these systems easier, cheaper, and faster. On the other hand, the unique features of cloud computing bring in new severe challenges to the quality assurance of these systems.

Quality is always the key factor for guaranteeing the success of any product or service. Testing, a mainstream approach to quality assurance, validation, and verification, has been extensively used in the context of software systems. However, testing CPS is fundamentally more difficult than conventional software given the complex physical operating environments, remote locations and potentially impaired network connectivity. The workshop targets at attracting innovative and highskill methodologies of testing CPS deployed as services in the highly distributed cloud computing environments, with the purposes of enhancing fault-detection effectiveness as well as reducing the cost.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing techniques for CPS: test generation, selection, prioritization, automation, tools, etc.
  • Test harness in various services-based environments, such as clouds, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.
  • Test-related activities for CPS: debugging, formal methods for V&V, etc.
  • Automated testing based on industry standard languages, such as IEC 61131-3.
  • Non-functional testing of CPS: performance, load, interoperability, safety, and security, etc.
  • Process issues for testing CPS: management, measurement, standards, etc.


At least one author of each accepted paper (including panelists’ position statements) must register with the full fee and present at the workshop in order for the paper to be included in the QRS 2017 Supplemental Proceedings. Papers will also be submitted to the IEEE Xplore database and indexed by all the abstracting and indexing partners (such as the EI Compendex).

Journal Special Issue (TBA)

Best Paper Award

At least one award will be presented. Authors will receive a certificate signed by the President of the IEEE Reliability Society and the Organizers of cpsATcloud 2017.

Panelists Solicitation (TBA)

Important Dates

    May 1, 2017 (extended)       Submission deadline
    May 25, 2017       Author notification
    June 5, 2017       Camera-ready dues
    July 25-29, 2017       Workshop


Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers as well as industrial practice papers. Simultaneous submissions to other publications and 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 for, including the title of the paper, the name and affiliation of each author, a 150-word abstract, and up to 6 keywords.

Authors must follow the IEEE Computer Society Press Proceedings Author Guidelines to prepare papers. 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. The submissions must be in PDF and uploaded to the conference submission site.

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Program Chairs

Heinz Schmidt RMIT University Australia
Huai Liu Victoria University Australia

Program Committee

Mohamed AbdelrazekDeakin UniversityAustralia
Khandakar AhmedVictoria UniversityAustralia
Jan Olaf BlechRMIT UniversityAustralia
Yunwei DongNorthwestern Polytechnic UniversityChina
Fei-Ching KuoSwinburne University of TechnologyAustralia
Jayprakash LalchandaniIIIT, BangaloreIndia
Zhengwei QiShanghai Jiaotong UniversityChina
Sudarsan SDABB India CRCIndia
Guoxin SuThe University of WollongongAustralia
Chang-ai SunUniversity of Science and Technology BeijingChina
Andreas UlrichSiemens AGGermany
Zhiquan ZhouThe University of WollongongAustralia

Web Masters

Shou-Yu Lee University of Texas at Dallas USA
Xuelin Li University of Texas at Dallas USA

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Workshop Venue

cpsATcloud 2017 will be held in conjunction with QRS 2017 at Prague, Czech Republic. Please visit the QRS 17 website for further information.

General Inquiries

For more detailed and updated information, please contact Professor Heinz Schmidt at or Dr. Huai Liu at

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cpsATcloud 2017 Program

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