This is the fifth in the HILT series of conferences and workshops focused on the use of High Integrity Language Technology to address challenging issues in the engineering of software-intensive critical systems. HILT 2018 will focus on addressing cybersecurity and cyber-resilience issues that arise in real-time, embedded, and/or safety-critical systems. Submissions are encouraged describing theoretical and practical efforts related to the use of safe languages, formal methods, model-based development, and advanced static analysis to identify and mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities in software-intensive systems. The workshop will bring together academic, industrial, and government researchers and practitioners focused on the use of these advanced language technology and tools, with a particular focus on addressing the growing cybersecurity threats.

Accepted Papers


Keynotes at HILT 2018

Monday Keynote: Bob Martin, MITRE

Common Vulnerabilities Enumeration (CVE), Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE), and Common Quality Enumeration (CQE) – Attempting to systematically catalog the safety and security challenges for modern, networked, software-intensive systems.

Tuesday Keynote: Ray Richards, DARPA

DARPA’s new Cyber-Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) Program – Motivations, Challenges, and Technical Approaches to addressing cyber-resilience in critical software-intensive systems

Please click on the Program tab above for the full HILT 2018 program details

HILT 2018 Workshop Sponsors

Gold: AdaCore

Bronze: GrammaTech

Call for Papers and Extended Abstracts

HILT 2018

Workshop on Languages and Tools for Ensuring Cyber-Resilience in Critical Software-Intensive Systems

As part of SPLASH 2018, November 5 & 6, 2018, Boston, MA, USA

Sponsored by ACM SIGAda

The High Integrity Language Technology (HILT) 2018 Workshop is focused on the cyber-resilience needs of critical software systems, where such a system must be trusted to maintain a continual delivery of services, as well as ensuring safety in its operations. Such needs have common goals and shared strategies, tools, and techniques, recognizing the multiple interactions between security and safety.

We encourage papers and extended abstracts relating to:

  • Language features that can be used to build security and/or safety into software-intensive systems; Approaches to apply effectively the emerging technologies of AI and Machine Learning in critical software systems;
  • Mechanisms that can be used to understand, certify, and manage systems that are “data driven,” relying on “soft code,” where control flow and algorithms are expressed using data rather than “hard code” expressed directly in programming languages;
  • Extending contract-based programming to specifying security resistance and resilience properties as well as safety and/or correctness properties;
  • Strategies to minimize risk when applying complex software requirements to cyber-physical systems;
  • Modeling and/or programming language features and analysis techniques that aid in code analysis and verification and that increase the level of abstraction and expressiveness;
  • Language features that support continuous requirements maturation to support evolving needs, particularly in cyber-physical systems, while ensuring that security and safety properties are preserved.

This workshop is designed as a forum for communities of researchers and practitioners from academic, industrial, and governmental settings, to come together, share experiences, and forge partnerships focused on integrating and deploying tool and language combinations to address the challenges of building cyber-resilient software-intensive systems. The workshop will be a combination of presentations and panel discussions, with one or more invited speakers.

Attendees wishing to present at the workshop should prepare full papers (approx. 6-8 pages), or extended abstracts (approx. 2-4 pages) for their proposed presentations, and the workshop program committee will select presentations and organize them into sessions. Other interested participants are welcome to register for the HILT 2018 Workshop as part of their SPLASH 2018 registration.

  • Aug 1 now Aug 17: Papers or Extended abstracts due;
  • Sep 1 now Sep 17: Notification of submissions accepted for presentation
  • Oct 1 now Oct 10: Final submissions due
  • Nov 5&6: Workshop as part of SPLASH 2018

Please submit papers and extended abstracts, by Aug 17, 2018, on HotCRP:

Workshop Co-Chairs

  • Bill Bail, MITRE
  • Tucker Taft, AdaCore, Inc

Organizing Committee

  • Dirk Craeynest, ACM SIGAda International Representative, KU Leuven
  • Drew Hamilton, Chair, ACM SIGAda, Mississippi State University, CCI
  • Clyde Roby, Secretary-Treasurer, ACM SIGAda, Institute for Defense Analyses
  • Alok Srivastava, Editor, ACM Ada Letters, Engility Corp.
  • Ricky E. Sward, Past Chair, ACM SIGAda, MITRE


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Mon 5 Nov
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08:30 - 10:00: HILT 2018 - Keynote: Martin at Franklin
Chair(s): S Tucker Taft
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Day opening
hilt-2018-papers09:15 - 10:00
Robert A. MartinThe MITRE Corporation
10:30 - 12:00: HILT 2018 - I at Franklin
Chair(s): Clyde RobyIDA
hilt-2018-papers10:30 - 11:15
hilt-2018-papers11:15 - 12:00
Deborah BodeauThe MITRE Corporation
13:30 - 15:00: HILT 2018 - II at Franklin
Chair(s): William BailThe MITRE Corporation
hilt-2018-papers13:30 - 14:15
Tobias RungeTU Braunschweig, Ina SchaeferTechnische Universität Braunschweig, Alexander KnüppelTU Braunschweig, Germany, Loek CleophasEindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Stellenbosch University, Derrick KourieStellenbosch University, Bruce WatsonStellenbosch University; and Centre for AI Research, CSIR
hilt-2018-papers14:15 - 15:00
Stephen ChongHarvard University, Ina SchaeferTechnische Universität Braunschweig, Tobias RungeTU Braunschweig, Lucas WagnerRockwell Collins, Sam ProcterCarnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, Tucker TaftAdaCore
15:30 - 17:00: HILT 2018 - III at Franklin
Chair(s): Peter ChapinVermont Technical College
hilt-2018-papers15:30 - 16:00
hilt-2018-papers16:00 - 16:30
Dara LyCEA LIST, Nikolai KosmatovCEA List, Frederic LoulergueNorthern Arizona University, Julien SignolesCEA LIST
hilt-2018-papers16:30 - 16:55
Andrew BernsUniversity of Northern Iowa, James CurbowUniversity of Northern Iowa, Joshua HilliardUniversity of Northern Iowa, Sheriff JorkehUniversity of Northern Iowa, Miho SandersUniversity of Northern Iowa
hilt-2018-papers16:55 - 17:00
Social Event

Tue 6 Nov
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08:30 - 10:00: HILT 2018 - Keynote: Richards at Franklin
Chair(s): Tucker TaftAdaCore
hilt-2018-papers08:30 - 08:45
hilt-2018-papers08:45 - 09:05
Eric BaizeSAFECode / Dell
hilt-2018-papers09:05 - 10:00
10:30 - 12:00: HILT 2018 - IV at Franklin
Chair(s): Alok SrivastavaSAIC
hilt-2018-papers10:30 - 11:15
Lucas WagnerRockwell Collins
hilt-2018-papers11:15 - 12:00
Sam ProcterCarnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute, Peter FeilerCarnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
13:30 - 15:00: HILT 2018 - V at Franklin
Chair(s): William BailThe MITRE Corporation
hilt-2018-papers13:30 - 14:15
Jeffrey S. FosterTufts University
hilt-2018-papers14:15 - 15:00
Chris CasinghinoDraper Laboratory
15:30 - 17:00: HILT 2018 - Showcase & Wrapup at Franklin
Chair(s): Tucker TaftAdaCore
hilt-2018-papers15:30 - 15:55
Industry talk
Paul AndersonGrammaTech, Inc
hilt-2018-papers15:55 - 16:20
Industry talk
Mario TroianiVirtual Software Systems
hilt-2018-papers16:20 - 16:45
Industry talk
hilt-2018-papers16:45 - 17:00
Day closing