Disrupt 23: Disruptive Ideas and New Interdisciplinary Results


Disrupt (Disruptive Ideas and New Interdisciplinary Results) is a new DSN track. The goal is to establish a forum to promote the discussion and early dissemination of highly innovative ideas and forward-looking research on dependability, including (but not limited to) interdisciplinary research that cross cuts dependability with application areas where safety, security, privacy, and computer systems resilience are primarily concerns.

Disrupt 23 will publish three kinds of papers:


Submissions and evaluation

Disrupt 23 papers are submitted via EasyChair, selecting the track DSN-2023 Disrupt 23: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dsn2023 Submissions are limited to 4 pages in the IEEE Computer Society format and will be reviewed and evaluated according to the following criteria:

Accepted Disrupt 23 papers will be published in the supplementary volume of DSN proceedings. Given the emerging nature of the works published at Disrupt 23, and the size of the papers (4 pages), we anticipate that Disrupt 23 papers may lead to successful submissions of regular DSN papers in subsequent years.

Disrupt 23 papers are not:

Important dates


Anonymization rules and review process

The Disrupt 23 program committee will perform double-blind reviewing of all submissions. Papers accompanied by nondisclosure agreement forms are not acceptable and will be rejected without review.

Disrupt 23 submissions must use the same anonymization rules and recommendations as for papers submitted to DSN main research track.

The rebuttal period happens after the papers have been reviewed, but prior to the Disrupt 23 program committee meeting. The reviews will be made available to the authors to provide a forum for responding to any factual errors in the reviews. Please note that this is NOT a forum to add any additional information on the paper, to submit an updated or revised paper, or to list changes the authors promise to include in the final version. Author responses will be made available to all PC members before the paper is discussed for selection in the Disrupt 23 PC meeting.

All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors at the DSN conference.


Formatting Rules

Disrupt 23 submissions must use the same formatting as for papers submitted to DSN main research track.


Open Science Policy

After papers are accepted, the authors are encouraged to make all research results accessible to the public and ensure, if possible, that empirical studies are reproducible. In particular, DSN actively supports the adoption of open source and open data principles, and encourages all authors to make their prototypes available to the dependability community and disclose collected data to increase reproducibility and replicability. Note that sharing research data is not mandatory for submission or acceptance.


Ethical considerations

Submissions describing experiments with data derived from human subjects or presenting results that might have ethical considerations should discuss how ethical and potential legal concerns were addressed and disclose if an ethics review was conducted (e.g. by the author’s institutional ethics review boards if applicable). Also, if the paper reports a potentially high-impact vulnerability, the authors should discuss the steps they have taken or plan to address these vulnerabilities (e.g., by contacting the vendors/manufacturers). The same applies if the submission deals with personal identifiable information or other kinds of sensitive data (e.g. by following applicable privacy protection regulations and rules). The PC’s review process may examine the ethical soundness of the paper just as it examines the technical soundness. The Program Committee reserves the right to reject a submission if insufficient evidence was presented that significant ethical or relevant legal concerns were appropriately addressed.

Contact the Disrupt 23 co-chairs if you have any questions.


Conflicts of Interest

Authors and PC members are asked to declare potential conflicts during the paper submission and reviewing process. In particular, a conflict of interest must be declared under any of the following conditions: (1) anyone who shares an institutional affiliation with an author at the time of submission, (2) anyone the author has collaborated or published within the last two years, (3) anyone who was the advisor or advisee of an author, or (4) is a relative or close personal friend of the authors. For other forms of conflict and related questions, authors must explain the perceived conflict to the PC chairs.

Program committee members who have conflicts of interest with a paper, including program co-chairs, will be excluded from any discussion concerning the paper.


Submission policy for Program chairs and Organizing committee members

To avoid potential bias, the Disrupt 23 Program Committee Co-Chairs are not allowed to (co)author any submission to the conference. There are no such restrictions for the PC members and other organizing committee members including the General Chairs since double blind anonymization rules and conflict of interest declaration and resolution procedures are enforced.