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Resilience in Connecred Worlds - Mastering Failures, Overload, Attacks, and the Unexpected (Resilient Worlds) (SPP2378)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
In April 2021, the Senate of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) established the Priority Programme "Resilience in Connected Worlds - Mastering Failures, Overload, Attacks, and the Unexpected (Resilient Worlds)" (SPP 2378). The programme is designed to run for six years in two phases. The present call invites proposals for the first three-year funding period.

The goal of the Priority Programme is to disrupt fundamental limits of connected worlds by adding resilience as a core building block. Resilience is the ability of a system to provide and maintain an acceptable level of secure and safe service delivery, even in case of failure or compromise of some of its components, and also under completely unexpected situations. Machine Learning (ML)-based solutions help making our complex network infrastructures more resilient but at the cost of reduced controllability - and with reduced abilities of experts to help in critical situations. Thus, we are faced with even more challenges in terms of resilience in critical network infrastructures.

The Resilient Worlds approach foresees projects following a "Resilience meets …" concept. In particular, we see resilience at the core of next generation networked systems, thus requiring an integrative domain-oriented research approach. In addition, we solicit research on fundamental properties of resilience such as metrics, anticipation, understanding own state properties, etc. In the following, we outline a number of such meeting points, where current state of the art solutions have to be revisited and extended to focus on resilience as a core property.

Resilience meets Silicon
o tunable chip design; self-aware hardware - anticipating and monitoring of changes/attacks
o AI-driven reconfigurability for optimised resilience, energy, and performance trade-offs
o synergetic and holistic methods for addressing reliability and security of hardware systems

Resilience meets Communications
o resilient coded communication and computation
o novel information theory approaches like "Post Shannon" / "identification channels" / "guess work"
o adaptivitiy / support for heterogeneity / scalability in case of dynamic unexpected changes

Resilience meets Machine Learning
o federated / distributed learning strategies for connected systems
o explainable and controllable AI for connected systems
o AI-driven software and hardware testing for networked systems

Resilience meets Security
o novel protocol designs, including post-quantum secure protocols
o scalable and sustainable security concepts for virtualisation
o distributed threat detection and response, decentralised security for networks

Proposals seeking funding are required to follow an interdisciplinary "Resilience meets …" approach and must clearly demonstrate the necessary capabilities and novelties that will enable the Resilient Worlds programme strategies and visions described above. Projects pursuing research for the sake of understanding networking only, without connection to one or multiple of the above-mentioned research fields or seeking only incremental improvement to their existing state-of-the-art are not in the focus of this Priority Programme.

Applicants must be registered in elan prior to submitting a proposal to the DFG. If you have not yet registered, please note that you must do so by 5 November 2021 to submit a proposal under this call; registration requests received after this time cannot be considered.

Questions on the DFG proposal process can be directed to:
Dr.-Ing. Damian Dudek
phone +49 228 885-2573

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