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ASD - Initiative on Autonomous Systems Design

Rolf Ernst, Technical University Braunschweig, Germany
Dirk Ziegenbein, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Selma Saidi, Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany
Sebastian Steinhorst, Technical University of Munich, Germany

DATE 2025 Initiative on Autonomous Systems Design (ASD)

Fueled by the progress of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems become more and more integral parts of many Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) applications, such as automated driving, robotics, avionics, industrial automation and smart systems in general. Autonomous systems are self-governed and self-adaptive systems that are designed to operate in an open and evolving environment which is not completely defined at design time. This poses a unique challenge to the design and verification of dependable autonomous systems. Following the successful editions from previous years, DATE is again hosting the Initiative on Autonomous Systems Design. The initiative will include peer-reviewed papers, invited contributions and interactive sessions.

Organizing Committee

  • Rolf Ernst, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • Dirk Ziegenbein, Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
  • Selma Saidi, Technical University Dortmund, Germany
  • Sebastian Steinhorst, Technical University Munich, Germany

Call for Papers

Areas of Interest

We welcome your contributions within the scope of the event. The main areas of interest include but are

not limited to the following:

  • Concepts, Algorithms and Formal Methods for Autonomy
  • Platforms for Autonomous Systems
    • Architectures (from Chip Level to System Level) for Autonomous Systems
    • Middleware and Frameworks (e.g., ROS) for Autonomous Systems
    • Models and HW/SW Mechanisms for Self-Awareness and Self-Adaptation
  • Design of Autonomous Systems
    • Mastering Emergent and Evolving Behavior (Goals, Constraints, ...)
    • Design, Verification and Test of High-Assurance Learning-Enabled Systems
    • Design Automation and Methodologies for Autonomous Systems
  • Dependability and Trustworthy Autonomy
    • Functional Safety and Assurance Cases for Evolving and Learning-Enabled Systems
    • HW/SW Mechanisms for Resilient Systems
    • Autonomous Systems Security
  • Applications and Case Studies of Autonomous Systems

Types of Contributions

Conference Papers:

The special initiative features regular sessions for presenting novel technical contributions. Submitted papers will undergo a peer-review process and accepted papers will appear in the DATE conference proceedings. All manuscripts should be submitted in pdf format not exceeding 6 pages, following the DATE submission instructions. Detailed submission instructions can be found here:

  • Abstract Submission:
  • Full Paper Submission:
  • Acceptance Notification:

Special Sessions / Panels / Interactive Sessions:

We additionally solicit proposals for special sessions, panel discussions, interactive sessions and invited talks, targeting emerging challenges in the field of autonomous systems, especially that are of interest to the DATE conference participants. Sessions on industrial perspectives, prototypes and demos are also highly welcome. Proposals must consist of an extended summary of up to 1,500 words in a PDF file, describing the topic, the authors/speakers, and the intended format. 

Submission deadline is .

Submission Instructions

All submissions should follow the DATE proceedings submission instructions. Please submit your contribution at