Highlights from RNDM 2022: 12th International Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling

By Artur Tomaszewski - Poland, Dritan Nace - France and Jacek Rak - Poland

After a break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Compiegne in France was the venue location for the 12th International Workshop on Resilient Networks Design and Modeling (RNDM 2022). This edition of RNDM was organized on September 19-21, 2022 by the University of Technology of Compiegne (UTC), France in co-operation with Gdansk University of Technology (GUT), Poland. Technical co-sponsorship was provided by IEEE France Section and by IFIP TC6 WG 6.10.

In 2022, RNDM was a hybrid event offering on-site as well as on-line participation possibilities. It followed eleven successful editions organized annually starting from 2009 at locations such as Barcelona (Spain) — 2014, Munich (Germany) — 2015, Halmstad (Sweden) — 2016, Alghero (Italy) — 2017, Longyearbyen (Svalbard, Norway) — 2018, and Nicosia (Cyprus) — 2019, accordingly.

RNDM 2022 was attended by about 20 researchers on-site and 15 on-line, and selected sessions were also attended by UTC students. Following the tradition of all previous RNDMs, the workshop program offered only single-track sessions. It included presentations of 11 regular papers organized into four following technical sessions:

  • Theory of Network Resilience,

  • Resilience of Optical Networks,

  • Resilience of Virtualized Systems,

  • Survivability Strategies.

A particular focus of presentations was on theoretical and practical aspects of disaster-oriented resilience of networked systems, failure management, survivability and traffic-aware protection schemes of optical networks, resilience of virtualized communication environments, smart grid resilience, as well as recovery strategies for 5G networks.

Regular papers were selected after a detailed review process with more than 5 delivered reviews per a submitted paper on average. The program was enriched by one invited paper, two keynote talks (by Bertrand Decocq from Orange, France, entitled: “Network Resilience: Stakes and Challenges” and by Carmen Mas-Machuca from Technical University of Munich, Germany, entitled “Impact of Software Availability on System Reliability”) as well as by two tutorials (by Omran Ayoub from Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana and Francesco Musumeci from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, entitled “On the Application of Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Trusted Failure Management in Communication Networks”, and by Armin Stocker and Hermann de Meer from University of Passau, Germany, entitled “A Tutorial on Resilience in Smart Grids”).

Two awards were given, namely the Best Paper Award for the paper “On Joint Primary and Backup Controllers Placement Optimization against Node-targeted Attacks” presented by Amaro de Sousa from Portugal, and the Best Student Paper Award for the paper “Spatially-Jointed Flexible Waveband Routing Optical Networks Adopting Shared Path Protection” presented by Ryuji Munakata from Japan.

RNDM 2022 was a successful scientific event accompanied by two social events: the Gala Dinner at the Chalet du Lac in Pierrefonds (preceded by the Compiegne city tour), and the Welcome Reception following the Compiegne palace visit. All RNDM 2022 papers are already available in IEEE Xplore. For the extended versions of selected RNDM 2022 papers, a special issue of Networks journal, to be published by Wiley, is also being prepared.