Project Presentation


LAAS-CNRS (coordinator) France
Budapest University of Technology and Economics Hungary
City University UK
Technische Universität Darmstadt Germany
Deep Blue Srl Italy
Institut Eurécom France
France Telecom Recherche et Développement France
IBM Research GmbH Switzerland
Université de Rennes 1 France
Université de Toulouse III France
Vytautas Magnus University Lithuania
Fundação da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa Portugal
University of Newcastle upon Tyne UK
Universita di Pisa Italy
QinetiQ Limited UK
Università degli studi di Roma  "La Sapienza" Italy
Universität Ulm Germany
University of Southampton UK


ReSIST is an NoE that addresses the strategic objective “Towards a global dependability and security framework” of the European Union Work Programme, and responds to the stated “need for resilience, self-healing, dynamic content and volatile environments”.

It integrates leading researchers active in the multidisciplinary domains of Dependability, Security, and Human Factors, in order that Europe will have a well-focused coherent set of research activities aimed at ensuring that future “ubiquitous computing systems”, the immense systems of ever-evolving networks of computers and mobile devices which are needed to support and provide Ambient Intelligence (AmI), have the necessary resilience and survivability, despite any residual development and physical faults, interaction mistakes, or malicious attacks and disruptions.

The objectives of the Network are:

  1. Integration of teams of researchers so that the fundamental topics concerning scalably resilient ubiquitous systems are addressed by a critical mass of co-operative, multi-disciplinary research.
  2. Identification, in an international context, of the key research directions (both technical and socio-technical) induced on the supporting ubiquitous systems by the requirement for trust and confidence in AmI.
  3. Production of significant research results (concepts, models, policies, algorithms, mechanisms) that pave the way for scalably resilient ubiquitous systems.
  4. Promotion and propagation of a resilience culture in university curricula and in engineering best practices.

Contract information

Contract Number: 026764

Funding for three years: MEuro 4.5


Dr Jean-Claude Laprie
LAAS-CNRS7 Avenue Colonel Roche,
31077 Toulouse, France
e-mail: - Phone: +33 5 61 33 78 85 - Fax: +33 5 61 33 64 11


The current state-of-knowledge and state-of-the-art reasonably enable the construction and operation of critical systems, be they safety-critical (e.g., avionics, railway signalling, nuclear control) or availability-critical (e.g., back-end servers for transaction processing). The situation drastically worsens when considering large, networked, evolving, systems either fixed or mobile, with demanding requirements driven by their domain of application. There is statistical evidence that these emerging systems suffer from a significant drop in dependability and security in comparison with the former systems. There is thus a dependability and security gap opening in front of us that, if not filled, will endanger the very basis and advent of Ambient Intelligence (AmI).

Filling the gap clearly needs dependability and security technologies to scale up, in order to counteract the two main drivers of the creation and widening of the gap: complexity and cost pressure.

Joint Programme of Activities

At the heart of the JPA is the JPR. Two main steps will take place: first according to the basic resilience building technologies, then according to the resilience scaling technologies.

The first step will already be integrative, in bringing together researchers who are mostly active in separate domains according to the types of threats that are considered: accidental failures, malicious attacks, human-system interaction mistakes. To facilitate this first level of integration, a) resilience design activities will emphasise run-time surveillance and service continuity, including in-depth defences, b) resilience verification will focus on the defence mechanisms, and c) resilience evaluation will aim at unified measures with respect to accidental and malicious threats.

In the second step, research activities will be re-structured and re-shaped according to the resilience scaling technologies. Examples of challenges that such re-structuring and re-shaping will take up are:

This move from resilience building technologies towards resilience scaling technologies will be accompanied and facilitated by the resilience integration technologies:

The logic of the JPR integration is schematically summarised below.