DFG SPP 2378 Resilient Worlds

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.

Vision and Goals

The goal of the DFG SPP 2378 Resilient Worlds 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.

Resilience, as an emerging research field, is strongly required as a core property of the network infrastructure, from the global internet to the internet of things (IoT), from connected cars to complex cyber-physical systems (CPS); and resilience will be a primary research objective for the coming years. Resilient Worlds will provide resilience throughout the complete protocol stack, from the hardware layer to wireless communications and to applications. We expect that in modern communication networks unknown and unforeseen events could be handled both from the network as well as utilising external capabilities to prevent a collapse of this critical infrastructure. This requires a holistic approach to resilience, leading to appropriate, understandable, and easily applicable solutions.

In Resilient Worlds, the focus will be on the investigation of a resilience-by-design approach, which is already very challenging; however, adding resilience to (legacy) systems that were not designed for it can be even more demanding. It is therefore the goal of the Priority Programme to address resilience from a new, multi-disciplinary perspective including, but not limited to, communications and networking, semiconductor electronic hardware systems, information security, and machine learning.

Call for Proposals

First funding period

  • Call for Proposals

  • All accepted projects 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.

Second funding period

  • Please stay tuned for the new call for proposals, which will be announced in summer 2024.

Program Committee

Falko Dressler
Telecommunication Networks
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
TU Berlin

Matthias Hollick
Secure Mobile Networking
Dept. of Computer Science
TU Darmstadt

Milos Krstic
Institute of Comp. Sci., Design and Test Methodology
System Architecture Dep. and Uni. of Potsdam

Konrad Rieck
Institute of System Security
Computer Science Dept.
TU Braunschweig

Antonia Wachter-Zeh
Coding and Cryptography
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
TU München