IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization
29 June-3 July 2020 // Ghent, Belgium

Call for Technical Session Papers

Important Dates
  • Paper submission deadline: December 2, 2019 January 6, 2020 (firm deadline)
  • Acceptance notification:  March 9, 2020
  • Camera-ready paper:  April 6, 2020
Scope

Over the years, software has become the core value provider in the telecommunications industry. Boosted by scientific breakthrough, continuous innovation and stringent requirements for new services, network softwarization is currently transforming telecommunications and networking industry, and is bringing several opportunities, while raising new challenges, from both conceptual and operational perspectives. To pave the way for the next big step toward full network automation, with unprecedented capabilities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), NetSoft 2020 will serve as a forum to discuss the latest advances in network softwarization technologies, AI-based software-defined networks, autonomic networking, policy-based network management, network slicing, and other related research areas that are anticipated to radically transform today’s networks. The need for further advances in these topics is reflected in the overall theme of NetSoft 2020: “Bridging the gap between AI and Network Softwarization”.

NetSoft 2020 will feature technical paper presentations, keynotes, tutorials, workshops, demos and exhibitions from world-leading experts representing service providers, vendors, research institutes, open source projects and academia.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Programmable SDN and NFV: languages and architectures
  • Softwarized cloud, fog and edge infrastructures
  • Cognitive and autonomic networking
  • AI techniques to support network automation
  • Big data analytics for managing softwarized networks
  • Network slicing and slice management
  • Mobility management in software networks
  • Policy-based and intent-based Networking
  • Centralized vs distributed control, management & orchestration
  • Abstractions and virtualization of resources, services and functions
  • Service Function Chaining
  • Container/microservice-based network functions
  • Efficient network/service monitoring in SDN/NFV
  • QoS and QoE in softwarized infrastructures
  • Resilience, reliability, and robustness of softwarized networks
  • Network softwarization for 5G
  • Network management at the edge for low-latency services
  • Cooperative multi-domain, multi-tenant SDN/NFV environments
  • Security, Safety, Trust and Privacy in virtualized environments
  • SDN switch/router architecture and design
  • Dynamic resource discovery and negotiation schemes
  • Lifecycle management of network software
  • DevOps methodologies for network softwarization
  • Debugging and introspection of software-defined systems
  • Softwarized platforms for Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Energy efficient and green software-defined infrastructures (SDI)
  • Transition strategies from existing networks to SDN/NFV
  • New value chains and service models enabled by softwarization
  • Socio-economic impact and regulations for softwarization
  • Experience reports from experimental testbeds and deployments
Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the NetSoft 2020 Proceedings. All submissions must be written in English and must use standard IEEE two-column conference template that can be downloaded from https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html.

Technical Papers can be of two types: Full papers or Short papers, up to 9 pages and 5 pages respectively, including tables, figures and references. Full papers accepted as short papers will be required to be reduced to 5-pages length.

Papers submitted should describe original, previously unpublished research results, not currently under review by another conference or journal. All submitted papers will be reviewed.

Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process and all manuscripts must be electronically submitted through EDAS: https://edas.info/newPaper.php?c=26524.

Important: NetSoft 2020 is enforcing a strict publication and no-show policy as stated by IEEE. By submitting a contribution, you agree with the terms of the publication and no-show policy as mentioned here.

TPC Co-Chairs
  • Tim Wauters, Ghent University – imec, Belgium
  • Mohamed Faten Zhani, ÉTS, Canada
  • Walter Cerroni, University of Bologna, Italy