IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization
29 June-3 July 2020 // Virtual Conference

Call for Workshop Proposals

Important Dates
  • Proposal submission:  November 11, 2019
  • Acceptance notification: November 15, 2019
Aims and Scope

The 6th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2020) will be held on June 29 – July 3, 2020 in Ghent, Belgium. IEEE NetSoft has been created as a flagship conference aiming at addressing “Softwarization” of networks and systemic trends concerning the convergence of Cloud Computing, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

IEEE NetSoft invites proposals for full-day or half-day workshops. The purpose of the workshops is to complement the conference program with in-depth or integration forums that are dedicated to related and emerging topics ((i.e. self-organizing smart networks, Big-Data-based management and control, management of tactile internet, edge software networks etc.) and/or other specific topics of NetSoft 2020. Proposals from industry and academia are welcome. Accepted and presented workshop papers will be published in the conference proceedings and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore.

Submission Guidelines

Each NetSoft 2020 workshop proposal has to be submitted in a single PDF file, and must include:

  • Name and abbreviation of the workshop
  • Names, addresses, and a short (200 words) bio of the major organizers (including TPC (Co‑)chair(s) and OC General (Co-)chair(s))
  • A brief description (1 page) of the technical focus addressed by the workshop, reasons why the workshop is of interest at this time, and reasons why this area is important in the context of NetSoft 2020 and its main theme; additionally, state explicitly why this workshop is unique
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) and/or Organizing Committee (OC)
  • Likely contributors and targeted audience
  • Planned format of the workshop, including a strategy to facilitate lively and interactive discussions
  • A description of past events of the workshop, including statistics of submitted/accepted papers and attendee numbers. If the workshop does not have past editions, please provide rough estimates for both expected paper submissions and attendees with a brief explanation on how you arrive at those estimates.
  • Publicity and advertising plan to attract paper submissions and attendees
  • A draft of 1-page “Call for Papers (CfP)” including title, description, topics, dates .

Please submit workshop proposals via email to the workshop program co-chairs of NetSoft 2020:

Topic of NetSoft 2020

For reference, Netsoft 2020 will highlight the theme Bridging the gap between AI and Network Softwarization”, covering topics that include the following:

  • Machine learning and deep learning for network resilience, security and orchestration
  • 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
Workshop Co-Chairs
  • Noura LimamUniversity of Waterloo, Canada
  • Imen Grida Ben YahiaOrange Labs, France

2020 Patrons