IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization
25-29 June 2018 – Montreal, Canada

Call for Technical Session Papers

Call for papers is available in PDF version.

Important dates
  • Paper submission deadline:       December 18, 2017 January 11, 2018 (firm)
  • Acceptance notification:              March 9, 2018
  • Camera-ready paper:                   April 20, 2018

The telecommunications landscape is expected to change radically in the next few years. Pervasive ultra-broadband, programmable networks, and cost reduction of IT systems are paving the way to new services and commoditization of telecommunications infrastructure while lowering entrance barriers for new players and giving rise to new value chains. While this results in considerable challenges for service providers, this transformation also brings unprecedented opportunities for the Digital Society and the Digital Economy related to emerging new services and applications.  Examples include Tactile Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Cloud Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. 5G will both accelerate and exploit this huge transformation, and as such, smart networking with embedded AI techniques leveraging NFV and SDN becomes essential. This will be made possible through the exploitation of massive network data with analytic tools and machine learning, allowing for proactive management of softwarized infrastructures.

This trend will be reflected in NetSoft 2018 in the various topics of interest under the theme “Achieving smart network softwarization” and the conference will serve as a forum to discuss the latest advances in this area.

Topics of interest

Authors are invited to submit papers that fall into the area of software-defined and virtualized infrastructures. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Programmable SDN and NFV
  • Softwarized cloud, fog, and edge infrastructures
  • Cognitive and autonomic networking
  • Network slicing and slice management
  • Policy-Based Networking (PBN) and Intent-Based Networking (IBN) in Software-Defined Infrastructures (SDI)
  • Centralized vs Distributed control, management & orchestration(/choreography)
  • Abstractions and virtualization of resources, services, and functions
  • Service function chaining
  • Container/microservice-based network functions
  • Real-time operations and efficient network/service monitoring in SDN/NFV
  • Analytics and big data approaches for managing softwarized networks
  • QoS and QoE in softwarized infrastructures
  • Resilience, reliability, and robustness of softwarized networks
  • Mobility/Security/Safety/Trust support in virtualized environments
  • SDN switch/router architecture and design
  • APIs, protocols, and languages for programmable networks
  • Lifecycle management of network software
  • Debugging and introspection of software-defined virtualized systems
  • Transition strategies from existing networks to SDN/NFV
  • Softwarized platforms for Internet of Things (IoT)
  • New service models and paradigms enabled by softwarization
  • New value chains and business models
  • Socio-economic impact and regulatory implications for softwarization
  • Energy efficient and green SDI
  • Experience reports from experimental testbeds and deployments
Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit original contributions (written in English) in PDF format. Only original papers not published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Papers can be of two types: full (up to 9 pages) or short (up to 5 pages) papers. Full Papers accepted as short Papers will be required to be reduced to 5-pages length. Papers should be in IEEE 2-column US-Letter style using IEEE Conference template (see and submitted in PDF format via JEMS at:

Papers exceeding these limits, multiple submissions, and self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review. All submitted papers will be subject to a peer-review process.

At least one author of each accepted paper is required to register to the NetSoft 2018 main conference to have their paper published in the conference proceedings. The paper must be presented at the conference by one author to be submitted for publication in IEEE Xplore.

TPC Co-Chairs
  • Chadi Assi, Concordia University, Canada
  • Lisandro Zambenedetti Granville, UFRGS, Brazil
  • Imen Grida Ben Yahia, Orange Labs, France

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