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

Call for Workshop Proposals

Important Dates 
  • Workshop proposal submission:        December 15, 2017
  • Notification of acceptance:                  January 5, 2018
Aims and Scope 

The 4th edition of the IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft2018) invites proposals for full-day or half-day workshops. NetSoft 2018 will take place on June 25-29 2018 in Montreal, Canada. It is the premier IEEE forum for technical exchange on software-defined and virtualized-network infrastructures and services.

The purpose of the workshops is to complement the conference program with in-depth or integration forums that are dedicated to related topics (i.e. self-organizing smart networks, big-data management of networks, management of tactile internet, management of edge software networks etc.) and/or specific topics of NetSoft 2018. 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.

Topics of NetSoft 2018 include:

  • 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
Submission Guidelines 

Each NetSoft2018 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 NetSoft2018; additionally, state explicitly why this workshop is unique.

  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) and/or Organizing Committee (OC) in 1/2 page.

  • Likely contributors and targeted audience (1 page).

  • The planned format of the workshop, including a strategy to facilitate lively and interactive discussions (1/2 page).

  • If applicable, 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 estimates and explain a strategy on how to reach the targets of paper submissions and attendees (1 page).
  • Publicity and advertising plan to attract paper submissions and attendees (1/2 page).

  • A draft of 1-page “Call for Papers (CfP)” including title, description, topics and important dates.

Submission of workshop proposals should be sent to the Workshop co-chairs of NetSoft 2018:

  • Alex Galis:
  • Abdelkader Lahmadi:
Workshop Co-chairs 
Alex Galis, UCL, UK
Abdelkader Lahmadi, University of Lorraine, France


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