Call for Special Sessions

Proposals for Special Sessions are invited in all Tracks (a full list of topics is available here):

  • PHY - Physical Layer and Fundamentals
  • RAT – Radio Access Technologies towards 5G
  • WON - Wireless and Optical Networks
  • NET - Networking
  • APS – Applications & Services
  • TER - Testbeds & Experimental Research


Special Sessions may address one or more Tracks, but they should be organised under a unified theme.  Special Sessions are intended to allow projects or any other group of authors to present their own work.


Special Sessions may include one invited speaker, besides papers.  Proposers are responsible for defining the full contents of the Special Session, namely the authors and presenters.  It is not expected that open calls for papers are launched for Special Sessions, in order to attract authors or presenters.


Special Sessions papers can be either Extended Abstracts (2 pages) or Full Papers (5 pages), and should be reviewed by the Special Sessions organisers.  These papers will be part of the Conference Proceedings, but they will not be submitted to IEEE Xplore.


All participants and speakers in the Special Sessions, regardless of the nature of their presentation, including organisers, must pay the registration fee.


Special Sessions extend for a conference time-slot, i.e., 1h40, and they will be held during the conference, in parallel to regular sessions.


Special Sessions will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Timeliness
  • Technical content
  • Novelty
  • Overall Recommendation


Special Sessions proposals should be submitted via a specific template, available here.  Proposers should provide information on the Title, Duration, Motivation and Background, and Structure.  Additional information on specific promotion can also be provided, if applicable.

The PDF of the Call for Special Sessions can be found.

The proposal should be submitted by the deadline, 2017 Feb. 06 20 24, to The name of the file should be the Special Session title (abbreviated, if necessary).


Key Dates 

  • 2017 Feb. 06 20 24 – Special Sessions proposals submission deadline (deadline extended, hard deadline)
  • 2017 Mar. 17 – Notification of acceptance
  • 2017 Apr. 21 – Special Sessions papers submission
  • 2017 Apr. 21 – Authors registration deadline