Call for Special Sessions

The ISCAS 2015 ( technical program will include Special Sessions. Their objective is to complement the regular program with new or emerging topics of particular interest to the circuits and systems community that may also cut across and beyond disciplines traditionally represented at ISCAS. Special Sessions aligned with the conference theme “Enabling Technologies for Societal Challenges” are especially welcome.

Each session comprises 5 presentations of 18 minutes each. The first paper in a Special Session may serve as an introduction to the field, aimed at outsiders. Prospective organizers of Special Sessions should submit proposals indicating:

  • Title of the session.
  • Rationale of the need for the Special Session at ISCAS. The rationale should stress the novelty of the topic and its multidisciplinary flavor (if any).
  • Short biography of the organizers.
  • List of five (5) contributed papers (including titles, authors, contact information of the corresponding author, and a short abstract of each contribution). Organizers should not contribute more than one paper.
  • Preliminary full version of the overview paper is desirable. If submitted, it enhances the chances of proposal acceptance.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic, the qualifications of the organizers and the authors of the contributed papers, the balance of the topics across the technical areas represented in CAS, and the presence and quality of the overview paper. Endorsement of the proposal by at least one CAS technical committee is encouraged, but not required for consideration. Note that Special Session proposals on topics that clearly belong to well established (sub) tracks of ISCAS will not be accepted.

After Special Session proposals are approved, manuscripts may be submitted to the special sessions and should conform to the formatting and electronic submission guidelines of regular ISCAS papers. Papers will undergo the same review process as regular papers, but somewhat faster. It is the responsibility of the organizers to ensure that their Special Session papers meet ISCAS quality standards. If, at the end of the review process, fewer than four (4) papers are accepted, the session will be cancelled and the accepted papers will be moved to regular sessions.

The organizers of one or two selected special sessions will be invited to form special issue proposals to the IEEE Journal on Emerging and Selected Topics in Circuits and Systems (JETCAS). The EiC and DEiC of JETCAS will compose the selection committee, together with the Special Session co-Chairs of ISCAS.

Proposals should be sent via e-mail (in either PDF or plain ASCII text format) to the Special Session chairs, Nuno Paulino and Pui-In Mak by September 19, 2014.