Call for Special Sessions

The ICPS 2021 organizers cordially invite internationally recognized experts to propose Special Sessions within a general scope of the conference.

Special Sessions are expected to push the frontiers in both classic, contemporary, and emerging topics of interest to the industrial informatics communities. Special Sessions also provide the opportunity to focus in detail on emerging topics, which are not reflected in the list of conference tracks, and/or to represent a specific working field where researchers, practitioners and industrialists would like to meet and discuss advances. We encourage more applied impact-type Special Sessions with a focus on fields of critical importance to the society, together with cross-disciplinary bridging-the-gap topics aiming to establish connections with other research communities.

A good quality paper may be considered for publication in IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics subjects to further rounds of review. If you are interested in organizing a Special Session, then please find more information about Special Session proposal here under and contact Special Sessions Chairs:

Hui Zhang (huizhang285@gmail.com),
Xinkai Chen (chen@shibaura-it.ac.jp),
Fei Gao (fei.gao@utbm.fr),
Paulo Leitao (pleitao@ipb.pt),
Fang Fang (ffang@ncepu.edu.cn),
Chengbin Ma ( chbma@sjtu.edu.cn;)
and cc. to the Conference Email (2021icps@gmail.com).

The submission and decision making for SS are continuous until the deadline.

Decisions are taken as soon as possible.
It is advised to submit early a special session, in order to maximize the time available until the paper submission deadline.

Proposal content
Special Sessions proposal should be submitted through the Special Session Proposal Form, which includes:

  • Title of the special session.
  • Brief description of the area of concern, with special focus on specific technical areas. Please make here an explicit reference to the sponsoring IES Technical Committee(s) (if any).
  • The name and contact information of two or more special session organisers, who are willing to promote and organise a sufficient number of quality submissions to the special session.
  • The background of the organisers.
  • A list of potential reviewers and their affiliations.
  • Short CV of the proposers.

 Proposal template , the word version of the template needs to be sent (and not a generated pdf).

Organising your special session
Once approved, it is the duty of the organizers to publicize their special session among researchers, practitioners and industrialists in the field and attract a sufficient number of papers. Note: the organizers may send their own Call-for-Papers, customized for their SS, to the ICPS2021-Organizing Committee ( 2021icps@gmail.com) and it will be published on the conference webpage.

Papers submitted to special sessions will undergo the same review process as regular papers. The special session chairs of the respective special session are responsible for organizing the review process, assuring at least three reviews per paper. This includes selection of reviewers from their peers.

Before starting the review process, session organizers must explicitly declare papers which present a conflict of interest for them. A conflict of interest arises where the judgement of a paper quality can be influenced by the organizers being authors or knowing some of the authors. To ensure independent reviews, this conflict must be marked as such in the conference submission system and the session Chairs notified so that they can arrange the review process.

A minimum of five accepted papers with authors from at least three independent institutions is required for each session.

In addition to achieving at least 6 accepted papers, for a Special Session to be considered successful (and, as such, included in the program) it must consist of papers from at least three different institutions. Institutions jointly participating in the same paper are considered the same institution for the purposes of checking if an SS accomplishes this requirement.

The following requirements also apply to Special Sessions:

  • An individual cannot be (co‐)author of more than two papers submitted to the same Special Session.
  • An individual can be (co‐)organizer of up to two Special Sessions.
  • Papers from organizers cannot exceed 60% of the contents of the Special Session.
If a session has too few papers, accepted papers will be allocated to regular sessions wherever possible. In case of indication of weak-organized special sessions, the conference organizers will offer advice, but reserve measures including cancellation of the respective special session.



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