9th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization
19–23 June 2023 // Madrid, Spain
Boosting Future Networks through Advanced Softwarization

Call for Demo Papers (closed)

Important Dates

  • Demo paper submission deadline: March 31, 2023
  • Demo acceptance notification:  April 21, 2023
  • Camera-ready demo papers:  April 28, 2023


The 9th International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft 2023) calls for demonstration proposals on research prototypes on softwarized networks. The Demo session of NetSoft 2023 is a high-profile, leading-edge forum for researchers and engineers in the field of networking software, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), 5G and 6G networks. The Demo session offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate innovative networking software prototypes, to present the recent development on Advanced Network Softwarization in the field of AI/ML, SDN/NFV, edge/fog networking, network automation, service management and orchestration, network slicing, energy efficiency, cloud-native deployments, security among others promising research areas in the context of Future Networks. This is also an opportunity to engage with world-leading network operators and industries and highly skilled and innovating audience to discuss emerging technologies and recent research prototypes with key thought leaders. We are welcoming demonstrations showcasing prototypes, innovative applications, groundbreaking ideas, and novel concepts related to networking software, principles, and concepts.

Topics of Interest

We are seeking the following types of contributions without implying any order of preference:

  • Demonstrations on topics related to NetSoft 2023.
  • Demonstrations from industrial and academia researchers.
  • Demonstrations from open source communities.
  • Demonstrations from 5G/6G/NFV/SDN testbeds and prototypes.
  • Demonstrations from authors whose contributions have been accepted in the main conference and workshops.

Demo Submission

Prospective contributors are expected to submit a demo proposal in the form of a 3-page paper, including a demo system illustration. All submissions must be written in English and use the standard IEEE two-column conference template that can be downloaded from https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html.

Demo papers will be peer-reviewed and accepted demo papers will be included in the electronic NetSoft 2023 Proceedings.  The paper should incorporate the following information:

  • Title
  • Author’s names and affiliation
  • Abstract
  • Description
  • Key networking concepts involved, what will be demonstrated, and distinguishing aspects with respect to previous related work
  • Prototype illustrations
  • Highlights of the innovation, with a clear description of novel ideas in Networking Software
  • A crisp list of individual items that will be demonstrated along with the logistics (including physical space) requirements
  • Relevant references, in particular if the demo is related to a paper being submitted in the main conference or a workshop

Demonstration proposal papers must be electronically submitted through the EDAS entry of NetSoft 2023 https://edas.info/N30268 selecting Demo Paper Track.  Only PDF files will be accepted.

The demo proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee and will be approved based on availability of demo space as well as on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to NetSoft scope
  • Significance of the research contribution
  • Potential impact on the area
  • Quality of the proposed implementation
  • Presentation quality

The best demo will be selected based on the above criteria and awarded at the end of the conference with the NetSoft 2023 Best Demo Award.

The proposal may be complemented with additional documents like PowerPoint slides that clarify the demonstration, as well as the list of technical requirements for the demonstration (power outlet, space, etc.). These additional documents should be sent directly to the Demo Co-Chairs via e-mail (Xi.Li@neclab, israat@dal.ca).

At least one author of each accepted demo proposal is required to register for the NetSoft 2023 main conference and present the demo at the scheduled demo session(s).

Demo Co-Chairs

  • Xi Li, NEC Laboratories Europe, Germany
  • Israat Haque, Dalhousie University, Canada