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

Call for Technical Session Papers (closed)

 Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: January 09, 2023 January 30, 2023, February 13, 2023 (firm)

  • Acceptance notification: March 24, 2023 

  • Camera-ready paper: April 28, 2023 


IEEE NetSoft, the premier International Conference on Network Softwarization, addresses the advanced research challenges and opportunities raised by the overall transformation trend of network “softwarization”, which has been revolutionizing the networking field and has accelerated its convergence with adjacent industries.

Network Softwarization refers to the transition of traditional network infrastructure and functionalities, provided via hardware appliances developed by equipment and service vendors, to new ones that have been propelled over the last 15 years by the maturity of widespread technologies such as network function virtualization, software-defined networking, and service function chaining. In particular, the ability to program, manage and operate network and service infrastructures more freely makes it possible to reinvent network and cloud architectures, customize services, accelerate service deployment, and facilitate greater operational efficiencies with guarantees. The need for further advances in these topics is reflected in the overall theme of NetSoft 2023: Boosting Future Networks through Advanced Softwarization. 

NetSoft 2023 will feature technical paper presentations, keynotes, tutorials, workshops, demos, and exhibitions from world-leading experts representing service providers, vendors, research institutes, open source projects, and academia. This year, a PhD symposium will also be initiated.

Topics of Interest

The conference is soliciting paper submissions with significant research contributions to the field of network softwarization. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Softwarized cloud, fog, and edge infrastructures

  • Network softwarization for 5G/6G

  • Softwarization in Metaverse (AR/VR and digital twins)

  • Cooperative multi-domain, multi-tenant SDN/NFV environments.

  • Future Internet and New IP architectures.

  • Mobility management in softwarized networks.

  • High-precision communications and computing

  • Service Function Chaining (SFC).

  • Network slicing and slice management

  • QoS and QoE in softwarized infrastructures.

  • Network softwarization for deterministic Internet re-engineering

  • Softwarization for Cognitive and autonomic networking

  • Policy-based and Intent-based networking.

  • AI/ML techniques and network softwarization

  • Dynamic resource discovery and negotiation schemes.

  • Assurance and Measurements in softwarized networks

  • Resilience, reliability, and robustness of softwarized networks

  • Security, Safety, Trust, and Privacy in virtualized environments.

  • Energy Efficiency in network softwarization

  • Abstractions and virtualization of resources, services, and functions.

  • Programmability for Time-Sensitive Networks (TSN)

  • Programmable Networking Protocols

  • Programmable SDN and NFV: languages and architectures (P4 and others)

  • Open source and network softwarization.

  • Hardware acceleration for programmable network functions.

  • Development methodologies for network softwarization (DevOps, NetOps, Verification).

  • Deployment and transition strategies.

  • Experience reports from experimental testbeds and deployments.

  • New value chains and service models enabled by softwarization.

  • Socio-economic impact and regulations for softwarization.

Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the NetSoft 2023 Proceedings. All submissions must be written in English and must use standard IEEE two-column conference template that can be downloaded from https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html.

Technical Papers can be of two types: Full or Short papers, up to 9 and 5 pages respectively, including references and all other material. If accepted, a paper will be published in the category (long/short) of its submission. Long papers are the more traditional form to present technical work. Long papers should emphasize not only novelty and vision, but execution and thoroughness of the contribution (design, evaluation). Short papers are the preferred vehicle for visionary papers or traditional technical papers whose description fits within a smaller number of pages. Short papers may not yet be ‘fully baked’ in terms of execution and evaluation. In both Full and Short papers, author names and affiliations should be included after the title, as provided in the templates.

Papers submitted should describe original, previously unpublished research results, not currently under review by another conference or journal. Papers not meeting the length and formatting requirements or violating IEEE’s guidelines on plagiarized content will be rejected without review. All other submitted papers will be reviewed. Selected papers for NetSoft 2023 may be conditionally accepted and subjected to shepherding before final acceptance.

Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process and all manuscripts must be electronically submitted through EDAS: https://edas.info/N30268.
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Important: NetSoft 2023 is enforcing a strict publication and no-show policy as stated by IEEE. By submitting a contribution, you agree with the terms of the publication and no-show policy as mentioned here

Authors of the top-scored papers will be invited to provide an extended version of their work to be submitted to the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management (TNSM).

TPC Co-Chairs

  • Elisa Rojas, Universidad de Alcalá (UAH), Spain

  • Fábio Luciano Verdi, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil

  • Zuqing Zhu, University of Science and Technology of China, China

General Co-Chairs

  • Barbara Martini, Universitas Mercatorum, Italy
  • Carlos Jesus Bernardos, University Carlos III of Madrid, Spain