IEEE Conference on Network Function Virtualization and Software Defined Networks
9 -12 November 2020 // Virtual Conference

Call for Workshop Proposal

The 6th IEEE NFV-SDN conference, which will take place in Madrid, invites proposals for one full- day or two half-day workshops to be held on Nov 10, 2020, at the beginning of the main technical program. The scope of the workshops is to complement the main conference program with forums for exchange of technical expertise, development, integration and standardization efforts on particularly focused areas of interest within the frame of the NFV-SDN. Proposals from industry and academia are welcome.


Topics of interest include the following:

  • Network Slicing in 5G Systems
  • Advances in Network Service Chaining
  • Portability and benchmarking of Virtual Network Functions
  • Multi-Access Edge Computing synergy with NFV and SDN
  • Cognitive Network Management, using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)
  • SDN and NFV Security challenges/opportunities
  • NFV-SDN deployment cases across vertical sectors
  • Validation and Verification of Network Services and VNFs
  • Zero-touch network and Service Management

See also the main conference topics list.

Submission Guidelines

Each IEEE NFV-SDN workshop proposal in a single PDF file must include:

  • Name and abbreviation of the workshop
  • Names, addresses, and a short bio of the workshop organizers (i.e. OC and TPC chairs)
  • A brief description of the technical focus addressed by the workshop, the motivation for the workshop and why this area/theme is of particular interest at this time.
  • Technical Program Committee (TPC) and/or Organizing Committee (OC) roster.
  • The planned format of the workshop, including a strategy to facilitate lively and interactive discussions.
  • Publicity and advertising plan to attract paper submissions and attendees. For previous editions of the workshop, please include statistics of submitted/accepted papers and attendee numbers. For new workshops, please provide rough estimates for expected submissions and attendees.
  • A draft of a 1-page “Call for Papers (CfP)” including title, description, topics, and important dates.

Submitted Workshop proposals should not exceed THREE (3) pages and should be submitted via email to

General Chairs

Kurt Tutschku, BTH, SWE

Larry Horner, Intel, USA

Workshop Co-Chairs

Fabrizio Granelli, Univ. of Trento, IT

Evangelos Markakis, Hellenic Mediterranean Univ., GR

Important Dates

Workshop proposal submission:      April 30, 2020
Notification of acceptance:                 May 14, 2020
Workshop Paper Submission:            August 24, 2020
Notification of Acceptance:                 September 28, 2020
Camera-ready Submission:                October 19, 2020