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NetSoft 2020: IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization
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Ghent, Belgium
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Over the years, software has become the core value provider in the telecommunications industry. Boosted by scientific breakthrough, continuous innovation and stringent requirements for new services, network softwarization is currently transforming telecommunications and networking industry, and is bringing several opportunities, while raising new challenges, from both conceptual and operational perspectives. To pave the way for the next big step toward full network automation, with unprecedented capabilities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), NetSoft 2020 will serve as a forum to discuss the latest advances in network softwarization technologies, AI-based software-defined networks, autonomic networking, policy-based network management, network slicing, and other related research areas that are anticipated to radically transform today’s networks. The need for further advances in these topics is reflected in the overall theme of NetSoft 2020: “Bridging the gap between AI and Network Softwarization”.

NetSoft 2020 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.

Topics of Interest

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    Programmable SDN and NFV: languages and architectures
    Softwarized cloud, fog and edge infrastructures
    Cognitive and autonomic networking
    AI techniques to support network automation
    Big data analytics for managing softwarized networks
    Network slicing and slice management
    Mobility management in software networks
    Policy-based and intent-based Networking
    Centralized vs distributed control, management & orchestration
    Abstractions and virtualization of resources, services and functions
    Service Function Chaining
    Container/microservice-based network functions
    Efficient network/service monitoring in SDN/NFV
    QoS and QoE in softwarized infrastructures
    Resilience, reliability, and robustness of softwarized networks
    Network softwarization for 5G
    Network management at the edge for low-latency services
    Cooperative multi-domain, multi-tenant SDN/NFV environments
    Security, Safety, Trust and Privacy in virtualized environments
    SDN switch/router architecture and design
    Dynamic resource discovery and negotiation schemes
    Lifecycle management of network software
    DevOps methodologies for network softwarization
    Debugging and introspection of software-defined systems
    Softwarized platforms for Internet of Things (IoT)
    Energy efficient and green software-defined infrastructures (SDI)
    Transition strategies from existing networks to SDN/NFV
    New value chains and service models enabled by softwarization
    Socio-economic impact and regulations for softwarization
    Experience reports from experimental testbeds and deployments

Paper Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers for presentation at the conference and publication in the NetSoft 2020 Proceedings. All submissions must be written in English and must use standard IEEE two-column conference template that can be downloaded from

Technical Papers can be of two types: Full papers or Short papers, up to 9 pages and 5 pages respectively, including tables, figures and references. Full papers accepted as short papers will be required to be reduced to 5-pages length.

Papers submitted should describe original, previously unpublished research results, not currently under review by another conference or journal. All submitted papers will be reviewed.

Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process and all manuscripts must be electronically submitted through EDAS:

Important: NetSoft 2020 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.
Last updated by Dou Sun in 2019-11-02
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