The IECON 2021 organizing team invites professionals in the area of industrial electronics to propose special sessions (SSs) to be held at IECON 2021 in Toronto, Canada.
Special sessions provide the opportunity to focus in detail on particular emerging topics, which are not reflected in the list of conference tracks or represent a specific working fields where researchers would like to meet and discuss advances.
If you intend to propose and organize a special session, please provide the committee with a proposal using the template, and including the following information:
Title of the Special Session;
Brief description of the area of concern (approx. 100 words), with special focus on why we should believe this is an interesting and significant topic;
The name and contact information of 2 or 3 special session chairs, who are willing to promote and organize a sufficient amount of quality submissions to the special session. Please also indicate the background of the organizers;
A list of potential authors and their affiliations;
A list of potential reviewers and their affiliations;
The sponsoring IES Technical Committee(s).
Organization of special sessions
Once approved, it is the duty of the organizers to publicize the Special Session among researchers and practitioners in the field and attract a sufficient number of papers.
Papers submitted to SSs will undergo the same review process as regular papers. The SS 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, SS 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 submission system and the SS chairs notified so that they can arrange the review process.
A minimum of 6 accepted and registered papers with authors from at least 3 independent institutions is required for each session. If a session has too few papers, accepted papers will be allocated to regular sessions wherever possible. In case of indication of weakly organized special sessions, the conference organizers will support the organizers with advice but reserve measures including cancellation of the respective special session.
Organizers of a successful Special Session will get a free registration for every 6 papers accepted and registered to the Special Session and finally included in the program.
Please send your proposal in PDF format to SS-IECON21@ieee.org. Submission deadline is June 21, 2021. Later submissions can be considered upon special request.
Special Session Chairs of IECON2021
Narayan Kar (Canada)
Akshay Rathore (Canada)
Mohammad Sedigh Toulabi (Canada)
Pradyumn Chaturvedi (India)
Deepak Ronanki (India)
Hadi Kanaan (Lebanon)
IECON 2021 is the 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES), focusing on contemporary industry topics ranging from electronics, controls, manufacturing, to communications and computational intelligence.