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Proposals for Sessions


ERSA conference is composed of research and technical presentations, keynote lectures, invited presentations, tutorials, panel discussions, and poster presentations.

In addition, a number of Specialized Sessions will be arranged during the ERSA conference. The aim of Specialized Sessions is to concentrate on the specific topics of general interest.

In several cases, ERSA conference invites outstanding researchers and industrial leaders to arrange sessions. However, the organising of sessions is open for everyone. Thus, everyone can submit proposals for organizing a session in each category.

Academic Sessions consists of

  • Invited and dedicated sessions
  • Invited speakers
  • Regular papers of each category (full size, short and poster papers)
  • Panel discussion sessions
  • Tutorials

Academic contributors are also welcomed to submit commercial/industrial presentations in each category.

ERSA Industrial Section is to assemble a coordinated research and commercial meeting held in same location and dates. It provides a forum between academic researchers and commercial entrepreneurs from developed countries and emerging economic markets.

Industrial Sessions consist of

  • Invited and dedicated sessions
  • Invited speakers
  • Presentations and papers on techniques, tools, and resources that are available for commercial use
  • Posters that *can* be promotionally oriented
  • Discussion and panel sessions on challenges facing developers (technical challenges; business challenges)
  • Tutorials and seminars on tools, products and challenges facing developers
  • Product demonstrations, exhibitions and overviews

Industrial papers must have strong technical content, but they are not evaluated from academic point of view. Industrial presentation does not require submission of paper, short abstract is sufficient (for details, contact the Chair by email inf@ersaconf.org).

Note, each session may have academic and industrial sections; it is most appreciated.


ERSA conference has the following types or categories of dedicated sessions:

  • Specialized Research Sessions
    These session are devoted for academic research on a specific topic; as, for example "Partial Reconfiguration", "Heterogeneous Supercomputing", "Stream Computing in Financial Services", etc. Papers in this session need not to be close to each other, to use necessarilys similar scientific approaches to solve the problems; moreover, the approaches (papers) may compete with each other.
  • Research/Development Project Sessions
    These sessions are devoted for specific academic/industrial/commercial research projects or a bunch of projects with a similar approach; curried out by leading research team(s) and/or lab(s), (may be by several universities and companies), and receiving external funding. For example, EU projects, and projects funded by national science funds, etc. Thus, papers in this session are close to each other forming an integral approach to solve a complex technical problem, i.e. forming a project. For example, session about "FlexTiles", "Reconfigurable Computing Solutions in Financial Services", etc.
  • Industrial Sessions
    This session is devoted for industrial/commercial solutions, design methods, and products. Leading, established companies, as well as start-ups, may present their solutions and approaches.
  • Panel Sessions
    The aim of panel sessions is to carry out a discussion among panellists and attendees about most intriguing, provocative, and important topics.
  • Tutorials
    Industrial and/or academic partners may present a full coverage of a proposed topic; about their commercial products, academic approaches etc. In addition, overview type Tutorials are welcome.
  • Seminars
    Industrial and/or academic partners present design systems, products etc. It may include talks, discussions, demo, etc. Several companies and universities with or without university programs may participate.
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  • Demos/Exhibitions
    Industrial and/or academic partners present design systems, products etc.
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Interested parties to organize sessions should submit a proposal. For different type of sessions, the regulations and deadlines for proposals are different.

  • Specialized Research Sessions: If the proposal is approved, the session chairs can call invited speakers. In addition, they advertise the open submission of regular papers. Depending on the quality, the session may be considered as "Invited". For more details, please visit section "Submission". Organizers should submit the proposal as early as possible.
  • Research/Development Project Sessions: This session is not an open session, all papers are called by session chairs. If the proposal is approved, the session and accepted papers are considered as "Invited". Otherwise, if the proposal is rejected, the authors can resubmit the session and papers as "Regular", i.e. following regular submission guidelines. In this case, all papers will be reviewed by ERSA Programme Committee, after which the decision about acceptance will be made. In addition, authors may submit a bunch of papers for regular papers' deadline for considering as a "Regular Research/Development Project Session". Again, all papers will be reviewed by ERSA Programme Committee.
  • Industrial Sessions: Everything is similar to Research/Development Project Sessions, except the deadline for submission is regular papers' "Notification".
  • For all other sessions, ERSA accepts proposals until regular papers'

If you consider submitting a proposal, please take contact with ERSA org committee as early as possible. This helps to plan and organize the conference.



Each session has a Chair (usually a senior academician or a senior industrial manager) and up to two Co-Chairs (usually a post-doc, assistant professor or design engineer from industry).

Session chairs are responsible for invited papers, i.e. for inviting and soliciting top-level professors and industrial leaders to present their work and achievements on the specific area. Session chairs prepare a general intro and topics of interests that they will distribute among colleagues and, which is published on the ERSA website.

Invited Papers

Invited Papers summarise a research in some topic area where the presenter has achieved outstanding results recognized worldwide by the research community. Invited Papers need not to be necessarily research papers. Invited Papers are not transferable to some other person in the research group of invited person or somebody else and, in a normal case, must be written and presented by the invited author solely. In some cases, ERSA accepts more co-authors; for example in the case of development project, industrial projects etc. PC should approve this, contact the ERSA Chair. If the presenter cannot participate for some reason, the talk is usually cancelled. In general, it is not accepted that someone else will present the talk. (Note, the reason to invite somebody, is to have a talk given by this particular outstanding researcher). In some cases we can accept replacement, in this case, Session Chairs should contact with ERSA Chair.

Each invited paper is a full IEEE two-column paper up to 14 pages; normally, it is 10 pages. In some circumstances (top-level professors and CEOs), we accept invited presentations without paper, but we request at least half page extended abstract for each presentation. Conference Chair should approve this.


  • Specialized Research Sessions, Research/Development Project Sessions and Industrial Sessions
    It is expected that these Sessions will have around six papers proposed by Chairs. (In some cases, the ERSA Conference may make an exception and accept these Sessions with a smaller number of papers. Session Chairs should contact with ERSA Chair to get approved.) This is the responsibility of Sessions Chairs to have a sufficient number of submissions and accepted papers.

    ERSA PC (Program Committee) will review the submitted papers together with Session Chairs and is responsible for the quality of session. The ERSA conference reserves the right to restructure these Sessions.

    Papers of these Sessions may be of all categories: invited/distinguished papers, regular papers, short papers. and posters. (For more, please visit the section Paper Submission) The session chairs will participate in the final selection of papers. All accepted papers will be published in ERSA Proceedings.

  • Panel Sessions
    Panel discussion sessions should have four to six outstanding researchers and/or industrial leaders on the panel.
  • Tutorials, Seminars and Demo/Exhibitions
    In these cases the number of presenters is not fixed or limited.

Preparing a Proposal for Sessions

Proposals must include a list of papers / presentations with tentative titles (see also the previous section "Sessions"), list of authors, and one page abstract. The list should indicate the Invited talks, with Abstracts and short Bios (half of page) of all invited authors. On that basis, the ERSA makes his decision to accept or reject the session. Once ERSA has accepted the session and presentations, no changes in the list of authors of invited papers are allowed.

  • Brief description of the session
    • Type and Title of the Session
    • An introduction, a list of topics/scope of the Session, the novelty, and the importance to the ERSA audience.
    • A short biography of the Sessions Organizers and/or Chairs.
  • List of contributors
    • It is expected that session organizers take a contact with potential contributors in advance to submitting the proposal.
    • A list of possible contributors, including titles, authors, contact information of the corresponding authors, and a short abstract of each contribution.
    • A list of Invited Talks and Authors, including tentative titles, short abstracts, and Bios with contact information
    • Research Session should not include more than one overview paper.
    • Organisers of Research Sessions should not contribute more than one paper.
    • Once the session is accepted, it will be listed on the ERSA website and the submission is open for everybody depending on the type of session.

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