This symposium seeks to create an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems.

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Important Dates

Abstract (Industry papers)

April 26, 2020

Manuscript (Academic/Research papers) Submittal

April 26, 2020

Special Session Proposals Deadline

April 26, 2020

Acceptance Notification

August 1, 2020

Final Paper Submission Deadline

August 30, 2020

IEEE ISSE 2020 Symposium

October 12, 2020

About the symposium


This symposium seeks to create an interactive forum for the advancement of the practice of systems engineering across the multiple disciplines and specialty areas associated with the engineering of complex systems. The symposium will provide a venue for systems engineering practitioners, managers, researchers, and educators to exchange innovative concepts, ideas, applications and lessons learned addressing:

Applications-oriented topics on large-scale systems and systems-of-systems in topics

Systems engineering, education, standards, processes and methodologies for the system-of systems environment

Research opportunities and results relating to systems-of-systems

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IEEE ISSE 2020: Call for Papers


  • System Architecture and Architectural Frameworks
  • Engineering Systems-of-Systems
  • Risk Management of Complex Systems Environment
  • Systems Reliability
  • Engineering Processes for Complex Systems - Includes Process
  • Improvement and Quality Management
  • Product Lifecycle Management Processes and Tools for System-of-Systems - Includes Configuration Management
  • (CM), Requirements management, Data Management Strategy
  • (CMS) and Integrated Logistics Support
  • Service Oriented Architectures
  • Cyber Security Issues and Approaches for Complex Systems
  • Enterprise Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Agile Development Methods of System-of-Systems
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Systems Verification and Validation
  • Systems Engineering Competency, Education and Training
  • Program/Project Management for Complex Systems
  • “Systems thinking” Benefits
  • Technology Transfer Between Academia and Industry
  • Societal and Political Impacts of Systems and Systems Design
  • Diagnostics, Prognostics, and Enterprise Health Management
  • Research in Systems Engineering
  • Software Systems Engineering
  • System-level design
  • HW/SW co-design
  • Virtual prototyping

Systems Consideration About

  • Autonomous Systems
  • Energy Management and Sustainability, including Renewable Energy
  • Space and Communications Systems
  • Medical Systems
  • Transportation Systems
  • Gaming and Entertainment Systems
  • Sensors Integration and Application for a Net-centric Environment
  • Disaster response
  • Global Earth Observation
  • Large-Scale Systems Integration (in any application area)

Author Information

Author Instructions

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Initial Submission Preparation

The symposium caters to both practitioners and academics. For this purpose, the format of the submissions is divided into two categories, with different submission requirements. Tutorial, workshop and special session submissions adhere to the following directions as well. Please carefully read the Author Instructions listed here to ensure an accurate submission.

Practitioner Submissions

  • These are short papers presenting practical ideas, real cases, and practical achievements.
  • For this category, authors should submit an extended abstract of at least 200 words total.
  • The descriptive abstract should summarize the scope of the paper and the primary results and findings, emphasizing new advances, theories and/or applications so that the program committee will be able to understand the originality and the value of the work.
  • The abstract for practitioners must include a descriptive outline of the proposed paper.
  • The final manuscript of papers accepted in this category will be limited to 3 pages.

Academic Submissions

  • These are long manuscripts addressing novel ideas, theoretical issues, technology, methodology, and applications.
  • For this category, authors should submit either the full manuscript (up to 8 pages in length), or, alternatively, an extended abstract of at least four (4) pages.
  • A clear statement of contribution is required.
  • The papers should also include an introduction, background, theory, a discussion of the validation and results, and a literature survey.

Submissions of both categories - Submit your work through EDAS

All papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically to the EDAS IEEE ISSE 2020 submission portal here. To simplify abstract slotting to Tracks, authors will be limited to selecting one Topic area only from the listing on the Call for Papers. If the abstract does not fit any of the topic areas listed, there will be an “other” option.

Submissions shorter than the minimum listed for their respective categories will be automatically rejected. The work should summarize the scope of the paper and explicitly include the primary results and findings, emphasizing new advances, theories and/or applications so that the program committee will be able to understand the originality and the value of the work. A submission implies willingness to register and present the work if the extended or descriptive abstract is accepted for presentation at the symposium.

Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee. All authors of accepted extended abstracts must submit the full paper version by August 30, 2020, register for the symposium, and attend to present their papers. The maximum length for final papers is 8 pages without exceptions.

For your convenience, the Style Manual and Conference Paper Templates from IEEE in various formats are linked here. Please refer to both of these when preparing your manuscript.

*The maximum length for final papers is 8 pages without exceptions.

**Accepted Papers will be included in the IEEE Xplore digital library and indexed by EI/Compendex.

Author Registration

Each lead author must visit the EDAS web site and establish an account with a username and password. If you already have an EDAS account, please log into EDAS and follow the Submission of Practitioner and Academic Abstracts and Papers Instructions below. To create an account in EDAS, follow these instructions:

  1. Visit the IEEE ISSE 2020 Submission Portal ( and click the New Users link.
  2. Create your profile. Only the five fields with the red asterisk are required. *It is very important that your name and affiliation associated with your EDAS account are correct and match the name and affiliation that will be listed on your paper. These fields are first & last name, affiliation (company or organization), country, e-mail address, and status. When the fields are filled in, check the Privacy Policies box and click the Add Person button.  [note: if you select USA as the country, you will get a message asking for your state]
  3. You will receive an e-mail containing your password. Your email address and the given password must later be used to access the system during the following steps, so be careful to remember it.
  4. You can then return to the EDAS IEEE ISSE 2020 Submission Portal ( and change your assigned password to one that is easier to remember. To do this, click on the My Profile tab, and then click on change your password. Be sure to record your username, password and ID number for later reference.

Submission of Practitioner and Academic Abstracts & Papers

To submit your work, please login to the IEEE ISSE 2020 Submission Portal and follow these steps:

  1. Click here to be taken to the IEEE ISSE 2020 Submission Portal
  2. Click on the Track in which you want to submit your work. The options will be: Academic Submissions, Practitioner Submissions, Special Session Submissions, and Tutorial & Workshop Submissions.
  3. Type in the title of the work, and a brief abstract of the work. This is simply for quick reference for reviewers, and not your full PDF of the work. 
  4. Then select the topic area your paper falls under best. [note: This will help in choosing the reviewers. The PDF of your abstract or draft paper will be uploaded later]
  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. On the next page you will see a large green check mark and a statement that the paper (or abstract) was recorded.
  7. EDAS uses the term Manuscript to refer to the PDF form of your extended or descriptive abstract submission.
  8. The last row says Review Manuscript, and has an icon of a yellow folder next to it. Click on this icon, and then you can upload the PDF of your abstract or paper on the next page.
  9. You can also upload the file by clicking the My Papers tab at the top of the screen, and then select the upload icon on the same row as the name of your work. The upload icon (third column from the right) will open a dialog box that will enable you to select and upload the abstract file via the web or via FTP.

IEEE Copyright Notice

If an author would like to post their papers electronically on any web site, any ftp site, or any other electronic dissemination technique, they must include the IEEE Copyright notice on the initial screen displaying the IEEE-copyrighted material. Additional information is available here.

Focused Discussions

Special Sessions

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Resilience of Agent Systems: Modeling, Design and Operation Management

 A generic model of many complex dynamic systems is that the system consists of a group of agents, which could be intelligent and non-intelligent. The word ‘intelligent’ refers to being able to learn, to change, and to making decision, while the word ‘non-intelligent’ refers to missing one, two or all of the three intelligent behaviors. The complexity refers to uncertainty of changes in the structure of each agent and the communication among agents. It is worth to mention that such a system differs from traditional multi-agent systems, in which all agents are intelligent, in that in such a system, non-intelligent agents need “help” from intelligent agents. Such a system may be called the under-intelligent agent system.

Resilience of a system makes sense to the ability of a system on its own resource to recover from an unexpected partial damage of the system and/or unexpected damage of environments according to [1, 2]. How to model, design and manage the operation of both intelligent agent systems and under-intelligent agent systems to improve their resilience is an important question. The management of operation includes planning, scheduling, coordination and execution.   

The purpose of this special session is to bring together researchers to share knowledge of design and operation management of both under-intelligent agent systems and intelligent agent systems.Type something to get started

Certification of Systems

Topic important for safety-critical embedded systems, such as aerospace systems and nuclear systems, but also in medical engineering and more in general the validation of embedded systems. Systems engineering brings more and more methods and tools into the development of critical systems, aiming particularly at safety, reliability, and security.

The special session proposes to bring together contributions on modelling and integration of models (model driven approaches), formal approaches, proofs, simulation, integration of processes, etc for certification of such critical systems.

The best papers of the session will be invited to extend their paper for development into a full journal paper for a special issue on the same theme.

Attend the symposium


Registration Type
Regular & On-site
IEEE Members
IEEE Life Members & Students
Non-Member Student 
Tutorial registration fees and Symposium registration fees are separate. Tutorials will be held from 08:00 - 12:00 on Tuesday, October 12.
Tutorials are NOT included in the symposium registration. Fees can be found below, and must be paid in USD. Please note that Value Added Tax (VAT) is not included in the registration prices. 
Tutorial registration includes downloads to all tutorial presentations, coffee breaks, and breakfast. Lunch on Wednesday will NOT be provided by the symposium.

Tutorial Registration Fees

IEEE Members
Non Members
Students & IEEE Life Members

Student Authors

In order for a paper to be published, at least one of the authors from each paper must pay the full registration fee and attend the conference to present the paper. Therefore, students who author or co-author a paper and are the only author attending the conference will pay a fee comparable to that paid by an IEEE or non member, not the student rate. Look for the registration type labeled “Student Sole Author Registration.”

Covering the Expenses of Paper Publication

Please, read carefully the following information concerning the registration procedure that is presented in the Author Instructions, especially if you are the prospective presenter of an accepted paper or if you need to guarantee inclusion of your accepted paper in the proceedings. An accepted paper will be published in the proceedings only if the full-fee registration payment for one of the authors is received and correctly processed by 31 August 2020 - no exceptions.
Only IEEE Member or Non-member fees are allowed to cover the publication of an accepted paper. To qualify for member rates, the membership number must be provided in the registration form. Student registration fees cannot be used to guarantee the publication of an accepted paper. If the only author registering to cover the paper publication is a student, he has to pay the appropriate Member or Non-member fee. Members to whom the society bylaws grant special discounts (e.g., Students, Life members of the IEEE) cannot use the discounted rates to cover the publication of an accepted paper, they have to pay the Member fee.
One author registration will cover the publication expenses of only ONE accepted paper. For each additional accepted paper associated to the same registration (up to 4 papers per registration), a $50.00 USD printing contribution will be charged. In the case no registration has been received and correctly processed to cover the paper publication, the conference organizers will contact the authors before the paper is removed from the proceedings.