The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. IEEE has been monitoring the developing COVID-19 pandemic (Coronavirus).

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 (Coronavirus) to be a pandemic, many governments have enacted travel bans and numerous state and local governments are prohibiting large or even moderately-sized public gatherings. Such bans on travel and public gatherings are likely to increase in number and scope in the coming weeks.

After studying and evaluating the announcements, guidance, and news released by relevant national departments, we are sorry to announce that the in-person gathering of IEEE ISSE 2020, scheduled to be held October 12-14, 2020 in Vienna, Austria has been cancelled.

IEEE ISSE 2020 will now be held as a virtual conference, to be held October 12 – November 12, 2020.

Information of the virtual platform will be confirmed in the coming days. We will be offering virtual presentations by all of our ISSE 2020 authors and plenary speakers. The papers of all approved authors will be sent to IEEE with intent to publish in the IEEE XPLORE Library, and the presentations of all who present virtually will be available on the conference website.

We are extending our Initial Paper Deadline through May 26, 2020 in order to accommodate more authors on our virtual platform. We believe that going to a virtual conference for this year will give our loyal authors and attendees the opportunity to still present your excellent work and have your work submitted to IEEE for publication in Xplore AND to deliver your paper to an audience via recorded video presentation, thereby offering a similar experience to actually having attended in person.

Again, we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and please contact Shelby Lussier ([email protected]) with any questions you may have.

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Important Dates

Special Session Proposals Deadline

May 26, 2020

Initial Submission Deadline

June 14, 2020

Acceptance Notification

August 1, 2020

Final Paper & Virtual Presentation Submission Deadline

August 31, 2020

IEEE ISSE 2020 Symposium

October 12, 2020

IEEE ISSE 2020 Keynote

Keynote Speaker

Alessandro Golkar

Associate Professor

Shedding Light on Agile System Development

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

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


Chris Zhang

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Saskatchewan

Lida Xu, PhD, IEEE Fellow

Old Dominion University

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.


Rob Vingerhoeds

Professor of Systems Engineering

Head of the Department of Complex Systems Engineering

ISAE-SUPAERO, Université de Toulouse

Theoretical Foundations of System Engineering (THEFOSE)

System engineering has experienced multiple successes over the years in various industrial projects with a strong emphasis in defense and aerospace. Recently, system engineering have gained several contributions from theory however the field still lacks a strong theoretical foundation. This request for more theoretical foundations come from both academia and industry in order to make the best of system engineering practices and experience in increasingly multidisciplinary projects. Several research topics need to be addressed such as formal definitions of system engineering terms and concepts, systems semantics, complexity theory of multidisciplinary systems, formal analysis of system engineering processes and standards but also all theoretical computer science impacts on languages and tools used by system engineers. This session contributors will also provide papers discussing the integration of quantitative methods into MBSE methods and processes (MBSE-MDO continuity). Examples of quantitative methods include formal methods, value driven design, petri-nets, SoS design space optimization(MDA/MDO), Multidisciplinary exploration, Models /meta models and multifidelity, Ontologies foundations and integration, etc.

This session will also accept papers on mathematical optimization and agility and hybrid online machine learning for modelling, optimization and Data-Mining.

Finally, the session will also call for papers proposing new research directions and tutorial papers in the theoretical foundations of system engineering.


Omar Hammami
828, Bvd des Maréchaux
91762 Palaiseau cedex

Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety (RAMS) in Systems Engineering : new perspectives for research and industry

Nowadays in many contexts it is mandatory to fulfill performance of Testing and Diagnostics, Reliability, Maintainability, Safety and Risk assessment. Such tasks play a fundamental role in different fields of application (energy, transportation, information and communication technology, logistics, etc.) and are considered as fundamental in high-tech industry and plants. This Special Session represents an interesting opportunity for engineers and researchers who work in this area to meet and discuss about live issues. In particular, useful and beneficial discussion can be promoted with the aim to provide an increasing of knowledge and an easier diffusion of the most recent developments.

Prospective authors can provide original contributions in this topic which can cover, but not only, the following aspects:

  • Testing and Diagnostics (Destructive and Non-destructive Testing, Vibration monitoring, Built-in Test Equipment and Automatic Test Equipment, etc.) in the design of complex systems
  • Condition monitoring and maintenance of industrial process, plants and complex systems
  • Fault detection and diagnosis in Systems Engineering
  • Evaluation of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS), Risk assessment and management for Systems Engineering
  • Impact of RAMS requirements in systems application devoted to Life and Society, environment and new energy sources


Dr. Lorenzo Ciani
University of Florence

Submission Procedure for Research and Application Papers

These are long manuscripts addressing novel ideas, theoretical issues. 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, results, and validation. All papers and abstracts should be submitted electronically through the IEEE  ISSE  2020 submission portal.

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Tutorials are NOT included in the symposium registration. Fees can be found below, and must be paid in USD. 
Tutorial registration includes downloads to all tutorial presentations.

Tutorial Registration Fees

IEEE Members
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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.
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.