Guidelines for Authors – Special Sessions

ETS’21 is open for proposals for special sessions. These are meant to target hot and emerging test topics complementary to the regular sessions of the symposium. One of the objectives is also to cover cross topics, i.e. topics considered “border line” for the test community, but have, or are expected to have, a significant impact on the field. Proposers of special sessions are assumed to be able and willing to serve as organizers of the session, i.e. contact speakers, moderators, etc. Special session organizers can also be speakers or moderators in their own proposals.

The following information should be provided:

  • A title of the special session.
  • Name, contact information and short biography of the organizer(s).
  • An abstract with motivation and explanation why this session will be attractive to the general ETS community and its alignment with topics in this area.
  • Duration (60 or 90 minutes) and layout of the session. The layout should show at least two long (30 min) and no more than two short (15 min) presentations.
  • The list of prospective contributed presentations, including titles, names of the presenters/co-authors, their affiliations and two-sentence bios of the corresponding presenters. Short abstracts for the prospective contributions will be an advantage.
  • Expected number of attendees for this session and strategy for promoting this session.

By means of their submission, organizers and presenters agree to register for and participate in ETS’21, in case their submission is accepted.

Key Dates

  • Session proposal submission deadline: January 29th, 2021
  • Notification of special session acceptance: February 12th, 2021
  • Full paper submission: April 1st, 2021
  • Author registration: March 15th, 2021

Submission Website

Submissions must use the IEEE conference paper style. By submitting a contribution, the authors agree to register and present at ETS’21 in case of acceptance.

All submissions must be made electronically as a single PDF file here.

The paper must be submitted as: 4 – Proposals for Special Sessions.


Upon acceptance, special session presenters can prepare a single paper up to 10 pages for the entire session to be included in the formal proceedings. For this reason, papers presenting original unpublished material for the special session will go through review process.

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Special Sessions Chairs:
Said Hamdioui (
Nele Mentens (