Call for Special Sessions

The IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS) is Europe’s premier forum dedicated to presenting and discussing scientific results, emerging ideas, hot topics, and new trends, industrial case-studies and applications, in the area of electronic-based circuits and system testing, reliability, safety, security and validation. The 2021 edition of ETS will be a virtual one. The organizing team will strive to keep the spirit of ETS alive, by organizing an event with live sessions and many opportunities for networking and peer interaction. ETS’21 is organized jointly by KU Leuven and imec, which co-sponsor the event together with the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA).

The program includes keynotes, scientific paper presentations, panels, tutorials, workshops and highlights/demos from industry.

Besides regular technical papers, ETS’21 provides the opportunity of submitting scientific contributions for Special Sessions, which target hot and emerging test topics complementary to the regular sessions of the symposium. 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. Prospective organizers should submit a one or two-page abstract outlining the following:

  • Session’s scope and topic(s),
  • The objectives and relevance of the proposed session to ETS,
  • The format of the session, and a list of prospective participants,
  • The proposal should also indicate the duration and layout of the session.

You are invited to participate and submit your contributions to ETS’21. The areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

Analog, Mixed-Signal and RF Test High-Speed I/0 Test
Approximate Circuit Testing Low-Power Test
ATE Hardware and Software Machine Learning and AI for Test
Automatic Test Generation Memory Test and Repair
Automotive and Avionics Test Microsystems / MEMS / Sensors Test
Board Test and Diagnosis On-Line Test
Built-In Self-Test Power- / Thermal-Aware Test
Current-Based Test Processor Test (Multi-Core, GPU, CPU, Neuromorphic etc.)
Defect-Based Test Security Issues in Test
Delay and Performance Test Self-X (Awareness, Repair, Test, etc.)
Dependability and Functional Safety Signal Integrity Test
Design for Test SoC and NoC Test
DfX (Design for Manufacturing, Reliability, Yield, etc.) Stacked or 3D ICs Test
Diagnosis and Silicon Debug Standards in Test
Economics of Test Test of Reconfigurable Systems (FPGA, CPLD, etc.)
Failure Analysis Test, Reliability and Security of Emerging Technologies
Fault Modeling and Simulation Test, Reliability and Security of Emerging Computing (Neuromorphic, In-Memory, Reversible and Quantum Circuits, etc.)
Fault Tolerance Trojan Detection
Hardware Security Verification and Validation
Hardware Trust Yield Analysis and Enhancement


ETS’21 will produce Formal Proceedings of scientific papers with ISBN number that will be included in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. 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.

Key Dates for Submissions

Submission deadline for the Special Session abstract: January 29th, 2021

Notification of acceptance: February 12th, 2021

Submission deadline for the Special Session paper: April 1st, 2021

Author registration: March 15th, 2021


Submissions must be made using the submission website (link below).

Submission Website

Link to guidelines for this type of submission: Special session guidelines

A PDF version of this call for papers can be found here.