Call for Papers:

CF 2020: ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers

Abstract or Paper Registration Deadline
January 28, 2020
Final Submission Deadline
April 5, 2020

ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers 2020 (CF’20)
May 11 – 13, 2020
Catania, Sicily, Italy

Submissions Due: February 11, 2020

The next ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers will be held May 11th – 13th in Sicily, Italy in the town of Catania. Computing Frontiers is an eclectic, interdisciplinary, collaborative community of researchers who investigate emerging technologies in the broad field of computing: our common goal is to drive the scientific breakthroughs that transform society.

CF’s broad scope is driven by recent technological advances in wide-ranging fields impacting computing, such as memory hardware and systems, network and systems architecture, cloud computing, novel device physics and materials, power efficiency, new application domains of machine and deep learning and big data analytics, and systems portability and wearability. The boundaries between the state-of-the-art and revolutionary innovation constitute the advancing frontiers of science, engineering, and information technology — and are the CF community focus. CF provides a venue to share, discuss and advance broad, forward-thinking, early research on the future of computing and welcomes work on a wide spectrum of computer systems, from embedded and hand-held/wearable to supercomputers and datacenters.


Submissions deadline: February 11th, 2020
Notification: March 15th, 2020
Camera-Ready Papers Due: April 5th, 2020
Conference Dates: May 11-13th, 2020


We seek original research contributions at the frontiers of a wide range of topics, including novel computational models and algorithms, new application paradigms, computer architecture (from embedded to HPC systems), computing hardware, memory technologies, networks, storage solutions, compilers, and environments.

* Innovative Computing Approaches, Architectures, Accelerators, Algorithms and Models
– Approximate, analog, inexact, probabilistic computing
– Quantum computing
– Neuromorphic, biologically-inspired computing and optical computing
– Dataflow architectures, near-data and in-memory processing

* Technological Scaling Limits and Beyond
– Limits: Defect- and variability-tolerant designs, graphene and other novel materials, nanoscale design, dark silicon
– Extending past Moore’s law: 3D-stacking, many-core architectures and accelerators, distributed computing on mobile devices and their challenges

* Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Big Data Analytics
– Novel architecture and systems across computing systems (IoT to datacenter)
– High performance data analytics
– Exascale data management

* Embedded, IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems
– Ultra-low power designs, energy scavenging
– Physical security, attack detection and prevention
– Reactive, real-time, scalable, reconfigurable and self-aware systems
– Sensor networks, IoT, and architectural innovation for wearable computing

* Large-Scale System Design and Networking
– Large-scale homogeneous/heterogeneous architectures and networking
– System-balance and CPU-offloading
– Power- and energy-management for clouds, datacenters and exascale systems

* System Software, Compiler Technologies and Programming Languages
– Technologies that push the limits of operating systems, virtualization, and container technologies
– Large scale frameworks for distributed computing and communication
– Resource and job management, scheduling, workflow systems for managing large-scale heterogeneous systems
– Compiler technologies: hardware/software integrated solutions, high-level synthesis
– Tools for analyzing and managing performance at large scale
– Novel programming approaches

* Fault Tolerance and Resilience
– Solutions for ultra-large and safety-critical systems (e.g. infrastructure, airlines)
– Hardware and software approaches in adverse environments such as space

* Security
– Methods, system support, and hardware for protecting against malicious code
– Real-time implementations of security algorithms and protocols
– Quantum and post-quantum cryptography

* Computers and Society
– Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics and AI environmental impact
– Education, health, cost/energy-efficient design, smart cities, and emerging markets, interdisciplinary applications

We strongly encourage submissions in emerging fields that may not fit into traditional categories — if in doubt, contact the PC co-chairs by email.



We encourage the submission of both full and short papers containing high-quality research describing original and unpublished work.

Papers must be submitted through

Short papers describe preliminary or highly speculative work as well as position papers. Full papers are a maximum of eight (8) (excluding references) and short papers a maximum of four (4) double-column pages (including references) in ACM conference format. Authors may buy up to two (2) extra pages for accepted full papers. Page limits include figures, tables and appendices. The review process is double-blind and removal of all identifying information from paper submissions (i.e. cite own work in third person) is required. Papers not conforming to the above submission policies on formatting, page limits and the removal of identifying information will be automatically rejected.

No-show policy: Any accepted papers are expected to be presented at the conference and at least one full registration is required from a submission author for each accepted paper. A no-show of papers will result in exclusion from the ACM digital library proceedings. If circumstances arise such that authors are unable to present their papers at the conference, they must contact the PC co-chairs.


Computing Frontiers 2020 Chairs

General Co-Chairs:
Maurizio Palesi, University of Catania, IT
Gianluca Palermo, Politechnico di Milano, IT

Program Co-Chairs:
Cat Graves, Hewlett Packard Labs, US
Eishi Arima, ITC University of Tokyo, JP


For further information and updates, check the CF20 website at