Call for Papers:

IEEE TC Special Issue: Real-Time Systems

Final Submission Deadline
February 1, 2022

IEEE Transactions on Computers seeks original manuscripts for a special issue on real-time systems scheduled to appear in July 2022.

From its onset, real-time systems have been increasingly essential in many domains, and currently they have an extremely important role in everyday life. For example, state-of-the-art real-time systems exist in transportation systems (e.g., autonomous vehicles, smart roads, avionics and space systems), telecommunications, robotics, data centers, cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things, e-health, environment monitoring, and other domains. Challenges in real-time systems go from embedded computing to cloud or edge computing contexts; these challenges require innovative solutions.

Papers touching on all aspects of real-time systems, including theory, design, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and experience are welcome. All papers must address some form of real-time requirements such as deadlines, response times or delays/latency. Systems of interest include not only hard real-time systems, but also time-sensitive systems in general. We especially welcome new and emerging topics provided that address some aspects of real-time requirements as stated above. Such topics may include machine learning techniques for design and analysis of real-time systems, system design approaches for achieving real-time machine learning, resource management in autonomous systems, system-level solutions for real-time applications exploiting domain-specific accelerators, etc. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Systems, Models, and Algorithms
    • System Architecture
    • Software Architectures
    • OS, Scheduling and Runtime Support
    • Storage and I/O Systems
    • Distributed and Networked Systems
    • Fault Tolerant and Trusted Systems
    • Mixed-Criticality Systems
    • Heterogeneous SoC and Multicore Systems
    • Power and Thermal Aware Computing
    • Pervasive/Ubiquitous Computing
    • Reconfigurable Computing
    • Performance Evaluation Techniques and Tools
  • Emerging Real-Time Applications
    • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
    • HW-SW Integration and System–Level Design
    • Internet-of-Things (IoT)

Submitted papers must not be under review elsewhere. A submission that extends a previously published paper must include at least 30% new technical/scientific research-based technical contributions, and be less than 50% verbatim similarity as reported by a tool (such as CrossRef). While submitting through ScholarOne, at, please select the special issue/section option. As per TC policies, only full-length papers (up to 12 pages) can be submitted to special issues and each author’s bio should not exceed 150 words.

Important dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Tuesday February 1, 2022 [submission site open in mid-January]
  • Reviews Completed: Tuesday March 22, 2022
  • Major Revisions Due: Tuesday April 12, 2022
  • Reviews of Revisions Completed: Tuesday May 3, 2022
  • Notification of Final Acceptance: Tuesday May 10, 2022
  • Publication Materials for Final Manuscripts Due: Tuesday May 24, 2022

Target Publication: July 2022

Guest Editor:
Daniel Mossé, University of Pittsburgh
Enrico Bini, University of Turin
Thidapat (Tam) Chantem, Virginia Tech