Call for Papers

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SPAWC 2020 will focus on the areas of:

  • Machine learning and data analytics
  • Physical-layer security and privacy
  • Biological communications and signal processing
  • 5G and beyond

In addition, special session proposals and regular papers are being solicited in the general areas of:

  • Smart antennas, MIMO systems, massive MIMO, and space-time processing
  • Reliable wireless communications for autonomous vehicles
  • Signal processing for ad-hoc, multi-hop, and sensor networks
  • Cooperative communication, coordinated multipoint transmission and reception
  • Distributed resource allocation and scheduling
  • Convex and non-convex optimization; game theory for communications
  • Heterogeneous networks, small cells
  • Millimeter wave, 60 GHz communications
  • Full duplex systems
  • Cognitive radio and networks
  • Cooperative sensing, compressed sensing, sparse signal processing
  • Machine-to-machine, device-to-device communications
  • Modeling, estimation and equalization of wireless channels
  • Acquisition, synchronization, localization and tracking
  • Low latency and delay-limited communications
  • Signal processing for optical, satellite, and underwater communications
  • Energy efficiency and energy harvesting

Signal Processing Letters and Journal Submissions

  • Authors of IEEE Signal Processing Letters (SPL) and IEEE Signal Processing Journals (SPJ) will have the opportunity to present their work at SPAWC 2020. See details here.

SPS Policies:

  • Non-Presented Paper (No-Show) Policy: Any accepted paper included in the final program is expected to have at least one author or qualified proxy attend and present the paper at the conference. If a paper is not presented at the conference, the paper will not be published by IEEE on IEEE Xplore® or other public access forums, but these papers will be distributed to conference attendees as conference proceedings and the copyright of these papers will belong to IEEE. For poster sessions, if the speaker is not present in front of the poster for most of the time during the poster session, this also implies the paper was not presented. Conference organizers are required to collect attendance records and a list of any non-presented papers and submit to IEEE SPS staff. Exceptions to this policy will be made by the Technical Program Chair(s) of the conference only if there is evidence that the no-show occurred because of unanticipated events beyond the control of the authors, and every option available to the authors to present the paper was exhausted. The no-show authors may appeal the decision of the Technical Program Chair to the VP-Conferences.
  • Qualified Proxy Policy: The presentation of papers by substitutes is highly discouraged and may only be made after permission is granted by the Technical Program Chair(s) of the conference based on solid evidence that none of the authors is available to present. Papers presented by substitutes without permission will be considered as no-shows.
  • Authors with Travel Restrictions Policy: The Signal Processing Society values diversity. Authors who anticipate inability to travel to a conference because of a government-imposed travel restriction are still encouraged to submit papers. Such papers will be reviewed and accepted on their own merit for publication without any knowledge of the author’s travel restriction. Within one week of paper acceptance notification, travel-restricted authors must notify the Technical Program Chair of the conference with proof of their restriction. Substitute presenters may be possible or, depending on conference resources, other accommodations may be available, such as a remote presentation or pre-recorded video.
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Important dates
Special Session Proposals: Sept. 30, 2019
Dec. 8, 2019
Decisions for Special Sessions: Dec. 15, 2019
Paper Submissions: Feb. 2, 2020
Feb. 26, 2020
Acceptance Notification: Apr. 1, 2020
Revised Paper Upload: Apr. 14, 2020
Author Registration Deadline: Apr. 14, 2020
Travel Grant Application: Apr. 14, 2020