Call for Special Session Proposals (CLOSED)

The Call for Special Session Proposals is now closed. For more details on accepted Special Sessions, see the Call for Regular and Special Session Papers.

Special Sessions supplement the regular program of ICME 2020 and are intended to provide a sample of the state-of-the-art and highlight important research directions in a field of special interest to ICME participants. Each Special Session should be a focused effort rather than defined broadly.


The target for each Special Session is 5 accepted papers (minimum 4 papers). The following information should be included in the proposal:

  • Title of the proposed special session.
  • Names and affiliations of the organizers (including brief bio and contact info).
  • Session abstract (state the motivation and significance of the topic, and the rationale for the proposed session).
  • List of invited papers (including a tentative title, author list and a 300-word abstract for each paper).

In addition to invited papers, other potential authors will be allowed to submit papers to Special Sessions. All papers will go through the same review process as the regular papers submitted to the main conference to ensure that the contributions are of high quality. If a special session has more than 5 papers being accepted, some of the papers will be moved to the regular paper sessions of the conference.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the timeliness of the topic and relevance to ICME, as well as the track record of the organizers and anticipated quality of papers in the proposed session. When considering submitting a Special Session proposal, please bear in mind that:

  1. Though ICME accepts only the top 15% of submitted papers for oral presentation, Special Sessions are scheduled as oral sessions, and thus all accepted papers (30% acceptance rate) to Special Sessions will be given oral presentation slots.
  2. This year we in particular encourage submissions from industrial partners with topics that are closer to production or deployment.
  3. Approved Special Session organizer(s) and Special Session chairs are expected to coordinate the review process.

Gene Cheung
York University, Canada