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Call for papers

We invite you to submit either regular papers or extended abstracts. Extended abstracts will not be published on IFAC-PapersOnLine and are meant for dissemination of breaking results, ongoing or older work within the scope of the NecSys conference, or recent journal publications/submissions.

  • Regular papers (up to 6 pages, also at submission time)

  • Extended abstracts (up to 4 pages)

Important dates

  • Submissions site opens: 24 November 2021

  • Paper submission deadline: 17 February 2022

  • Notice of acceptance: 30 April 2022

  • Nomination for IFAC Young Author Award: 25 May 2022

  • Final version of accepted papers due: 25 May 2022

  • Early Registration Deadline: 26 June 2022

  • Conference: 5-7 July 2022

Submission guidelines

  • All contributions must be uploaded in PDF format through the IFAC Conference Manuscript Management System.

  • All contributions must be written in English, comply with the IFAC conference format, and follow the recommendation contained in the IFAC Instructions for authors. The maximum number of pages (including figures) is limited to 6 for regular papers, 4 for extended abstracts.

  • Regular registrants may upload up to 2 contributions. Student registrants may upload 1 contribution.

  • If you submit an extended abstract, then please contextualize the contents: e.g., why does older material fit within the scope of the conference, or whether the submission is extracted from a recently accepted/submitted journal manuscript/preprint. In the latter case, the original work should be duly cited. Extended abstracts related to peer-reviewed conference publications (previously published, accepted for publication, or submitted in parallel) will not be accepted.

Presentation guidelines

  • The conference will publish official Proceedings, which will be hosted on-line on the IFAC-PapersOnLine website.

  • Following the tradition of previous NecSys events, all accepted contributions (regular papers and extended abstracts) will be presented in the poster format. Furthermore, the finalists for the Best Student Paper Award will be awarded with spotlight presentation slots within the single track conference.

  • For presentations at the Poster/Interactive Sessions, all posters should be prepared to fit the poster panels whose size is 110 cm / 43 in (width) x 160 cm / 63 in (height). That is the maximum size for the posters.

  • Authors are asked to bring a printed copy of their poster. There are some printing services near the conference venue such as You can order an A0 print from them via the link . Please keep in mind that their "express" service may not be available for everybody: please place your order in advance. Authors need to arrange their printing with them independently; it is not a service offered by the conference organization.

  • If a paper (or extended abstract) is accepted, at least one of the authors must attend the conference and present the work.

Conference organization: Plenary presentations and Interactive poster sessions

Following the tradition of previous NecSys conferences, NecSys22 will be single track and will feature

  • 13 plenary presentations

  • 3 interactive poster sessions of contributed papers (1 per day)

  • 6 spotlight oral presentations.

The interactive poster sessions will not be in parallel with the invited plenaries. This nontraditional choice of oral presentation only for the invited speakers and interactive presentations for all contributed papers is motivated by the interdisciplinary topics of this conference. In fact, the invited oral presentations will be of tutorial nature while the contributed papers will be organized in interactive poster sessions with limited number of contributions and with ample reserved time slots, thus hopefully stimulating discussions and promoting the exchange of ideas.

IFAC Copyright conditions

All papers must be in agreement with the IFAC Copyright Policy, reported below for convenience. Extended abstracts are exempt from these conditions.

All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (

Accepted papers that have been presented at an IFAC meeting will be published in the proceedings of the event using the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, the author(s) must grant exclusive publishing rights to IFAC under a Creative Commons license when they submit the final version of the paper. The copyright belongs to the authors, who have the right to share the paper in the same terms allowed by the end user license, and retain all patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights (including research data).

IFAC Young Author Award

The IFAC Young Author Award has been awarded to Max Emerick for the paper

"Optimal Combined Motion and Assignments with Continuum Models"
Max Emerick, University of California Santa Barbara
Stacy Patterson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bassam Bamieh, University of California Santa Barbara

The IFAC Young Author Award at NecSys 22 recognizes excellence in a paper whose first and presenting author is less than 30 years old at the time of the event.

The author of the awarded paper will have the opportunity to present the awarded paper in the IFAC Young Author Award spotlight presentation.


Accepted papers whose first and presenting author is a younger than 30. Exemptions are possible in case of past/current parental leave (please get in touch via email at

Basis for Judgement

Originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications or theoretical foundations of estimation and control in networked systems.


The winner will be announced during the closing session.


No self-nominations are allowed. Nominations are typically made by supervisors and need to be submitted via the conference submission site before 25 May 2022, using the provided template.

The final paper upload must be performed before uploading the award nomination.

Award committee

  • Angelia Nedić (Chair)

  • Luca Schenato

  • Alex Olshevsky


25 May 2022

You can get in touch with the conference organizers via email at