Conference Overview


Softwarization Sustaining a Hyper-connected World: en route to 5G

Software-Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Cloud-Edge-Fog Computing are key ingredients of an overall techno-economic transformation trend, which is impacting deeply Telecom and ICT industries. This trend, often called “Softwarization”, will bring costs optimizations and new service paradigms. In particular, SDN, NFV and network programmability are going to become the main enablers of the 5th Generation (5G) of infrastructures, which will span from high data rate fixed-mobile services to the Internet of Things.

This timely flagship conference of IEEE SDN will shed light on the fundamental technology components and systems for SDN-NFV infrastructures, clouds-edges and any sort of network services in order to fully exploit its potential for the efficiently handling of heterogeneous resources across wire and wireless networks and datacenter domains and for easy and fast deployment of new ICT services. The IEEE NetSoft will bring together academia and industry to jointly review and ponder maturing developments related to all aspects of Softwarization, and its first exploitation with the 5G.

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Important Dates

  • December 5, 2016: Technical Papers deadline
  • December 15, 2016: Workshop Proposals deadline
  • January 9, 2017: Technical Papers deadline -> Extension
  • January 15, 2017: Tutorial Proposals deadline
  • March 6, 2017: Paper submission acceptance notification
  • March 15, 2017: Exhibition Proposals deadline
  • April 10, 2017: Full Conference Paper; Speaker registration
  • May 15, 2017: Workshop Speaker Registration
  • May 15, 2017: Workshop Camera Ready Papers
  • May 19, 2017: Demo Paper Submission
  • May 30, 2017: Early-Bird Registration
  • May 31, 2017: Demo Paper Submission -> Extension
  • June 2, 2017: Demo Notification of Acceptance
  • June 9, 2017: Demo Camera Ready Papers




Call For Submission

NetSoft 2017 will feature technical paper presentations, tutorials, demos and exhibitions from world-leading service providers, vendors, research institutes, open source projects, and academia. Additionally, topical workshops will be co-located so various call for proposals are issued.

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Conference Venue

The 3rd IEEE Conference on Network Softwarization (IEEE NetSoft 2017) will be held on 3-7 July 2017 at the School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Bologna, Italy.


General Chairs:

  • Antonio Manzalini,
    Telecom Italia Mobile, Italy
  • Roberto Verdone,
    University of Bologna, Italy

TPC Co-Chairs:

  • Franco Callegati,
    University of Bologna, Italy
  • Kohei Shiomoto,
    Tokyo City University, Japan
  • Alexander Clemm,
    Huawei, USA

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