ACSOS 2021
Mon 27 September - Fri 1 October 2021 Washington, DC, United States

The second IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems (ACSOS) provides a forum to share the latest research results, ideas and experiences in autonomic, self-adaptive, and self-organizing systems.

ACSOS was founded in 2020 as a merging of the two long-running IEEE ICAC and SASO conferences, bringing together the two leading communities in this research space.

The Doctoral Symposium provides an international forum for PhD students working in ACSOS-related research fields to present their work to a diverse audience of leading experts in the field, to gain both insightful feedback and discussion points around their research as well as the invaluable experience of presenting new research to an international audience. The symposium has a strong history, though ICAC and SASO, of connecting young researchers with highly experienced peers to forge connections, which can last for many years.

PhD students are invited to submit a two-page abstract, with another page for references, which should use the below format to describe the key motivation of their research, the major contribution (either actual or expected, depending on the research stage), discuss their methodology, and present the current status of the research. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to present their work both at the doctoral symposium and in brief at the main conference itself, offering a very wide audience for their research.

Students at any stage of their PhD are welcome to submit. Reviews, feedback, and expectations will be adapted appropriately to the relative stage of each submission.

Mentoring Program

This year the Doctoral Symposium will employ a mentoring program, in which every author of an accepted paper will be paired with an experienced mentor from the community. Mentors will help introduce the student to the community, offer extended discussion of their research objectives and career opportunities, and will host their students throughout the event to help gain the best experience from an international conference.

Symposium Organisers

Sven Tomforde, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany -
Mohamed Bakhouya, International University of Rabat -

Review Committee

  • Mohamed Bakhouya, International University of Rabat
  • Antonio Coronato, ICAR-CNR
  • Vincenzo De Florio, Vrije Univ Brussel. Global Brain Institute / Evolution, Complexity and Cognition research group
  • Christian Gruhl, University of Kassel, Germany
  • Chris Landauer, Topcy House, USA
  • Sven Tomforde, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
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Wed 29 Sep

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14:30 - 14:45
PhD Symposium Flash TalksDoctoral Symposium at AUDITORIUM 1

Fri 1 Oct

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10:00 - 12:10
Doctoral Symposium TalksDoctoral Symposium at AUDITORIUM 1
Day opening
Doctoral Symposium Welcome Note
Doctoral Symposium
Sven Tomforde Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Mohamed Bakhouya International University of Rabat
Doctoral symposium paper
Research directions for Aggregate Computing with Machine Learning
Doctoral Symposium
Gianluca Aguzzi Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna
Doctoral symposium paper
A generic and decentralized approach to XAI for autonomic systems: application to the smart home
Doctoral Symposium
Étienne Houzé Télécom Paris
Doctoral symposium paper
Vehicular Network Dynamic Grouping Scheme
Doctoral Symposium
Duaa Al-Hamid Auckland University of Technology
Doctoral symposium paper
Enhancing the Smart, Digitized Food Supply Chain through Self-Learning and Self-Adaptive Systems
Doctoral Symposium
Elia Henrichs University of Hohenheim, Germany
Doctoral symposium paper
Lightweight and Reconfigurable Security Architecture for Internet of Things devices
Doctoral Symposium
Armin Babaei University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Doctoral symposium paper
Towards an Autonomous, Power-efficient Base Station for Sensor Data Collection
Doctoral Symposium
Pierre-Louis Sixdenier Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
12:30 - 15:15
Doctoral School Professional Development TalksDoctoral Symposium at AUDITORIUM 1
IoT and Big Data technologies for context-driven applications
Doctoral Symposium
Mohamed Bakhouya International University of Rabat
What ethics do you need to follow in your profession and your career?
Doctoral Symposium
Phyllis Nelson California State Polytechnic University Pomona
How to write a good paper?
Doctoral Symposium
Timothy Wood George Washington University
How to land an academic job?
Doctoral Symposium
Miaoqing Huang University of Arkansas
What do you need to prepare to secure a position in industry?
Doctoral Symposium
K R Jayaram IBM Research, USA
Day closing
Doctoral Symposium Closing Statement
Doctoral Symposium
Sven Tomforde Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Mohamed Bakhouya International University of Rabat

Call for Participation

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline:	July 8, 2021    (extended)
Notification to authors:	August 1, 2021   
Camera Ready Deadline:		August 13, 2021    
ACSOS Conference:		Sept27- Oct 1, 2021   

Submission Instructions

Submissions should use the IEEE Computer Society Press format ( and should be a maximum of 2 pages long, with an extra page permitted for references.

Authors should submit their abstracts to EasyChair at

Because the doctoral symposium focuses on the work of specific PhD students, please note that only single-author submissions are permitted, with the name of the PhD supervisors included below that of the author.

All submissions should have the following specific structure:

Motivation and challenges: explain why this research is important, and identify the key research question and challenges that have yet to be addressed by the community - including limitations of current approaches

Contribution and objectives: present the main contribution of the research, in a way that a non-expert could clearly understand, then present the detailed objectives of your research, highlighting why your work is novel in comparison to existing research

Methodology and preliminary results: present the methodology of your approach, discussing why it is suitable to your contribution, and also present any preliminary results if you have them, including a statement about the current status of your work

Future work and research plan: summarise your intended future work, and provide a schedule of milestones with a discussion of their feasibility

Authors of accepted submissions will prepare a final (camera-ready) version of their abstract, taking into account reviewers’ feedback. Doctoral symposium papers will be submitted to IEEE Xplore as part of the ACSOS proceedings and will be made available in the IEEE Digital Library.

Camera Ready Submission

Camera Ready Submission for Companion Proceedings


STEP 1: Important Dates

  • At least one author per paper must early pay the registration fee by August 13, 2021.
  • Failure to register will result in your paper not being included in the proceedings.
  • Final camera-ready manuscripts must be submitted by August 20, 2021.


STEP 2: Page Limits

Your final paper must follow the page limits listed in the following table:


Paper Type

ID Code

Page Limit

(including References)

Extra Pages Allowed

Workshop Papers













Vision Papers




ACSOS-in-Practice Extended Abstracts




Poster/Demo Extended Abstracts




Doctoral Symposium Abstracts


2 for Text + 1 for Refs


Tutorial Abstracts





“Workshop Papers” and “Vision Papers” are allowed to include up to 2 extra pages at an additional charge of $100 (100 US Dollars) per page. Extra pages should be purchased at registration time.


STEP 3: Formatting Your Paper

  • Submitted abstracts should not exceed 200 words.
  • Final submissions to ACSOS 2021 must be formatted in US-LETTER page size, must use the two-column IEEE conference proceedings format, and must be prepared in PDF format. Microsoft Word and LaTeX templates are available at the IEEE “Author Submission Site” HERE. The templates are available on the left-hand-side tab “Formatting Your Paper”.
  • Please, DO NOT include headers/footers or page numbers in the final submission.


STEP 4: Submitting Your Final Version

  • Once the format of your paper has been verified and validated, you may submit your final version.
  • All papers should be submitted using the submission system provided by IEEE “Author Submission Site” HERE.
  • After you login to the IEEE “Author Submission Site”, please, follow the instructions as you click the “Next” button on the top right corner of the site. Please, enter the following information exactly as appeared on your paper:

1)    Paper ID (ID Code from the above table + Paper ID from EasyChair, e.g., W_AMGCC_1234, V_1234, A_1234, P_1234, D_1234, T_1234),

2)    Names of authors, affiliations, countries, E-mail addresses,

3)    Titles, and abstracts.


STEP 5: Submitting a Signed Copyright Release Form

1)    Paper's full title

2)    All authors names

3)    Conference title: 2021 IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems (ACSOS 2021)

4)    Signature (on appropriate line)

  • The signed IEEE Copyright-release Form (eCF) should be submitted together with your camera-ready manuscripts on August 20, 2021.


If you have any questions about the above procedures, please contact the Publications Chair Esam El-Araby:


Note: Please complete each of the above steps - the conference organizers will not be responsible if your paper is omitted from the proceedings, is not available online on IEEE Xplore, or is subject to additional processing costs, if these steps are not performed.