Call for Special Sessions

Proposal Period from NOW until Feb 23, 2018

Approved Special Sessions

Proposals to organize Special Sessions are strongly encouraged. Special Sessions must be related to the conference theme or especially hot topics within the conference scope. All submitted papers undergo the same review process, and submission to proposed sessions is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Please e-mail your proposal to Special Session Chair:
Dr. Naoyuki Kubota using

Your proposal should include the following information:

Subject: SS Proposal for SMC2018

Research Area (Leave One from the following):
Systems Science / Human-Machine Systems / Cybernetics

Session Organizer(s), affiliation(s) & e-mail address(es)

The abstract of your session (100-200 words):

After your proposal is accepted you may be asked to submit a list of tentative paper titles and their authors in your special session. Please start to invite your colleagues to join your special session. SMC 2018 is the flagship conference of IEEE SMC Society. The acceptance rate of SMC Annual Conference is decreasing in these years to collect high quality papers. Please encourage your colleagues to show their best efforts to join this conference. We deeply appreciate your initiative in your research field and encouragement to your colleagues.

In the review process, each paper should receive at least three reviews. The special session organizers will obtain two qualified reviews for each submitted paper using the reviewer pool. The Program Committee will obtain the third qualified review using the reviewer pool and will make the final acceptance/reject decision. All reviewers are required to have expertise in the area of the submitted paper.

If your special session is able to collect more than 10 accepted papers, you will be a special track chair who has more than two sessions. If you collect more than 20 accepted papers, we may be able to give you a slot for an invited talk with 30 or 45 minutes. You can invite someone to promote your research field by an invited talk. However, please note that there is no financial support to invite your speaker and it is not a plenary talk. We give you just a privilege to have an invited talk in your special track. If you do not need to have an invited talk, you may be able to have only technical sessions in your track.

If you have any question or inquiry about creating special sessions or special track, do not hesitate to ask us.

Naoyuki Kubota (Special Session Chair)
Tadahiko Murata (Program Chair)