18th IFAC WORLD CONGRESS - Invited Session Proposals Updated



Proposals are sought from those wishing to organize an invited session on a specific topic.

The proposal of an invited session must contain a summary statement describing the motivation and relevance of the proposed session as well as a short description of the papers in the session.

An invited session may be given in a podium presentation format or in an interactive format. In the former case, it consists of oral presentations provided by a speaker per paper, in the latter it consists in a set of posters presented by one of author per paper.

The program committee reserves the right to assign accepted invited sessions to either format, podium or interactive. No value ranking is implied by the paper presentation format.

Invited session proposals are made by an (or more) organizer(s) according to the procedure described below. The proposal has to be followed by the individual submission of the full version of all invited papers. Each paper will be individually reviewed and invited session proposals will be rated as a whole. At the discretion of the program committee individual papers may be removed from a proposed session and placed in the regular program, and appropriate contributed papers may be moved into the session. Likewise, selected papers from a rejected invited session may be placed into the regular program.


The submitted papers can be grouped as follows:


Invited regular papers

Invited keynote papers

Invited industrial papers


An invited session in the podium presentation format consists of 120 minutes of podium presentations. It may be composed of six 20-minute papers, or of one keynote 40-minute paper plus four 20-minute papers. The keynote paper of an invited session should address the broader setting of the topic of the session, for example, an address concerning emerging trends as well as recent developments. This is summarized in the table below.


Invited session type



Without keynote

6 regular

or industrial papers

120 min

With keynote

5 invited papers

(1 keynote and 4 regular or industrial)

120 min


An invited session in the interactive format consists of 2 hour presentations of posters by the invited speakers. In analogy with invited sessions in the podium format, an invited session in the interactive format must be proposed as a set grouping 6 papers(or multiples).




The submission procedure for (podium or interactive) invited sessions is as follows (see also the instructions at https://ifac.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl).

- The organizer should submit an invited session proposal including the session title, a related Technical Committee, a brief session description, and the list of papers (title, authors, and affiliation). In this description it should be specified whether the session is proposed as a podium or interactive invited session. Submissions have to be made electronically within the Conference Manuscript Management System CMMS, using the “Invited Session Proposal” submission link.

- Soon after the submission of the proposal, the organizer will receive a Session Code by e-mail. This code is automatically issued by the system. The organizer should then distribute the Session Code to the authors of the invited session papers.

- Individual authors of the invited session papers should submit their papers through the “Invited Session Paper” link at the CMMS using the appropriate Session Code they received from the organizer.




The length of each single papers must satisfy the following constraints:


Each paper will have an associated triple (X,Y,Z), where X = maximum number of pages for the initial submission, Y = maximum number of pages for the final submission without extra page fee, Z = maximum number of pages for the final submission with extra page fee (100 € per page).


l   Invited regular paper (9,6,9)

l   Invited keynote paper (15, 12, 15)

l   Invited industrial paper (9,6,9)


Typically an industrial paper will consists of a 2 pages extended abstract, however, longer papers are welcome and therefore, as a general rule, the page limits for an industrial paper are the same of a regular paper.