CLOSED Call for Papers: Special Issue on Real-Time Systems

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Submissions Due: 1 February 2022

From its onset, real-time systems have been increasingly essential in many domains, and currently they have an extremely important role in everyday life. For example, state-of-the-art real-time systems exist in transportation systems (such as autonomous vehicles, smart roads, avionics, and space systems), telecommunications, robotics, datacenters, cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things, e-health, environment monitoring, and other domains. Challenges in real-time systems go from embedded computing to cloud or edge computing contexts; these challenges require innovative solutions.

Papers touching on all aspects of real-time systems, including theory, design, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and experience, are welcome for this special issue. All papers must address some form of real-time requirements such as deadlines, response times, or delays/latency. Systems of interest include not only hard real-time systems, but also time-sensitive systems in general. We especially welcome new and emerging topics provided they address some aspects of real-time requirements as stated above. Such topics may include machine learning techniques for design and analysis of real-time systems, system design approaches for achieving real-time machine learning, resource management in autonomous systems, and system-level solutions for real-time applications exploiting domain-specific accelerators. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Systems, Models, and Algorithms
    • System Architecture
    • Software Architectures
    • OS, Scheduling, and Runtime Support
    • Storage and I/O Systems
    • Distributed and Networked Systems
    • Fault-Tolerant and Trusted Systems
    • Mixed-Criticality Systems
    • Heterogeneous SoC and Multicore Systems
    • Power- and Thermal-Aware Computing
    • Pervasive/Ubiquitous Computing
    • Reconfigurable Computing
    • Performance Evaluation Techniques and Tools
  • Emerging Real-Time Applications
    • Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs)
    • HW-SW Integration and System-Level Design
    • Internet of Things (IoT)

Important Dates

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2022 [submission site open in mid-January]
• Reviews Completed: March 22, 2022
• Major Revisions Due: April 12, 2022
• Reviews of Revisions Completed: May 3, 2022
• Notification of Final Acceptance: May 10, 2022
• Publication Materials for Final Manuscripts Due: May 24, 2022
• Target Publication: July 2022

Submission Guidelines

For author information and guidelines on submission criteria, please visit the Author Information page. Please submit papers through the ScholarOne system, and be sure to select the special-issue name. Manuscripts should not be published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please submit only full papers intended for review, not abstracts, to the ScholarOne portal.


Please address all correspondence regarding this special issue to Lead Guest Editor Daniel Mossé (

Guest editors:

Daniel MosséDaniel Mossé received his BS (mathematics, 1985) from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and MS and PhD degrees (computer science, 1990 and 1993) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh since 1992, including six years as department chair, and has co-founded HiberSense, a startup company in the area of smart homes. He has published over 200 papers, and chaired RTSS and RTAS. He has been involved in the design and implementation of a couple of distributed, real-time operating system. His main research interest is in the allocation of resources (computing, energy, and network resources) in the realm of sustainable computing, computing for sustainability, and real-time, with main concerns being power management, security, and fault tolerance. He bridges the gap between the operating systems and networking research fields, between practice and theory. For 10 years, he has also focused on how to increase diversity in computing and how to promote reproducible research in computing. His website is

Enrico BiniEnrico Bini is Associate Professor at the CS Department of University of Turin. Until 2016, he was assistant professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. Also, in 2012-14 he was Marie-Curie fellow at Lund University, Dept. of Automatic Control. In 2004, he completed the PhD on Real-Time Systems at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (recipient of the “Spitali Award” for best PhD thesis of the whole university). In January 2010 he also completed a Master degree in Mathematics with a thesis on optimal sampling for linear control systems. He has published more than 100 papers (4 best-paper awards) on real-time scheduling, operating systems, optimization methods for real-time and control systems, optimal management of distributed and parallel resources. His service to the research community includes chairing top conferences (Program co-chair of RTSS2021, Chair of the Embedded Systems Software track of DAC2020 and DAC2021) and participating in numerous Technical Program Committees (e.g. IEEE-RTSS, IEEE-RTAS, ACM-EMSOFT).

Thidapat (Tam) ChantemThidapat (Tam) Chantem (S’05-M’11-SM’18) received her PhD and Master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and her Bachelor’s degrees from Iowa State University in 2005. She is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research interests include real-time embedded systems, energy-aware and thermal-aware system-level design, cyber-physical system design, and intelligent transportation systems. She received the best paper award at the 2019 25th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications and an outstanding paper award at the 2020 ACM 28th International Conference on Real-Time Networks and Systems. Her website is

Corresponding topical editor: Bruce Childers, University of Pittsburgh