Call for papers

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Scope of the conference

RTNS is a friendly and inclusive conference with a great sense of community that presents excellent opportunities for collaboration.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions, with personal safety as a top priority, the conference will be held virtually and not in a hybrid format as originally planned.

Original unpublished papers on all aspects of real-time systems and networks are welcome. For this year, RTNS particularly welcomes position papers and papers defining open challenges.

RTNS covers a wide-spectrum of topics in real-time and embedded systems, including, but not limited to:

  • Real-time applications design and evaluation: automotive, avionics, space, railways, telecommunications, process control, multimedia.
  • Real-time aspects of emerging smart systems: cyber-physical systems and emerging applications, real-time big data, real-time edge/fog and cloud computing, smart grid.
  • Real-time system design and analysis: real-time tasks modeling, task/message scheduling, evaluation, mixed-criticality systems, Worst-Case Execution Time (WCET) analysis, quality of service, security.
  • Software technologies for real-time systems: model-driven engineering, programming languages, compilers, WCET-aware compilation and parallelization strategies, middleware, Real-Time Operating Systems, virtualization, hypervisors.
  • Formal specification and verification: application of formal models, such as model checking, satisfiability modulo theories or constraint programming, to solve real-time problems.
  • Real-time distributed systems: fault tolerance, time synchronization, task/messages allocation, adaptability and reconfiguration, publisher/subscriber protocols, distributed real-time database.
  • Real-time networks: Networks on Chip (NoC), wired and wireless sensor and actuator networks, Time-Sensitive Networks (TSN), industrial IoT, SDN, 5G, end-to-end latency analysis.
  • Hardware support for real-time systems: hardware/software co-design, power/temperature-aware techniques, design of predictable hardware, multi-core and many-core platforms, hardware accelerators, cache related issues, interconnect and memory.

Submission of papers

Submission is open on Easychair

The papers are limited to 10 two-column pages (not including references) in ACM conference format. The proceedings will be published by the ACM ICPS. A selection of the best papers will receive recognition as outstanding papers, and will be highlighted as such in the proceedings. 

All accepted papers / shepherd papers can extend to 11 pages (excluding references) with the extra page only to address reviewers’ comments but not to add new contents.

Please note that the deadline for submitting the camera-ready of accepted papers has been extended to March 8.

Authors of outstanding papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work to a special issue of the Springer Real-Time Systems journal. The extended papers must have at least 35% new content. Best papers and best student papers awards will be presented at the conference, along with an award for the best presentation.

(Note that submissions are eligible for the best student paper award provided that the first author is a student as of the submission deadline).

RTNS 2021 will have the artifact evaluation for the accepted papers, to guarantee the availability of source code and data to replicate the experiments.

Instructions for submission

Please format your paper with the following instructions (there are different instructions for Word and LaTeX):

Please follow the instruction as precisely as possible to avoid any problem during upload. For LaTeX users, you need to use the ACM LaTeX Authoring template: “\documentclass[sigconf, screen, review]{acmart}”, and check the list of allowed LaTeX packages.

Authors who have successfully completed their e-Rights forms will be instructed to upload their source files directly to The ACM Production System (TAPS). TAPS will generate output in PDF and HTML formats, which the authors will need to review and approve.

All accepted papers will receive further emails from ACM TAPS on copyright and instructions for preparing the camera ready version.


General Chair
Audrey Queudet, University of Nantes, France
PC co-chairs
Iain Bate, University of York, UK
Giuseppe Lipari, University of Lille, France
Publicity chair
Xiaotian Dai, University of York, UK
Steering Committee
Sanjoy Baruah, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Liliana Cucu-Grosjean, INRIA, Paris, France
Robert I. Davis, University of York, United Kingdom
Sébastien Faucou, Université de Nantes, France
Laurent George, Université Gustave Eiffel, France
Joël Goossens, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Belgium
Isabelle Puaut, IRISA, Université de Rennes I, France
Emmanuel Grolleau, LIAS, ISAE-ENSMA, France
Jean-Luc Scharbarg, Université de Toulouse, France

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