Paper Submission

All Paper submissions for full papers, work-in-progress (WIP) papers, and wild-and-crazy-idea (WACI) papers are all managed through EasyChair: Submission Link.


Submission Guidelines

Full papers, work-in-progress papers, and wild-and-crazy-ideas papers shall be submitted using the Springer LNCS format. Submitted full papers should not exceed 12 pages, work-in-progress papers should not exceed 8 pages (including references and appendices) and wild-and-crazy-ideas papers (4 pages). Final, camera-ready, revised paper have to be submitted in pdf format as well as either in LaTex or in MSWord format. The templates are available at the Springer Web site on Information for LNCS Author. The copyright form can be found at Springer LNCS.



Deadlines for full papers, work-in-progress papers, and wild-and-crazy-idea (WACI) paper are:

  • Abstract Submission of Full Paper, Work-in-Progress Paper, Wild-and-Crazy-Idea Paper: Deadline: May 31st, 2020
  • Full Paper, Work-in-Progress Paper, and Wild-and-Crazy-Idea Paper Submission Deadline:  June 7th, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: July 6th, 2020
  • Camera-Ready Deadline: July 13th, 2020
  • Poster Submission Deadline for Accepted Papers: July 20th, 2020
  • Birds of a Feather Session Proposals: August 15th, 2020



GECON 2020 follows the very successful previous editions of GECON conferences, in which high-quality technical papers have been presented and published in different outlets. As in the previous conferences,



At GECON 2020, we will give out four awards:

  • Best Paper award for the best full paper
  • Best Emerging Idea award
  • Best Student Paper award for the best paper, in which the first author is a student
  • Best Poster award for the best poster presented at GECON 2020.


Full Papers

Original full papers present completed research that is original and contains new ideas or methodologies. The paper illustrates results that demonstrate the performance of the research.


Work-in-Progress (WIP) Papers

Original work-in-progress (WIP) papers present research that addresses a challenging research question but does not necessarily contain a completed analysis.


Wild-and-Crazy-Idea (WACI) Papers

Original wild-and-crazy-idea (WACI) papers present a new idea about a method, technology, hardware, or software that has not been implemented or cannot even be implemented with the current state-of-the-art in technology. The wilder the idea, the more fitting it is for this kind of papers.


Special Topic Sessions

Special sessions are organized by two session organizers. The session organizers are proposing a complete session that consists of three to four research presentations that address a particular topic. The session chair promotes the session and will ensure the quality of accepted works. Special session papers session can include a combination of original papers, invited papers, technical reports, future research visions, and exhibition tool descriptions with informal demonstrations. In the case of invited papers, the proposal will include the names and backgrounds of presenters.

With respect to publishing special session works in the LNCS proceedings, additional to regular original papers submitted to the conference (full papers, work-in-progress papers, and wild-and-crazy-idea papers), special session works can also be published, requiring them to be invited works or original works. Original works undergo the usual GECON reviewing process.

If you are interested in running a special session, please send us an email.

Currently, the following special topic sessions have been lined up but need additional session organizers:

Special Topic Session: Digital Infrastructures to Support Decision Making for Pandemic Response and Countermeasures

With the COVID-19 outbreak having officially become a pandemic, authorities have claim the use of digital tools to support decision making. Public health systems are one of the more complex services in each country. Guaranteeing the provision and the quality of service in a pandemic situation, like the one we are experiencing, requires an holistic approach that involves different aspects such as economics, mobility, logistic, policy, and technology. Time is crucial for governments to ensure social distancing, and the utilization of digital technologies. Big data and cloud computing technologies could be very helpful in providing real-time and precise information for making decisions. Moreover, the post-outbreak period will also require an intensive use of digital resources for booting the economy very quickly.

The purpose of this special session is to promote the focus of research on these challenges. As the GECON community comprises multi-disciplinary skills for addressing these challenges, we are optimistic that this special session will bring provide highly useful ideas and results. Special session topics include but are not limited to the cost, benefit, and social aspects of:

  • Digital support to pandemic control policies
  • Fintech platforms to facilitate SME credit and supporting small businesses: big data, blockchain finance, supply chain finance
  • Analytical and simulation scalable capabilities of models and data involved in pandemic: resource allocation systems, health diffusion, population dynamics, individual behavior.
  • Active and reactive involvement of the citizens, patients and other actors in a pandemic.
  • Collaborative tools for data, models, methods, and resources sharing to support decision making.
  • Recommender systems based on semantic location-based and mobility services

Contact: The GECON 2020 Chair and Vice-Chairs, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Topic Session: Decentralising Clouds to Deliver Intelligence at the Edge

An increasing fraction of Internet traffic is being generated by massive numbers of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and devices being deployed at the borders of our greatest communication infrastructure. Under such circumstances, the obvious benefits of processing this data close to its sources are pushing operators to deploy what is becoming known as Fog Computing resources close to the edge of networks, which decreases load while also enabling to better cater for latency-sensitive services. Such paradigm refers to a decentralised computing infrastructure capable of running applications and process data in heterogenous compute regions deployed throughout the space between traditional cloud data centers and the network’s edge, creating a sort of computing continuum. This special session aims at bringing together experts and involved stakeholders participating to the design, implementation and utilisation of fog computing environments in different vertical scenarios, such as (but not limited to) smart cities, logistics, constructions, robotics, energy, industry, automotive, water supply, and much more.

The challenges of managing a highly decentralised and heterogeneous fog infrastructure, where resources can range from high-performance servers in data centers to very resource-constrained nodes deployed near the edge, require the academic and industrial communities to extend existing cloud technologies or even create novel solutions to deliver features such as automated service and data management, virtualisation, resiliency, security and privacy in the fog domain. In turn, this technological push is creating novel business opportunities for service providers and applications developers, which will be able to offer added-value services at the edge, based on advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, low-latency response and actuation, etc. Benefits for the involved stakeholders shall be evaluated by means of techno-economic analysis, study of business cases, characterisation of use-case scenarios, presentation of small- and large-scale pilots and evaluation of policy issues.

Contact: Seugwoo Kum (Korean Electronics Technology Institute, Korea) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and Domenico Siracusa  (Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Topic Session: Sustainability of Digital Infrastructures: Social, Economic, and Policy Aspects for Material Resources Supporting the Digital World

The objective of the session will be around the feasibility and sustainability of digital infrastructures, critical for participation in modern society, in a diverse and unequal world. General aspects may relate to basic human rights, social, economic, cultural rights, intersecting with business and commerce, and the policy and economics of expanding coverage, capacity and operation of material infrastructures for our digital world. Specific aspects may relate to the
  • Economic sustainability of technological infrastructures (e.g. networks, clouds, sensors/IoT),
  • Centralisation, diversity, competition, cooperation and decentralisation of technological infrastructures,
  • Governance models such as private, public, competitive, cooperative, commons
  • Business/sustainability models such as pay-per-service, freemium, indirect or ad-based, and
  • Investments through crowdfunding, crowdlending, shares, tokens, and ICO.

Contact: Leandro Navarro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain),  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Felix Freitag (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Topic Session: Business and Economic Aspects of Machine Learning, Cognitive Systems and Data Science

With the growing trend for the Internet of things, demand for safe infrastructures has tremendously increased. Infrastructure failures (e.g., network downtime or outages) are expensive and should be avoided by all means, as they impact business operations and might, also, generate tremendous costs. There are many reasons why infrastructures built of computers, devices, network, information systems fail. Several studies address these failures by focusing on defining new approaches that could help automating some of the operation functions of the systems management. Today, the emerging trend is to use techniques from artificial intelligence (AI) such as machine leaning and data science. In this special topic session, we are going a step further by inviting submissions of papers that address this topic with a special focus on cost aspects, business models, and economics behind artificial intelligence:

  • Impact analysis of machine learning and their potential applications in systems management
  • Economic models of autonomous system management
  • Network, Devices and Computers Management
  • Business models for IT and IoT Infrastructure
  • AI-Software as a Service
  • Cloud platforms for AI-methods
  • Social organization of robots and drones

Contact: Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen (University of South-Eastern, Norway), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bird-of-a-Feather Session

Bird-of-a-Feather session comprise Highlight Papers and New Idea Presentations. A paper submitted as a highlight paper, is a paper that has already been published and is highly valuable to the GECON community. These papers or new idea presentations build the basis for discussions at GECON. The submission of these kind of contributions is open until August 15th, 2020 and is to be made by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



After the success of the last GECON conference, GECON will include a poster session. Posters can also be submitted via easychair.

In addition, to improve work exposure and human interactions between the participants, any accepted full paper, work-in-progress paper, and WACI paper is entitled and encouraged to present a poster.


Contact for Questions on the Submission Process:

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