Call for Papers

Special Issue on Hardware Security for post-CMOS technologies

Motivation: Modern societies are heavily dependent on electronic systems. Especially with the emergence of IoT and advanced embedded electronic devices, such as mobile computers, wearables, and smartwatches, personalization is apparent. The rise of the electronic device jungle has provided a large attack surface to the bad actors to manipulate hardware and information processed. The attacks can significantly affect the three foundational aspects of secure hardware: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Those cornerstones of hardware security in embedded systems are in danger of physical and remote attacks by adversaries during different periods of their design and life cycles. Depending on the attack, the countermeasure can also be innovative and wide in range. The future of computing is expected to be in the nano-structures composed of different types of devices and emerging technologies such as ReRAMs, biosensors, MRAM, and others. In this special issue, we cover attacks and countermeasures in future-generation embedded systems that utilize their nano-structure composition for security.


  • Design, implementation, and testing of Physically Unclonable Functions, True Random Number Generators, Memory Hash Functions, and others, using post-CMOS technologies for embedded systems
  • Security of neuromorphic accelerators  Fault attacks on emerging technology-based embedded systems  Device, technology, and circuit-level attacks and countermeasures for emerging technologies
  • Security-by-design for neuromorphic computing using emerging technologies
  • Side-channel attacks and defenses on post-CMOS/emerging technologies for IoT and automotive embedded systems
  • System-level security through technological innovations in emerging technologies
  • Covert channels and information leakage in emerging technologies and systems
  • Security of edge devices using neuromorphic/emerging technologies
  • Attacks and countermeasures on embedded machine learning platforms with emerging technologies
  • Methodologies and tools for hardware security by design
  • Quantum-safe cryptography using emerging technologies
  • Methodologies and tools for hardware security-by-design in emerging technology based systems

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: July 30, 2021
  • Author notification: September 25, 2021
  • Revised manuscript submission: October 25, 2021
  • Final manuscript submission: November 25, 2021

Guest Editors:

ESL Editor-in-Chief

Preeti Ranjan Panda

Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
10 (Asia and Pacific)

Deputy EiC

Aviral Shrivastava

Arizona State University
United States
6 (Western U.S.)

Current Call for perspective papers

IEEE Embedded Systems Letters (ESL) is inviting perspective papers in the broad domain of embedded systems and software, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of Things. A perspective paper could present a grand challenge problem in the field that needs to be addressed, charter a new direction of research, express a contradictory viewpoint, or promote an interdisciplinary research area. The journal hopes that the perspective papers will be of lasting value to the community, and of the highest quality.

The perspective papers will go through the same rigorous peer-review process as the regular papers. However, the prospective authors may choose to first submit (at most) one-page title and abstract to the ESL Deputy Editor-in-Chief Aviral Shrivastava at [email protected] for quick feedback on the suitability of the proposal as a perspective paper. Given a positive assessment, the author may then proceed to expound upon the topic and submit the full perspective paper to

Note that the first step is not mandatory and is only meant to guide the authors. A positive assessment of the abstract does not imply acceptance of the paper. The full perspective paper will be evaluated by an Associate Editor of the journal and selected peer reviewers just like regular papers.

There is no specific deadline for the submission of perspective papers. Each paper will be evaluated as and when it is submitted.



Call for Special Issue Proposals

IEEE Embedded Systems Letters (ESL) is inviting proposals for special issues in the broad domain of embedded systems and software, cyber-physical systems, and the Internet of Things. Special issue proposals can focus on any research area that is consistent with the scope of ESL. The idea of the special issue is to provide an opportunity to capture a snapshot of the state-of-the-art on a specific theme, share new perspective, or enable a new research direction.

The prospective guest editor(s) should submit a short written proposal of up to four pages including the following information:

  • Title of the Special Issue
  • The Guest editor(s) name and affiliation
  • The motivation and importance of the theme in the context of ESL
  • The scope of the topics for the special issue
  • Proposed schedule
  • Potential contributors
  • Short bio of the guest editor(s)
  • A draft one-page call for papers for the special issue

Proposals will be competitively selected through a rigorous review process in response to this public Call for Proposals. The selection of the proposals will be made by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the editorial board of the journal. Each submitted proposal will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Timeliness, relevance, and coherence of the theme
  • Originality of the theme compared to recent special issues in ESL and other related journals
  • Credential of the prospective Guest Editor(s)

There is no specific deadline for the submission of special issue proposals. Each proposal will be evaluated as and when it is submitted.

Perspective Papers and Special Issue Proposals can be submitted to Editor-in-Chief, Preeti Ranjan Panda