Call for Papers

Special Issue on Reliable and Resilient Digital Manufacturing

IEEE EMBEDDED SYSTEMS LETTERS seeks to provide a forum of quick dissemination of research results in the domain of embedded systems with a target turnaround time of no more than three months. The journal is currently published quarterly consisting of new, short and critically refereed technical papers. This special issue is about digital manufacturing that is enabled by embedded processors, cyber-physical systems (CPS) and IoT devices. The special issue covers several aspects ranging from security and privacy of digital manufacturing systems, to resilience metrics, computer-aided design innovations and reliability issues.

A new aspect of embedded and cyber-physical systems is manufacturing applications. As new technologies, such as additive manufacturing, are moving to the digital domain, embedded processors are integrated into critical parts of the process. As a result, the skills of the operators are augmented by embedded computers, and the chance of human error is minimized. Likewise, traditional manufacturing methods, such as computer numerical control (CNC) machines, are transformed into Internet of Things (IoT) nodes, enabling remote operation and control. Nevertheless, this digital transition comes with security and reliability concerns, as well as new threats unique to digital manufacturing domain. From undetectable defects in manufactured parts causing in-service failures, to reverse engineering of embedded firmware and counterfeit production. As digital manufacturing applications rely more and more on programmable processors, the potential for cyberattacks becomes a fundamental concern.

Manuscripts should adhere to the technical requirement for IEEE Embedded Systems Letters (IEEE ESL). To guarantee a fast review and publication process; we require a strict page limit for all papers in this journal, without any exception. This strict limit is 4 pages, and the format is required to be exactly as stated in this guideline. Submitted papers to the special issue must conform to the technical requirements of IEEE ESL. They should be original and unpublished. Note that 3-minute Video Previews will be required later for accepted papers.


  • Security and privacy for cyberphysical systems in digital manufacturing
  • Machine learning methods for embedded digital manufacturing systems
  • Signal processing and robotics for manufacturing systems
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection for embedded systems in digital manufacturing 
  • Threat models and resilience metrics for digital manufacturing
  • Encryption and authentication methods for manufacturing systems
  • Security of additive manufacturing as a Cyber-physical system
  • Signal processing and robotics for digital manufacturing
  • Economics of cyberphysical systems in future manufacturing technologies
  • Resilient cyberphysical systems for digital manufacturing with Human in the loop
  • Side-channel attacks in embedded systems for digital manufacturing

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Author notification: November 1, 2021
  • Revised Manuscript submission: November 22, 2021
  • Final Manuscript submission: December 20, 2021

Guest Editors:

  • Ramesh Karri (NYU)
  • Nikhil Gupta (NYU)
  • Nektarios Tsoutsos (UD)

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