The Publication Fees/Article Processing Charges (APCs) for the accepted papers will be completely subsidized by the CAS Society. Hence these publications will be completely free of charge to the authors.

OJCAS Special Section on IEEE ISICAS 2021

Extended Submission Deadline: 21 March 2021

The IEEE International Symposium on Integrated Circuits and Systems 2021 (ISICAS) invites high-quality submissions presenting original work in the areas of integrated circuits and systems. Topics in the areas of analog, digital, power, energy, biomedical, sensor interfaces, and communication systems are welcome. Submissions must describe integrated circuit and system implementations, with experimental results. Extended versions of previously published recent conference papers with significant additional materials are also welcome.

Instructions for Authors

As the ISICAS Symposium will not produce proceedings, all the accepted papers will be published in four Special Issues, including one in the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems (OJCAS). The ISICAS 2021 paper submission and review process will follow the standard procedure of the above journal's regular paper submissions.

Author Registration Requirements

At least one author per paper must be registered and attend the conference to present the paper. In the case of a no-show, the paper will be excluded from the special issue and will not be published. Please note that, in addition to the general scope requirement of OJCAS, manuscripts on analog and mixed-signal, nonlinear, communications, and power circuits must have an on-chip implementation and measured silicon results. Manuscripts on digital circuits and systems and VLSI must have at least FPGA verification. Submissions not compliant with the above requirements will not be reviewed and will be returned to the authors. Extended versions of previously published recent conference papers with significant additional materials are also welcome.

Paper Preparation and Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers consisting of a complete description of their integrated circuits and systems implementations and collected measurement results. Extended versions of previously published recent conference papers with significant additional materials (conforming to the rules of OJCAS – see below) are also welcomed.

Manuscripts must follow the standard single-spaced, double-column IEEE Transactions format, as specified here.

Descriptions, information, and detailed instructions for papers submission for OJCAS is available here:

Paper Submission

When submitting a paper for ISICAS 2021 please select the option ISICAS 2021 Special Issue.

Plagiarism and Excessive Reuse of Earlier Materials

Papers submitted for ISICAS 2021 will be checked for plagiarism and improper re-use of authors’ earlier material using IEEE CrossCheck.

Important Dates
  • Submission Deadline: 21 March 2021
  • Notification of Acceptance: 30 June 2021
  • ISICAS Conference: 3-4 September 2021

OJCAS Special Section on CAS for Flexible Electronics

Submission Deadline: 7 June 2021

Flexible electronics have a huge growth potential in many applications ranging from wearables, smartphones, robots to entertainment, automotive, healthcare, and more. According to ReportLinker’s recent report, the global flexible electronics market will reach $22.6 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 17% over the next seven years. This growth is further fueled by the rapid development of the Internet-of-Things, 5G, and artificial intelligence, where sensors for data collection are essential. While novel devices and printing technologies provide the basic components and manufacturing process for flexible electronics, it is the innovation in circuits and systems that brings flexible sensors, interfacing circuits, embedded artificial intelligence, wireless communications, energy harvesting, and wireless power transfer together to form a complete flexible system. Flexible electronics opens a new field for the CAS community to apply low power circuit techniques, design tools and methodologies, computationally efficient algorithms, and many more to tackle the challenges in making flexible systems.

The purpose of this OJCAS Special Section is to report the recent progress in circuits and systems for the emerging field of flexible electronics. Manuscripts describing original research as well as reviews of emerging directions are solicited for this Special Section.

The range of topics includes, but is not limited to:
  • Circuits for flexible electronics
  • System architecture for extreme, low power flexible electronics
  • Energy-efficient signal processing algorithms for flexible electronics
  • Embedded AI for flexible electronics
  • Flexible energy harvesting devices and circuits
  • Wireless power transfer for flexible electronics
  • Flexible heterogeneous/hybrid integration
  • Skin-electrode interference in flexible wearables
  • Wearable/implantable healthcare devices
  • Applications of flexible electronics
To be considered within the OJCAS scope, submissions must demonstrate synergies between circuits, algorithms, and systems.
Important Dates
  • Submission deadline: 7 June 2021
  • First decision: 12 July 2021
  • Revision due: 2 August 2021
  • Final decision: 6 September 2021
  • Online publication: December 2021
Instructions for Authors
Manuscripts must be submitted online using the IEEE OJCAS Manuscript Template via Manuscript Central. During submission, the answer to question “Type” in Step 1 of the submission process, is “Flexible Electronics Special Issue”.

Guest Editors

Special Section on Optimized Image/Video Coding Based on Deep Learning

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2021

Over the past several years, we have witnessed the impressive progress of image/video coding schemes based on deep learning approaches. Despite the short history of this field, end-to-end trained coding models have evolved as a promising nonlinear signal processing framework and recent works have shown that learned models can achieve significant performance gains over traditional methods. However, there are still unsolved problems and compelling research challenges remaining to be addressed, including 1) energy-efficient and fast architectures for low-complexity image/video encoding and decoding, which are essential for practical applications; 2) improved compression for different target applications such as object detection or high-quality video streaming for machine-to-machine communication; 3) novel network architectures designed for higher coding efficiency to better exploit bandwidth requirements; and 4) variable rate control and efficient bit allocation with deep learning frameworks, which are barely studied yet. Hence, this special section invites original contributions addressing important innovative and timely challenges of the community, which is deep learning for image/video coding in energy-aware real-world environments.

This OJCAS Special Section provides a forum for presenting the latest advances in algorithms, implementations, and applications related to optimized image/video coding technologies based on deep learning.

Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Efficient and fast hardware/network architectures for learning-based image/video coding
  • Automated machine learning for image/video coding
  • End-to-end learning framework for image/video coding
  • Quality assessment models reflecting the human perception of quality and its applications in image/video coding
  • Deep learning techniques for optimizing traditional image/video codecs
  • Image/video coding for machine vision applications

Important Dates

  • Manuscript submission deadline: 15 June 2021
  • First-round revision notification due: 20 August 2021
  • Revised manuscripts due: 20 September 2021
  • Second-round revision notification due: 20 October 2021
  • Final manuscripts due: 20 November 2021
  • Online publication: December 2021

Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts must be submitted online using the IEEE OJCAS Manuscript Template via Manuscript Central. During submission, the answer to the question requesting “Type” in Step 1 of the submission process is “Video Coding”.

Guest Editors

OJCAS Special Section on the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2021)

The IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems is partnering with IEEE ICME. Extended versions of the top-ranked ICME 2021 papers will be invited for submission and potential publication in the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems. We invite authors to submit high-quality contributions aiming at taking part in this call and to have the opportunity to publish an extended ICME paper in this prestigious journal. After the due review process, if your paper is highly ranked, the Technical Program Committee Chairs will get in touch with you regarding the next steps.

A special section comprising the extended versions of high-quality papers presented at ICME 2021 is planned on the IEEE Open Journal of Circuits and Systems with a publication target in early 2022.

The Open Journal of Circuits and Systems is a new gold open access Journal, fully compliant with funder mandates, such as Plan S. All articles are published under Creative Commons Attribution Licenses (CC-BY). The focus of the special section will be on papers that contribute to the theory, analysis, design, tools, and implementation of circuits and systems for multimedia. The extended version must introduce original content over the conference version. Specifically, at least 40% new contents are expected to be added into the extended version, without 10-15% identical text.  Articles may be up to 12 pages long, including references and authors' biographies. Authors of selected ICME 2021 papers will be invited, based on the quality of the conference paper and its relevance to the aims and scope of the journal. 

The Publication Fees/Article Processing Charges (APCs) for the accepted papers will be completely subsidized by the CAS Society. Hence these publications will be completely free of charge to the authors.

OJCAS Special Section on Algorithms, Circuits, and Systems
for Signal Processing at the Edge 

Submission Deadline: 18 June 2021

The near future will bring us a variety of emerging technologies that will fundamentally change our everyday life while posing new challenges. Amongst these, Internet of Things, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, smart cities, machine translation, enhanced, virtual and augmented reality, industry 4.0, and biomedical and healthcare systems are examples of applications that have received the most attention. Intelligent information processing is expected to be the key to boost innovation and productivity in different economic sectors to fulfill ever-growing societal needs. Sensing at the wireless network edge is expected to grow to feed the new afore-mentioned applications and information processing platforms. 

Most of the applications and use cases mentioned above require complex signal processing and fast computation while demanding quick response time (i.e., low latency). While these applications may run on resource-constrained mobile devices, they must distribute their high-performance compute and core services to nearby communicate-compute network platforms or cloud servers. Leveraging services of distributed and cloud computing by mobile devices may result in high latency, communication network, and mobility-related issues, which can be potentially mitigated by bringing the processing and compute to the network edge. By using resource-rich cloudlets in close proximity to users reduces execution and response time while aggregating data near the source.

With a focus on bridging the gaps between theory and practical implementations, the goal of the special section is to demonstrate the latest research progress on algorithms, circuits, and systems for signal processing at the edge. The co-optimization of the signal processing algorithms, software tools, architectures, and circuits for computing and communication are bringing new challenges and open opportunities for investigation and innovation. Original and unpublished research results in any of the following topics are solicited.

Specific Topics of Interest (but are not limited to):

  • Optimization of signal processing algorithms for the edge
  • Co-design of digital signal processors for edge computing
  • System-on-chip and network-on-chip for signal processing on the edge
  • Heterogeneous edge computing systems based on VLIW, multi-core CPU, and GPU architectures
  • Reliability and security of edge devices and systems
  • Deep learning/machine learning/AI for platforms with restrictions
  • Edge AI computing platforms
  • Edge computing in Massive MIMO, particularly signal processing, and hardware challenges
Important Dates:
  • Manuscript submission deadline: 18 June 2021
  • First-round revision notification due: 23 July 2021
  • Revised manuscripts due: 10 September 2021
  • Second-round revision notification due: 8 October 2021
  • Final manuscripts due: 5 November 2021
  • Online publication: December 2021
Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts must be submitted online using the IEEE OJCAS Manuscript Template via Manuscript Central. During submission, the answer to the question requesting “Type” in Step 1 of the submission process is “Algorithms, CAS and SP at the Edge”.

Guest Editors