The objective of the symposium, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners from industry, academia, and government involved in the area of Precision Clock Synchronization and Distributed Time-based Applications.

Call for paper


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Distributed applications based on synchronized clocks:

  • Software and hardware architecture
  • Design environments and tools
  • Application requirements studies

Clock synchronization technology:

  • Design, usage, and research concerning IEEE 1588
  • Clock system management
  • Timing security and robustness

Author guidelines

Draft Manuscript Preparation

Please note that an author of an accepted paper MUST register for and attend the Symposium AND present the paper for it to be published in the proceedings. Papers that do not meet these requirements will not be published. No exceptions.

Submit your manuscript through EDAS

Prospective Authors are invited to submit a FULL PAPER of 6 pages consisting of a complete description of the proposed technical content and applicable research results, using the online submission system. Shorter submissions may be automatically rejected. Each paper should indicate appropriateness for the scope of the Conference, originality and quality of the technical content, whole organization, and writing style. The paper should, moreover, explain the significance of the contribution and contain a list of key references. It must be prepared according to the paper preparation guidelines provided below. A submission implies willingness to register and present the work if the paper is accepted for presentation at the Conference.

Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Technical Program Committee. Authors of accepted manuscripts must submit the final paper version according to the deadline, register for the Symposium and present the paper. The maximum length for final papers is 6 pages without exceptions.

All accepted papers presented at the conference will be submitted for publication to IEEE Xplore, reporting the following statement: "This full text paper was peer-reviewed at the direction of IEEE IMS prior to the acceptance and publication".


Submission of  Regular Papers: May 14, 2018
Acceptance Notification & WIP Submission Deadline: June 26, 2018
Final Papers Due: July 23, 2018

Author Registration

Each lead author must visit the EDAS web site and establish an account with a username and password. The lead author then logs in to the EDAS system to actually submit the paper via the following steps:

  1. Visit and click the New User button.

  2. Create your profile. Only the five fields with the red asterisk are required. These fields are first & last name, affiliation (company or organization), country, e-mail address, and status. When the fields are filled in, check the Privacy Policies box and click the Add Person button. (note: if you select USA as the country, you will get a message asking for your state)

  3. You will receive an e-mail containing your password. Your email address and the given password must later be used to access the system during the following steps, so be careful to remember it.

  4. You can then return to the EDAS log-in page and change your assigned password to one that is easier to remember. To do this, click on the My Profile tab, and then click on change your password. Be sure to record your user name, password and ID number for later reference.

Submission of Papers

Please login at and follow the following steps:

  1. Select either the “Full Paper” or “Work In Progress” track.

  2. Type in the title of the paper and enter a brief abstract of your paper. Then select the topic area your paper falls under best. [note: This will help in choosing the reviewers. The PDF of your full paper will be uploaded later]

  3. Click the Submit button.

  4. The next page you see will have a large green check mark and a statement that the paper was registered. The last row says Manuscript, and has an icon of a yellow folder next to it. Click on this icon, and then you can upload the PDF of your Full Paper on the next page.

Manuscript is used to refer to the PDF form of your full paper. You can also upload the paper by clicking the My Papers tab at the top of the screen, and then select the upload icon on the same row as the name of your paper. The upload icon (third column from the right) will open a dialog box that will enable you to select and upload the full paper file via the web or via FTP.


Special Industry Session

Industry Session papers will be presented as slides at the conference only. Only a one to two page abstract submission is required rather than a full paper submission. While not published in the ISPCS Proceedings, presentation slides will be posted on the ISPCS website after the conference, as they are for the full paper presentations.


Work in Progress Papers

Work in Progress (WIP) papers will be reviewed and presented in a poster session.


Plugfest Committee

Douglas Arnold (Co-Chair)Meinberg USA
Ken Harris (Co-Chair)Rockwell Automation
Heiko GerstungMeinberg
Timo KoskiahdeFlexibilis
Denis ReillySpectracom
Judy ZhuKyland
Bob Noseworthy, University of New Hampshire

Promotional Partners Chair

Hans WeibelZurich University of Applied Sciences

Program Committee

Douglas Arnold, Meinberg USA
Rodney Cummings, National Instruments
Grzegorz Daniluk, CERN
Samer Darras, Microsemi
Greg Dowd, Microsemi
Pedro Estrela, IMC Financial Markets
Paolo Ferrari, University of Brescia
Geoffrey Garner, Consultant
Sulaiman Hussaini, University of Michigan
Hubert Kirrmann, Solutil
John MacKay, Progeny Systems
Cristian Marinescu, OMICRON Electronics GmbH
Sven Meier, NetTimeLogic GmbH
Peter Meyer, Microsemi
Tal Mizrahi, Marvell
Claudio Narduzzi, Universita' di Padova
Stefano Rinaldi, University of Brescia
Peter Roberts, Nokia
Silvana Rodrigues, Integrated Device Technology (IDT)
Opher Ronen, Oscilloquartz an ADVA Optical Networking Company
Stefano Ruffini, Ericsson
Sebastian Schriegel, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA
Karim Traore, Microsemi
Hans Weibel, Zurich University of Applied Sciences


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Important dates

  • Conference Dates

    30 Sep.



    02 Oct.


  • 14 May.


    Draft paper submission deadline

  • 26 Jun.


    Draft paper acceptance notification

  • 23 Jul.


    Final paper deadline

Contact information

  • Maciej Lipinski