Call for Special Session Proposals

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Important Dates

  • Submission deadline – July 8, 2024
  • Acceptance notification – July 25, 2024
  • Paper submissions – September 9, 2024

Special Session Chairs

  • A Lee Swindlehurst (UC Irvine, USA) 
  • Subhasis Chaudhuri (IIT Bombay, India) 


The organizing committee of ICASSP 2025 invites proposals for Special Sessions at the conference in Hyderabad, India. Proposals are invited for sessions on:

  • New and emerging topics across all signal processing subdisciplines,
  • Novel use of modern technology for signal processing education, and
  • Historical perspectives documenting the development of the signal processing field, together with futuristic outlooks for where the field is headed.
  • The latter category is in honor of the 50th anniversary of ICASSP which will be celebrated at next year’s conference, and will provide opportunities to highlight connections between what has shaped the past, present and future of the Signal Processing Society.
  • A session should be composed of 6 papers
  • Please read carefully the submission guidelines outlined below before submitting your proposal through the link at the bottom.

Proposal Submission

  • Each session proposal should include an abstract together with a background and justification paragraph, where the session organizers elaborate on
  • the motivation behind the special session,
  • the quality and potential impact of the committed papers in the proposed session, and
  • the technical committee most closely allied with the proposal.
  • Each proposal should also include a title, list of authors, and short abstracts of the committed papers. The complete proposal should be limited to no more than 3 pages. A special session is expected to address topics that may not naturally arise out of the regular submissions to the conference through the technical committees. The justification for the proposal should explain why a special session is needed to address the proposed topic.
  • No individual can appear as author or co-author on more than one paper in a single special session. An exemption can be made when the first paper is an overview paper (preferably by the organizers). In this case, the co-authors of the first paper can be co-authors of one additional paper in the same session. ICASSP 2025 will require in-person presentation of all accepted papers, and hence there must be one author of each accepted paper available to present it in-person.

Proposal Selection

Special session proposals will be evaluated based on 

  • the proposed topic;
  • the expected impact and quality of the contributed papers;
  • the background and diversity of the session organizer(s) and contributing authors.
  • Selection of a special session proposal does not guarantee final acceptance of the special session. Papers submitted to special sessions will undergo a rigorous review identical to that for regular submissions, and thus the final disposition of the session will depend on the outcome of the paper reviews. If a paper nominated for a selected special session is not accepted, it is possible that another paper from among the regular submissions could be substituted in its place.
  • In all cases, every effort will be made for the special session to be scheduled as a lecture session.