Workshop on Network Automation and Data Plane Programmability - NetData 2023

Cloud native solutions have revolutionized the way network applications are developed and deployed over cloud computing infrastructure. With the increasing availability of edge computing sites, and the evolving traffic trends (e.g., due to the increasing machine-type communications), it is reasonable to expect that over the next years we will experience an increase in investment on the development of highly distributed cloud-native applications, solutions, and cloud-native-first infrastructure. With Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) blurring the lines between infrastructure and software, telecom research and industry can leverage cloud-native solutions to improve, among other properties, scalability, reliability, flexibility. In fact, some industries already started exploring the possibilities that cloud-native solutions can bring to their telecom-related products. The digitization of network operations can help to reduce operational costs and improve service agility. Optical fibre infrastructure continuing to expand, becoming nearly ubiquitous. Smart society infrastructures can improve services for all while reducing their cost. Overcoming the green challenge is critically important for the planet and the sustainability of the network. At the same time, the business environment continues to change, and this can have major impacts on the network. To enable autonomous network management, techniques such as intent-based management, knowledge graph for fault management, and network information gathering can be used. Network-based sensing systems include fibre cable digitization, distributed optical fibre sensing, and Wi-Fi sensing. The workshop welcomes contributions from network-oriented research communities, with the aim of facilitating discussion, and exchange of ideas and practices, and successfully promotes innovative solutions towards network automation. 

Submitted papers may cover any of the following topics:

  • Control and management of data plane programmable devices.
  • SDN and NFV distributed solutions. - Novel solutions for data-plane programmable (e.g., P4, eBPF) devices and Smart NICs.
  • Inter-data center networking.
  • Programmable converged optical and wireless architectures.
  • Network automation enabling techniques (e.g., policy refinement, control loops, artificial intelligence methods).
  • Availability, resiliency, performance, trust, and security considerations in network automation and data plane programmability.
  • Network automation and data plane programmability standards and open-source software.
  • Network automation or data plane evolution proof-of-concepts, experimentations; report on field trials and real-world deployments.


Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers for presentation at the workshop and publication in the NetSoft 2023 Workshops Proceedings.

All submissions must be written in English and must use standard IEEE two-column conference template that can be downloaded.

Papers can be up to 6 pages, including references and all other material. Papers submitted should describe original, previously unpublished research results, not currently under review by another conference or journal. Papers not meeting the length and formatting requirements or violating IEEE’s guidelines on plagiarized content will be rejected without review.

Only PDF files will be accepted for the review process and all manuscripts must be electronically submitted through EDAS

Important dates

  • Paper Submission:  March 17, 2023
  • Notification of Acceptance: April 21, 2023
  • Camera-ready Submission:  April 28, 2023

Workshop Date: Either Monday June 19th, 2023 or Friday June 23rd, 2023

Organizing Committee

  • Ricard Vilalta, CTTC, General Chair
  • Carlos Natalino da Silva, Chalmers University of Technology, General Chair
  • Dan Marom, Hebrew University, Israel, TPC Co-Chair
  • Haomian Zheng, Huawei, TPC Co-Chair
  • Konstantinos Tsiomos, Nova, TPC Co-Chair
  • Juan Pedro Fernández-Palacios, Telefónica, TPC Co-Chair