Call for Papers: Special Issue on New Trends in Autonomous Systems Engineering


During the past decades, Autonomous Systems (AS) 
have attracted considerable attention due to their 
capability of performing multiple operations without human control. 
Because of the prominent features of high autonomy 
and mobility, they are vitally important tools for
 numerous applications in telecommunications, wireless 
 ad hoc systems, business applications with an 
 emphasis on web services, software product lines 
 and product families, cyber-physical systems, blockchain 
 as a service and systems-of-systems.

These emerging AS are considered by many to be autonomy enabling 
solutions in different domains. However, their increasing 
complexity makes them difficult to manage 
(modelling, implementation and maintenance), and
creates many challenges for researchers, and programmers. 
On the one hand, they must meet very stringent guarantees of autonomy, 
flexibility, high performance and reliability, 
both for business as well as for safety reasons.
 On the other hand, their development requires
 interaction between engineers from control system 
 and software domains, whose differing backgrounds are 
 often a source of confusion and misunderstanding.


The aim of this special issue is to document new contributions 
in functional and non-functional adaptability and reconfiguration
 management in Autonomous Systems (AS). 
 We are looking for high-quality submissions on the latest 
 challenges, breakthroughs, and future trends. 
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Specification, modelling, and verification of AS.
Service-oriented architectures for AS.
Agent-based approaches for AS.
Coordination of adaptation AS.
Autonomous and Distributed AS.
Engineering Autonomous systems.
The programming environment of AS.
Test and validation of AS.
Scalability and performance of AS.
Reliability and availability of AS.
Design techniques for AS.
Design, implementation, and analysis of privacy, security and QoS management solutions for AS.
Tools and prototypes for managing adaptability of AS.
Context-awareness for AS.
Autonomous Systems of Systems.
Autonomous Cyber-physical Systems.

We invite the submission of high-quality papers describing original and significant work in the SIAS domain. 
We also encourage submission of extended papers from the workshop of Adaptive 
and Reconfigurable Systems and Architectures (AROSA’ 2021).

Surveys and (Systematic) Literature Reviews are out of the scope of the special 
issue and will be desk-rejected.


Nesrine Khabou, ReDCAD, University of Sfax, Tunisia.
Google scholar:

Ismael Bouassida Rodriguez, ReDCAD, University of Sfax, Tunisia.
Google scholar:

Mohamed Jmaiel,  CRNS, ReDCAD, University of Sfax, Tunisia
Google scholar:


September 1st, 2021: Full paper submission due 
December 1st, 2021: First round notification
February 1st, 2022: Revised submission due
April 15th, 2022: Paper acceptance decision
May 15th, 2022: Camera-ready paper due

Prof. Hamid R. Arabnia, University of Georgia,


All manuscripts and any supplementary material should be submitted through
 the Springer Editorial System for the Journal of Supercomputing 
 Follow the submission instructions given on this site.

All manuscripts should comply with the journal’s submission guidelines. 
Detailed author guidelines are available 

Manuscripts must not have been published previously or be currently 
under consideration for publication in any other journal or conference. 
Extended versions of previous papers are expected to have at least 
40% new material different from the original work (new research results.)


Submissions will be reviewed by at least three experts in the field. The primary evaluation criteria are high-quality of the submission, innovative aspects in the domain of metamorphic testing, practical applications of proposed idea(s), and thorough evaluation. The guest editors in consultation with the Editor-in-Chief will make final decisions.