Call for contributions: ERCIM News no. 109

The FNR is pleased to inform about the Call for the next issue of ERCIM News No. 109 (April 2017). Special theme of this issue is ‘Autonomous Vehicles’ – deadline for contributions is Wednesday, 15 February 2017. Luxembourg researchers are encouraged to contribute.


  • Joint ERCIM Actions
  • Special Theme: Autonomous Vehicles
  • Research and Innovation
  • Events
  • In Brief

About this issue

The Special Theme and the Research and Innovation sections contain articles presenting a panorama of European research activities. The Special Theme focuses on a sector which has been selected by the editors from a short list of currently “hot” topics whereas the Research and Innovation section contains articles describing scientific activities, research results, and technical transfer endeavours in any sector of Information and Communication Science and Technology (ICST), telecommunications or applied mathematics.

Submissions to the Special Theme section are subjected to an external review process coordinated by invited guest editors whereas submissions to the Research and Innovation section are checked and approved by the ERCIM News editorial board.

Guest editors:

  • Erwin Schoitsch (AIT, Austria)
  • Fawzi Nashashibi, Inria

Special theme: Autonomous Vehicles

Today, highly automated and autonomous systems are a key issue in the automotive domain and transport in general (railways, aircraft, ships), off-road construction engines, industrial automation, health care, robotics and surveillance, rescue, smart farming, and in many other application domains. In several European countries and on EC level there are substantial efforts being made towards autonomous vehicles and in particular automated driving.
There are many aspects to consider, such as:

  • Safety and security, dependability in general
  • Sensors and actuators
  • System integration
  • Connectivity, systems-of-systems aspects
  • New mobility (multi-modal)
  • Simulation and control
  • Verification and validation
  • Standardization
  • Situation understanding, decision making
  • Environmental awareness, self-learning
  • Societal, ethical and legal aspects.

The title “Autonomous Vehicles” was deliberately taken so as not to be restricted to automotive considerations but to cover the full scenario of autonomous vehicles, and to encourage also authors from other domains.

How to submit an article

Articles have to be sent to the local editor for your country (for Luxembourg, this is Thomas Tamisier (, or to the central editor

Articles submitted to the special theme are subject to a review process.

Guidelines for ERCIM News articles

Style: ERCIM News is read by a large variety of people. Keeping this in mind the article should be descriptive (emphasize more the ‘what’ than the ‘how’) without too much technical detail together with an illustration, if possible.

Contributions in ERCIM News are normally presented without formulas. One can get a long way with careful phrasing, although it is not always wise to avoid formulas altogether. In cases where authors feel that the use of formulas is necessary to clarify matters, this should be done in a separate box (to be treated as an illustration). However, formulas and symbols scattered through the text must be avoided as much as possible.

Length: Keep the article short, i.e. 700-800 words.

Format: Submissions preferably in ASCII text or MS Word. Pictures/Illustrations must be submitted as separate files (not embedded in a MS Word file) in a resolution/quality suitable for printing.

Structure of the article:

The emphasis in ERCIM News is on ‘NEWS’. This should be reflected in both title and lead (‘teaser’). Also: NO REVIEW ARTICLES!

  • Title
  • Author (full name, max. two or three authors)
  • Teaser: a few words about the project/topic. Printed in bold face, this part is intended to raise interest (keep it short).

Details describing:

  • what the project/product is
  • which institutions are involved
  • where it takes place
  • why the research is being done
  • when it was started/completed the aim of the project
  • the techniques employed
  • the orientation of the project
  • future activities
  • other institutes involved in this project
  • co-operation with other ERCIM members in this field


  • 1 – max. 3 references are mandatory for special theme articles. For articles for the section “Research and Development”, you can give up to three references (not mandatory)
  • Authors should preferably refer important sources only (i.e. journal papers, books) and avoid meaningless references such as article in preparation, unpublished presentations, personal communications, research reports, patents, or local conference publications not listed in the major scientific digital libraries (such as IEEE, ACM, Springer).
  • The selected EN style is the shortened IEEE Citation Style.
  • The references should be as concise as possible and restricted to the minimal information needed. Avoid all unnecessary words (pages x pp., year, editors, location,…). Use acronyms instead of full conference names – OOPSLA x Object-Oriented Programing Systems, abbreviations (e.g. Conf. x Conference, IEEE TPAMI x IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, etc.).
  • Use et al. when three or more names are given.
  • Useful Link(s) (URLs separated from the references).

Contact address with:
– full name of the author
– phone number
– e-mail address

Photos, illustrations:

ERCIM News is a full color print magazine. Each article should be accompagnied by an illustration (photos, graphics), for example of the product, applications mentioned in the article, people working on the project, etc. (avoid as much as possible flow charts and screen dumps).
Photos should be submitted in jpg or tiff format in a resolution suitable for printing (pictures taken from the web are usually in a quality suitable for printing), graphics in a vector format (svg, eps or ps).

Publishing in ERCIM News offers several advantages:

  • ERCIM News represents an excellent opportunity to present your research to a broad audience, also outside your own research community
  • the printed edition has a circulation of about 5000 copies
  • more than 7500 readers are subscribed to the online edition
  • ERCIM News is widely distributed in the European Commission
  • ERCIM offers a free professional proof-reading service
  • Authors can reuse their articles; the copyright of the articles remains with the authors.
  • Articles of the sections “Special Theme” and “Research and Innovation” are referenced by DBLP and by Web of Science (from issue 104 onwards)

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