The safety and well-being of our conference participants is very important for us. In view of the still ongoing Covid-19 situation, the FPL 2021 Organizing Committee had decided to organize the conference as a virtual event from August 30th  to September 3rd, 2021.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Due: March 15th, 2021 (AoE) March 22nd, 2021 (AoE*) (Extended!)
  • Submission Due: March 22nd, 2021 (AoE) March 29th, 2021 (AoE) (Extended!)
  • Rebuttal Period: April 28-30, 2021 (AoE)
  • Notification of Acceptance: May 14th, 2021 (AoE)
  • Camera-Ready Submission: June 7th, 2021 (AoE) June 28th, 2021 (AoE) (Extended!)
  • Demo Night: May 10th, 2021 (AoE) May 19th, 2021 (AoE) (Extended!)
  • Research Projects: May 14th, 2021 (AoE)
  • Workshop and Tutorial: May 10th, 2021 (AoE)

*All deadlines are at 23:59 anywhere on earth (AoE)

Submission Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=fpl2021

Download the pdf version of the Call for Paper here.
Download the pdf version of the Call for Research Projects here.
Download de pdf version of the Call for Demo Night here.
Download the pdf version of the Call for Workshop and Tutorial Proposals here.

Main Track

The International Conference on Field-Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL) was the first and remains the largest conference covering the rapidly growing area of field-programmable logic, reconfigurable computing and applications. The conference continues to bring together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry from around the world. Many of the advances in reconfigurable system architectures, applications, embedded processing, design automation methods and tools have been first published in the proceedings of the FPL conference series.

This year, the 31st edition of FPL will be celebrated virtually. The main conference will take place from 1 Sept until 3 Sept, 2021. The workshops and tutorials will be organized on 30 Aug until 31 Aug, 2021.

Contributions within (but not limited to) the following topics related to Field-Programmable Logic and Applications are very welcome:

  • Architectures and Technology
  • Applications and Benchmarks
  • Programming Methods and Tools

Prospective authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers in IEEE double column format. Submitted papers are limited to 6 pages plus references (references must not exceed two pages). This is a strict limit, and papers exceeding this limit will be rejected automatically.

Authors are required to use the standard IEEE templates in format A4 and not to include page numbers. Templates are available directly from IEEE (link). All contributions must be submitted electronically in PDF format. FPL 2020 uses a double-blind reviewing system. Manuscripts must not identify authors or their affiliations; those that do will not be considered. References to the authors’ prior work should be made in the 3rd person, in the same way, one would reference work by others. If necessary to maintain anonymity, citations may be shown as “Removed for blind review”.

Papers accepted as full papers will appear in the proceedings as 6 pages papers plus up to 2 pages of references. Short papers will have 4 pages plus up to 2 pages of references in the proceedings. Authors of accepted full papers will have the possibility to buy 2 additional pages. Authors of accepted short papers will have the possibility to buy 1 additional page.
The conference proceedings will be made available online during the conference. The conference proceedings will be submitted to IEEE Xplore.

PhD Forum

The FPL 2021 PhD forum is suited for PhD students in the following two ways. First, it is an excellent occasion for PhD students to present their work in progress or preliminary results, and receive early feedback from other researchers in the domain. Secondly, it is a unique opportunity for PhD students, whether fresh or close to completion to give a broad overview of the their work and draw attention to it from both the academic and industrial worlds.

PhD Forum authors are invited to submit 2-page papers using the same format as FPL 2021 regular papers. PhD Forum papers should include clear descriptions of the project’s motivation, objectives, problem definition, addressed solutions, current status, and planned work if applicable. Contributions based on preliminary results or on work in progress are particularly encouraged. Accepted PhD Forum papers will be included in the conference proceedings and presented at a special poster session. Prior to this session, presenters will be offered the opportunity to draw attention to their posters through a short “elevator pitch” (2-minute presentation).

Authors are required to use the standard IEEE templates in format A4 and not to include page numbers. Templates are available directly from IEEE (link). All contributions must be submitted electronically in PDF format. FPL 2020 uses a double-blind reviewing system. Manuscripts must not identify authors or their affiliations; those that do will not be considered. References to the authors’ prior work should be made in the 3rd person, in the same way, one would reference work by others. If necessary to maintain anonymity, citations may be shown as “Removed for blind review”.

Demo Night

The FPL 2021 Demo Night is an excellent opportunity for participants to demonstrate and disseminate their work, to increase their visibility, to interact with attendees as well as to impress the FPL community and to make real impact. Demonstrations may include, but are not limited to, academic or commercial experiments, prototypes, tools, platforms, systems, and applications. The event will take place on one of the conference evenings.

Demo Night presenters are invited to submit 1-page abstracts using the same format as FPL 2021 regular papers before the deadline. An additional cover page should contain the following information:

  • Demo title.
  • Names and affiliations of all authors.
  • Description of the main objectives and relevance of the demo to the FPL community.
  • Short biographies of demo presenters.
  • Any logistical requirements the demonstration may have (e.g. Internet access)

Due to the pandemic situation, we want to be more inclusive about attending the conference and whom you can reach with your work. Even though we might make the conference physically, we want to give authors and attendees the chance to make part of it in countries whose restrictions do not allow them to travel or simply do not want to risk their health. For that, we ask the authors of the accepted demos to prepare a 5-minute video presentation of your demo, replicating what you would have done if you were presenting in a traditional poster setup. You can be creative and add shots of the prototypes if you want to show them. We do not require any special software or equipment to produce the videos but make sure that your videos are of good quality for a streaming service like YouTube but not larger than 250MB.

In addition to the video, we ask that you also provide us the poster used for your presentation. Submit it as a single pdf file.
Please keep in mind that when submitting your video, you agree with us for it to be available to the public.

Name your video file "DemoNUM_video", and your pdf poster file as "DemoNUM_poster" (where NUM is your demo number, e.g. "Paper15_video", and "Paper15_slides"). (instructions of how to submit will be added later)

You may already be registered to FPL2021, but you will still need to register (free registration) to the FPL2021 online platform (To be announced).

During the conference days, as an author, you can participate in the event (virtual or presential) with a short 3-minute pitch for your work during Demo Nigth. After every pitch, we will have a Discussion Session where you need to be present to participate (virtual or presential) to answer any questions that the audience may pose for your work.

All demo posters will be published on the FPL 2021 program and website, and the abstracts will be included in the conference proceedings.

Research Projects

The FPL 2021 Research Projects event is suited for participants interested to disseminate their activities in a starting, ongoing or recently finished research project (e.g., national- or european-funded), which relates to topics within the scope of FPL. This event is an excellent occasion for presenting their research goals, activities, and results to the FPL community, as well as for receiving feedback and for initiating new research opportunities and collaborations.

Researchers that are interested in participating in the event with a presentation of their research project are invited to submit a short title and an extended abstract of their work before the deadline of May 14th, 2021. Prospective authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers in IEEE double column format. The submitted papers in the Research Project Event are extended abstracts limited to 2 pages. Accepted papers have to be registered as ordinary papers and will appear in the proceedings. The proceedings will be made available online during the conference and will be submitted to IEEE Xplore. Please send your extended abstracts by email the FPL 2021 Research Projects Event Chairs (FPL2021-EU-Projects@esda-lab.gr) with subject: “FPL2020 Research Project Event submission”.

Workshop and Tutorial

Following the success of previous editions, FPL 2021 will host several workshops and tutorials on August 30 until August 31, 2021. We are soliciting proposals for new and recurring events to be organized within FPL 2021. Workshops provide excellent opportunities to bring together researchers and practitioners from different communities to share their experiences in an interactive atmosphere, and to foster collaboration for new and innovative projects. Organizers can choose between invited presentations (to be listed at the time of submission), open call for papers, or a combination of both. Other forms of interaction with the audience such as panels, demos and posters are of course welcome. Timely tutorials offer a unique opportunity for presenters to interact closely with attendees and for attendees to gain in-depth knowledge on a specific topic. Tutorials can be organized in lecture-style or as hands-on session.

We invite submissions for workshops and tutorials that focus on innovative and original ideas related to the core topics of FPL (Architectures and Technology, Applications and Benchmarks, Design Methods and Tools, Self-aware and Adaptive Systems, and Trends in Education) before the deadline of May 10, 2021. Proposals will be assessed and reviewed quickly, on a First-Come-First-Served basis, to give enough time and resources for the organization. This gives time for workshop organizers to attract high-quality submissions and for tutorial organizers to start preparing the material. Early submissions are thus encouraged and will likely receive a notification within a couple of weeks.

Workshop organizers with open call for papers are responsible for advertising, and setting up the submission, review, and camera-ready management processes. The organizers must also indicate what their expectation for the workshop is in terms of submitted and accepted papers. Workshop organizers are free to arrange the publication of their workshop papers independently. FPL 2021 does not provide workshop proceedings, but will consider including the workshop papers on the website, as long as the workshop organizers can provide their final papers in time.

Requirements for workshop proposals:

Please submit a PDF file (2 pages max, excluding biographies and references), containing the following information:

  • A title for the workshop.
  • A description of the topics and specific issues that the workshop will address, how the workshop complements FPL 2021, and why the workshop theme is relevant.
  • Expected format of the workshop (regular-paper presentations, poster presentations, invited talks, panel discussions, demo sessions, or other ideas to promote active exchange of ideas).
  • List of organizers including their short biographies, affiliation, and their expertise in the proposed topic(s).
  • (preliminary) Program committee, if applicable.
  • In case the workshop has been previously held, provide information to show that the previous edition(s) were successful in terms of paper submissions and attendance.
  • Length of the workshop (half-day/full-day) and the expected number of participants.
  • Follow-up plans (if any) to disseminate the ideas from the workshop, for example through position papers or journal special issues.

Requirements for tutorial proposals:
Please submit a PDF file including the following information:

  • Title of the tutorial.
  • Abstract (max. 500 words) describing motivation, intended audience, and main contents.
  • List of organizers and speakers including their short biographies and affiliation.
  • List of topics to be covered.
  • Length and format of the tutorial (lecture, hands-on), and any special technical requirements for the tutorial (and room requirements in case the conference is held physical).
  • If the tutorial has been previously offered, provide information on the conference, date, and number of attendees.

Please, send your proposals by email to both the FPL 2021 Workshop and Tutorial Chairs with subject: “FPL2021 [Workshop|Tutorial] proposal”. A confirmation email for receiving your proposal should be sent within 48-hours. Contact the Workshop and Tutorial Chairs otherwise.

FPL2021 Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:

Jeronimo Castrillon
email: jeronimo.castrillon@tu-dresden.de
TU Dresden, Germany

Thilo Pionteck
email: thilo.pionteck@ovgu.de
Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany