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33rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS'21)

ECRTS is the premier European venue in the area of real-time systems and, alongside RTSS and RTAS, ranks as one of the top three international conferences on this topic.

Owing to the uncertain pandemic outlook, ECRTS 2021 will be held online as a virtual conference on July 7-9, 2021.


Papers on all aspects of timing requirements in computer systems are welcome. Systems of interest include not only hard real-time systems, but also time-sensitive systems in general (with soft requirements expressed in terms of tail latency, latency SLAs, QoS expectations, etc.). Typical applications are found not only in classical embedded and cyber-physical systems, but also increasingly in cloud or edge computing contexts, and often stem from domains such as automotive, avionics, telecommunications, healthcare, robotics, and space systems, among others. To be in scope, papers must address some form of timing requirement, broadly construed.

ECRTS welcomes theoretical and practical contributions (including tools, benchmarks, and case studies) to the state of the art in the design, implementation, verification, and validation of time-sensitive systems.

In recent years, papers presented at ECRTS have addressed:

- all elements of time-sensitive COMPUTER SYSTEMS, including operating systems, hypervisors, middlewares and frameworks, programming languages and compilers, runtime environments, networks and communication protocols, FPGAs, time-predictable processors and memory controllers, etc.;

- static and dynamic techniques for RESOURCE DEMAND ESTIMATION, including stochastic and classic worst-case execution time (WCET) analysis, analyses to bound memory and bandwidth needs, and methods for determining the energy, power, or thermal footprint of real-time applications;

- FORMAL METHODS for the verification and validation of real-time systems, including model checking, computer-assisted proofs, and runtime monitoring systems;

- the interplay of timing predictability and other NON-FUNCTIONAL QUALITIES such as reliability, security, quality of control, energy/power consumption, environmental impact, testability, scalability, etc.;

- foundational SCHEDULING and PREDICTABILITY questions, including schedulability analysis, algorithm design, locking and non-blocking synchronization protocols, computational complexity, temporal isolation, probabilistic guarantees, etc.; and

- last but not least, emerging topics such as the use of MACHINE LEARNING techniques in safety-critical systems.

The above list of topics is intended only as coarse summary of recent proceedings and should not be understood as an exclusive list of interests. To the contrary, papers breaking new ground, departing from established subfields, or challenging the status quo are most welcome and highly encouraged.

The models, assumptions, and application scenarios upon which papers build must be properly motivated. Whenever relevant, we strongly encourage authors to present experimental results (preferably based on real data, but synthetic test cases are acceptable) and/or to demonstrate applicability of their approach to real systems (examples can be found at We encourage open-source initiatives and computer-assisted proofs in order to increase confidence in practical and theoretical results and to improve their reusability.


New in 2021: no more hard page limit! We believe that scientists should focus on the content of their papers, rather than worry about formatting tricks and layout micro-optimizations to squeeze the last few paragraphs under a given hard page limit. ECRTS 2021 therefore adopts a FLEXIBLE PAGE LIMIT with an expected length of 15 pages of technical content (including any appendices, excluding references and the title page) and the option to use additional pages when needed. To be clear, concision is a hallmark of good academic writing, and authors are still expected to make every effort to keep their conference papers as brief as possible to best serve readers. The flexible page limit is intended to take the stress out of the last couple of sentences spilling onto an extra page, not to invite excessive amounts of content that clearly exceed the limits of a conference paper. For further details, please see:

Double-blind reviewing (new in 2021): In the interest of maximizing fairness and the meritocratic nature of the evaluation process, ECRTS'21 will follow a double-blind peer reviewing process. Authors will submit blinded manuscripts (that do not reveal author identity or affiliation) and reviewers will not be made aware of author identities until after acceptance/rejection decisions have been made. Papers not selected by the program committee for (conditional) acceptance will not be de-blinded. For further details, please see:

Open access: We believe that a conference serves the research community and the public best when results are accessible to the largest audience without restrictions. All accepted papers will be published again this year as an open-access proceedings in collaboration with LIPIcs (Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics).

Artifact evaluation: To improve reproducibility of results and to encourage reuse, authors of accepted papers with a computational component will be invited to submit their code and/or their data to an optional artifact evaluation process.

Every accepted paper must be presented by one of the authors at the virtual conference.


  • Submission deadline: March 3, 2021 (23:59 UTC-12) - firm
  • Notification: April 22, 2021
  • Camera-ready deadline: May 6, 2021 - firm
  • Conference: July 7-9, 2020


General Chair:

  • Marcus Volp - SnT, University of Luxembourg, LU

Program Chair:

  • Bjorn Brandenburg - Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), GER

Program Committee:

  • Benny Akesson - University of Amsterdam / TNO, NL
  • Sebastian Altmeyer - University of Augsburg, GER
  • Jim Anderson - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
  • Sanjoy Baruah - Washington University in St. Louis, USA
  • Enrico Bini - Universita degli Studi di Torino , ITA
  • Konstantinos Bletsas - CISTER, ISEP, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, PT
  • Florian Brandner - Telecom Paris, FR
  • Giorgio Buttazzo - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Pisa, ITA
  • Marco Caccamo - TU Munich, GER
  • Daniel Casini - Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna - Pisa, ITA
  • Francisco Cazorla - Barcelona Supercomputing Center, ES
  • Thidapat Chantem - Virginia Tech, USA
  • Jian-Jia Chen - TU Dortmund, GER
  • Dakshina Dasarin - Robert Bosch GmbH, GER
  • Robert Davis - University of York, UK
  • Pontus Ekberg - Uppsala University, SE
  • Rolf Ernst - TU Braunschweig, GER
  • Nathan Fisher - Wayne State University, USA
  • Gerhard Fohler - TU Kaiserslautern, GER
  • Joel Goossens - Universite libre de Bruxelles ULB, BE
  • Giovani Gracioli - Federal University of Santa Catarina, BR
  • Mohamed Hassan - McMaster University, CA
  • Angeliki Kritikakou - Univ Rennes, Inria, IRISA, FR
  • Martina Maggio - Saarland University, GER
  • Renato Mancuso - Boston University, USA
  • Ahlem Mifdaoui - University of Toulouse, FR
  • Mitra Nasri - Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
  • Claire Pagetti - ONERA, FR
  • Alessandro Papadopoulos - Malardalen University, SE
  • Gabriel Parmer - George Washington University, USA
  • Risat Mahmud Pathan - Zenseact AB , SE
  • Rodolfo Pellizzoni - University of Waterloo, CA
  • Isabelle Puaut - Universite de Rennes 1/ IRISA, FR
  • Christine Rochange - University of Toulouse, FR
  • Selma Saidi - TU Dortmund, GER
  • Simon Schliecker - Volkswagen AG, GER
  • Corey Tessler - Towson University, USA
  • Marcus Volp - University of Luxembourg, LU
  • Georg von der Bruggen - MPI-SWS, GER
  • Peter Wagemann - Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nurnberg, GER
  • Heechul Yun - University of Kansas, USA