IEEE SMDS 2021 - Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The IEEE International Conference on Smart Data Services (SMDS) is the flagship theme-topic conference for data-driven applications and solutions under the as-a-service model, including analytic services, smart data foundation, Big Data services, Blockchain services, and data-intensive computing at the edge and in IoT systems.

IEEE SMDS 2021 invites original data-driven services computing papers. Refereed paper reviews will be organized per the research tracks listed below. One special paper award will be provisioned for every special track.

[Special Track] Blockchain
(Organized jointly with the inaugural Symposium on Blockchain

  • Smart data for blockchains
  • Blockchain for smart data services
  • Blockchain-based solutions for smart data services
  • Blockchain for smart data management
  • Blockchain-assisted smart data platforms/architectures
  • Blockchain intelligence for data computing
[Special Track] Causal Learning
  • Causal learning from observational big data
  • Causal learning with streaming data
  • Causality and explainability
  • Causally informed data analytics
  • Benchmarking for causal learning
  • Applications of causal learning in smart data services
[Special Track] Graphs, Knowledge Graphs, and AI
  • Graph database and linked data in AI
  • Probabilistic graph models
  • Graph or knowledge representational learning
  • Dynamic, temporal and personalized knowledge graphs
  • Language models and knowledge graphs
  • Knowledge graphs: representation, construction, storage, querying, and applications
  • Graph Neural Networks (GNNs)
  • GNNs and Knowledge graphs in learning including knowledge-infused learning
  • Reasoning over knowledge-graphs
  • Graph and knowledge graphs in developing traceability, interactivity, interpretability, explainability and trust in AI
  • AI applications, platforms and systems enabled by graphs and knowledge graphs
Data as a Service
  • Foundations of smart data services
  • End-to-end data services
  • Smart data analytics services
  • Scientific data services
  • Open data services
  • Federated Smart data services and federated data analytics
  • Ethical AI preserving data analytics
Smart Data Infrastructure
  • Data clouds and cloud-based data services
  • Distributed databases and data stores
  • Programming models for smart data services
  • Data provenance and workflow support
  • Streaming and real-time data platforms
  • Smart data architectures
Smart Data Management
  • Smart data placement and scheduling
  • Data integration and service interoperability
  • Sustainability of smart data services
  • Data migration, storage, and preservation
  • Graph analytics, ontology, and reasoning
  • Metadata management, synchronization, and consensus
  • Data visualization and visual analytics
  • Green and eco-friendly data services
Smart Data Trustworthiness
  • Data privacy as a service
  • Security of data services
  • Data assurance, reliability, and trust
  • Outsourcing and delegation of data services
  • SLAs for smart data services
Data Computing at the Edge
  • Computing data anywhere, anytime
  • Smart IoT systems
  • Mobile data services
  • Data services for a digital continuum
  • Mission-critical data services
Data Service Quality
  • Quality assurance for data services
  • Pricing and billing of data services
  • Availability of data services
  • Data service performance
  • Data service compliance
Applications and Case Studies
  • Applications of smart data services
  • Data services for Smart-X
  • Social media, web, and crowdsourcing
  • Societal impacts of smart data services
  • Smart data services for healthcare
  • Future research challenges in data services

Manuscript Guidelines and Submission Information

Please download the paper template in WORD, LaTeX or Overleaf.

Language: English
Paper size and format: US Letter; Two-column format in the IEEE style
Page limit:

  • Every full paper submission can include up to 10 pages for the main contents (including all text, footnotes, figures, tables and appendices) with additional pages for appropriate references.
  • Up to three pages for “Work-in-Progress” paper submission (including main contents and references).
  • Please note that the above page limit will be applied without exception. Papers violating the page limit will regretfully be desk rejected.
Abstract Length: 1500 characters for a regular paper, and 500 characters for "work in progress" papers
Number of Keywords: between five to eight keywords for each paper
File format: Limit the size of a single PDF file to be 6MB

Anonymous Submissions: All conferences under IEEE SERVICES implement a double-blind reviewing process. Author names and affiliations should not appear in the paper. The authors should make a reasonable effort not to reveal their identities of institutional affiliations in the text, figures, photos, links, or other data that is contained in the paper. Authors' prior work should be preferably referred to in the third person; if this is not feasible, the references should be blinded. Submissions that violate these requirements will be rejected without review. The list of authors cannot be changed after the acceptance decision is made unless approved by the Program Chairs.

All submitted manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by at least three members of the program committee. Accepted papers with confirmed registration and committed presentation will appear in the conference proceedings published by the IEEE Computer Society Press. Recipients of "Best Paper", "Best Student Paper", and special paper awards will be presented with award certificates and cash prizes in the to-be-recorded Awards session of the conference. The authors of selected papers will be encouraged to submit extended and enhanced versions of their papers to the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC) and other suitable journals.

Submitted Regular and Work-in-Progress papers are REQUIRED to be formatted using the IEEE Proceedings template. Unformatted papers and papers beyond the page limit will not be reviewed.

Submission Link

Please submit your SMDS paper at

Important Dates (at 5:00am UTC)

Optional early paper submission: March 1, 2021
Improvement suggestions to early papers: April 1, 2021
Normal paper submission: April 15, 2021 April 30, 2021
Rebuttal phase: June 1 - 7, 2021 June 15-21, 2021
Final notification to authors: June 17, 2021 June 30, 2021
Camera-ready paper and registration due: July 1, 2021 July 15, 2021 July 21, 2021

Review Policy

IEEE Policy and professional ethics require that referees treat the contents of papers under review as privileged information not to be disclosed to others before publication. It is expected that no one with access to a paper under review will make any inappropriate use of the special knowledge, which that access provides. Contents of abstracts submitted to conference program committees should be regarded as privileged as well, and handled in the same manner. The Conference Publications Chair shall ensure that referees adhere to this practice.

Organizers of IEEE conferences are expected to provide an appropriate forum for the oral presentation and discussion of all accepted papers. An author, in offering a paper for presentation at an IEEE conference, or accepting an invitation to present a paper, is expected to be present at the meeting to deliver the paper. In the event that circumstances unknown at the time of submission of a paper preclude its presentation by an author, the program chair should be informed on time, and appropriate substitute arrangements should be made. In some cases it may help reduce no-shows for the Conference to require advance registration together with the submission of the final manuscript.

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About the Technical Committee on Services Computing

Founded in 2003, IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee on Services Computing (TCSVC) is a multidisciplinary group whose purpose is to advance and coordinate work in the field of Services Computing carried out throughout the IEEE in scientific, engineering, standard, literary and educational areas. IEEE TCSVC membership details are available at

Contact Information

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