IEEE ICAS 2021 will be held as a virtual conference. We encourage you to submit your paper for consideration so you don't miss SPS' flagship event.

Paper Deadline

March 31, 2021

Special Session - Special Track Deadline

April 25, 2021

Notification of Paper Acceptance

May 21, 2021

Final Submission of Accepted Papers

June 1, 2021

About The Conference


The IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Systems (IEEE ICAS 2021) will take place in Montréal, Québec, Canada on August 11-13, 2021. The IEEE ICAS 2020 will be a premier international forum for presenting the technological advances and research results in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied Autonomous Systems (AS).

The 2021 IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Systems (ICAS 2021) is sponsored by IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) through IEEE SPS Autonomous Systems Initiative. Over the last decade, researchers have been proposing and investigating computing systems with advanced levels of autonomy in order to manage the ever-increasing requirements in complexity. An autonomous system is an artificial system able to perform a certain number of tasks with a high degree of autonomy. Signal Processing plays a key role within autonomous systems by providing theories and techniques to design algorithms used for perception, control and learning within an autonomous system.  This IEEE ICAS 2021 conference is focused on providing an updated state of the art over most advanced signal processing theories and techniques that are relevant for developing autonomous systems.  Original papers are invited from multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives on subject topics in Autonomous Systems (AS) including, but not limited to, the following:

Explore A Broad Range Of Topics


Theoretical Foundations of AS

  • Intelligent Foundations of AS
  • System Foundations of AS
  • Mathematical Foundations of AS
  • Computational Foundations of AS
  • Brain Science Foundations of AS
  • Cognitive Foundation of AS
  • Bottlenecks of Adaptive Systems
  • Indeterministic & Uncertainty Behaviors of AS
  • Interaction Between Humans and AS
  • Autonomous Computing Platforms
  • Neurological Foundations of AS
  • Signal Processing Theories of AS

Emerging Fields of AS

  • Autonomous Computers
  • Autonomous Algorithms
  • Brain-inspired AS
  • Machine Learning
  • Autonomous IoTs
  • Self-driving Vehicles and Vessels
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Real-time AS
  • Autonomous Unmanned Systems
  • Trustworthiness of AS
  • Mission Critical Systems
  • Autonomous Perception/Computer Vision

AS Engineering

  • Applied Paradigms of AS
  • Autonomous Programming
  • Cognitive Inference Engines
  • Autonomous Robots
  • Distributed AS
  • Embedded AS
  • Communications among AS
  • Communications Between AS and Humans
  • Autonomous Operating Systems
  • Autonomous Sensors
  • Autonomous Swarms
  • Social AS

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Important Dates

* 2021 Date TBD

Paper Deadline

March 31, 2021

Special Session - Special Track Deadline

April 25, 2021

Notification of Paper Acceptance

May 21, 2021

Final Submission of Accepted Papers

June 1, 2021

The Venue

Concordia University Conference Centre

Inaugurated in October 2017, the Conference Centre is located in the John Molson Building in the heart of Downtown Montreal. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the Center offers a modern and ultra-functional environment. It has a comfortable reception area for coffee breaks or cocktails as well as a wide corridor to facilitate traffic.  The abundant windows offers daylight and a spectacular view of the city and the St. Lawrence River. 

Attend the Conference


An accepted paper will be published in the proceedings only if the registration form and the full-fee payment for one of the authors is received and correctly processed.

Only member or non-member fees are allowed to cover the publication of an accepted paper. Student and recent PhD registration fees cannot be used to guarantee the publication of an accepted paper. If the author registering to cover the paper publication is a student, he or she has to pay the appropriate member or non-member fee. Members to whom the society bylaws grant special discounts (e.g., Life members of the IEEE) cannot use the discounted rates to cover the publication of an accepted paper: they have to pay the member fee.

One author registration will cover the publication expenses of four (4) papers. In the case no registration has been received and correctly processed to cover the paper publication, the conference organizers will contact the authors before the paper is removed from the proceedings.

Registration rates include access to the full Symposium, Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner, lunches and conference breaks. 


On or Before
June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020

Society Members

800 CAD

1020 CAD


1000 CAD

1300 CAD


1300 CAD

1650 CAD

Society Student

190 CAD

280 CAD

IEEE Student

330 CAD

370 CAD

Life Member

330 CAD

330 CAD

Student Non-member

440 CAD

470 CAD


Paper Fee

Dinner Ticket

Optional Items

50 CAD

120 CAD