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The 9th IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (IEEE NetSoft 2023) will be held in Madrid, Spain from June 19 to June 23, 2023. The conference will be hosted by University Carlos III of Madrid, one of the best Spanish universities in many technical areas, in its downtown campus in Madrid.

The theme of the IEEE NetSoft 2023 Boosting Future Networks through Advanced Softwarization reflects the vision that future networks will also integrate a native service dimension in a continuum compute-connectivity environment crossing different network segments/providers/domains and enabled by softwarization coupled with new advanced architectures, frameworks, and models. This will allow greater flexibility, reliability, adaptability, and efficiency for both network operations and service deployments for the benefit of an ecosystem of different application layers/developers/components. This will also lay the foundation to head beyond the current inter-networking capabilities in Future Internet architectures and to further convergence between internetworking and IP layer re-engineering.

As in previous events, the IEEE NetSoft 2023 will showcase the latest research and development results from academia and industry in the area of AI/ML, SDN/NFV, edge/fog networking, management and orchestration, network slicing, energy efficiency, cloud-native deployments, security among others promising research areas in the context of Future Internet with the final aim of enabling an open softwarized network environment featured by full automation and autonomicity, native network slicing, and AI-based and dynamic control, management and orchestration.

IEEE NetSoft 2023 will feature an intense five-day conference program. The core of the conference will run from June 20 to June 22 and will feature inspiring Keynote Talks delivered by world-class researchers and industry representatives. It also includes a Distinguished Expert Panel, Technical Sessions, as well as Demos showcasing prototypes and proof-of-concept implementations of ongoing research ideas. On June 19 and June 23, the program includes workshops and tutorials that will provide the opportunity to deep dive into the focused topics on network softwarization. In addition, in this edition for the first time a PhD symposium will take place to engage PhD students in the vibrant NetSoft community and give them the opportunity to exchange ideas and receive valuable and constructive feedback for PhD work.

Network Softwarization in the Era of Complexity

The IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft) has a long-standing tradition of hosting a Distinguished Expert Panel (DEP) at the end of the three main conference days. The DEP offers the audience the possibility to hear the opinions and visions of renowned experts coming from academia, industry, and government agencies on the most relevant aspects of network softwarization, as well as to actively interact with them.

The NetSoft 2023 conference theme (Boosting Future Networks through Advanced Softwarization) reflects the vision of networks characterized by unprecedented levels of complexity, which can be dealt with only through the flexibility, reliability, efficiency, and abstraction capabilities offered by network softwarization and its advanced architectures, frameworks, and models. How to approach such complexity from a perspective that has practical implications on industry and society, taking advantage of the pervasiveness of communications and their evolution toward intelligent paradigms, will be discussed in the NetSoft 2023 DEP, scheduled on Thursday, June 22.

The panel will be centered on the topic Network Softwarization in the Era of Complexity and the discussion will continue on two interesting subtopics: Industrialization of Network Softwarization and Network Softwarization: Pervasiveness and Intelligence. Champions from industry and academia will present their views and introduce the challenges, stimulating the participation of the other panelists as well as the audience.


  • Rui Aguiar, IT Aveiro, Portugal
  • Javier Antich Romaguera, Selector AI, Spain
  • Jose Castillo Lema, Red Hat, Spain
  • Abhimanyu Gosain, Northeastern University, USA
  • Ricard Vilalta, CTTC, Spain


  • Luis Miguel Contreras Murillo, Telefonica I+D, Spain
  • Walter Cerroni, University of Bologna, Italy