ETFA 2021 is the 26th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) focusing on the latest developments and new technologies in the field of industrial and factory automation. The conference aims to disseminate novel ideas and emerging trends, research results and practical achievements. ETFA 2021 will be held September 7-10, 2021 at Aros Congress Center in Västerås, Sweden.

ETFA 2021 is a unique opportunity to network, build up partnerships and exchange ideas with both industry leaders and a variety of experienced researchers, developers and practitioners from several industries, research institutes, and academia. Join the exciting ETFA 2021 technical and social activities. The ETFA 2021 Organizing Committee looks forward to welcoming you to Västerås.

Topics of Interest

  • Information Technology in Automation
  • Industrial Communication Technologies and Systems
  • Real-Time and Networked Embedded Systems
  • Automated Manufacturing Systems
  • Industrial Control
  • Computer Vision and Human-Machine Interaction in Industrial and Factory Automation
  • Intelligent Robots & Systems
  • Intelligent Sensors, Sensor Networks, and Information Processing
  • Complex Automation Systems and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence for Cyber-Physical Systems in Automation
  • Vehicular Embedded Systems


Special Sessions provide the opportunity to focus on particular emerging topics that are not covered in the conference’s main technical tracks and/or to stimulate in-depth discussions in special areas relevant to the conference theme.


Best paper awards in Factory Automation and Emerging Technologies will be presented at the conference banquet dinner.


The working language of the conference is English. Two types of submissions are solicited. Regular papers are limited to 8 double column pages in a font no smaller than 10-points. Work-in-Progress and Industry Practice papers are limited to 4 double-column pages in a font no smaller than 10- points. Manuscripts must be submitted electronically in PDF format, according to the instructions contained in the Authors section.


Each accepted paper must be presented at the conference by one of the authors, otherwise the ETFA 2021 Organizing Committee reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution after the conference at IEEE Xplore. The final manuscript must be accompanied by a registration form and a registration fee payment proof. All conference attendees must pay the conference registration fee and their travel, accommodation, and other personal expenses.


Workshop proposals to address cutting edge research and developments in technological sciences are welcome. The Workshops will be held on Sept. 7, 2021.


The Industry Day offers an opportunity to exchange views with researchers and practitioners from academia and industry. The Industry Day will be held on Sept. 7, 2021.

Important Dates

Regular and special sessions papers:     
  • Submission deadline          April 1
  • Acceptance notification      May 6
  • Deadline for final papers   June 17
Work-in-progress papers, Industry practice papers:
  • Submission deadline          May 13
  • Acceptance notification      June 10
  • Deadline for final papers    June 17
Workshop proposals:
  • Submission deadline          March 2
  • Acceptance notification      March 9
Special Session proposals:          
  • Submission deadline          January 10
  • Acceptance notification      January 24


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