Embedded system design faces many challenges both with respect to functional requirements and nonfunctional requirements, many of which are conflicting. They are found in areas such as design and developer productivity, verification, validation, maintainability, and meeting performance goals and resource constraints. Novel design-time and run-time approaches are needed to meet the demand of emerging applications and to exploit new hardware paradigms, and in particular to scale up to multicores and distributed systems built from multicores. LCTES 2012 solicits papers presenting original work on programming languages, compilers, tools, theory, and architectures that help in overcoming these challenges. Research papers on innovative techniques are welcome, as well as experience papers on insights obtained by experimenting with real-world systems and applications.

Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics in embedded systems:

Programming language challenges, including:
  • Domain-specific languages
  • Features to exploit multicore, reconfigurable, and other emerging architectures
  • Features for distributed, adaptive, and real-time control embedded systems
  • Language capabilities for specification, composition, and construction of embedded systems
  • Language features and techniques to enhance reliability, verifiability, and security
  • Virtual machines, concurrency, inter-processor synchronization, and memory management
Compiler challenges, including:
  • Interaction between embedded architectures, operating systems, and compilers
  • Interpreters, binary translation, just-in-time compilation, and split compilation
  • Support for enhanced programmer productivity
  • Support for enhanced debugging, profiling, and exception/interrupt handling
  • Optimization for low power/energy, code and data size, and best-effort and real-time performance
  • Parameterized and structural compiler design space exploration and autotuning
Tools for analysis, specification, design, and implementation, including:
  • Hardware, system software, application software, and their interfaces
  • Distributed real-time control, media players, and reconfigurable architectures
  • System integration and testing
  • Performance estimation, monitoring, and tuning
  • Run-time system support for embedded systems
  • Design space exploration tools
  • Support for system security and system-level reliability
  • Approaches for cross-layer system optimization
Theory and foundations of embedded systems, including:
  • Predictability of resource behavior: energy, space, time
  • Validation and verification, in particular of concurrent and distributed systems
  • Formal foundations of model-based design as basis for code generation, analysis, and verification
  • Mathematical foundations for embedded systems
  • Models of computations for embedded applications
Novel embedded architectures, including:
  • Design and implementation of novel architectures
  • Workload analysis and performance evaluation
  • Architecture support for new language features, virtualization, compiler techniques, debugging tools

Important Dates

  1. Submission deadline: Friday, February 10, 2012, 23.59 CET.
  2. Author notification: Friday, April 20, 2012.
  3. Camera-ready papers: Tuesday, May 1, 2012.


Submissions must be in ACM proceedings format, 9-point type, and may not exceed 10 pages (all inclusive). Word and LaTeX templates for this format are available here. Submissions must be in PDF, printable on US Letter and A4 sized paper. To enable double-blind reviewing, submissions must adhere to two rules:

  1. author names and their affiliations must be omitted; and,
  2. references to related work by the authors should be in the third person (e.g., not "We build on our previous work ..." but rather "We build on the work of ...").

However, nothing should be done in the name of anonymity that weakens the submission or makes the job of reviewing the paper more difficult (e.g., important background references should not be omitted or anonymized). Papers must describe unpublished work that is not currently submitted for publication elsewhere as discussed here. Authors of accepted papers will be required to sign an ACM copyright release.

Accepted regular papers will be included in the conference proceedings and will be published by ACM. There will also be poster and work-in-progress presentations. The authors of the best papers of the conference will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue on LCTES of ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems. The best paper and the best presentation will receive an award.



We are looking for industrial sponsors to support LCTES in Beijing. The LCTES community has had a significant impact on industrial practices and products. It is a major conference in the Embedded Systems domain. It is the annual forum where engineers from industry and research exchange ideas and expertise on a variety of topics.

LCTES will have Three Categories of Sponsors

  • BRONZE SPONSORS (pay US$ 2000)
    The logo of the sponsor appears on the web site, proceedings and all conference materials. One free registration to the conference and tutorials.
  • SILVER SPONSORS (pay US$ 3000)
    A stand may be offered for the sponsor to present his technology. Bronze privileges with 3 free registrations.
  • GOLD SPONSORS (pay US$ 5000)
    They will be namely associated with the conference dinner plus Silver and Bronze privileges and
    with 4 free passes to all of the conference events.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact the LCTES 2012 General Chair:

Reinhard Wilhelm
Saarland University Saarbr├╝cken, Germany