Call for abstracts – Special Sessions

We encourage authors to consider the FIE 2021 conference theme of “Envisioning Convergence in Engineering Education.” Convergence can be defined as integrating knowledge and techniques from multiple disciplines and from both academia and the workforce while also providing students the opportunity to develop their professional skills to competently address societal opportunities and challenges, such as those related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are planning to create some themed sessions around convergence. If you would like to participate in one of these themed sessions. Please indicate during the abstract submission process which convergence track your work aligns with.

Since we cannot predict possible restrictions that may be in force when FIE 2021 is due to be held, we are preparing for different potential scenarios. Specifically

  • If travel is not possible for some regions, we will be flexible and allow virtual presentations for affected speakers;
  • If travel is possible but an author chooses not to travel due to individual health concerns or institutional restrictions, we will be flexible and allow them to present virtually; and
  • If we must cancel our on-site event due to local conditions or restrictions, FIE 2021 will be completely virtual.

Regardless of the form of presentation, in person or virtual, every paper accepted and presented for FIE 2021 will be published in the proceedings.

Abstract Submission Open!

Submission deadline extended until February 22, 2021

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Special Sessions

Special sessions are intended to be creative, non-traditional, interactive ways to engage engineering and computing education professionals in the frontiers of education. These sessions are ~80 minutes in length and are intended to be of value to FIE Conference attendees, enhance the experience and knowledge of the session participants, and help advance the frontiers of engineering and computing education.


Approval Procedure

To be approved to offer a special session, facilitators/authors will need to 1) submit a special session proposal abstract (800-1000 words) via the conference submission website and 2) if the abstract is approved, submit a paper (4-6 pages) that provides sufficient detail to give attendees a sense of what to expect during the session and motivate them to attend.


The initially submitted proposal abstract for a special session will be reviewed to determine if it is an appropriate fit for the FIE conference. If the proposal passes the first review, the facilitators/authors will be invited to submit a full paper draft that conforms to the required IEEE format for the conference. This full paper will undergo a more thorough, second round of peer review. Following the second round of peer-review, facilitators/authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection and any final requested edits prior to final paper submission. Please see the conference website for a list of relevant deadlines.


Expected Content

Both the special session proposals abstracts (800-1000 words) and the full paper (4-6 pages) must include each of the following elements. An approximate word count for each section of a proposal abstract is provided and can be scaled for the full paper, if accepted.

  • goal(s) of the session, including a description of the anticipated audience (community), and why they would be interested in the session (approximately 100-200 words).
  • a description of special session, including the topics/subjects/content of the session in the context of the relevant literature (approximately 200-300 words)
  • a justification for why the proposed session is novel and/or thought provoking (approximately 100 words)
  • an explanation of the interaction expected during the session and a session agenda that includes details and approximate time allotted for each activity, up to 80 minutes total (approximately 150 words)
  • a description of the expected outcomes, and future work as a result of this session (approximately 50 words)
  • brief biographies describing the expertise of the facilitators/speakers/panelists/organizers (approximately 100 words)


Additional Information

  • All organizers and presenters in panels and special sessions are expected to register for and participate in the full conference.
  • Additionally, because special sessions are partly evaluated based on the expertise of the facilitators, special session submissions should be prepared for single-blind review (i.e., the authors and affiliations should be identified).
  • Papers should adhere to the required IEEE formatfor the conference. Templates are available on the conference website.


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Important dates


February 22, 2021
Extended Abstract Submission Deadline

March 8, 2021
All Acceptance Communications

May 17, 2021
Preliminary Paper, Special Session and Panel Summary Papers, and Workshop Outlines, Submission Deadline​

June 7, 2021
Review deadline

June 14, 2021
Notification of Paper Revision Requirements and Final SSPCW Acceptance Communication

June 28, 2021
Revised Paper Submission (major revisions)

July 12, 2021
Review Revisions Completed

July 19, 2021
Peer Review Final Acceptance Communication

July 26, 2021
Final Camera-Ready Paper Submission & Copyright Deadline

September 20, 2021
Early Conference Registration Deadline

October 13-16, 2021