IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2023)

24-28 September, 2023

Bilbao, Spain

Special Session: Verification and Validation of Autonomous Driving functions, and Key Enabling technologies

Autonomous driving functions are rapidly evolving in the last years, fueled by progress in key enabling technologies, such as accurate positioning, advanced environment perception, vehicular communications, and cybersecurity. However, the automotive industry faces a major challenge in ensuring the safety and reliability of the developed functions. The automotive industry is governed by strict test and validation rules, which require a thorough evaluation of all possible situations that an automated function will face in the real world. Testing all possible scenarios is unfeasible and unaffordable. Consequently, verification and validation (V&V) procedures and methodologies remain a key unresolved challenge for the validation of highly automated driving functions. The impact of rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the last years also raises a question about how to include them in a V&V procedure. New methodologies are required to improve their predictability and transparency to ensure their trustiness in a safety-critical field such as driving. Appropriate V&V procedures are required to put the latest autonomous driving functions into practice. Virtual or hybrid simulation environments, testing, data production and management, adoption of standards, and the use of Machine Learning and AI have some of the key roles in the current paradigm shift of autonomous driving functions validation. This special session aims to collect the latest advances in V&V methods for autonomous driving functions, best practices for the design of advanced functions, and key enabling technologies.


The topics in the special session would include but are not limited to:

  • ITS field tests and implementation
  • Verification and Validation procedures for autonomous driving functions
  • Simulation environments
  • Scenario-based testing
  • Data-driven development and validation
  • Data and metadata generation for validation
  • Standardization of data and interfaces for validation
  • Test coverage & Operational Design Domain analysis
  • Vehicle localization and navigation
  • Vision and environment perception
  • V2X communications in ITS
  • Connected and automated vehicles
  • Security and safety systems


Important Deadlines:

May 15, 2023 – Submission deadline for regular, special session, and workshop papers

June 30, 2023 – Notification of paper acceptance

July 31, 2023 – Final paper submission deadline


Special Session organizers:

● Dr. Oihana Otaegui: Vicomtech, Spain

● Dr. Joshué Perez: Tecnalia, Spain

● Dr. Peio Onaindia: Ikerlan, Spain


Further information for authors:

Contributions to this Special Session need to be submitted via Papercept (, using this code: 6v9p4

All papers submitted through Papercept (Workshop, Special & Industrial Session and Regular Session Papers) will be peer-reviewed. All the accepted papers, if they are presented at ITSC 2023, will be published in IEEE Xplore and eligible for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (Q1, Impact Factor = 9.55) journal special issues arranged for the conference.


More information about the Special Session can be found here.