Workshop on
Synchronization and
Timing Systems


Time and Synchronization Across Industries:
A 2020 Vision

March 25 - 28, 2019
San Jose, CA
DoubleTree San Jose

Call for Papers

Submissions by: October 5, 2018


Present at WSTS, the Premier Conference on Timing and Synchronization


The Workshop on Synchronization and Timing Systems (WSTS) is approaching 30 years of bringing together leading experts to discuss the latest timing and synchronization topics. Over this period, time synchronization has evolved from a niche application to an underpinning technology across Power, Telecommunication, Finance and many other industries and applications.

WSTS has tracked and helped the evolution of precision timing over these decades. This has allowed experts to meet and offers the opportunity to explore cross-industry innovation, as an array of timing technologies become increasingly essential to many sectors.

We particularly welcome presentations offered by the users of synchronization, especially new innovations/applications which provide an important perspective on the needs for timing and on related challenges.

Presenting at this event positions your ideas in front of the top professionals in the timing and sync community. Please submit an abstract no later than Friday, October 5, 2018, to have your concepts considered.


As you submit an abstract, you will find that we are inviting two different formats: Presentations and Posters. For both formats, topics are suggested that discuss the need for timing, methods of delivering timing, experience from the field, or methods of measurement and validation. Other topics are welcome that discuss the latest timing and synchronization topics.

All Presentations to the Workshop should address the interests of a significant portion of the audience. These presentations are generally 20 minutes long with questions taken afterward for a group of talks.

We also welcome as Posters: expert talks that address a small, but important audience. These work well as posters, where the audience consists of interested persons and there is more opportunity for the author to interact with deeper insight. There will be a specific time devoted for the attendees to visit the posters, when they can interact with the audience. Poster authors can generally install their poster and leave it up for a longer period. If there is contact information, people can read the poster and contact the author outside of the dedicated poster period.

All talks, whether presentation or poster, are subject matter and/or technology oriented, not focusing on product/vendor specific implementation. Guidance is provided here. Near final versions of all talks, whether Presentation or Poster, are due February 25, 2019. This advance deadline enables all talks to be reviewed by the session chairs and members of the Steering Group. This mandatory process improves the quality of individual talks, helps talks complement each other, allows the session chairs to provide guidance on appropriate company-specific information and thus generally enables the excellence of WSTS.

For submitting a Presentation abstract, you will find that we seek either those that are relevant to a specific sector or technology area, and those that are sector independent. Sector-related talks must choose:

  • Telecom (e.g., 5G)
  • Electric Grid/Power Industry
  • Financial Services
  • Transportation/Automotive
  • Cyber-Physical Systems (Industrial Internet, Factory Automation, Computing,
    Sensor Data Fusion)
  • Broadcasting and Multi-Media
  • Other

For sector independent talks choose:

  • Sources of Timing: GNSS, Network Links, Oscillators (Atomic, Qu, MEMS, Other)
  • Timing Security/ Assured Timing
  • Measurement/ System Validation
  • Other

Please submit an abstract no later than Friday, October 5, 2018, to have your concepts considered.


WSTS is an "industry-neutral" Workshop. It exists to inform the audience on the latest timing and synchronization issues, addressing evolving sync requirements, the roll-out of new sync systems and standards and their impact on industries and equipment manufacturers. Approaching 30 years producing this event, the WSTS Steering Committee has observed that the event’s audience is more likely to be impressed by technology content than sales pitches. Our record of impartiality contributes to WSTS being known as the premier timing and sync event. To maintain this reputation, we request that your company respect the following presenters’ guidelines:

  • Talks should focus on problems, solutions and technologies, not touting specific company products. All presentations or posters must be free of product marketing language. The best way for your company to present itself as a thought leader is to deliver a technically strong and interesting paper that demonstrates your company’s solid technical grounding in addressing an issue of relevance. Presentations should address solutions at a generic level, rather than focusing on your company’s specific product.
  • The conclusion can, however, identify a specific solution. While “About Us” corporate overview slides are not allowed, one or two mentions of a specific solution per paper or poster are acceptable. This is especially effective in the closing slide after a problem has been addressed thoroughly. An acceptable final slide may include: your company logo and tagline, products without giving model numbers or names or pricing, a URL for more information, and appropriate contact information. Examples of questionable content include a list of products or model numbers, product pricing information, or images with clearly visible product names and logos.
  • How to Get Your Product(s) Explicitly in Front of the Audience. WSTS has booths available for exhibitors to present corporate marketing messaging and products. Exhibitors are allocated a five-minute slot to present products to the full audience in attendance.
  • Help is available. In general, session chairs will work directly with authors to clarify any questions. They use their judgment to address inappropriate content.
Thank you for complying with these guidelines to help WSTS retain its reputation as the premier timing and synchronization event.