LISA17 Call for Participation

Sponsored by USENIX, the Advanced Computing Systems Association

LISA17 will take place October 29–November 3, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

LISA is the premier conference for operations professionals, where systems engineers, IT operations, SRE practitioners, and academic researchers share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.

Call for Participation

We invite both industry leaders and people on the front lines to propose topics that demonstrate the present and future of operations. LISA submissions should inspire and motivate attendees toward action that improves their day-to-day work as well as the tech industry as a whole.

LISA encourages submissions from people from a wide range of backgrounds. Our early proposal program allows first-time submitters and/or submitters of controversial topics to receive feedback and improve their chances for acceptance.

Important Dates

  • Early proposals deadline*: Monday, February 27, 2017, 11:59 pm PST
  • Notification to early proposal submitters: Monday, March 20, 2017
  • Standard proposals deadline*: Monday, April 24, 2017, 11:59 pm PDT
  • Notification to standard proposal submitters: Tuesday, June 13, 2017

*For early proposals, instead of being declined, feedback will be given so that it can be re-submitted for the main deadline. The standard deadline provides the opportunity to submit revised proposals, as well as providing more time for tutorial instructors to create new content prior to the conference.

Conference Organizers

Topic Categories


  • Scalability and Resiliency
  • Infrastructure Design
  • Machine Learning
  • Performance Planning
  • Strategic Vision
  • On the Horizon


  • Building Dev/Ops Relationships
  • Business Communication
  • Standards and Regulatory Compliance
  • On-Call Challenges
  • Workplace Diversity
  • Mentorship, Education, and Training


  • Dynamic Service Implementation
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Monitoring and Instrumentation
  • Machine and Service Hardening
  • Analytics of System Data
  • Release Engineering

Proposals We Are Seeking

  • Talks: 30 and 45 minute talks, with time for Q&A.
  • Mini Tutorials: 90-minute courses teaching practical, immediately applicable skills.
  • Tutorials: Half-day or full-day courses taught by experts in the specific topic, preferably with interactive components such as in-class exercises, breakout sessions, or use of the LISA Lab space.
  • Panels: Moderator-led groups of 3–5 experts answering moderator and audience questions on a particular topic
  • Vendor-neutral interactive demonstrations of hardware and software use in practical situations for operations professionals.