SMC-IT 2019

The 2019, IEEE International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT), at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

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Call For Papers

Since 2003, the International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT) has gathered system and software engineers, scientists, and other practitioners with the objective of advancing information technology (IT) for space missions. As IT has progressively grown in importance to space exploration efforts and vice versa, it often becomes a major driver for what can be accomplished in space, as well as frequently dominating costs and schedules of space missions. The conference will provide an excellent opportunity for technical interchange for all aspects of IT used for space missions.

The conference will emphasize current and emerging IT best practices, opportunities, and challenges for future space missions and enhancement of current missions. All aspects of space missions will be explored, including: flight systems, ground systems, science data processing, engineering and development tools, operations, and communications. The entire IT lifecycle of mission development, operations, and evolution will be considered.

For SMC-IT 2019, we would also like to announce that the successful Workshop series on Fault Tolerant Space Computing will also be co-convened with SMC-IT 2019, affording a deeper exploration of current and future flight processor technology and systems.

SMC-IT 2019 continues the practice of rotating venues to better engage regional communities. In 2019, SMC-IT will return to its roots by being held in Pasadena, California.

PAPER & POSTER SUBMISSIONS
Novel papers are solicited from all sectors of the aerospace community, including earth orbiting systems, deep space missions, ground support systems, instruments, science, landers, rovers, and probes. The conference will address civil, military, and commercial application areas for human and robotic missions.
SMC-IT 2019 will consider two types of submissions: full papers (up to 8 pages) with a verbal presentation and posters (up to 2 pages). SMC-IT 2019 will use a single-pass, full-paper review process. Authors will submit a final version of their paper of up to 8 pages at the outset.

All accepted papers at SMC-IT 2019 will be published in the IEEE conference proceedings, to be available at the conference and indexed in the IEEE Xplore data base.Selected papers presented will be invited to appear in a special issue of a reputable journal in the field.

MINI-WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS
SMC-IT 2019 will continue the highly successful mini-workshop session format to explore specific emerging technology themes in greater depth. Each mini-workshop typically runs as one track for one day or one half day and incorporates both invited and contributed papers.

To propose a mini-workshop topic, please submit a 1-2 page abstract including the theme, scope, and goals of your workshop idea, as well as any potential speakers already identified.

TECHNICAL TOPICS
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Intelligent Spacecraft (computational intelligence; autonomy and autonomous systems; UAV/UAS in aerospace; cooperative systems/swarming)
* Data Analytics for Advanced Instruments (sensors, remote sensing, sensor networks; novel exploitation techniques, algorithms, and data analytics; machine learning)
* Advanced Computing and Big Data (intelligent systems; knowledge extraction and management; data mining; data science life cycle; cloud computing in space; quantum computing)
* Robotic Manufacturing and Assembly of Large Space Structures (3D printing in space; robotics cooperation and interaction; tele-robotics)
* Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR applications to tele-robotics, data processing, mission operations, space science analysis; video game technology advancing space capabilities)
* Robotics for Exotic Mission Destinations (novel space exploration concepts enabled by robotic advancements; humans working with robots in space)
* Space Networking (resilient communications; space-terrestrial internetworking, interoperability; cross-agency standards)
* Fault Tolerant Space Processor, Memory, and Storage (innovative resilient architectures, fault and power management approaches, architectures for emerging AI, big data, robotic vision, and intelligent systems applications)
* Reliable Software and Verification & Validation approaches (design for test; design for change; re-usable software architectures; agile development and project management; verification of complex systems)
* Ground Control (e.g. mission planning and scheduling; distributed and collaborative mission planning; human-machine interactions; increasing velocity of ground system development)

Although any relevant topic will be considered for submitted papers, the topics listed above are especially being sought as projected themes of the conference. In addition, papers that span two or more topic areas (e.g., novel approaches that draw upon cross-cutting technologies) are also strongly encouraged. For more detailed information on specific IT topic areas, schedule, author information, and general logistics information, please refer to the conference website: http://smc-it.org

Manuscripts (up to 8 pages) for full papers as well as posters and mini-workshop proposals (1-2 pages) must be received by December 10, 2018. Acceptance notification will be emailed by January 16, 2019. The template for each can be found at the SMC-IT 2019 web site: http://smc-it.org/authorinfo.html

SCHEDULE
September 7, 2018 Call for Full Papers, Posters, and Mini-Workshop Proposals
October 8, 2018 Author Submission Website Open
December 10, 2018 Final Submission Date for Papers, Posters, and Mini-Workshop Proposals
January 16, 2019 Authors Acceptance Notification
April 8, 2019 Final Manuscripts Due (incorporating reviewer comments)
May 6, 2019 Early-bird Registration opens
July 30 - August 1, 2019 Conference

The conference will be held at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) campus in Pasadena, California. Caltech is located 12 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles and about 25 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport.

To be placed on the SMC-IT mailing list, please send a blank email to:
smc-it-info-join@baylor.edu
To be removed from the list, please send a blank email to:
smc-it-info-leave@baylor.edu

We look forward to seeing you in Pasadena in Summer 2019!

CONFERENCE CHAIRS:
General Chair: Amalaye Oyake (amalaye.oyake"at-sign"jpl.nasa.gov)
Co-General Chair: Michael Campbell (michael.l.campbell"at-sign"aero.org)
Advisor to the General Chair: Larry Bergman (larry.bergman"at-sign"IEEE.org)
Or for general inquiries: smc-it-chairs"at-sign"baylor.edu


ORGANIZING COMMITEE:
Richard Doyle (Richard.J.Doyle"at-sign"jpl.nasa.gov)
María Dolores Rodríguez Moreno (malola.rmoreno"at-sign"uah.es)
Keith Schubert (Keith_Schubert"at-sign"baylor.edu)
Michela Munoz Fernandez (michela"at-sign"alumni.caltech.edu)
Brian Duncan (Brian.Duncan"at-sign"jhuapl.edu)

Author Information
Submission Templates


Please see the document templates below for paper submissions and for proposing a Mini-Workshop concept. Templates are in LaTex and MS Word formats.

LaTex Template
MS Word Template
Mini-Workshop Proposal Template

Corporate Donors

Sponsorship opportunities exist for 2019 conference in the form of corporate donations. Please contact the organizing committee to learn about these sponsorship opportunities.

Author Submissions Open October 2018