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A partial list of example technology areas include:
bullet Reliable software and innovative fault tolerance approaches, including software-based methods
bullet Autonomy - rovers to operations
bullet Autonomy - system validation
bullet Automated planners and schedulers
bullet Human robotic interfaces
bullet Engineering design and modeling tools
bullet IT tools for risk management
bullet Innovative IT methods for rapid technology mission infusion
bullet Real-time information systems
bullet Embedded IT systems (for control or onboard processing)
bullet Machine vision and advanced image processing methods
bullet Real-time software and IT hardware in the loop
bullet Novel applications - spacecraft, ground systems, telecom
bullet IT for low cost operations
bullet OOD methods that enhances reuse
bullet Middleware services
bullet Knowledge capture, management, and ontologies
bullet On-board vehicle health diagnosis and repair
bullet Reducing software development costs and risk through CMMI
bullet Science and user software applications
bullet IT for the Interplanetary Network and next generation space-based networking
bullet New software architectures, languages, compilers, tools for space missions
bullet Spaceborne computing architectures
bullet Advanced high performance computing systems and applications
bullet Revolutionary new information technologies


(SMC-IT 2006)

Pasadena, California, USA

JULY 17 - 20, 2006


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Please mark your calendars! SMC-IT 2006 is coming!

The successful inaugural meeting of the International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT) was held on July 13 - 16, 2003, in Pasadena with over 330 attendees drawn from space agencies, national labs, defense, academia, and aerospace and related industry.

The next SMC-IT, the Second International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT 2006), is now scheduled for July 17-20, 2006, in Pasadena, CA. As with the first, this forum will provide an excellent opportunity for system designers, engineers, scientists, practitioners, and space explorers to foster technical interchange on all hardware and software aspects of IT applications in space missions.

SMC-IT 2006 will continue its focus on current IT practice and challenges as well as emerging information technologies with applicability for future space missions. IT in all aspects of the space mission will be explored, including flight systems, ground systems, science data processing, engineering and development tools, operations, and telecommunications. The entire IT lifecycle of the mission development will also be covered, such as conceptual design, engineering tools development, integration and test, operations, science analysis, quality control, and outreach.

Novel space IT papers are drawn from all sectors of the space community, including human spaceflight, earth orbiting systems, deep space missions, ground support systems, instruments, science, landers, rovers, and probes. The conference will address all space application areas, including civilian, military, and commercial. Likewise, domain areas extend from human crewed missions to robotic, and Earth observing to deep space.

The format of SMC-IT includes a range of invited and contributed papers, panels, and poster sessions, as well as an exhibition. New to SMC-IT 2006 are mini-workshops that will be held as part of the conference to explore specific emerging technology themes in greater depth. Each mini-workshop will typically run as one track during one day in a format decided upon by the individual workshop's organizers.


The conference will be held at the Pasadena Conference Center, which is conveniently located near the historic "Old Town" shopping area of Pasadena, California, home of the Tournament of Roses Parade, Rose Bowl, Caltech, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Final hotel, travel and other logistical information will be posted soon. Preliminary information is available now for early planning purposes.


Advanced Registration Opens .......................May 1, 2006

Regular Registration Opens ..........................June 15, 2006

Late Registration Deadline ............................June 29, 2006

Conference....................................................... Jul 17-20, 2006


Interested in exhibiting? If so, please contact Pat Elson at either (650) 604-4498 or email at .


If your company or institution has an interest in co-sponsoring some part of SMC-IT 2006, please contact one of the conference chairs below. If you have an interest in volunteering some personal time in planning and/or running the meeting, please drop us an email at


For more detailed information on specific IT topic areas, papers, schedule, and general logistics information please refer to the conference website:

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We look forward to seeing you in Pasadena in July of 2006!


Larry Bergman (+1 818 393-5314)

Sven Grenander (+1 818 354-0156)

California Institute of Technology
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, California 91109-8099

To view the SMC-IT 2003 Conference Program please click here

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