Call for papers

Information technology (IT) has progressively grown in importance to space exploration efforts and today it often dominates the costs and schedules of space mission projects. The International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT) is the first forum to gather system and software engineers, scientists, and other practitioners with the objective of advancing information technology for space missions. The forum provides an excellent opportunity for technical interchange for all aspects of IT used for space missions.

The conference will emphasize current and emerging IT practice and challenges for future space missions. 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 mission development will be considered.

SMC-IT 2017 continues the practice of rotating venues to better engage regional communities.  SMC-IT 2017 will be held at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Intelligent Spacecraft (e.g. computational intelligence, autonomy and autonomous systems, UAV/UAS in aerospace, cooperative systems/swarming, human-machine interactions)
  • Data Analytics for Advanced Instruments (e.g. sensors, remote sensing, sensor networks, data analytics, learning algorithms)
  • Robotic Manufacturing and Assembly of Large Space Structures (e.g. 3D printing in space, robotics cooperation & interaction, tele-robotics)
  • Advanced Computing and Big Data (e.g. intelligent systems, quantum computing, knowledge extraction and management, data mining, data science life cycle, computing for robotics, cloud computing in space, bio-inspired computing)
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (e.g. AR/VR applications to tele-robotics, data processing, mission operations, aerospace science analysis, videogame technology for simulation)
  • Robotics for Exotic Mission Destinations (e.g. novel space exploration concepts enabled by robotic advancements, humans working with robots in space)
  • Space Networking (e.g. resilient communications, space-terrestrial internetworking, interoperability, cross-agency standards)
  • Reliable Software, Verification & Validation approaches (e.g. re-usable software architectures, agile development and project management, verification of collaborative systems)
  • On-Ground Control (e.g. mission planning)

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 might span two or more topic areas (i.e., novel systems that draw on cross cutting technologies) are also encouraged.

Important dates

  • October 6, 2016 – Call for Full Papers and Mini-Workshop Concept Summaries
  • December 1, 2016 – Author Submission Website Open
  • March 30, 2017 April 15, 2017 – Final Submission Date for Mini-Workshop
  • March 30, 2017 April 15, 2017 – Final Submission Date for SMC-IT Papers
  • March 15, 2017 May 15, 2017 – Authors Acceptance Notification for Papers and Mini-Workshop Concepts
  • May 15, 2017 – Early Bird Registration
  • June 15, 2017 – CRC Manuscripts Due
  • July 15, 2017 – Regular Registration
  • September 27-29, 2017 – Conference

Best papers award

Best papers will receive a certificate and will be invited to extend their work for a special issue of reputable indexed journals in the field.


SMC-IT 2017 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 during one 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.