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:
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.
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.