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.

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Important Dates

Draft paper submission deadline:2018-10-08

Author guidelines

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.

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.

Topics of submission

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)


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