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6-Page Manuscripts due February 1, 2017

September 27-29, 2017
University of Alcalá
Alcalá  de Henares, Spain<>

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.

Novel papers are solicited from all sectors of the space 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 
SMC-IT 2017 will consider two types of submissions: full papers with an oral 
presentation (up to 6 pages), and posters (up to 2 pages).

SMC-IT 2017 will use a single-pass, full-paper review process.  Authors will 
submit an up-to 6-page camera ready paper at the outset.  Accepted papers 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 
at SMC-IT 2017 will be invited to appear in a special issue of reputable 
journals in the field. There will be a poster session whose instructions will 
be sent in the future.

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.

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; human-machine 
* Data Analytics for Advanced Instruments (sensors, remote sensing, sensor 
networks, and data analytics; algorithms; machine learning)
* Robotic Manufacturing and Assembly of Large Space Structures (3D printing in 
space; robotics cooperation & interaction; tele-robotics)
* Advanced Computing and Big Data (intelligent systems; quantum computing; 
knowledge extraction and management; data mining; data science life cycle; 
computing for robotics, cloud computing in space)
* Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR applications to tele-robotics, data 
processing, mission operations, space science analysis, etc.; 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 internet 
working, interoperability; cross-agency standards)
* Reliable Software, Verification & Validation approaches (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.

As mentioned earlier, manuscripts will be reviewed in a single-step process. 
Manuscripts (up to 6 pages) for contributed papers as well as mini-workshop 
proposals (1-2 pages) must be received by February 1, 2017. Acceptance 
notification will be e-mailed by March 15, 2017. The template for each can be 
found at the SMC-IT 2017 web site:

October 17, 2016 - Call for Full Papers and Mini-Workshop Concept Summaries
December 1, 2016 - Author Submission Website Open
January 15, 2017 - Final Submission Date for Mini-Workshop Proposals
February 1, 2017 - Final Submission Date for SMC-IT Papers
March 15, 2017 - Authors Acceptance Notification
June 15, 2017 - Camera Ready Manuscripts Due (incorporating reviewer comments)
July 1, 2017 - Early-bird Registration opens
September 27-29, 2017 -- Conference

The conference will be held in Alcalá de Henares, Spain, on the beautiful 
campus of the University of Alcalá. The University of Alcalá is located about 
20 miles northeast of Madrid.   For more detailed information on specific IT 
topic areas, schedule, author information, and general logistics information 
please refer to the conference website:<>

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We look forward to seeing you in Spain in September 2017!

María Dolores Rodríguez Moreno (General Chair, e-mail: 
Brian Duncan (Deputy General Chair, e-mail:
Larry Bergman (Advisor to the General Chair, e-mail:  larry.bergman _at_<>

Keith Schubert (e-mail: Keith_Schubert _at_
Michela Munoz Fernandez (e-mail: michela.munoz.fernandez _at_
Amalaye Oyake (e-mail: amalaye.oyake _at_

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