IEEE Space Mission Challenges in Information Technology - IEEE Space Computing Conference
18-21 July 2023


The International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology (SMC-IT) and the Space Computing Conference (SCC) gather system designers, engineers, computer architects, scientists, practitioners, and space explorers with the objective of advancing information technology, and the computational capability and reliability of space missions. The forums will provide an excellent opportunity for fostering technical interchange on all hardware and software aspects of space missions. The joint conferences will focus on current systems practice and challenges as well as emerging hardware and software technologies with applicability for future space missions.

Systems in all aspects of the space mission will be explored, including flight systems, ground systems, science data processing, engineering and development tools, operations, telecommunications, radiation-tolerant computing devices, reliable electronics, space-qualifiable packaging technologies. The entire information systems lifecycle of the mission development will also be covered, such as conceptual design, engineering tools development, integration and test, operations, science analysis, quality control.



The SMC-IT/SCC 2023 Technical Committee is seeking four kinds of submissions at this time: full papers, presentations, posters, and mini-workshop proposals.

Full papers with presentation (both SMC-IT and SCC)

SMC-IT/SCC 2023 will again use a single-pass, full-paper review process. Full papers can be up to 10 pages in length and require a verbal presentation. For full papers submitted to SCC, a separate abstract (between four paragraphs and one page in length) *must* be submitted first, which will be used by the PC to identify the appropriate reviewers efficiently. Authors of full papers must submit a final version of their paper of up to 10 pages at the outset, plus references.

All papers accepted for SMC-IT/SCC 2023 will be published in the IEEE conference proceedings, indexed in the IEEE Xplore database. Note that IEEE has a "Podium and Publish" policy for conferences, which means that no manuscript will be published in IEEE Xplore without first being presented at the conference. Some selected papers may be invited to appear in a special issue of a reputable journal in the field.

Poster submissions (both SMC-IT and SCC)

Proposals for posters can be up to 2 pages in length. Poster authors or teams will be given multiple opportunities to discuss their work with interested attendees in poster sessions. Successful poster proposals will receive further guidance on the exact size and format for their posters. We particularly encourage college students to participate and submit original paper and poster contributions.

Presentations without accompanying papers (only SCC)

Authors of presentations which will not have a corresponding paper need to submit a 1-page abstract, which will allow the conference organizers to determine if the proposed presentation is germane for the conference, determine which track/session the proposed presentation belongs and ensure the author is in contact with the track/session chair for feedback prior to the final submission. All presentation-only abstract submissions must be submitted by the initial abstract submission deadline.

All accepted presentations will be distributed to the conference attendees, with the consent of the author and their organization, but will not be published in the IEEE Xplore database.

Mini-workshop submissions (only SMC-IT)

SMC-IT 2023 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 or two half days, and may incorporate invited and/or 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. Please also indicate whether you prefer a full-day, or one or two half-day time-slots.


The conference will be held at the beautiful California Institute of Technology (Caltech) campus in Pasadena, California. Caltech is located 12 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles and about 25 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport. Quite separate from Los Angeles, Pasadena is a vibrant city in its own right with a rich set of cultural attractions and accommodations, including modern hotels, wide range of restaurants, many significant museums, and of course, home to not only Caltech, but also the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Norton Simon Museum, Rose Bowl, Old Town Shopping district, and within close proximity to other Southern California points of interest, such as Hollywood, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Griffith and Mt Wilson Observatories, California Science Center (new home of Space Shuttle Endeavor), Universal Studios, Disneyland, and of course Southern California's beautiful beaches. Additional information will be forthcoming on possible post-conference tours to a few of these.


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