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SCiA at AIAA SciTech 2015 : Software Challenges in Aerospace Symposium


When Jan 5, 2014 - Jan 9, 2014
Where Kissimee, FL
Abstract Registration Due Jun 2, 2014
Submission Deadline Sep 1, 2014
Notification Due Nov 1, 2014
Final Version Due Dec 1, 2014
Categories    aerospace   human-computer interaction   verification   automation

Call For Papers

In the second Software Challenges in Aerospace symposium, we will again bring together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science. We will focus on software for flight operations (both on the vehicle and ground), and place a priority on the design and analysis of software-intensive aerospace systems for safety assurance. The goal of this symposium is to foster innovation and discussion across the divide between the two academic communities. We place an emphasis on demonstrable research on real-world applications, with clear extensions to aerospace software.

Papers will appear in the 2015 SciTech proceedings. Select papers from the first symposium were invited to extend their papers for a special issue of the Journal of Aerospace Information Systems, due to be published soon.

We invite papers of these types:

Papers that clearly describe gaps in the capabilities or policies related to aerospace software, and that illuminate frontiers where research will be necessary in order to make progress.

Papers which push the boundaries and deliver results in software-intensive systems, highlighting techniques that enable the intelligent and efficient management of system complexity.

The topics covered by this workshop include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Software Synthesis for Aerospace
~ model-based approaches to software and software-intensive system design
~ compositional and hierarchical design approaches for reducing and managing
~ approaches to building intelligent and adaptive systems within a safety-critical framework
~ the generation of code that is correct-by-construction
~ the design of maintainable systems
* Software Analysis for Aerospace
~ verification and validation for safety-critical software systems
~ security analysis for aerospace communications,
~ compositional analysis of code for scalability
~ automated testing techniques
~ statistical techniques (including data mining and learning) for program and software
behavior analysis
* Aerospace System Integration
~ architectures for safety-critical aerospace systems containing software, hardware, and
~ approaches to, benefits of, and limitations of Integrated Modular Avionics frameworks
~ human-computer interaction including intelligent cockpits/control towers
~ adaptive airspace implementations
*Aerospace Software Policy and Implementation
~ the certification of software systems, including DO-178, DO-278, and safety-case based
~ decision-making in air systems, including both autonomy and human factors issues
~ creating and maintaining a skilled workforce for aerospace software

Important Dates:

June 2nd Preliminary abstracts required
June 15th Invitations go out for full papers
September 1st Full papers due
November 1st Author notification
December 1st Final manuscripts due
January 5-9th AIAA SciTech Meeting


Submissions may be made at the AIAA SciTech 2015 website, located here: Once you have authenticated to Scholar One, choose ‘Software Systems’ as the topic and ‘Software Challenges in Aerospace’ as the subtopic.

Papers will initially be accepted based on an abstract, due no later than June 2nd, 2014.

We invite three kinds of papers, full-length technical papers (6-10 pages) and short ideas papers and practical experience reports (4-5 pages) in the AIAA conference format. (The author's kit can be found at To encourage thorough and appropriate citation, the references section will not count against the page limits. In both cases, the program committee will assess the papers for originality, importance of the contributions, the quality and clarity of the writing, and the consideration of the current state of practice. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three members of the program committee.
Technical papers should describe original and unpublished concepts and results at the intersection of aerospace and computing. These papers should have solid and complete evaluations and contribute to knowledge at the frontier.
Ideas papers will allow the authors to present and get feedback on novel ideas and on promising work that has not yet been fully evaluated. These papers should focus on inspiring new directions, and/or provocative ideas.
Practical experience reports are papers by authors who have attempted to implement software in realistic aerospace contexts. These papers should discuss implementation details and results, and hopefully contain recommendations for future implementation.

Accepted full-length technical papers will be presented at the conference as 20-25 minute talks during the AIAA SciTech meeting in a special track during January 2015. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, accepted short idea papers may be presented as full talks or as part of a panel discussion.

Evaluation Criterion:

Papers will be evaluated on novelty, practicality and applicability to aerospace systems. Papers from the aerospace community may describe current industry practices, approaches and open problems. In evaluating these papers, the reviewers will focus on completeness of the presented approaches and on whether or not the open problems have the ability to stimulate interest in the computer science community. Papers from the computer science community will be evaluated on their practicality as demonstrated by an implementation that shows the value of the approach on real-world applications. In evaluating these papers, the reviewers will focus on whether or not the results presented are easily extended to software systems found in the aerospace domain. We will post the reviewer instructions on the conference website for authors to reference.

Updated information and details for the workshop can be found at

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