GSAW 99: Call for Participation
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Third Ground System Architectures Workshop 
March 3-5, 1999  
El Segundo, California 
The Aerospace Corporation 

GSAW 99 is the third in a series of annual workshops that facilitate exploration of issues and potential for consensus in software architectures for spacecraft ground systems (SGSs). The annual GSAW provides a forum for SGS users, developers, and researchers to share their experiences through presentations, working groups, and panel discussions. Emphasis is on the dissemination of new ideas and lessons learned in the creation, application, and evaluation of software architectures that meet the technological challenges of SGS development.

As in previous years, the workshop will be hosted by The Aerospace Corporation in cooperation with the Ground Systems Integrated Product Team (GSIPT) of the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). The GSAW series is partially supported by the Center for Software Engineering of the University of Southern California (USC-CSE) and by the Evolutionary Design of Complex Software (EDCS) Program of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate. GSAW 99's affiliation with government and civilian institutions makes this workshop a unique opportunity to advance the state of practice and research in software architectures for SGSs.

Technical sessions of GSAW 99 will focus on the role of software architectures on the development, operation, and maintenance of reusable and evolvable SGSs.  Specific issues to be addressed include the following:

Prospective presenters at GSAW 99 should submit abstracts describing results of their work, work in progress, or case studies relevant to one or more of the workshop's focus issues. Abstracts must not exceed three pages in length and should summarize the claims, scope, methodology, and generality of the work.  Abstracts should include a cover page with the following information: (1) title of the abstract; (2) names and affiliations of the author(s); (3) address and telephone number of the contact author; and (4) a list of focus issues addressed in the abstract.

Proposals are also being solicited for working-group sessions on any of the focus issues of the workshop. Proposals must not exceed two pages in length and should contain the following information: (1) title of the session; (2) names and affiliations of the organizer(s); (3) address and telephone number of the contact organizer; (4) a description of the topic and format of the working group; and (5) a list of potential participants.

All abstracts and proposals must be sent via electronic mail. Accepted abstracts will be the basis for presentations within general sessions or specific working-group sessions at the workshop. All presentations as well as summaries of the working groups will be published in both the hardcopy and electronic versions of the GSAW 99 proceedings.

Important Dates and Contact Information
Deadline for submission of abstracts and proposals:  November 16, 1998 
Notification of acceptance:  December 14, 1998 
Deadline for submission of presentations of accepted abstracts:  February 8, 1999 
Electronic-mail address for submissions and inquiries: 
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