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One of our goals every year with SATURN is to create a solid technical program that is informative, engaging, and lasting. When evaluating proposals for the program, the review committee uses the following guidelines to help decide whether a proposal is a good match for this year's conference. In these guidelines, the term "session" is used generically to describe any talks, workshops, tutorials, and so on in the conference program.

Informative sessions share meaningful insights with lessons that attendees will be able to apply directly with their teams after the conference.

  • Is the information proposed relevant to one of the topic themes in this year's conference?
  • Are there succinct lessons supported by real-world examples, research, or direct experience?
  • Is the topic of broad or general interest?
  • Can the lessons be applied beyond small sub-communities of practice?

Engaging sessions create an active learning environment that promotes information retention and generally gets attendees excited about the topics discussed.

  • Did the speakers have an impact on their organizations related to the lessons or insights proposed?
  • Do the speakers appear to be knowledgeable of the topics proposed?
  • Do the speakers have a history of successful, engaging, educational, energetic, passionate, or entertaining presentations?
  • Have the speakers shown an attention to detail in preparing their proposal?
  • For participative sessions and tutorials, will the proposed session create an effective learning experience for attendees?

Lasting sessions have appeal beyond current fads and attempt to weave new ideas into our overall understanding of how we develop software systems.

  • Does the proposed session advance the current state of practice?
  • Does the proposed session improve our depth of understanding in software architecture?
  • Does the proposed session present a unique or novel project experience?
  • Does the proposed session offer a unique or fresh perspective on "classic" topics?

Our intent in sharing this information is to help you to write the best proposal possible. Use these evaluation guidelines to tailor your proposals and help create the best SATURN Conference yet. Strong proposals will have some "yes" answers in each of the guidelines. Also note that these are only guidelines and not hard-and-fast rules. We are excited to see all the great ideas that are proposed!

- Amine Chigani
- Jørn Ølmheim
SATURN 2016 Technical Co-Chairs

SATURN 2016 will be held in San Diego, California, May 2-5, 2016. See the SATURN 2016 Call for Submissions to learn how you can submit an abstract to present your ideas at SATURN 2015. Please submit proposals for 15-, 30-, and 90-minute sessions to the online submission system no later than January 15, 2016. The technical committee will offer discounted conference attendance to those selected to be part of the program; specific compensation details will be posted on the SATURN 2016 website soon.

For those who were unable to attend the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2015 Conference, videos of many SATURN 2015 presentations are now available to view online

SATURN 2016 will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California, May 2-5. The SATURN Technical Committee will release the Call for Submissions for SATURN 2016 during the first week in September. We are opening the Call early this year to allow more time to submit proposals for the outstanding presentations you have come to expect from SATURN as the premier architecture conference for senior engineers. Watch for an announcement here soon!

Software engineering educators gathered August 3-5 at the SEI's Pittsburgh headquarters for the 12th annual Architecture-Centric Engineering (ACE) Workshop for Educators. The SEI hosts this event to foster an ongoing exchange of ideas among educators whose curricula include the subjects of software architecture and software product lines. The SEI's Grace Lewis and Robert Nord led the workshop, which was attended by 16 educators representing institutions located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and Thailand.

Read more about the workshop on the SEI website.

If you would like to participate next year, please send email to get added to our mailing list for the event.

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is conducting design research on the SEI website in an effort to make the site more user friendly. We are asking for the help of those with a technical background to take a brief usability test, which requires technical knowledge though there are no right or wrong answers. The test should take about 10-15 minutes, and those who take it will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card (you will be asked for your email address, which will be used to select the winning participant).

The test will be open until Friday, August 21 and can be accessed at http://ows.io/tj/y3u67ty6

Thanks in advance for your help!

Software: Catalyst of Change

With the increasing reliance on and penetration of software into everyday lives, the need for organizations to predictably develop, acquire, and sustain high-quality software systems has never been greater. To address this need, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is pleased to announce that it will host its first Software Solutions Conference (SSC) at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, Va., from Nov. 16 through 18.

Review the conference program here.

The conference is designed to focus attention on emerging technologies and technical strategies for assuring quality, timeliness, trust, and affordability in current and future software-reliant systems. These technologies and strategies are vitally important to the missions of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), government agencies, and the industry that supports them.

Highlights of the technical program include

  • sessions in three tracks: Project Experiences, Research Topics/Emerging Technology, and Acquisition Practice
  • a broad range of presentations on key topics including legacy-system modernization, large-scale Agile development and Agile for defense programs, system complexity, system and software testing, high-assurance software for real-time systems, systems of systems, acquisition, risk, cloud computing, decision-support systems, computing at the tactical edge, DevOps in the federal government, measurement and analysis, software architecture, software sustainment, and technical debt
  • an expert-panel discussion about open systems architecture
  • joint presentations by SEI staff with DoD and government collaborators
  • a summary of the SEI research program by SEI Chief Technical Officer Kevin Fall
  • a question-and-answer panel discussion with senior SEI leaders
  • social events and opportunities for attendees to network with industry leaders, conference speakers, peers, and experienced innovators, and to influence the SEI technical research agenda.

Registration is now open. Discounted registration will be available to U.S. government and military personnel, employees of small businesses, and attendees whose organizations send three or more people to the conference.

To review the full conference schedule, go to http://www.sei.cmu.edu/ssc.

Researchers in the Software Solutions Division at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) are seeking volunteers to participate in a study to identify and measure complexity in software models and to evaluate quality, productivity, and modeling tool usage outcomes in the context of complexity. The Effective Reduction of Avoidable Complexity in Embedded Systems (ERACES) Experimentis seeking up to 70 participants from two communities:

  • computer science students at a college or university
  • industry and government professionals from the software development domain

The call for participation is open now through June 30, 2015.