SATURN 2012 – Architecture: Catalyst for Collaboration

Here at the SEI, we are excited to be planning for SATURN 2012, which we will hold in St. Petersburg, Florida on May 7-11, 2012. SATURN has grown in attendance, influence, and stature every year since its inception in 2005 as a small gathering of practitioners and SEI technical staff members. With another successful conference last year in San Mateo, California, SATURN is now a truly international conference with prestigious keynote speakers and a technical program that has become more ambitious in scope and engaging in content each year.

Along with the SEI SATURN Technical Committee–Ipek Ozkaya, Robert Nord, John Klein, and Soumya Simanta–I’m happy to announce the theme we have chosen for SATURN 2012 and invite you, our SATURN blog readers, to consider being a part of the SATURN technical program by submitting an abstract for a presentation or tutorial. Entering the third year of our mutually beneficial collaboration with IEEE Software magazine, we again offer to SATURN presenters the possibility that a paper based on their presentations will be featured in a future issue of IEEE Software. Papers from presentations at SATURN 2011 will be published in forthcoming issues this year.

As projects continue to grow in scale and complexity, effective collaboration across geographical, cultural, and technical boundaries is increasingly prevalent and essential to system success. SATURN 2012 will explore the theme of “Architecture: Catalyst for Collaboration.” We will include presentations, courses, and tutorials on

  • collaboration in software development; for example, architecture in an Agile project
  • collaboration in the context of mobile computing, cloud computing, social networking, open frameworks, and service-oriented architecture
  • knowledge management for effective collaboration
  • systems of systems and ultra-large-scale systems: how to achieve collaboration across independently funded and managed organizations
  • multi-agent systems and collaboration among non-human entities such as software and networks
  • collaborative design and architecture tools

The call for submissions is now open. We will be accepting abstracts for presentations (1/2 hour, 45 minutes, or 1 hour) and tutorials (4 hours) through November 30th.

To learn more about the conference and the submission process, visit the SATURN 2012 website.

SATURN is and always has been a practitioner’s conference, and collaboration increasingly affects all of us. We hope you will consider sharing your experiences and practices with your peers at SATURN 2012.

Bill Pollak
SEI SATURN 2012 conference chair


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