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Carnegie Mellon University | Software Engineering Institute


Pittsburgh, PA

Call for Submissions

As SATURN celebrates its 15th year, it has become the leading conference for software architects who look beyond the details of today’s technologies to the underlying trends, techniques, and principles that underpin lasting success in our fast-moving field. SATURN attracts attendees from many domains and technical communities who share interests in both proven and emerging practices. This unique mix makes it the best place to learn, exchange ideas, and find collaborators at the leading edge of modern software architecture.

The call for submissions is closed. Check the program for updates about SATURN 2019 presentations and activities.

Abstracts Due
January 11, 2019

Conference Tracks

This year’s technical program is organized into three tracks, outlined below. A submission topic might be relevant to more than one of these tracks, but each proposal should identify a primary track. We provide example topics for each track, but proposals need not be limited to these topics.


Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The frameworks, techniques, and tools for AI and data analytics and algorithms have become mainstream technology, used in systems across many domains. In some cases, this technology drives decision making that is critical to give businesses a competitive edge. Enterprise solutions can also benefit from this technology to improve the user experience and agility of corporate software systems. Topics in this track may include

  • architecture design and analysis of data analytics solutions
  • tools and frameworks for data analytics and machine learning
  • big-data technologies and infrastructure for large-scale data management (e.g., distributed and NoSQL databases) and processing (e.g., Hadoop, Storm, Spark)
  • how intelligent automation, such as robotic process automation and digital assistants, affects architects and systems
  • case studies of building and evolving data analytics in industry or government


Session Types

Choose a session type that you are comfortable presenting or facilitating and that also helps you effectively share your wisdom, knowledge, and experience with your audience. You may submit separate proposals for a 30-minute talk and a 90-minute tutorial on the same topic.

  • Experience Report: 30-minute or 45-minute presentation that describes a firsthand experience, either successful or unsuccessful, and lessons learned. Generally a slide-based presentation that tells a story about something you did.
  • Technical Talk: 30-minute or 45-minute lecture-based session, focused on teaching a specific topic based on your knowledge and expertise in that topic.
  • Tutorial: 90-minute session with attendees spending part of the time in hands-on learning activities such as writing code, applying a design technique, or practicing an architecture leadership activity. We have a few slots available for these presentations.
  • DEV@SATURN Talk (TED-Style Presentation): 15-minute talk that concisely shares a single important technique, lesson, or experience. Some stories are short and don't need a lot of slides to explain. We have a few slots available for these presentations.