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    Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Technical Topics

    Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Technical Topics


    The AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations (ATIO) Conference has an established reputation for bringing together aviation professionals, practicing engineers, researchers, and policymakers to explore ideas, and share research. Building on this tradition, the AIAA AVIATION 2013 themes will be directly addressed by 2013 ATIO conference, in the following technical topics areas. Commercial, military, business and general aviation issues will be addressed in a collaborative environment, allowing operators to interact with designers and engineers and researchers to network with government policy makers. The event program will be designed to appeal to senior industry leaders and university students alike.

    Global Aviation: Outlook, Opportunities, and Challenges

    Aviation, in all of its forms, has transformed the world in countless ways and continues to evolve; improving capability, safety, security, and efficiency through the continued advancement of technology. This track will focus on the future of aviation and will investigate the global market trends, policy issues, technology needs, and societal drivers that are impacting commercial, military, business, general, and unmanned aviation today. Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought addressing the broad spectrum of opportunities and challenges facing the future of aviation. Topic areas include but are not limited:

    • Market and policy trends that will drive technology development and implementation
    • Major challenges to increased capacity, capability, efficiency, and security
    • Safety certification of commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft (both manned and unmanned)
    • How unmanned systems are changing the nature of civil and military aviation, and what their societal impacts are
    • How economic and investment constraints are impacting the business and general aviation markets

    Air Traffic Management: Optimization for Capacity, Efficiency, and Safety

    Playing a vital role in addressing environmental concerns and transportation issues are the air traffic systems that guide aircraft and transport people and cargo around the globe. Today’s Air Traffic Management (ATM) system has been highly optimized based on the interdependencies of safety, capacity, weather, and individual stakeholder goals. There is, however, room for improvement. Research in technologies to increase system and aircraft efficiency and to manage aircraft operations at optimal levels are topics of particular interest for AVIATION 2013.
    Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, will discuss a broad range of topics related to ATM, including but not limited to:

    • Diverse Flight Trajectory Modes of Operation (including surface, terminal and en-route, with phases of flight covering departure, climb, cruise, descent and arrival)
    • Enterprise Architecture Systems for Communications, Navigation, Surveillance, Flight Planning, and Air Traffic Control
    • Design and analysis of increasingly complex aviation systems, using integrated system-of-systems methodologies
    • System Operational Efficiency with Increased Demand/Capacity and New Aircraft Types (such as VLJs, LSAs, Unmanned Aircraft, and Lighter-Than-Air Systems)
    • How will the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the NAS impact safety?
    • UAS Certification Standards and Regulations
    • NextGen and SESAR implementation and integration – successes and challenges

    Designing the Aircraft: Integrating the Platform with the Mission

    As new technologies move from research and development into operations, an increased emphasis on systems engineering and integration continues to shape aircraft design methodologies. The capabilities provided by advanced computational and analytical methods are being matched by developments in technologies such as materials and propulsion systems, in both military and civil sectors. Papers are sought on everything from design methods to case studies, from system and vehicle level down to detail subsystems.
    Topic areas include but are not limited to:

    • Design synthesis and multidisciplinary optimization
    • Designing the fleet for market
    • Advanced systems integration, and the application of systems analysis to aerospace design
    • Innovative concepts and technologies (including energy optimized systems, balloons and lighter-than-air systems, electric aircraft, and fuel cell power systems), as expounded by NextGen and SESAR
    • Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies and applications to the market, including: Cooperative UAS; System of Systems Architectures, Technologies, and Applications; Sense & Avoid Strategies and Sensors; Science Applications
    • Value driven design and value engineering of aerospace systems

    The Energy Imperative: The Impact of Energy on Aviation’s Future

    Rising fuel costs and pricing volatility has dramatic implications for commercial, civil, and military operations. Experimentation with alternative fuels to hedge price and availability in the long term has gotten a lot of interest and media coverage.
    Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought that discuss a broad range of topics related to energy, including but not limited to:
    • How far can we push efficiency?
    • Current state and future of alternative fuels, electric power and propulsion, and other novel concepts
    • Achieving operational and mission cost reductions through automation and autonomy
    • How will global efficiency regulations impact commercial operators? What technologies are needed to enable compliance?
    • How far can we push environmental and economic sustainability - green design

    The Connectivity Challenge: Protecting Critcal Assets in a Networked World

    As connectivity continues to increase and benefits from information technology capabilities continue to impact aviation, opportunities for vulnerabilities are also created. Cyber threats to the aviation enterprise provide unique challenges and opportunities.
    Presentations and papers, both technical and more general in nature, are sought that discuss a broad range of topics related to the policy and technology issues surrounding an increasingly networked aviation endeavor, including by not limited to:
    • Security Systems for Operators, Airports and Aircraft
    • Integrated Net-Centric Operations for Air Traffic Management
    • Spectrum Management and Communications
    • Secure GPS Navigation