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    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference*
    AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference*
    AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference
    AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013 Conference * 

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    AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

    General Chair

    David B. Doman
    Air Force Research Laboratory


    Technical Program Chairs

    Joseph S. Brinker
    The Boeing Company

    John Valasek
    Texas A&M University



    Draft Manuscript Submittal Requirements for the AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference

    Paper selection for this conference will be based on a full draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper. No exceptions will be made. Draft manuscripts and final papers must not exceed a total length of 25 pages. Each draft must begin with a 100- to 200-word abstract, and an introduction that includes a brief assessment of prior work by others and an explanation of the paper’s main contributions. The body of the manuscript must include sufficient detail to allow an informed evaluation of the paper.


    Papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) of aerospace systems may be submitted. Specifically, papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, robotics, and other aerospace systems; general aviation; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation and position location; sensors and data fusion; multidisciplinary control; and GNC concepts in air traffic control systems and high-speed flight. Please refer to the following individual technical area descriptions to determine the topic that most closely aligns with your paper. Please contact the Technical Area Chairs or Co-Chairs with questions.

    Control Theory, Analysis, and Design

    Papers are sought that develop new theories, generate new algorithms, derive new analysis techniques or design tools, or modify and improve existing techniques for general application to control of flight vehicles. Topics of interest include robust control, nonlinear control, optimal control, multivariable control, adaptive and intelligent control, fault detection, redundancy management and bio-inspired control. Papers describing new analysis and synthesis techniques with illustrative realistic aerospace control examples are strongly encouraged. Papers discussing applications of control theory should be submitted to the area that most closely matches the application. Examples of specific topics within the broad subject areas include:

    • Robust Control: techniques for control design of systems with uncertainty; feedback stability, mu analysis and gain scheduling; multivariable stability margins and multiplier theory; musynthesis and H-infinity-optimal control.
    • Nonlinear Control: techniques and methods for control of nonlinear models; Lyapunov techniques and their extensions; linear matrix inequalities; applications of nonlinear control methods, such as sliding mode or feedback linearization techniques.
    • Optimal Control: optimization algorithms; objectives and issues in optimal control ofnonlinear systems; dynamic programming; solution methods; case studies in analysis and design of optimal controllers for MIMO plants; robustness and stability margins; design tradeoffs.
    • Adaptive and Intelligent Control: Model Reference Adaptive Control and variants, Lyapunov stability analysis of adaptive control laws; direct and indirect adaptive control for linear and nonlinear systems; computational challenges; adaptation rules; verification of margins for flight critical systems; models and learning rules in artificial neural networks; neural networks in system identification and control.
    • Fault Detection: algorithms to detect sensor and effector faults; switchover control laws; simulations with fault injection and recovery performance.
    • Redundancy Management: redundancy management of multiple sensors and effectors used by the control laws; voting, selection, and tests; verification and validation of redundancy management schemes; implementation in realtime software.
    • Bio-Inspired Control Methods: control and optimization algorithms inspired by natural existing phenomena; genetic algorithms, evolutionary algorithms, and swarming algorithms.

    Technical Area Chair
    Leena Singh
    C.S. Draper Laboratory
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Andrew Fleming
    Leffler Consulting, LLC

    Novel Navigation, Estimation, and Tracking Methods

    Papers are sought that develop new theory, approaches, and applications associated with navigation, estimation, and tracking. Broad subject areas include navigation techniques; path planning; tracking methods; and estimation. Examples of specific topics within the broad subject areas include:

    • Navigation Techniques: biologically-inspired navigation; vision-based navigation; X-ray source-based navigation; terrain-guided navigation; radio navigation; autonomous navigation and control (including integrated GPS and inertial navigation); simultaneous localization and mapping.
    • Path Planning: path optimization; trajectory prediction; formation flying.
    • Tracking Methods: nonlinear and multihypothesis tracking; data association; combined detection/tracking; sensor management; situational awareness; geolocation.
    • Estimation: parameter estimation; robust and adaptive filtering; nonlinear filtering and smoothing; nonlinear observers; distributed estimation; hybrid estimation; integrated estimation/control.

    Papers that emphasize missions and systems should be submitted to the Aircraft, Spacecraft, Missile, or Mini/Micro Air Vehicle GNC topic areas.
    Technical Area Chair
    John J. Burken
    NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Lorenzo Pollini
    Dept. of Energy and Systems Engineering

    Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Papers are sought that address the development, simulation, and flight testing of GNC systems for aircraft and helicopters. Papers that emphasize experimental results from flight test or nonlinear simulation will be considered preferentially. Areas of interest within the broad subject of aircraft guidance, navigation, and flight control applications include:

    • Augmented Flight Control Systems: stability augmentation; automatic flight path and speed control; auto pilot control; integrated guidance and control; trajectory generation and energy management; interdisciplinary flight control and vehicle performance; nonlinearities; structural control and vibration suppression; aeroservoelasticity saturation of control effectors.
    • Fault Tolerance and Recovery Systems: self-repairing or reconfigurable systems; situational awareness; decision support; flight envelope protection; trajectory recomputation and reconfiguration; fault detection and isolation.
    • Navigation and Flight Management Systems: navigation algorithms; GNSS positioning; alternate navigation sensors; autonomous navigation; GPS performance and status; trajectory design; flight director design.
    • Flight Control Analysis and Flight Test Evaluation: aircraft handling qualities; human-machine interface; pilot-in-the-loop; integrated vehicle ground testing; taxi testing; robustness and performance analysis on flight controlled systems.

    Technical Area Chair
    Ashwani Chaudhary
    The Boeing Company
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Hugh Liu
    University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies

    Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Papers are sought that deal with topics specific to GNC of on-orbit flight of single space vehicles. Areas of interest include:

    • Attitude and Orbit Dynamics, Determination, and Control: applications of attitude estimation and control; orbit estimation and control; momentum control, payload pointing and articulation; adaptations of computer software for spaceflight use; and sensor and actuator selection and distribution. Theoretical discussions should be supported by simulation, test, and/or flight performance data where possible.
    • Innovative Techniques to Improve Performance: applications involving existing sensors and actuators; reduction of structural dynamic interaction resulting from instrument articulated mass motion, GNC actuation, and thermally induced disturbances; tolerance to failures in sensors, actuators, and structural integrity. Discussions on system-level error sources affecting GNC functions are also encouraged.
    • GNC Systems for Space Missions: International Space Station and its resupply and servicing vehicles; Earth and space science missions; unclassified topics concerning defense and surveillance satellites; small satellites; low-Earth-orbiting and geostationary communications satellites; and small satellites of the future.

    For papers that concern multiple vehicles, such as formations, constellations, and rendezvous and docking, authors should submit to the Multi-Vehicle Control topic area. For papers that concern ascent and entry, authors should submit to the Space Exploration and Transportation GNC topic area. For papers that primarily focus on the sensor component of the GNC problem, authors should submit to the Sensor Systems topic area.
    Technical Area Chair
    R. Scott Erwin
    Air Force Research Laboratory
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Uday J. Shankar
    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    Missile Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Papers are sought that relate to GNC of missiles, launch vehicles, and reentry vehicles. Topics include design, analysis, simulation, and test of complete systems or subsystems. Examples of specific topics within the broad subject areas are:

    • Modern Autopilot/Guidance Approaches: applications of modern robust and adaptive control algorithms to missile control, guidance, and integrated guidance and control.
    • Estimation and Filtering Algorithms: novel approaches to estimation in missile applications, particularly for achieving high performance with lower fidelity sensors or multiple dissimilar sensors.
    • Trajectory Optimization: design and analysis of control laws to achieve optimum trajectories for intercept guidance and reentry applications.
    • Computer-Based Design and Analysis Techniques: advances in numerical guidance and control design and analysis methods including adjoint simulations.
    • Missile Applications: GNC designs for specific applications such as ship defense and national or theater missile defense systems.

    Technical Area Chair
    Scott Wells
    Raytheon Company
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Kamesh Subbarao
    The University of Texas at Arlington

    Multi-Vehicle Control

    Papers are sought that address the challenges and missions associated with multi-vehicle control. Broad subject areas include cooperative decision and control of autonomous agents, formation flight of air/space vehicles, and mixed initiative control of semi-autonomous teams. Platforms include UAVs, Unmanned Combat Air Systems (UCAS), Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs), Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs), Wide Area Search Munitions (WASMs), and satellite constellations and/or clusters. Examples of specific topics within the broad subject areas are:

    • Cooperative Decision and Control of Autonomous Agents: cooperative task assignment and trajectory optimization; biologically-inspired group behavior and control schemes.
    • Formation Flight of Air/Space Vehicles: aircraft formation flight for drag savings; distributed aperture satellite formations; swarming, platooning, mobile sensor networks.
    • Mixed Initiative Control of Semi-Autonomous Teams: team auto-routing and coordinated rendezvous.
    • Cooperative Control with Uncertainty: effects of realistic atmospheric conditions on flight control; noisy navigation or unreliable propulsion systems.

    Technical Area Chair
    Lesley A. Weitz
    The MITRE Corporation
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Eric W. Frew
    University of Colorado Boulder

    Space Exploration and Transportation Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Papers are sought that address GNC design and challenges for space exploration and space transportation systems. Broad areas include mission studies for human exploration, unmanned missions, GNC algorithms for ascent, entry and on-orbit phases of flight, GNC architecture and rapid prototyping, novel sensors, novel actuators and grappling mechanisms, multidisciplinary design and optimization. Examples of specific subjects within these broad areas include:

    • Human Exploration Missions: NASA Human Spaceflight Exploration (MPCV, etc); new capabilities required for manned asteroid, lunar, and Mars missions; ascent or entry flight phases on Earth (for the MPCV, SLS), the moon, asteroids, and other planets (for exploration missions).
    • Unmanned Missions: COTS/CRS, or general improved autonomy, capability, and reliability.
    • Reusable Vehicles: CCiCap, next-generation systems involving hypersonic entry vehicles, reusable launch vehicles (RLVs), or systems with reusable stages.
    • GNC Algorithms: entry, ascent, rendezvous, on-orbit, and landing.
    • GNC Architecture and Rapid Prototyping: new guidance, control, or mission planning approaches that will reduce development costs, reduce turnaround time for planning and redesign, or present synthesis tools that support rapid trade-space analysis for new vehicle concepts.
    • Novel Sensors: sensing systems for rendezvous, ascent, landing, and deep-space operations.
    • Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization: novel optimal trajectory design and/or online trajectory reshaping methodologies; coupling between the propulsion system, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, control system, and vehicle structure.

    Technical Area Chair
    John G. Reed
    United Launch Alliance
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Erwin Mooij
    Delft University of Technology

    Guidance, Navigation, andnControl Concepts in Air Traffic Control Systems

    Papers are sought that describe innovative methods for implementing GNC concepts in air traffic control (ATC) systems, and for modeling, simulation, and analysis of such systems. Near term implementation issues such as the development and testing of new ATC decision support tools, and advanced ATC concepts for automated separation assurance, weather integration, planning and scheduling, and reducing environmental impact of aviation are of interest. Papers that describe operational issues for existing ATC systems, lessons learned from past experience, or field test/evaluation activities are also encouraged. Example areas of application are:

    • Development and Testing of New ATC Decision Support Tools: decision support tools for integration of new vehicles (e.g., unmanned aerial systems); surface traffic management; conflict detection and resolution; traffic flow management at regional and national levels; airspace configuration for capacity management; integration of capacity management, traffic flow management, and separation assurance; human-in-the-loop evaluation of decision support concepts and tools.
    • Advanced ATC Concepts for Automated Separation Assurance: concepts and algorithms for ground-based and airborne separation assurance; integrated air-ground separation assurance; guidance using cockpit display of traffic information; benefit assessment of data-link communication, GPS-based navigation, surveillance, and four-dimensional trajectories; methods for conflict detection and resolution on the airport surface.
    • Weather Integration: analysis of forecasted weather accuracy; improved prediction of weather; translation of weather information into air traffic impact; algorithms for routing around weather; accounting for weather prediction uncertainty in flow management decision making, separation assurance, and scheduling.
    • Planning and Scheduling: trajectory-based taxi planning and runway scheduling algorithms; gate departure time prediction; methods for improved forecasting of airspace demand and capacity; aggregate flow models; traffic flow management algorithms; techniques for including airline preferences in traffic management decisions; integrated en route and terminal area traffic management.
    • Reducing Environmental Impact of Aviation: assessment of the environmental impact of aviation; predicting impact based on environmental conditions; relating contrail avoidance and extra fuel consumption; models and algorithms for estimating and reducing fuel consumption and exhaust gases.

    Technical Area Chair
    Gano B. Chatterji
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Moshe Idan
    Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

    Sensor Systems for Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Papers are sought that describe novel stand-alone sensors, integrated sensor systems, and innovative sensing techniques for GNC of surface, maritime, air, or space vehicles. Papers may address sensor systems for crewed or uncrewed vehicles. Papers describing innovative research, development, design, and integration work with illustrative GNC sensor systems applications are highly encouraged. Examples of specific subjects within these broad areas include:

    • Sensor Design, Testing, and Performance Improvement: testing and performance evaluation results from actual hardware; new GNC sensor concepts; new techniques for designing, modeling, simulating, and prototyping sensors; sensor factory or in-situ calibration techniques; and fielding of sensor systems that support GNC.
    • Miniaturization of Sensor Systems: miniaturization of hardware and applications of relevant micro and nano-technologies; integrated sensor suites (e.g., sensor-on-chip).
    • Application Areas: autonomous navigation in GPS-denied environments; novel inertial guidance and control sensors; mobile ad-hoc networks for swarming unmanned vehicles; networked sensors for vehicle control and navigation; computer vision for autonomous navigation, obstacle avoidance, collision avoidance and autonomous landing; and GNC sensors in pointing, alignment, and robotic manufacturing applications.

    Papers submitted to this area should primarily focus on the sensor component of the GNC problem. Due to the broad application of sensor systems in GNC, some papers may be better suited for presentation in application-specific technical areas such as Aircraft GNC, Spacecraft GNC, Multi-Vehicle Control, and Mini/Micro Air Vehicle GNC. Please refer to individual technical area descriptions for further details and feel free to contact the technical area chairs with questions on which area would be best for specific topics.
    Technical Area Chair
    John A. Christian
    NASA Johnson Space Center
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    John Y. Liu
    The Boeing Company

    Mini/Micro Air Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Papers are sought that address the challenges and missions associated with mini and micro air vehicles (MAVs—vehicles that are small enough to be human-portable). Fixed wing, rotary wing, and flapping wing developments are all of interest. Main topic areas include:

    • Flight Dynamics and Control: dynamic modeling of fixed, rotary and flapping wing MAVs; effects of realistic atmospheric conditions on modeling and flight control; implications of low Reynolds numbers on the mechanics and control of flight; flight control architectures for MAVs; bird and insect inspired flight.
    • Experiments: new empirical unsteady aerodynamic models; low Reynolds number aerodynamic force and moment characterization; identification of actuator characteristics; fluid-structure interaction characterization and implications for control design.
    • New Designs/Capabilities: sensor processing and control algorithms that enable autonomous perching; atmospheric energy harvesting, new vehicle designs, and the interaction between the vehicle design and control synthesis process.
    • Sensors and Data Fusion: state estimation algorithms suitable for implementation on MAVs vehicles; navigation in GPS-denied environments is of particular interest.
    • Trajectory Planning: effects of realistic atmospheres on flight trajectories; planning algorithms suitable for implementation on mini/micro air vehicles.
    • Power Systems and Actuators: high-voltage low-current power conversion for piezoelectric actuators for MAVs; battery or fuel cell improvements.

    Please note that papers dealing with large UAVs or human/UAV interaction should be directed to the Human and Autonomous/Unmanned Systems technical area, and papers dealing with multiple unmanned vehicles (large or mini/micro) should be directed to the Multi-Vehicle Control technical area.
    Technical Area Chair
    Jack W. Langelaan
    The Pennsylvania State University
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Steven L. Waslander
    The University of Waterloo

    Human and Autonomous/Unmanned Systems

    Papers are sought that describe the principles and methodologies for effective collaboration of humans and autonomous/unmanned systems (e.g., ground/air/space-based platforms). Proposed advances should include theoretical foundations and autonomy technologies for design, implementation, verification and validation of unified human and autonomous/unmanned systems that are capable of distributed intelligent sensing, onboard planning and execution, and collaborative distributed decision making. Papers that address the R&D challenges pertaining to future flexible autonomous/unmanned systems in support of human-centered missions, in simulation, laboratory implementations, or flight-testing will be considered preferentially. Examples of specific topics within the broad areas include:

    • Distributed Intelligent Sensing: temporal and functional multi-layered hierarchies and decision support approaches; processing, exploiting, and disseminating information for comprehensive and continuous domain awareness; metrics guiding distributed autonomous/unmanned systems and network resources; as well as active and compressive sensing.
    • Onboard Planning and Execution: hierarchical decompositions of autonomous dynamic teams; open and distributed architectures of diverse resources including tactical autonomous/unmanned systems and/or theater-level human systems; multi-level concepts and frameworks with cross-domain interaction strategies and peer-to-peer tactics and actions.
    • Collaborative Distributed Decision Making: integrating mission planning, human-centered systems, capabilities and effects of autonomous/unmanned systems to determine effective employment strategies for autonomous/unmanned systems and assets in response to high-level user needs; distributed resource management frameworks and network optimization strategies for resource allocation (including communications resources); and efficient computational algorithms to evaluate new metrics for near real-time optimization tactics and mixed initiative control and coordination.

    Technical Area Chair
    Antonios Tsourdos
    Cranfield University Defence Academy of the United Kingdom
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Jong-Yeob Shin
    Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

    Intelligent Control in Aerospace Applications

    Papers are sought that deal with the theory and application of all aspects of intelligent control within aerospace GNC. Papers are sought that present innovative developments; implementation and certification issues; planner, controller, and estimator design; and intelligent control and estimation for a variety of aerospace applications.

    • Planner, Controller, and Estimator Design: planners, controllers, and estimators designed using rule-based and model-based techniques, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, machine learning, reinforcement learning, evolutionary algorithms, and bio-inspired control techniques.
    • Applications: intelligent control and estimation applications for aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, smart autonomous vehicles, mission-planning management, multi-objective control, system integration, fault detection, identification, and accommodation issues.

    Particular interests are the stability and robustness of complex distributed control tasks, as well as real-time implementation. Papers focusing on adaptive control theory should be submitted to the Control Theory, Analysis, and Design technical area.
    Technical Area Chair
    Jonathan P. How
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Amanda Lampton
    Systems Technology Incorporated

    Aerospace Robotics and Unmanned/Autonomous Systems

    This area includes GNC design and challenges related to robotics and unmanned/autonomous systems, as well as research related to handling and operations. In particular, papers that relate to autonomous systems such as cooperative ground-based vehicles, UAVs, planetary rovers, and robotics for spacecraft servicing missions are welcome. Broad subject areas include: sensor/data fusion for navigation and perception; trajectory planning and tracking; and dynamical modeling and control of robotic vehicles and manipulators.

    • Sensor/Data Fusion: sensor-based navigation, including simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) concepts; vision-based navigation systems using optical flow, occupancy grids, potential fields, and global and inertial navigation systems.
    • Trajectory Planning and Tracking: methods of trajectory planning and tracking for single or multiple vehicles in uncertain environments, including optimal trajectory planning and probabilistic methods.
    • Dynamical Modeling and Control: equations of motion for unique robotic or unmanned/autonomous vehicles or robotic manipulators, including the treatment of motion or dynamic constraints, and control challenges related to the dynamics of the vehicles or robotic manipulators.

    Papers specifically related to the design and control of Mini/Micro Aerial Vehicles (MAVs) may be better suited in the Mini/Micro Air Vehicle GNC technical area unless they have a strong robotics aspect, and papers specifically related to distributed and cooperative control of multi-vehicle systems may be better suited in the Multi-Vehicle Control technical area unless they have a strong robotics aspect.
    Technical Area Chair
    Daniel Choukroun
    Delft University of Technology
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Riccardo Bevilacqua
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Invited Sessions

    16 DECEMBER 2012
    Invited session proposals are solicited in any of the topic areas listed above as well as in new or emerging technical areas. Papers in an invited session should form a cohesive focus on the relevant topic. Inclusion of a reasonable diversity of viewpoints is encouraged.

    Procedure: The procedure for submitting an invited session proposal is different from the normal paper submission procedure. The invited session organizer will submit the entire session as a whole to BOTH the technical chair and co-chair below by 16 December 2012. Invited session organizers should invite authors to participate, collect the required information, assemble the Session Proposal Packet, and submit the Session Proposal Packet as one file to the technical chair and co-chair listed below.
    Session Proposal Packet: The Session Proposal Packet should be submitted as a single document and include a one- to two-page Session Title and Summary Statement that describes the motivation and relevance of the proposed session. The document should also include session organizer contact information and provide a few sentences that describe each invited paper. The technical chair and co-chair will notify each organizer of the acceptance or rejection of their session by 6 January 2013. The organizers of the accepted sessions will also receive instructions for building their invited sessions once all individual papers have been submitted.
    Individual Paper Submission: Following the acceptance of an invited session, the individual extended abstracts for a session must be electronically submitted to the “Invited Session” area by the session organizer, or the individual contributing authors, and must include each author’s name, affiliation, address, phone number, and email address. The individual extended abstracts must be submitted by the conference abstract deadline of 31 January 2013, and final manuscripts are due 30 July 2013. Authors of individual papers should send their paper tracking number to the organizer of their session.
    Evaluation of Individual Papers: Please note that at the discretion of the Technical Program Committee, individual papers may be rejected and/or removed from proposed sessions and replaced by an appropriate contributed paper. Likewise, selected papers from rejected Invited Sessions may be placed into the regular program.
    Technical Area Chair

    Susan Frost
    NASA Ames Research Center
    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Julie Thienel
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference

    General Chair
    Rick Lind
    University of Florida
    Technical Program Chairs
    Michael Grant
    Purdue University
    Daniel Murri
    NASA Langley Research Center


    Draft Manuscript Submission Guidelines for the AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference

    Paper selection for this conference will be based on a full-length draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper. Drafts of proposed papers must be unclassified and not exceed a length of 36 standard-size, double-spaced, typed pages (including equations, figures, and tables), where each normal-sized figure counts as one page. Each draft must begin with a 100- to 200-word abstract, and an introduction that includes a brief assessment of prior work by others and an explanation of the paper’s main contributions. The body of the manuscript must include sufficient detail to allow an informed evaluation of the paper. At a reduced chance of acceptance, in lieu of the full-length draft manuscript, authors can submit an extended abstract of at least 1,500 words that includes major results of the work backed by illustrative figures. A few succinct data figures that clearly show actual results are mandatory. Submissions not meeting the above criteria will not be considered for acceptance.


    Technical papers discussing any and all areas of interest in atmospheric flight are solicited for the AIAA AFM Conference. Student papers are also eligible for the AFM Best Student Paper Competition, which has a $500 prize. Papers are invited that address new findings and/ or innovative approaches in computational, experimental, or theoretical development; flight testing; research and development; or simulation results. Areas of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to: aerodynamic performance; trajectories, attitude dynamics, and evaluation of conventional aircraft as well as vehicles of unusual configurations, including unmanned systems and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), expendable and reusable launch vehicles (ELV/RLV), and short take-off vertical landing vehicles (STOVL); hypersonic platforms; flying qualities and aircraft-pilot coupling phenomena; missiles; spacecraft; reentry vehicles and vehicles moving through planetary atmospheres; response to atmospheric disturbances; and bio-inspired flight mechanics. In addition, papers are encouraged that deal with education and design in the field of atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and international collaboration projects.

    UAVs and Unmanned Systems

    All aspects of UAVs and MAVs, particularly those addressing innovative control effectors, operator interface flying qualities throughout the flight envelope, trajectory and flight path optimization, flight test results, and related subjects.

    Aircraft Dynamics

    Interaction between aerodynamics and aircraft motion across the flight spectrum (subsonic, transonic, supersonic, and hypersonic). Subtopics include: effects of configuration changes on aircraft stability, control, and air data systems; store separation; determination of stability and control derivatives and analysis; departure prevention and spin characteristics; flight mechanics of aircraft upset and upset recovery; atmospheric disturbance response and control of such disturbances; trajectory optimization; flowfield effects; and aeroservoelasticity. All airframe types, from general aviation to trans-atmospheric, are appropriate topics for consideration.

    Aircraft Flying Qualities

    Flying qualities of aircraft. Topics of interest include aircraft-pilot coupling phenomena, controllers with associated aerodynamic and feel characteristics, displays with associated lag characteristics/placement/adequacy, and pilot-vehicle interface in general. Because pilot opinion is the final determination of flying qualities, papers are sought on the design of specific simulation and flight test maneuvers for flying-qualities evaluation. Other topics include: development and validation of criteria; design tools and procedures to satisfy criteria; techniques to analyze and verify compliance on highly augmented and highly maneuverable aircraft; flying qualities of UAVs, UCAVs, and MAVs; and flying qualities of STOVL aircraft transitioning between powered flight and wing-borne flight and flying qualities guidelines for STOVL-mode flight.

    Projectile and Missile Dynamics and Aerodynamics

    Dynamics and aerodynamics of missiles and projectiles, both powered and unpowered. Subtopics include: bodies with circular and noncircular cross sections; roll-stabilized and spin-stabilized missiles and projectiles; the application of computational methodologies to the prediction of aerodynamic characteristics, especially roll-coupling and high-angle-of-attack effects; launch dynamics of both surface- and air-launched missiles; measurement, numerical computation, and estimation of dynamic stability and control derivatives; incorporation of analysis, experimental results, and computational predictions into six-DOF trajectory simulations; and analysis of flight test data.

    System Identification and Parameter Estimation

    Papers are desired on techniques for extracting aerodynamic data from flight-test, dynamic wind tunnel, or free flight model experiments. Topics of interest include: modeling of nonlinear or time-dependent aerodynamic effects; techniques for model structure determination; the effects of active controls; incorporation of results into simulation and analysis databases; vehicle flexibility; techniques for the high-angle-ofattack flight regime; flight path reconstruction techniques; estimation of air data and flow-field parameters; identifiability issues; experiment design; and results obtained for conventional as well as new or unusual vehicle configurations.

    Reentry and Aeroassist Vehicle Technology

    Dynamics of entry into the Earth’s or other planetary bodies’ atmospheres. Subtopics include computational aerothermodynamics, aeroassist orbit transfer vehicles, tethered satellite applications, technology concerning development of high L/D vehicles, hypervelocity and impact technology, trajectory optimization, maneuvering of reentry vehicles, ablation and erosion effects, and low density atmospheric flight mechanics.

    Launch Vehicles and Launch Abort Vehicles

    Flight mechanics throughout the flight envelope, innovative design concepts, trajectory optimization, aerothermal environments, and resusability. Topis of interest include: stability and control; performance in difficult environments (transonic, high dynamic pressure, high alpha, aero/plume interactions); and analysis techniques.

    Unsteady and High-Angle-of-Attack Aerodynamics

    Aerodynamic characteristics of aircraft and missiles operating in a nontraditional part of the flight envelope (e.g., high angles of attack or sideslip, large angular rates). Of particular interest are unsteady and nonlinear aerodynamic characteristics, concepts for improved aerodynamic control effectiveness, dynamic lift and super-maneuverability, symmetric and asymmetric vortex wake structures, vortex breakdown, computational fluid dynamics techniques applicable to vortical and separated flows, and mathematical modeling approaches to represent the dynamic characteristics in simulation studies.

    Linear and Nonlinear Equations of Motion

    Classes of ordinary differential equations; nominal and perturbation solutions; axis systems, Euler angles, rotations, and transformations; integration of nonlinear differential equations; stability and control derivatives; unsteady aerodynamic effects; separation of equations into longitudinal and lateral-directional sets; and numerically implemented qualitative methods, their applications, and the results of these applications.

    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Education

    Papers are sought from industry, government agencies, and universities that deal with all aspects of atmospheric flight mechanics education at both undergraduate and graduate levels in aerospace engineering curricula. Topics include: the needs of industry and government agencies; support needed to advance the state of the art; techniques for keeping up with the fast pace of research, especially at the undergraduate level; case studies of design projects; relating academic education to internships and professional experiences; and innovative and realistic approaches to education.

    Vehicle Flight Test

    All aspects of testing atmospheric and exospheric flight vehicles, particularly as they pertain to the vehicle flight mechanics. Topics of interest include: flight evaluation of novel control systems or vehicle configurations; development and implementation of new maneuvers, methods, or tools for testing that provide new insight into flight mechanics; presentation of data analysis and testing results for important or unique vehicles; and modeling and simulation techniques used in support of flight test.

    Bio-Inspired Flight Mechanics

    Flight mechanics of bio-inspired flight technologies and concepts, such as micro and nano air vehicles (MAVs, NAVs). Such vehicles present unique technological challenges on multiple levels including aerodynamics, performance, mission endurance, sensors, and flight GNC. Topics of interest: include flight mechanics of birds, insects, and bio-inspired air vehicles; and modeling of coupled unsteady aerodynamics and flight dynamics for maneuvers such as flapping, hovering, and perching.

    Airships and Hybrid Airships

    All areas of flight mechanics related to airships and hybrid airships.

    Invited Sessions and Workshops

    Invited sessions and workshops are solicited in any of the areas listed above and in related and new or emerging technical areas. Such an invited session or workshop should form a cohesive focus on the particular topic. It will be the job of the invited session/workshop organizer to contact and confirm the expert speakers in advance. Any potential invited session/workshop organizer should contact the Technical Program Chairs well in advance of the submittal deadline for approval. Workshops may be conducted on an informal basis and limited to presentations without written manuscripts, if deemed appropriate by the organizer. The proposal for the invited session or workshop must contain 200- to 300-word abstracts of the papers, and each author’s name, affiliation, address, phone number, and email address. Authors must submit all appropriate information to the invited session organizer by 12 January 2013. Upon approval of a special session, the session organizer will notify authors of the invited papers to upload their draft manuscripts or short abstracts electronically to the invited session area of the conference website by 31 January 2013. Please note that incorporation of the proposed Invited Session or Workshop at the AIAA AFM Conference will be at the discretion of the Technical Program Chairs. Furthermore, in consultation with the prospective organizer, individual papers may be removed from the proposed invited session and/or put in the regular session. Likewise, normal contributed papers may be put in the invited session.

    AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference

    General Chair
    Julien Scharl
    The Boeing Company
    Technical Program Chairs
    Judith Bürki-Cohen
    U.S. Department of Transportation – Volpe, The
    National Transportation Systems Center
    Jean Slane
    Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI)


    Abstract Submission Guidelines for the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference

    Prospective authors are asked to submit their work electronically through the AIAA website prior to the published deadline. Authors may submit either an extended abstract of 500 to 1,000 words, or a draft of the paper itself, if available. Draft papers must include a 100- to 200-word abstract.
    The manuscript, whether abstract or draft paper, must include discussion on the background and motivation for the work, as well as an explanation of the paper’s main contributions to the particular area(s) of interest, including examples of results. The inclusion of the paper in the conference will depend solely on the quality and detail of the submitted manuscript.


    Authors are invited to submit technical papers on topics related to modeling, simulation, analysis, and simulators as applied to the fields of aviation and aerospace.

    Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments

    Papers are sought that describe the modeling of vehicle dynamics, vehicle systems, and the environments in which they operate. Papers are also welcome on the testing, verification, and
    validation of these models.

    Simulation Design and Architecture

    Papers are sought in the area of simulation design and architectures. As the variety and complexity of simulations increase, so does the need for supporting changes in simulation design and architecture. Technology changes and the increased use of commercial-off-the-shelf
    (COTS) products have also played a major role in the modification and development of simulation designs and architectures. Papers addressing
    these changes are encouraged, as are papers on the development and application of networked/ distributed simulations and the development of standards that facilitate interaction of diverse simulation environments.

    Modeling Tools and Techniques

    Papers are sought in the area of modeling tools and techniques. As the complexity of systems
    has increased, so has the need to rapidly prototype multiple design concepts to reduce
    development risks. Papers are encouraged that discuss novel tools and techniques that decrease
    the development time or increase the fidelity of dynamic models. Of particular interest are papers discussing the integration of COTS tools into existing simulation development processes and PC-based simulation.

    Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing

    Papers are sought in the broad area of human factors, perception, and cueing systems. Of
    particular interest is the human perception of the essential cues required for flight, and the
    reproduction of these cues in a simulator. A related topic is the application of existing knowledge on perception and cueing for understanding and measuring simulation fidelity. Papers on human factors related to the pilot-vehicle interface and human operator modeling are also encouraged.
    There is considerable past and present research in this field, and papers are greatly encouraged that involve presentation of new data, re-examination of old data, cueing algorithm and method development, novel tools and analysis, etc.

    Motion Systems

    Papers are sought involving all aspects in the design, development, and use of motion systems. Motion systems play a critical role in the field of simulation. With sectors of the industry requiring their use, presentations in this field are highly encouraged. Papers are encouraged that discuss novel motion configurations and hardware as well as the application of motion for research and training.

    Visual Systems and Image Generation

    Papers are sought in the area of visual systems and image generation. Visual systems play an
    important role in simulation. Traditionally, this includes such uses as out-the-window displays, sensor displays, control room and simulation displays, and displays for various UAV and system control stations. As remote sensors are also increasingly used for navigation, accurate, physics-based image generation is required for test of these systems. The technologies supporting this field are constantly evolving and information about the latest technologies can be leveraged to improve simulation fidelity and effectiveness. Papers are encouraged in all areas of visual system and image generation development and use.

    Simulation/Simulator Testing and Validation

    Papers are sought in the area of Simulation/ Simulator Testing and Validation. As simulations
    are increasingly becoming the preferred method to test and evaluate systems, it is critical that they be validated. Papers are encouraged that address testing and validation methodologies, regulatory issues, and experiences with simulator validation, techniques, issues, and lessons learned.

    Hardware in the Loop

    Papers are sought that involve all areas of the development and use of hardware in the loop simulations. As the complexity of GNC systems increases, the need to perform more detailed,
    accurate, and comprehensive simulations has increased. Topics of interest include development
    of System Integration Laboratories (SILs) for modern fly-by-wire systems, integration and testing of modern avionics and synthetic vision systems, and autonomous flight systems
    integration and testing.

    Air Traffic Management

    Papers are sought that describe the use of simulation in Air Traffic Management (ATM)
    concept development, testing, and analysis.
    Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, real-time and non-real-time simulation studies that investigate ATM automation concepts and decision support tools, airspace and airport traffic modeling methods, and model validation/ verification experiences and methods.


    Papers are sought in the area of UAV simulation. The variety and number of vehicles in this area are ever increasing, as are the missions they perform. This variety offers a number of new challenges to the field of simulation. Papers are sought on novel simulation techniques and technologies for UAV development, operator training, the development of operational concepts, etc.

    Space Systems

    Papers are sought in the area of space systems simulation. The recent activity in the development of space exploration has resulted in considerable focus on this area of simulation. Topics of interest include real-time and non-real-time simulation in support of commercial and government space vehicle development (rendezvous and proximity operations, lunar lander, etc.) and extraterrestrial
    robotic vehicle development.

    Other Topics

    The use of modeling and simulation in the field of aviation and aerospace is an ever expanding field. The potential topics are quite broad and papers are invited from areas of flight simulation and training not specifically mentioned in this Call for Papers.

    AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013 Conference

    General Chair
    Fernando Figueroa
    NASA Stennis Space Center

    Technical Program Chairs
    Natasha Neogi
    National Institute of Aerospace


    Mark Derriso
    Air Force Research Laboratory


    Charles "Patrick" Collier
    Air Force Research Laboratory


    Abstract Submission Requirements for the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2013 Conference

    Authors must submit an abstract of at least 1,000 words that include figures, tables, and citations. The abstract should provide a clear and concise statement of the problem to be addressed, the proposed method of solution, the results expected or obtained, and an explanation of the significance of the contribution.


    Infotech@Aerospace (I@A) is AIAA’s premier forum for modern aerospace applications focusing on information-enabled systems, algorithms, hardware, and software, and provides a unique opportunity for fostering advances and interactions across related disciplines. Attendees and authors span military, scientific, commercial, and academic communities that will develop the future aerospace systems. I@A will cover scientific and engineering issues related to architecting, designing, developing, operating, and maintaining modern aerospace and defense systems: this includes aircraft, spacecraft, ground systems, robots, avionics, and sensors, as well as systems of systems. This year, the conference is putting special emphasis on Integrated System Health Management (ISHM). ISHM incorporates fault management (FM), anomaly detection, diagnostics, prognostics, and user interfaces for integrated system awareness. ISHM capability for future systems will use models that must embody interactions among parts, elements, and subsystems. Hence, health-enabled systems will, in turn, enable advances in controls, autonomy, and human-machine interactions. Select technical papers will be considered for publication in AIAA’s Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC). Infotech@Aerospace covers a broad range of topics related to aerospace information systems. Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts in the following technical areas of focus, as well as to submit ideas for sessions and papers that feature topics not listed below. Suggestions for additional session topics should be referred to the Technical Program Chair.

    Space Autonomous Systems and Robotics

    Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to autonomous system development for spacecraft, including the integration of autonomy technologies into aerospace and robotic systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Automated spacecraft rendezvous and docking
    • In-space assembly and servicing
    • Space situational awareness (SSA) technologies for orbit determination, space object identification and tracking
    • Real-time decision support and architecture concepts for SSA
    • Hazard avoidance for automated landing on planetary bodies
    • Surface mobility 
    • Exploration robotics and telerobotics
    • Human-robot interactions
    • Automated planning and scheduling systems for space missions
    • Computer vision systems
    • Planetary terrain mapping and feature detection

    Technical Area Chair
    Gregory P. Scott
    Naval Research Laboratory

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Wendell Chun
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co.


    Unmanned Systems Applications

    Papers are sought addressing unmanned air vehicle (UAV) and systems (UAS) technologies that enable new or expanded UAS applications through system integration. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • UAS operational applications and experience in military, civil, and commercial missions/ environs, including homeland security and disaster response Science applications, including climate monitoring, extreme environment diagnosis, remote sensing, exploration, and natural resource assessment
    • Unmanned system-of-systems architectures, technologies, and applications
    • UAS sense-and-avoid strategies and sensors
    • System and vehicle survivability 
    • System safety and reliability
    • Autonomy technologies for dynamic UAS mission planning and management
    • UAS intelligent mission management
    • Cooperative unmanned systems
    • Spectrum management and communications advances that enable UAS integration into the airspace system, including policy and/or technology issues

    Technical Area Chair
    Kevin Kochersberger
    Virginia Tech, Mechanical Engineering


    Human-Machine Interface

    Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to the human-machine interface. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Mixed-initiative intelligent systems
    • Intelligent decision supports
    • Pilot and controller mode awareness
    • Cockpit decision aids
    • Preventing display of hazardously misleadinginformation
    • Pilot and controller workload
    • Crew coordination
    • Air traffic management automation tools
    • Dynamic airspace reconfiguration

    Technical Area Chair
    Julie Shah
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Gloria Calhoun
    Air Force Research Laboratory

    Intelligent Systems

    Papers are sought that describe the application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and/or their aerospace-related applications. Of interest are papers that address fundamental topics of IS such as the nature of IS or what constitutes an artificial intelligent system. Other topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Evolutionary (genetic) algorithms
    • Expert systems
    • Fuzzy logic
    • Knowledge-based systems and knowledgeengineering
    • Machine learning
    • Model-based reasoning
    • Neural networks
    • Planning and scheduling algorithms
    • Qualitative simulation

    Technical Area Chair
    Adnan Yucel
    Lockheed Martin Corporation

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Corey Schumacher
    Air Force Research Laboratory


    System Integrity, Verification, and Validation

    Papers are sought that describe recent developments, challenges, and future trends in the high-confidence design, development, certification, application, operation, and maintenance of networked information systems and software in commercial and military aviation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Verification and validation of complex intelligent systems
    • Verification, certification, and accreditation for security
    • Fault management
    • Software-intensive, large-scale systems integration
    • System engineering and architecting for trust and high-confidence systems
    • Aircraft software, data, and multimedia distribution
    • Next-generation air traffic management
    • Aeronautical networks and airport wireless networks
    • RFID systems

    Technical Area Chair
    Radhakrishna G. Sampigethaya
    The Boeing Company
    Technical Area Co-Chair

    Radha Poovendran
    University of Washington

    Adaptive Systems

    Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to intelligent adaptive control system development. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Adaptive control
    • Neural net and fuzzy logic intelligent control
    • Machine learning control
    • Applications in aerospace systems
    • Experimental/flight validation
    • Verification and validation of adaptive systems
    • Analytical/experimental tools for design and validation

    Technical Area Chair
    Mark Balas
    University of Wyoming

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Susan Frost
    NASA Ames Research Center

    Integrated System Health Management (ISHM)

    Papers are sought that describe innovative approaches for determining the status and condition of all elements of a system, including individual sensors and components. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Architectures and standards for ISHM implementation
    • Software environments to integrate data, information, and knowledge for implementation of ISHM capability
    • Algorithms and approaches to detect anomalies
    • Automated diagnostics and prognostics
    • User interfaces for integrated awareness of system health by the user
    • Implementations of ISHM capability
    • Business case and evaluations of benefits from ISHM capability implementation
    • Verification and validation of ISHM systems
    • Control of ISHM-enabled systems
    • System engineering with ISHM-enabled systems

    Technical Area Chair
    Richard Burns
    Air Force Research Laboratory

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Dr. Lorraine Fesq
    NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Sensor Systems

    Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to sensor system development and their integration into aerospace systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • New sensor technologies for unmanned and remotely piloted payload sensors, including multi- and hyperspectral sensors, active sensing with RF and lasers, multi-aperture systems, and sensors in new spectral regions
    • Novel applications of distributed sensing and sensor networks
    • Sensor systems for navigation, tracking, and control
    • Vision-based unmanned systems for GPS-denied navigation environments
    • Embedded vehicle sensor systems for autonomous operations and system health management
    • New mission sensors and techniques for atmospheric, natural resource, environmental, and deep space mission applications
    • Detection, recognition, and tracking of moving objects on the ground, in the atmosphere, or in space, especially for unmanned systems applications
    • Fundamental technology advances for new aerospace sensor applications, including micro- and nano-technology (MEMS and NEMS), packaging methodologies, development of sensors for ground and flight testing, harsh environment applications, and integrated systems of micro-sensors and actuators

    Technical Area Chair
    Daniel Clancy
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Domenico Accardo
    University of Naples


    Data/Information Fusion

    Papers are sought that address innovative approaches to data processing, real-time reasoning/learning, and information fusion techniques allowing future systems to improve their performance autonomously or nonautonomously. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Knowledge extraction and update
    • Data-based reasoning
    • Centralized and distributed information fusion architectures and resource management for real-time and non-real-time operations
    • Real-time information fusion software development, validation, and verification
    • Image fusion techniques for EO systems
    • Data and information fusion of sensor networks on a single vehicle or a multivehicle system for distributed sensing, navigation, and tracking
    • Novel tracking and filtering techniques for target detection, acquisition, and classification methodologies
    • New developments in the areas of multiple hypothesis tracking (MHT), particle filtering, and interacting multiple model (IMM) estimators
    • Multi-sensor and mixed-modality sensor applications of data fusion
    • Hardware and software integration issues relevant to data fusion and information extraction

    Technical Area Chair
    Miguel Morales

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Paul Zetocha
    Air Force Research Laboratory

    Computer Systems

    Papers are sought that address the theoretical and practical application of computer systems to aerospace problems. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • High performance computing
    • Volatile and nonvolatile memory and data storage; processing and memory applications
    • Applications of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components, subsystems and test equipment, especially in mission and safety critical applications
    • Convergence of software, hardware, and systems processes and design techniques
    • Embedded signal and data processing including parallel algorithms and optimizations
    • Secure computer design and information assurance

    Technical Area Chair
    Kevin Carbajal
    NASA Ames Research Center

    Software Systems

    Papers addressing the challenges and issues that relate to software engineering and development of aerospace related programs. We are also seeking abstracts covering software aspects for the following sessions:
    There’s an App for That: The Role of Mobile Computing in Future Aviation: Abstracts are solicited on a variety of topics related to the design, analysis, certification, security, and maintenance of pervasive and mobile software, including:

    • Wireless communication and security technologies for flight
    • Mobile computing in the cockpit and electronic flight bags
    • In-flight entertainment and passenger education
    • Flexible and secure passenger booking and scheduling
    • Personal in-flight electronics

    Software on the Cutting Edge (New Techniques You’re Probably Not Using): We are seeking submissions on trending software tools and methodologies, their potential (or current) use in aerospace, and their benefits and liabilities, including:

    • Incremental Commitment Model / Factoring in Incremental Development Productivity Decline (IDPD)
    • Model-driven development (including SysML, AADL, Simulink, and SCADE)
    • Leveraging multicore (and/or avoiding its pitfalls)
    • Leveraging the Cloud in Design and Development

    Software Capabilities and Challenges in NextGen: We will have an overview on the current state of NextGen and a panel discussion on the gaps and likely schedule of changes in the NextGen roadmap. We invite forecasts and technical papers highlighting the capabilities and hazards inherent in NextGen software implementations.

    Software-Intensive System Architectures and Their Interfaces: We are soliciting original work that discusses architectures for safety-critical systems that contain software, hardware, and people. Some of the themes within this topic are:

    • Combining model-based development tools
    • Approaches to, benefits of, and limitations of Integrated Modular Avionics frameworks
    • Closed vs. open architectures
    • Developing systems in which components have multiple design assurance levels
    • Human-computer interaction including intelligent cockpits and control towers
    • Adaptive airspace implementations

    Technical Area Chair
    Misty Davies
    NASA Ames Research Center

    Technical Area Co-Chair
    Stephen Blanchette
    Software Engineering Institute


    Plug-and-Play Mechanisms

    Submissions are sought for a variety of topics pertaining to systems that employ mechanisms (hardware, software, protocols, and tools) that can be considered “plug-and-play” (PnP), including but not limited to:

    • Self-consistent architecture frameworks for intelligent modularity
    • Self-describing components and applications
    • Self-organizing / topology-agnostic heterogeneous networks
    • Ontology concepts for machine understandable electronic datasheets
    • Scalable self-managing processing and networking approaches
    • Composable software
    • Self-test/hardware-in-the-loop approaches, especially those that work with PnP architectures
    • Push-button tool flow, concepts for automatic spacecraft design connecting to plug-and-play components and inventory management systems

    Technical Area Chair
    Robert Vick

    Real-Time Embedded Computing Technologies

    Submissions are sought for a variety of topics pertaining to embedded computing systems for aerospace, including but not limited to:

    • Multi-core benchmarks, usage, programming, tools, electrical, performance, and integration
    • Graphical processing units, benchmarks,
    • COTS usage, programming, tools, performance, and integration
    • Dependability approaches, implementations, tools, benchmarks, and algorithms from silicon to full processing systems
    • Onboard processing hardware architectures utilizing advanced interconnect technologies
    • Reconfigurable processors, support, and infrastructure along with error mitigation in harsh or space environments
    • Systems mixing some or all of the above

    Technical Area Chair
    Joe Marshall
    BAE Systems

    Focused Session Proposals

    Individuals interested in organizing focused sessions should submit a Session Proposal to the Technical Program Chair. Solicited papers in the proposed session should form a cohesive set, focusing on the relevant topic with a reasonable diversity of viewpoints encouraged. The Session Proposal should contain a descriptive title of the session, a brief summary statement describing the proposed session, session organizer contact information (email and phone), and potential authors.