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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Airborne Networks and Communications


    Call for Student Demos and Posters on Unmanned Aerial Systems

    AIAA workshop on “Airborne Networks and Communications”

    Important Date: Submissions will be accepted through August 5th, 2013.  [Downloadable PDF]

    In conjunction with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Infotech@Aerospace Conference that will be held in Boston during 19-22 August 2013, we are organizing a workshop on “Airborne Networks and Communications” on August 21st, 2013. 

    The workshop includes several invited presentations from representatives of industry, national labs, government, and universities and regular paper presentations. We expect that this workshop will contribute not only to the emerging field of airborne networking, but also to broad areas such as cyber-physical systems, unmanned aerial vehicles, communications, and aeronautics and astronautics. Affiliating this workshop with the AIAA Infotech Conference (co-located with three other major AIAA conferences for the first time) will permit world-wide participation.


    In addition, this workshop will also include a session on student posters and demonstrations of unmanned aerial vehicles. Undergraduate and graduate students whose posters and demos are selected for presentation will be provided financial support to attend this workshop including travel, registration and housing. From those presented, three winning posters or demos will be recognized during the conference.

    The topics of the workshop include, but are not limited to the following: communication and information foundations and fundamental limits; models for mobility, connectivity, and coverage; cyber-physical system perspective of airborne networks; airborne/satellite communication and networking platforms and strategies; ad hoc routing protocols; security protocols (authentication, and integrity verification of communicating agents); swarming, collaboration, and self-organization; network trials, test-beds, experiments, and measurements; and applications of airborne networking in real world domains such as air-traffic control, search and rescue missions, and unmanned cargo.

    Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students who are working in the general area of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) control, networking and communications in any academic institution in the Unites States or abroad.

    Requirements: Submit a CV, a demo or a poster of your research related to the field of UAS, and one recommendation letter from a faculty member. Please submit the required materials to Professor Yan Wan at or to Professor Kamesh Namuduri at

    Selection Process: Among the submissions, we will select ten submissions based upon the novelty and quality of submission.

    Important Dates: Submissions will be accepted from June 5th, 2013 to August 5th, 2013. Selections will be announced on August 7th, 2013.