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    Special Activities

    Special Activities

    NASA JPL Tour

    Monday, 18 June 2012

    Pasadena is the home of Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Tour highlights include the JPL Visitor Center space museum, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility where JPL’s robotic spacecraft are integrated and tested, the Space Flight Operations Facility that houses the mission control center for JPL’s deep space missions, and other robotic testbeds and facilities used by JPL deep space and planetary missions.

    ISTC I@A 2012 Video Contest

    “What is an Intelligent System?”

    AIAA’s Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC) is hosting its first ever national video contest to encourage students to think about “intelligent systems” and the impact these systems have on the design and development of aerospace technologies.

    It is not uncommon for there to be disagreement over the definition of an Intelligent System. To motivate young minds and promote Intelligent Systems, the ISTC is asking middle and high school students to create a short (60-90 second) video that attempts to answer this question: “What is an Intelligent System”?

    The top videos in each category will be shown at this year’s AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference, 19–21 June in Garden Grove, CA. Prizes include programmable robots, possible publication in the electronic Journal of Aerospace Computing, Information, and Communication (JACIC), and more!


    Contest entries will be accepted between April 1st and June 1st, 2012. During that time, additional details can be found at

    Student Paper Competition

    Sponsored by:
    Computer Sciences Corporation

    The purpose of the Student Paper Competition, sponsored by Computer Sciences Corporation, is to recognize outstanding scholarship by students in the field of aerospace information technology. The AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Student Paper Awards are awarded every year to the student author(s) of the most outstanding paper(s) submitted to the Student Paper Competition at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace Conference. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper. Prize(s) will be awarded to a student, or students, whose written version of a conference paper is judged superior in the areas of originality, research merit, clarity of presentation, professionalism, and potential relevance to a considerable segment of the 
    aerospace information technology community.


    • Eligibility is restricted to students who are members in good standing with AIAA and who have not earned the degree of Ph.D. from an academic institution by the abstract submission deadline.
    • Submissions may be based on co-authored papers, provided that each co-author can attest to the student's or students' pivotal role and contributions to the results.
    • Papers entered in the competition may not have already been submitted for publication.
    • There shall be a limit to two entries for each student author. This includes all student co-authors on an entry.

    Requirements for Submission

    To enter the competition, each student author must submit the following requirements:

    • A submission packet that includes a complete draft of the paper in English, not to exceed 15 pages, a bibliography, as well as a statement of the paper's contribution to the literature and the student's role in the scholarship as the primary author with the concurrence of the student’s advisor. This packet with complete draft must be submitted via the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace paper submission website by 1 March 2012.
    • The author must identify the submission as a candidate for the student paper competition, by making the appropriate selection within the ScholarOne submission website.
    • A final manuscript of the paper, not to exceed 15 pages, must be submitted to the address listed below by 1 May 2012.

    Natasha Neogi
    National Institute of Aerospace

    Evaluation Criteria

    All submitted, written manuscripts will be thoroughly reviewed by a panel of judges for their originality, research merit, clarity of technical presentation, professionalism, and potential relevance to the disciplines of aerospace information technologies. Student authors are highly encouraged to submit manuscripts of their complete work for the Student Paper Competition. One of the contributing student authors of each nominated student paper is required to present the paper at the conference.

    Notification of Prize Winners

    The recipient(s) of the award(s) will be announced at the AIAA Infotech@Aerospace 2012 Awards Banquet. One author from each award-winning paper will be provided with a free banquet ticket.

    Description of the Award

    Each recipient of the student competition award shall receive a certificate from AIAA and a monetary prize dependent upon their final standing in the competition (i.e., first or second place). Up to two awards (first and second place) will be made each year.