Dates to Remember

Abstract submission begins:
11 September 2018

Abstract deadline:
7 November 2019, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Online registration begins: 
4 February 2019

Manuscript Deadline:
14 May 2019, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Early member registration ends:
29 May 2019

Standard member registration:
30 May to 21 June 2019

Onsite registration begins:
16 June 2019


Student Paper Competition: Additional Information

For 2019, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Brian Anderson, NASA Johnson Space Center 
Travis Fields, University of Missouri, Kansas City

The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems (ADS) Technology sessions provide the world’s leading scientists, engineers, researchers, and managers, and promising students within the field of parachute and aerodynamic decelerator systems an opportunity to present recent advances before a knowledgeable international audience. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Design and Development
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • System Applications and Operations
  • Testing
  • Other Topics in Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems 
Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing

Please direct questions to:
Greg Jones, NASA Langley Research Center (AMT) 
Chris Combs, University of Texas, San Antonio (AMT) 
Pat Goulding II, NASA Ames Research Center (GT) 
Erin Hubbard NASA Glenn Research Center (GT)

The Aerodynamic Measurement Technology and Ground Testing Technical Committees are soliciting papers on topics related to advancements and novel research of laboratory, ground-test, and flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged throughout all types of flows and speed ranges from incompressible subsonic to hypersonic, scales ranging from microfluidics to geophysical flows, and test focuses including aerodynamics, aerothermal dynamics, propulsion, and space systems. Papers focusing on advancement in the application or implementation of test or measurement techniques are of particular interest, as are those regarding integration of test and computational techniques. Particular topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Imaging Techniques (e.g. Velocimetry, Spectroscopy, Stereoscopy, and Tomography) 
  • Advances in Test Techniques, Test/Facility Management and/or New Facilities/Capabilities 
  • Comparisons Between Test Data (Ground and/or Flight) and Computational Predictions/Validations 
  • Data Quality and Characterization of Measurement Uncertainty 
  • Design, Development, and Performance of New or Modified Facilities or Measurement Technologies 
  • Diagnostic Techniques Including Aeroacoustics, Flow Visualization, and Temperature Measurements 
  • Emerging Requirements (Especially for CFD Validation) that Exceed Current Capabilities 
  • Global Surface Measurement Techniques, Including Pressure- and Temperature-Sensitive Paint 
  • Improvements in Test Techniques Leveraging Efficiency Gains in Cost, Schedule, or Productivity 
  • Test Article and Measurement System Design, Fabrication, & Utilization Improvements
Air Traffic Operations, Management, and Systems

Please direct questions to: 
John Koelling, NASA Langley Research Center 
Peng Wei, Iowa State University 
Vincent Schultz, NASA Langley Research Center 
Edward Stanton

High quality papers are sought that relate to the advancement of Air Traffic Control (ATC), Air Traffic Management (ATM), ATM modernization, unmanned systems development and integration into the National Airspace System (NAS), capacity improvements, safety enhancements, and expanded access to commercial space transportation operations.

  • Advanced Operational Concepts 
  • Air Traffic Control and Management Systems (ATC/ATM) Including Nextgen and Future Concepts 
  • Air Traffic Management of En Route, Terminal, and Surface Operations 
  • Atm Performance and Cost/Benefit Analysis 
  • Enabling Future Airport Operations 
  • Human Factors in Aviation Operations 
  • Increased Autonomy in the National Airspace System (NAS) 
  • Integration and Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the NAS 
  • Lessons Learned for UAS/UTM Operations to Date 
  • Machine Learning and Big Data Approaches in ATC/ATM 
  • Operational Approaches to Environmental Impact Mitigation 
  • Operational Approaches to Increased Reliability and Safety 
  • Performance Based Regulations and Commercial Space Growth 
  • Prognostic Safety Analysis for the Future Atm 
  • Space/Air Traffic Management Integration 
  • Trajectory Management and Optimization of Network Operations 
  • Weather Impacts on Aviation Operations
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State University 
Ed DiGirolamo, Lockheed Martin Corporation 
Jason Merret, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Technical papers are sought in areas of Aircraft Design (ACD). Areas of interest include system level design studies of complete aircraft (both traditional and unconventional) spanning a broad spectrum of applications. We also seek papers covering the requirements development process as well as discipline-level studies most applicable to the conceptual and preliminary design process including aircraft performance, aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, manufacturing, overall aircraft sizing as well as subsystem component sizing.

  • Aircraft Performance Methods, Tools and Processes (i.e. Takeoff, Landing, Enroute, Noise Abatement) 
  • Aircraft Performance Requirement Studies Which Drive Aircraft Design (i.e. P2P, Hub&Spoke, Airports) 
  • Aircraft System Design (Conventional and Unconventional Aircraft Including UAV, UCAV, Gliders) 
  • Methods and Tools for Aircraft Subsystems Design (i.e. Size, Weight, Power, Thermal, Redundancy) 
  • Methods and Tools for Aircraft Systems Design (i.e. Sizing, Geometry, Shape Synthesis) 
  • Specific Discipline Considerations to Aircraft Design (i.e. Aero, Prop, Structures, Manufacturing)
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Matthew Tufts, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Kidambi Sreenivas, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga 
Konstantinos Kostas, University of Glasgow

Technical papers are being solicited covering a broad range of topics in the areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental applied aerodynamics. Relevant areas of interest include, aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic applications. Specific areas of interest are listed below, but work in related areas is also encouraged. For more information, please click Additional details. Applied Aerodynamics also encourages authors to participate in the 3rd Biennial Flow Visualization Event.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques 
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel, and Flight Testing 
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction 
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics 
  • Applied CFD & Numerical Correlations with Experimental Data 
  • Environmentally Friendly/Efficient Aerodynamics and Enabling Technology 
  • Flow Control Development & Applications (Active & Passive, Experimental & Computational) 
  • High Angle of Attack and High-Lift Aerodynamics 
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics   
  • Innovative Aerodynamic Concepts & Designs 
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics 
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Roughness Effects
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics 
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Design 
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics 
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Applications 
  • VSTOL/STOL Aerodynamics 
  • Weapons Aerodynamics: Missile/Projectile/Guided-Munitions 
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Aerodynamic-Structural Modeling, Optimization, and Test Techniques for Flexible Wing Technology  
  • Special Session: Application of Natural Laminar Flow 
  • Special Session: Commercial Supersonic Activities 
  • Special Session: H2020 Smart Morphing & Sensing (SMS) Project 
  • Special Session: Low Speed and Motorless Flight 
  • Special Session: Waverider Technology/Development
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Nashat Ahmad, NASA Langley Research Center 
Matthias Steiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Papers are sought that provide the aerospace community with scientific and technical information concerning interactions between aerospace systems and the terrestrial, atmospheric, and space environment. In addition, new or refined information improving the basic understanding of the atmosphere or their applications to aviation and aerospace vehicle design and operations issues is solicited. For more information, please click Additional Details.     

  • Atmospheric Hazards: Wake Vortices; Severe Weather; Atmospheric Turbulence; Wind Shear
  • Observations and Modeling of the Atmospheric Environment
  • Weather Impacts to the NAS: Capacity and Efficiency of NAS; Decision Support Tools; UAS Operations
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition
Balloon Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Kurt Sehnert, Raven Aerostar 
Mike Smith, Raven Aerostar

Balloon Systems provides a forum for the world’s leading experts, scientists, and engineers in free flight balloon systems technologies to present recent advances in the field. Technical papers are being solicited in all areas consistent with the stated purpose of the sessions and that touch on any aspect of ballooning. Papers on design, analysis, projects, programs, systems, software, operations, materials, and other related topics are encouraged.

  • Balloon Design and Operations to Support Educational Science and Engineering Programs
  • Balloon Design and Performance
  • Balloon Flight Electronics Design and Applications
  • Balloon Launch and Flight Operations
  • Balloon Lift Gas Considerations Including Performance, Safety and Logistics
  • Balloon Program Reports, Goals, Future Plans
  • Enabling Technologies for Balloon Systems
  • Sensors for Balloon Systems
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
W. Kyle Anderson, NASA Langley Research Center

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) seeks papers on a broad range of topics relevant to the development, analysis, and application of CFD algorithms for aerospace applications. Submission of papers presenting new algorithms, analysis and evaluation of algorithms, or applications accompanied by rigorous analysis of discretization errors, are strong encouraged. Papers specific to mesh generation should be submitted to the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE), although papers on topics such as solution algorithms on overset meshes, adaptive meshing and error analysis, present areas with substantive overlap with CFD and may be submitted to either CFD or MVCE. Special sessions on high-order methods for large-eddy simulation are currently planned to be jointly held between Fluid Dynamics and CFD. Other suggested topics for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical discipline chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. Specific session topics of interest are listed below, but work in other related areas are also encouraged. Finally, all persons submitting an abstract to CFD are also invited to participate in the 3rd Biennial Flow Visualization Event

  • Adaptive Meshing and Error Analysis 
  • Algorithms for Overset Meshes 
  • Analysis of Algorithms 
  • Boundary Layer Transition 
  • Convergence Acceleration 
  • Entropy Stable Schemes 
  • High-Order Spatial and Temporal Discretizations 
  • Hybrid RANS/LES 
  • Large-Eddy Simulations 
  • Multidisciplinary Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization 
  • Parallel Algorithms 
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Special Session: CFD2030
Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Miroslav N. Velev

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical aspects of computers, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications, focusing on energy-efficient computer systems, parallel/high-performance computing, cyber security, reliability, and correctness of aerospace computer systems.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Energy-Efficient Computer Systems
  • Formal Verification of Aerospace Computer Systems
  • Parallel, GPU, Multicore, and High-Performance Computing
  • Reliability of Aerospace Computer Systems
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Nijo Abraham, NASA Langley Research Center

Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry, as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive designs or concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design efficiency improvements and robust products in service. Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products from the exploratory design phase through the detailed design phase, manufacturing and service. Papers on advances in model based design processes and related activities are especially encouraged. Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development, class content, student design/build activities, and student access to space. Design Process and Enabling Digital Systems Technologies papers are solicited that highlight emerging and mature technologies and their applications that enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial and military aerospace industry. Emerging design tools and technologies such as Cloud computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, Improved Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDO), Design Processes and Tools, Virtual and Augmented Reality applications, intelligent Computer Aided Design, Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Based Engineering are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace component design, prototyping and manufacturing making complex designs economically feasible.

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Component Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing 
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin 
  • Computer Aided Design Including Intelligent Master (Parametric Feature-Based, Linked and Associative) Modeling 
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities 
  • Design Processes and Tools Such as Managing Teams in A Global Environment 
  • Emerging Design Tools Such as Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Improved Robust Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) 
  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace and Other Areas 
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering Applied to Retention and Reuse of Engineering Knowledge and Data 
  • Model Based Design Applied to Complex Systems and Structures
Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
Starr Ginn, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Flight Testing invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of testing aerospace vehicles. Successful abstracts shall cover the testing of aerospace vehicles in their natural environment with regard to research, development, acceptance, or operational testing of these craft and/or associated equipment. Papers will cover one or more of the following topics: application of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in test efficiency through design of experiments principles or lean techniques; advances in instrumentation and data handling; or approaches to flight test education and training. Of particular interest are emerging applications and collaborative ventures between technical committee disciplines. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.   

  • Certification by Analysis to Lower the Cost of Flight Test 
  • Current State of the X-57 Design, Integration and Testing 
  • Describe Means of Compliance Being Considered in Ground Testing Electric Propulsion Aircraft Systems 
  • Flight Test Plan/Test Results Support Means of Compliance for Passenger Carrying Autonomous Aircraft 
  • Flight Test Results & Evaluation Covering All Aspects of Rotary-Wing Aircraft, Manned & Unmanned 
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment 
  • Focus on the “Autonomous” and “Unmanned” Aspect of the Flight Vehicle(s) 
  • Lessons Learned in the Test Planning, Execution and Reporting of Flight Test Activities 
  • System Id and Parameter Estimation Techniques Extracting Aerodynamic Data From Flight-Test 
  • Unusual and/or Unexpected Results of Large Transport Class Flight Testing (Part 25)
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Thomas Juliano, Notre Dame University 
Nathan Tichenor, Texas A&M University

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of theoretical, computational, and experimental fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, with an emphasis on basic research and development. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into fluid flow physics; address emerging technical challenges; introduce innovative ideas and tools; promote interdisciplinary and synergistic research; or integrate experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Papers focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics development and techniques should be submitted to the CFD topic. All persons submitting an abstract to FD are also invited to participate in the 3rd Biennial Flow Visualization Event.

  • Data Processing and Analysis Techniques, with Emphasis on Large Data Sets and Automation 
  • Flow Control Fundamentals and Physics 
  • Fundamental Fluid Flows (Vortex Flows, Shear Flows, Separation, Hydrodynamics, etc.) 
  • Instrumentation & Diagnostic Techniques for Fluid Dynamics (joint with AMT) 
  • Low-Reynolds-Number and Bio-Inspired Flows 
  • Multiphysics and Cross-Disciplinary Flows (Fluid-Structure Interaction, Multiphase or Reacting Flows, Combustion, etc.) 
  • Reduced-Order and Data-Driven Modeling 
  • Stability and Transition (Subsonic, Supersonic, and Hypersonic) 
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows 
  • Theoretical Fluid Mechanics 
  • Turbulent Flows and Turbulence Modeling (Jets, Wakes, Near-Wall, RANS, LES, Hybrid Methods, etc.) 
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics and Massively Separated Flows 
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification 
  • Special Session: High-Order Methods for Large Eddy Simulations (Joint with CFD) 
  • Special Session: Validation-Quality Experiments and Verification Methods for LES
General Aviation

Please direct questions to: 
Nicholas Borer, NASA Langley Research Center

Technical Papers are sought regarding aircraft design, technology integration, airspace design/usage, safety, and other challenges associated with General Aviation applications, broadly defined as nonscheduled personal or business travel by air.

  • Approaches to Improve Operator Awareness, Reduce Workload, or Reduce Skill Requirements 
  • Improved/Streamlined Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts 
  • Quantification/improvement of General Aviation Safety Through Analysis or New Technologies 
  • Techniques to Increase Affordability and Reduce Environmental Impact of General Aviation Operations 
  • Trends/Future Improvements to General Aviation (Nonscheduled Personal/Business Travel by Air)
Graduate Student Research Papers - Hosted by the National Institute of Aerospace

Please direct questions to:  
Colin Britcher, National Institute of Aerospace

NIA is facilitating an opportunity for graduate students to participate in a special session at AIAA Aviation 2019. Papers in any aerospace-related topic may be submitted for consideration, but the primary/first author must be a current graduate student and papers must be presented by a current or recently graduated student. Papers addressing team design projects or other unique collaborative educational experiences are welcomed. All submissions will be reviewed by a faculty panel, with accepted and presented papers published as part of the Forum proceedings


Please direct questions to: 
Scott Sherer, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Rich Graves, Air Force Research Laboratory 

In the ongoing effort to improve the impact of AIAA events for members, ITAR sessions will continue to be organized with the intent of expanding the breadth of topics and emphasizing sessions with relevance to Forum 360 events and major elements of the open technical sessions. Submission of groups of presentations representing major accomplishments or status updates of significant system development programs are encouraged.

All abstracts must be unrestricted and cleared for public release, though the final papers and presentations will be ITAR restricted. Please make sure you meet the attendance and submission requirement to present in ITAR sessions

Lighter-Than-Air Technology

Please direct questions to: 
Don Hartsell, World Air League 
Stojan Stevanovic, Proton Corporation

Interest in the potential of lighter-than-air (LTA) systems to meet modern requirements continues to grow as the cost and limitations of conventional aircraft transportation infrastructures increase. An added incentive to airship and aerostat development comes from the worldwide concern over the negative environmental effects of jet aircraft on the global climate. LTA systems have become the subject of renewed interest due to their unique qualities of low energy (propulsion) needs and significant static lift which holds potential for commercial as well as ISR missions. New hybrid LTA systems which incorporate a substantial degree of dynamic lift also offer great promise for providing additional air transportation services, and access to remote regions. Major advances are also being made in the development of key enabling technologies essential to the creation and operation of long endurance, unmanned LTA systems. The airship as a flying carrier for operation of today’s new commercial and military UAS’s holds promise for a new and exciting incorporation of these two dynamic aerospace technologies. The LTA Technical Committee is soliciting papers that include, but are not limited to the following topic areas:

  • Analytical Studies, Modeling, and Simulation of LTA Systems 
  • Current and Planned LTA Projects and Technologies 
  • Hybrid LTA Systems 
  • LTA Cargo Transport Concepts 
  • LTA Operations and Ground Support 
  • Manufacturing and Material for LTA Systems 
  • Markets and Market Analysis 
  • Missions and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) Analysis 
  • Stratospheric Airships 
  • Tethered Aerosat Developments 
  • Unmanned LTA Systems
  • Other LTA-Related Topics
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Carl Ollivier-Gooch, University of British Columbia

The MVCE TC solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including all parts of the pre- and post-processing toolchains, as well as software tools, frameworks and environments for improving the integration of the end-to-end simulation process. Application areas of interest cover the full spectrum of aerospace simulations, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational aeroacoustics (CAA), computational solid mechanics (CSM), and computational electromagnetics (CEM). Papers whose main contribution is specific to flow simulation algorithms should be submitted to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Topics such as solution algorithms on overset meshes, adaptive meshing and error analysis present areas with substantive overlap with CFD; papers on these and similar topics may be submitted to either CFD or MVCE. MVCE also encourages authors to participate in the 3rd Biennial Flow Visualization Event.

  • Applied Meshing for Real-World and AIAA Workshop Applications 
  • Efficient Management of Very Large Data Sets 
  • Geometry Modeling for Meshing and Simulation 
  • Geometry-Consistent Curvilinear Mesh Generation for High-Order Methods 
  • Grid Quality Metrics Related to Solution Accuracy 
  • Integration Techniques and Frameworks 
  • Meshing Techniques for Moving and/or Deforming Configurations 
  • Solution Adaptive Meshing, Error Estimation, and Uncertainty Quantification Techniques 
  • Surface and Volume Mesh Generation Methods for Structured, Unstructured, or Overset Meshes 
  • Visualization, Including Feature Detection and Knowledge Extraction and Capture
Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Christine Taylor, The MITRE Corporation

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation particularly related to flight simulator technologies. Areas of interest are rotary-wing and fixed-wing human-in-the-loop simulation, development of full-flight simulators, human factors, air traffic management, unmanned aerial systems training and operations, and space vehicle dynamics. Although the topic is broad in scope, submissions with a link to development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, as well as simulations that incorporate new entrants (e.g., small drones, Uninhabited Aerial Systems [UAS], Urban Air Mobility [UAM] vehicles, supersonic aircraft, launch vehicles, etc.) will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other topics. For more information, please click Additional Details.

  • Data Analysis Techniques Applied to Simulation 
  • Design and Development of Simulations, Including Human-in-the-Loop Simulations, of New Entrants 
  • Design, Development, Testing, and Validation of Human-in-the-Loop Simulations 
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing 
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Air Traffic Management 
  • Model and Simulation Integration 
  • Model-Based Design and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation 
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments 
  • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation 
  • Multi-Disciplinary Modeling and Simulation Across Domains (e.g. Structural, Aerodynamic, etc.)
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Douglas Allaire, Texas A&M University 
Justin Gray, NASA Glenn Research Center

For over twenty-five years, AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization (MA&O) has brought together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization. Multidisciplinary analysis and optimization is rapidly becoming a standard element of contemporary design methodologies. With significant advances in algorithms and computing power, optimizations have been successfully carried out for problems ranging from the design of a single component to complex aircraft design. Additionally, theoretical developments, from new optimization algorithms to approaches for robust and reliability-based design, have played a significant role in the ever-growing acceptance of multidisciplinary design and optimization. 

  • Aerodynamic Design/Shape Optimization
  • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
  • Aircraft Design Optimization
  • Design Optimization of Complex Engineered Systems
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MAO
  • Metamodeling and Approximation Methods
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Shape and Topology Optimization
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Alexey Shashurin, Purdue University

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, and/or theoretical research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with the focus on application to aerospace systems. Fundamental studies and works related to a specific application are relevant to the meeting scope. Submission may also include studies of dual-use technologies that also address problems in other fields such as propulsion, energy, environment, or health. Comprehensive abstracts that state the purpose and scope of the work, outline the methods used, and identify relevant contributions, including figures and preliminary results, are recommended for accurate evaluation. Subject area experts interested in documenting comprehensive reviews of state of the art, historical perspectives are encouraged to contact the technical discipline chair with details. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: 

  • Astronautical & Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma Flow, Space Plasmas, Dusty Plasmas, etc.)  
  • Computational Methods (Plasma-Flow Coupling Simulation, Particle Simulation, etc.)   
  • Diagnostics & Experimental Techniques (Plasma & Flow Characterization, New Facilities, etc.) 
  • Plasma & Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions, etc.) 
  • Plasma Aerodynamic Flow Control (DBD-Based Flow Actuation, Active Flow/Shock Wave Control, etc.) 
  • Plasma/Laser Devices & Technologies (Engineering, Applications, Material Processing, Dual-Use, etc.) 
  • Plasma & Laser Physics (Basic Processes, Plasma Kinetics/Dynamics, MHD, DBD, Laser Plasmas, etc.) 
  • Plasma/Laser Assisted Ignition & Combustion (Plasma-Related Kinetics, Mixing Enhancement, etc.) 
  • Plasmas/Lasers for UAV (Flight Control, Communication, Engine Efficiency, Safety, etc.)
  • Special Session: Reduced-Complexity Modeling for Flow Control

Please direct questions to:  
S.A. SherifUniversity of Florida 
Eric L. Golliher, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Thermophysics TC is soliciting extended abstracts on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy and heat transfer and their related aerospace applications for aviation and space flight. These extended abstracts are expected to develop into full length papers by the deadline set by AIAA. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as are timely survey and review articles. Special session ideas are welcomed and encouraged. Please contact one of the two Technical Chairs listed above if you would like to help organize a special session.

  • Ablation: Modeling, Experiments, and Applications 
  • Advanced Thermal Management Technology Development and Validation 
  • Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems 
  • Application of Local or Global Optimization Techniques in Modeling of Heat Transfer Applications 
  • Computational Modeling of Heat Pipes 
  • Cryogenics and Extreme Environments   
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting 
  • Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation Systems 
  • Heat Transfer in Multi-Component Plasma Processes 
  • Heat Transfer in Processes involving Chemical Reactions, Combustion, or Explosions 
  • Heat Transfer in UV Exposed and/or Corrosive Media 
  • Mini-, Micro-, Nano-, and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer 
  • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, and Two-Phase Heat Transfer 
  • Novel Computational Methods for Inverse Analysis and Optimization in Computational Heat Transfer 
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control and Thermophysics in Spacecraft Applications 
  • Theoretical, Analytical, and Computational Heat Transfer: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, and Phase Change 
  • Thermal Analysis of Industrial Equipment and Systems Operating Under Extreme Process Conditions 
  • Thermal Management and Thermal Control: Applications, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned 
  • Thermal Transport Under High Temperature and/or Pressure Conditions 
  • Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties
Unique and/or Transformational Flight Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Simon Briceno, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Kevin Antcliff, NASA Langley Research Institute

Technical papers are requested relating to innovative manned/unmanned aircraft concepts and technologies for emerging markets such as on-demand mobility. Topics of interest include market studies for on-demand aviation, aircraft configuration design, electric propulsion integration and component technologies, autonomous systems research, urban aviation noise, and simplified vehicle operations.

  • Autonomous Systems Development and Testing 
  • Civil Supersonic Flight Research, Integration, and Operational Planning of a Transformational Nature 
  • Electric Propulsion Integration and Contributory Technologies 
  • Innovative/Transformational Aircraft Concepts 
  • On-Demand Mobility Concepts and Market Studies 
  • Operational Aspects of On-Demand Mobility and Transformational Flight 
  • Small/Medium UAS Concepts 
  • Urban Noise Associated with Transformational Concepts
Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Calvert, U.S. Army 
Geoffrey Jeram, U.S. Army

The V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee seeks technical papers which advance the arts, sciences, and technology applied to the design and operation of VTOL and STOL aircraft systems, including lift systems, attitude control systems, airframe configurations, subsystems, handling qualities and safety, navigation and air traffic control, noise and pollution suppression, ground handling, and ground time minimization.

  • Acoustics of Operations and Maneuvers, Such as Transitions Across Flight Modes or Configurations 
  • Airframe Materials 
  • Handling Qualities for V/STOL, Including Specifications, Control Inceptors, and Carefree Maneuver 
  • Integrated Flight/Propulsion Control 
  • Novel VTOL or STOL Lift Concepts, Applications, or Concepts of Operation (ConOps) 
  • Operational Issues and the Systemic Roles of V/STOL in Markets, Airspace, and Military Operations 
  • V/STOL Performance and Analysis Tools 
  • V/STOL Propulsive Effects, Including Thermal, Downwash, Electromagnetic, Noise, or Other Phenomena 
  • V/STOL Test Techniques 
  • V/STOL Unique Propulsion Systems

The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

  • Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems
  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Plasmadynamics and Lasers 

Student Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student author(s) must be a member of AIAA in order to enter the competition.
  • Student author(s) must be full-time students in good academic standing at their university/institution at the time of submission.
  • Manuscript content represents the work of the author
  • Student(s) must be the primary author(s) of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author(s) was a student.
  • Student author(s) must be able to attend the Forum to present their work should it be selected for presentation.

Student Submission Requirements:

  • Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements.
  • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Only submissions with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated will be eligible for the competition.
  • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline of 7 November 2018, 2000 hrs Eastern Standard Time Zone, USA.
  • For further requirements and instructions, please refer to the detailed descriptions of each Student Paper Competition as described in their call below. 
Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Scott Roland       

The AIAA Aerodynamic Decelerator Systems Technical Committee is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2019 AIAA ADS Technology Conference at Aviation 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Papers are sought from students on all research topics related to aerodynamic decelerators. Draft manuscripts should be submitted, which include a brief assessment of prior work by others, an explanation of the paper’s main contributions, and appropriate figures. The draft manuscript must include sufficient detail to allow an informed evaluation of the paper. Up to five finalists will be selected for presentation at the AIAA ADS conference. 

Finalists will present their papers at the beginning of the conference for judging so that the award may be presented at the awards dinner. Finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the awards dinner where they will be recognized. All finalists will receive a $1,250 award (to offset travel expenses, lodging and registration) after attending and presenting their papers. An overall best paper and presentation will be selected from the Student Paper Competition finalists, and this winner will be presented with an additional $1,250 prize. All prizes are provided by the ADS TC. 

To be eligible for this award, the student must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. The student author must also: 1) be currently enrolled in January 2019; 2) be a member of AIAA; 3) present the paper at the conference; and 4) along with the final paper, include a cover letter from his/her advisor stating that the student did the majority or a significant amount of the research in question. 

Students should submit their abstract according to the regular conference abstract deadline and indicate “Student Paper” at the time of electronic submittal. All student authors will be notified of their status on or about 3 December 2018. An electronic copy of the final paper must be submitted to the competition chair for scoring by 5 April 2019. The final manuscript must also be electronically submitted to the regular conference technical session by the regular conference paper submission deadline. Note that the deadline for submittal to the competition chair is earlier than the conference final manuscript deadline. Scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and audio presentation.

Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition

Please direct questions to: 
Jim Coder

Undergraduate and Master’s-level graduate students are invited to submit papers for consideration in the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition. Papers should report on original work conducted by the student in collaboration with faculty advisor(s) and mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author.

Entries to the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition must undergo the regular abstract review process, and if accepted, will be included in the regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and be archived as AIAA conference papers. When submitting an abstract for the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Applied Aerodynamics”.

The manuscript submission deadline for the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition is the same as the submission deadline for Aviation 2018. All entries to the Student Paper Competition must be received by this date to be considered in the competition.

The submissions will be judged based on the paper ONLY. Criteria for judging the paper include 1) originality of the work; 2) relevance to the field of Applied Aerodynamics; 3) technical quality and completeness of the work; and 4) clarity and style consistent with AIAA paper guidelines.

Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to:  
Nashat Ahmad 
Mattias Steiner

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition. Entries to the Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area and archived as AIAA papers. To be eligible for this award, the student must meet the standards established by AIAA and listed above. The written papers will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality (is the work original, or is it something that has been addressed in the past);
  • Technical quality (appropriate level of technicality and free from errors);
  • Organization, completeness, grammar and usage (style and clarity);
  • Literature review/acknowledgement of prior work and explanation of the relevance to the work presented in the paper;
  • Accuracy of experimental or numerical results (ref. AIAA standards for journals);
  • Importance/contribution to field.

The student author of the best paper will receive a certificate and a cash award of $100 after the conference.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Please direct questions to: 
Tim Eymann

The 8th AIAA CFD Student Paper Competition provides students the opportunity to share their work on CFD study and research. Participation is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline at an accredited college or university. Each participant must be a student at the time the abstract is submitted. A final paper is required for all accepted abstracts.  The student must be the major contributor, the first author of the final paper, and make the presentation of the paper at the conference. The student must write the paper and prepare the presentation slides themselves. 

A cash prize of $300 will be awarded to the first-place winner, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place.  Awards are based on a combination of the extended abstract, the final conference paper, and the presentation.  The judges will use the extended abstracts to initially screen the competition entries. 

Criteria for judging include: 

  • The work’s importance in advancing the state of the art
  • The technical approach
  • Rationale for the work
  • Sufficient and consistent results
  • Verification and validation
  • Style, clarity, and format of the paper and presentation 

The competition results will be announced after the CFD conference and checks will be mailed to the winners.  All submissions must meet the deadlines for the CFD conference given in the general information section of this Call for Papers. Entrants should select the appropriate technical topic listed in this CFD conference call and must select “Student Paper Competition” as the presentation type upon submission. Please also note that the paper is a Student Paper Competition Entry on the title page. Papers submitted to the CFD Student Paper Competition will be presented in regular technical sessions with other papers in their topic area.  Student Paper Competition entries will be treated as regular AIAA conference papers in the conference proceedings and will be archived as AIAA papers.

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to:  
Souma Chowdhury

The MAO Student Paper Competition, sponsored by NASA Glenn Research Center, encourages undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers to the technical topics listed in this call for papers. Co-authored papers are welcome; however, the first author must be an AIAA member and a registered student at the time the abstract is submitted. The student must have played a key role in the research and writing of the paper. When submitting an abstract for the MAO Student Paper Competition, authors must choose a "Presentation Type" from the drop-down menu on the abstract submission website and click on "Student Paper Competition" and select the topic "Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization”. This will ensure that the abstract is submitted to the MAO conference. If you are unable to enter the student paper competition, because you must submit to a different subtopic, then please email the chair (Souma Chowdhury) and ask to be included.

The deadline for the student paper abstracts is the same as the conference abstract deadline and the student paper abstracts will be reviewed in the same way as the regular conference abstracts. The full papers of the Student Paper Competition are due at the same time as the regular papers. No extensions will be granted (to the full manuscript submission deadline), if you wish to remain in contention of the prize.

The papers will be judged by expert reviewers, and finalists will be selected to present at a special MAO session during Aviation 2019. The award decision will be based on both the paper and the presentation. The judging criteria are: i) the originality and technical quality of the work and its importance to the field; ii) the clarity of the presentation, with special emphasis given to illustrations/animations and their contribution to the understanding of the material; iii) clarity of research objectives and the organization and conciseness of the paper. A soft word limit of 5000 will be imposed (not including abstract, figures, captions, or bibliography), with the judges’ discretion used to decide if additional length added meaningful value to the paper. First prize is $2,000 and the runner-up will receive $1,000. 

Abstract acceptance notification will occur at the same time as the regular papers. Students will be notified if they are finalists, or not, approximately 2 weeks after the final papers are due. The finalists will present their papers in a special MAO session during Aviation. The talks will be strictly limited to 20 minutes, with 5 minutes for judges’ questions, and 5 minutes for questions from the general audience.

Plasmadynamics and Lasers (PDL)

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Rennie

The PDL Best Student Paper award is awarded once per year at the summer Aviation conference, and is selected from papers submitted to PDL sessions in the preceding Aviation and SciTech forums. Candidates for the contest are found by e-mailing all first authors of submitted papers around one month prior to a conference. Any paper in which a student is first author, and that is presented by that student, can be considered for the award. Non-students, such as the student's advisor(s) etc., can be included as co-authors as long as the paper describes work that has been performed primarily by the student. Judging is performed in two steps. First, the presentations of all of the contestants are evaluated by PDL members. The papers corresponding to the best 3 to 5 presentations are then judged by a committee of PDL members, who then select the best paper recipient.


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