Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
9 September 2019

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

Online Registration Begins: 
TBD

Author Notification:
25 February 2020

Manuscript Deadline:

14 May 2020, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Early Member Registration Ends:
TBD

Standard Member Registration:
TBD

Onsite Registration Begins:
14 June 2020

 

Student Paper Competitions: Additional Information

 

For 2020, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines:

Aeroacoustics

Please direct questions to:
Jose Alonso Miralles, Collins Aerospace
Douglas Nark, NASA Langley Research Center
Gareth Bennett, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

The Aeroacoustics sessions are the premier international forum for the field of aeroacoustics and follows 25 years of joint collaboration between AIAA and CEAS under the legacy “AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Conference”. The sessions offer scientists and engineers from industry, government, and universities an exceptional opportunity to exchange knowledge and results of current studies and to discuss directions for future research. Papers that address all aspects of the generation, propagation, and control of vehicle noise, as well as the effect of noise on structures and individuals are being solicited. The program’s technical content will include theoretical, experimental, and numerical contributions that describe original research results and/or innovative design concepts. Topics for the sessions are listed below; click “Additional Details” for more information. Studies in other related areas, particularly the application of aerospace noise suppression technologies in other industries, and papers pertaining to non-aerospace research with potential application to the aerospace industry are encouraged. For more information, click Additional Details.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Aeroacoustics Student Paper Competition.

  • Acoustic/Fluid Dynamics Interactions
  • Active Control of Flows (Jointly Sponsored with Flow Control)
  • Active Control of Noise and Vibrations
  • Airframe/High-Lift Noise
  • Community Noise from Supersonic Transports and Sonic Boom
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Duct Acoustics
  • Emerging Urban Aviation Noise (Jointly Sponsored with Transformational Flight Systems)
  • General Acoustics
  • Integration Effects and Flight Acoustics
  • Interior Noise/Structural Acoustics and Metamaterials
  • Jet Aeroacoustics
  • Loads/Sonic Fatigue
  • Propeller, Rotorcraft and V/STOL Noise
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
  • Special Session: Fan Broadband Noise Prediction Panel
  • Special Session: Hybrid Wind Tunnel Workshop
Aerospace Traffic Management

Please direct questions to: 
Ed Stanton
Vince Schultz, NASA

High quality papers are sought that relate to policies and strategies that will advance the modernization of Aerospace Transportation Systems, to include traffic management, airspace/space operations integration, capacity improvements, UAS/UTM Integration, autonomous operations integration, space operations integrations and safety enhancements.

  • Autonomous Flight Operations Barriers to Integration
  • Economic/Benefit Analyses to Support Modernization
  • Enabling Commercial Space Traffic Operations Growth
  • Enabling Policies to Enhance Performance Based Regulations
  • Enabling Separation Assurance/Self-Separation Modernization
  • Innovative Systems Approaches to Aerospace Traffic Management Systems and NextGen
  • Overcoming Barriers to Space/Air Traffic Management Integration
  • Societal Impacts/Lessons Learned of UAS/UTM Integrated Operations
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State University 
Jason Merret, University of Illinois, Ubrana-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 Aerodynamic Concept Design Tools & Processes (i.e. Geometry, Full Configuration Drag)
  • Aircraft Design Case Studies and Systems Engineering Analysis
  • Aircraft Performance Methods, Tools & Processes (i.e. Takeoff, Landing, Enroute, Noise Abatement)
  • Aircraft Propulsion Methods, Tools & Processes (i.e. Related to Installed Propulsion Performance, especially Supersonics)
  • Aircraft Requirements Studies (to Drive System Design; i.e. UAM, Airports, AirTaxi, Hub & Spoke)
  • Aircraft Stability, Control Tools, and Processes (i.e. Screening Methods, Simulations for Preliminary Design)
  • Aircraft Subsystems Design, Tools & Processes (i.e. Size, Weight, Power, Thermal, Redundancy)
  • Complete Aircraft Design (Transport, Military, GoFly, UAV, UCAV, UAM, etc.)
  • Other Methods and MetaModels for Preliminary Design (i.e. Weight, Structures, Manufacturing)
Air Traffic Operations, Management, and Systems

Please direct questions to:
Karen Marais, Purdue University

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, aircraft operations, safety enhancements, and expanded access to commercial space transportation operations.

  • Advanced Operational Concepts
  • Air Traffic Control and Management (ATC/ATM) Including Nextgen and Future Concepts
  • Air Traffic Management of En Route, Terminal, and Surface Operations
  • Aviation Accident and Incident Investigation
  • 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
  • Prognostic Safety Analysis for the Future ATM
  • Simplified Vehicle Operations
  • Trajectory Management and Optimization of Network Operations
  • Transition to Time-based Operations in the NAS
  • Urban Air Mobility
  • Weather Impacts on Aviation Operations
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Mehdi Ghoreyshi, U.S. Air Force Academy
Swati Saxena, ANSYS INC
Kursat Kara, Oklahoma State University

Papers are solicited in the areas of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to aerodynamics applications. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, flight or ground vehicle 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.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Applied Aerodynamics Student Paper Competition

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimisation Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods, Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Handling Qualities, and Performance
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel, and Flight Testing
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Aero-Propulsive Interaction (Intake/Exhaust Aerodynamics)
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied CFD Modeling & Numerical Corrections with Experimental Data
  • Cavity Flows
  • High Angle of Attack and High-Lift Aerodynamics
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Innovative Aerospace Concepts & Designs
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Multi-Phase Flows
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Reduced Order Aerodynamic Modeling & System Identification
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Design
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Aerodynamics
  • VSTOL/STOL Applications
  • Weapon Aerodynamics: Missile/Projectile/Guided-Munitions 
  • Special Session: Aerodynamics and Performance of Integrated Propellers 
  • Special Session: Aircraft Drag Decomposition - Theory & Application
  • Special Session: Aircraft-Ship Dynamic Interface Virtual Environment
  • Special Session: Commercial Supersonic Activities
  • Special Session: Experimental-Computational Efforts in High-Speed FSI
  • Special Session: Hypersonic Lessons Learned and Current Activities
  • Special Session: Separated Juncture Flow
  • Special Session: Topics in Applied Aerodynamics Education: K-12, University, and Career
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Z. Charlie Zheng, The University of Kansas
Stephen T. McClain, Baylor University

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.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Atmospheric and Space Environments Student Paper Competition.

  • Aircraft Icing/Deicing
  • 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)
CFD Vision 2030

Please direct questions to:
Dimitri Mavriplis, University of Wyoming

CFD2030 Integration Committee invites submissions for a special session of invited talks and/or papers for "Defining Grand Challenge Problems for the CFD2030 Vision. The CFD2030 Vision report laid out a bold vision for future computational capabilities and their potential impact on aerospace engineering and design. In the report, a series of four Grand Challenge (GC) problems were suggested in order to demonstrate the potential impact that advanced computational capabilities will have on aerospace engineering. In this session, more detailed formulations of a small number of GC problems will be proposed by experts in the field. Additionally, the potential of these GC problems in advancing the state-of-the-art as well as for serving as a benchmark of technological progress will be discussed.

Computer Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Miroslav N. Velev, Aries Design Automation, LLC

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, Georgetown University
Lisa Saam, ATA

Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry, as well as industries employing similar design techniques. The papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive designs or concepts. It can include process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products from the exploratory through the detailed design phase, manufacturing, and service. Papers on advances in model-based design processes and related activities are 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 papers are solicited that highlight emerging and mature technologies and their applications that enable collaborative design. Emerging design tools and technologies such as Additive Manufacturing, Cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Thread, Digital Twin, Improved Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO), Design Processes and Tools, Virtual and Augmented Reality applications, Intelligent Computer Aided Design, Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Engineering that can improve efficiency in aerospace design are also requested.

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Component Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
  • Cloud Computing, Internet Of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Computer Aided Design and Intelligent Master Modelling (Parametric, Linked, Associative)
  • 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
  • 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: 
Derek Spear, USAF
Starr Ginn
, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

The Flight Testing technical committee 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 instrumentation and data handling; approaches to flight test education and training; testing of autonomous aircraft systems featuring non-deterministic, decision-making processes and intelligent capabilities, of particular interest are recommended approaches of testing systems of various levels of autonomy, discussing the challenges involved and methods of testing autonomy in a safe, effective and efficient manner, and new flight test methods needed to validate and verify performance of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) algorithms in abnormal conditions, decision making and certification standards. Papers should lend interpretations on the broader impacts of their work upon the field of flight testing.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Flight Testing Student Paper Competition.

  • Current State of the X-59 Design, Integration and Testing
  • Flight Test Techniques, Flight Measurement Technologies, and Other Novel Approaches to Acquire Crucial Flight Data
  • Flight Testing GNC in Abnormal Conditions
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment 
  • System ID and Parameter Estimation Techniques from Flight Test (jointly sponsored with Atmospheric Flight Mechanics)
  • X-57 Flight Test Preparations and Lessons Learned (jointly sponsored with Transformational Flight)
  • Special Session: Air Worthiness Lesson Learned
  • Special Session: Flight Instrumentation Workshop
  • Special Session: Flight Test Careers Panel
Flow Control

Please direct questions to:
Stuart I. Benton, Air Force Research Laboratory

Papers are being solicited over a broad range of topics from fundamental studies to flow control applications in vehicles and systems. Theoretical, numerical, and experimental approaches, especially combining them to demonstrate physical understanding and modeling and prediction capabilities, are highly encouraged. Papers are solicited on both external and internal flow control and within all flow regimes. Of special interest is the development of actuation, sensing, and closed-loop control technologies to optimize some aspect of system performance. A number of special sessions are planned to review the development and maturation of flow control technologies over the past two decades. Themes for additional special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical discipline chair well in advance of the abstract deadline.

In addition to abstract solicitation, a Flow Control Open Forum is planned to allow participants to provide a brief overview and discussion of recent and ongoing efforts in flow control. Please contact the technical discipline chair if you are interested in participating.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Accurate and Efficient Numerical Methods for the Simulation of Flow Control
  • Bio-Inspired Concepts in Flow Control
  • Control of Combustion and Reacting Flows
  • Control of Free Shear Layers, Jets, and Wakes
  • Control of High-Speed Flows
  • Control of Laminar, Transitional and Turbulent Boundary Layers
  • Control of Unsteady Flows (Unsteady Inflow, Translating, Rotating, and Reciprocating Systems)
  • Development of Actuators, Sensors, and Diagnostics for Flow Control
  • Feedback Control Concepts, Including Data-Based and/or Machine Learning Implementations
  • Flow Control for Aero-Optic and Aero-Acoustic Applications
  • Flow Control for Drag Reduction (Separated and Attached Flows)
  • Flow Control for Morphing Wings and Other Aero-Structural Applications
  • Flow Control Integration into Flight Control
  • Reduced Order Modeling of Flow, Actuation, and Sensing
  • Special Session: 20 Years of the AIAA Flow Control Conference: Progress and Perspectives on Aerodynamic Flow Control
  • Special Session: Accurate and Efficient Numerical Simulations Involving Fluidic Oscillators: Single Oscillator to Full-Scale Application
  • Special Session: Machine Learning for Flow Modeling and Control (Jointly Sponsored with Fluid Dynamics)
  • Special Session: Reduced-Complexity Modeling for Flow Prediction and Control (Jointly Sponsored with Fluid Dynamics)
  • Other Topics in Flow Control
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Timothy Eymann, Air Force Research Laboratory
Karthik Duraisamy, University of Michigan

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of 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 with a primary focus on theoretical fluid mechanics or flow control should be submitted to those respective topics, rather than this Fluid Dynamics Call. 

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • CFD Methods (High-Order Methods, Overset Methods, Algorithms, Meshing, Error Estimation, etc.)
  • CFD Modeling and Applications (jointly sponsored with Applied Aerodynamics)
  • Data Processing and Analysis Techniques, With Emphasis on Large Data Sets and Automation
  • Experimental-Computational Effects in High-Speed Fluid-Structure Interaction (Jointly Sponsored with Applied Aerodynamics)
  • Fundamental Fluid Flows (Vortex Flows, Shear Flows, Separation, Hydrodynamics, etc.)
  • Instrumentation and Diagnostic Techniques for Fluid Dynamics
  • Low-Reynolds-Number and Bio-Inspired Flows 
  • Multiphysics and Cross-Disciplinary Flows (Fluid-Structure Interaction, Multiphase, Combustion, etc.)
  • Reduced-Order and Data-Driven Modeling
  • Stability and Transition (Subsonic, Supersonic, and Hypersonic) 
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows 
  • 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: Aircraft Drag Decomposition – Theory and Application (Jointly Sponsored with Applied Aerodynamics)
General Aviation

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

Technical papers and oral presentations are requested in the area of General Aviation, broadly defined as nonscheduled personal or business travel by air. Topics of interest include aircraft design, technology integration, airspace design/usage, safety, and other challenges associated with this type of travel. Given the broad scope of General Aviation topics, papers may be jointly sponsored with other Technical Disciplines within the conference. Some of these jointly sponsored possibilities are noted in the subtopics below.

  • Approaches to Reduce Environmental Impact of General Aviation Operations
  • Approaches to Increase Affordability and/or Utility of General Aviation Operations
  • Design, Requirements, or Performance of General Aviation Concepts (Jointly Sponsored with Aircraft Design)
  • Improved/Streamlined Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts
  • Quantification/Improvement of General Aviation Safety through Analysis or New Technologies
  • Simplified Operations/Autonomy for General Aviation (Jointly Sponsored with Transformational Flight)
Ground Testing

Please direct questions to:
Erin Hubbard, Jacobs / NASA Glenn Research Center
Chris Jorgens, Boeing

The Ground Testing Technical Committee is soliciting papers on Ground Testing related research and applications including test techniques, test instrumentation, and ground test facility capabilities (new, upgrades, enhancements). Submissions are encouraged throughout all aerodynamic speed regimes and Reynolds numbers, all test scale ranges (from microfluids to geophysical flows), and all types of ground testing (aerodynamics, propulsion, space environments and systems, etc.). Papers focusing on advancement of specific applications or unique implementation of specific techniques are encouraged. Particular topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in Test Techniques, Test Conduction and Facility Management
  • Consequences of Advancing Test Techniques: Facility Impact, Efficiency Gains, etc.
  • Data Quality and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Design, Development, and Performance of New/Modified Ground Test Facilities
  • Integration of Ground Testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Flight Test
  • Knowledge Capture for Ground Test Facilities and Related Capabilities
  • Real-Time Facility Control Systems, Data Acquisition, Processing and Presentation
  • Test Article Design, Fabrication, and Utilization Improvements
  • Unique or Innovative Uses of Existing Ground Test Facilities and Support Systems
  • Other Topics in Ground Testing
ITAR

Please direct questions to: 
Scott Sherer, Air Force Research Laboratory 
Rick 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.

Suggested topics for special sessions and panel discussions should be submitted to the technical discipline chairs well in advance of the abstract deadline. While ITAR papers will be considered across all technical disciplines, particular areas of interest include:

  • Aeroelasticity
  • Directed Energy Systems
  • Flight Test Capabilities
  • Ground Test Capabilities
  • Hypersonics
  • Kinetic Weapons Integration
  • Multidisciplinary Design and Optimization
  • Propulsion/Airframe Interaction
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Carolyn Woeber, Pointwise, Inc.

The Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments (MVCE) Technical Committee 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 the CFD or MVCE conferences. 

A special session is planned on Mesh Effects on CFD Solutions; papers on this topic should be submitted to the MVCE conference. For more information, click Additional Details.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • Applied Meshing for Real-World and AIAA Workshop Applications
  • 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
  • Scalable Techniques for Large (> Billion) Meshes on Current and Future Hardware Architectures
  • 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: 
Peter Zaal, San José State University / NASA Ames Research Center
Christine Taylor, The MITRE Corporation

Modeling and Simulation Technologies seeks papers on the development and application of modeling and simulation related to flight simulation, air traffic management (ATM), UAS traffic management (UTM), and human decision-making support. Specific areas of interest are provided below. Although the modeling and simulation discipline is broad in scope, submissions focused on real-time usage, human/hardware-in-the-loop, or supporting human decision making in a real-time environment are particularly encouraged. Submissions that model a single discipline aspect of a vehicle or its operating environment (e.g. using computational fluid dynamics) without application to an integrated simulation environment are more appropriate for other technical disciplines. For more information, click Additional Details.

  • Cognitive Assistance for Training and Decision Support
  • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing 
  • Model-Based Design and X-in-the-Loop Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air Traffic Management (ATM) 
  • Modeling and Simulation of Aircraft Dynamics, Systems, and Environments (including UAS/UAM Vehicles)
  • Modeling and Simulation of New Entrant Integration into the National Airspace System
  • Modeling and Simulation of UAS Traffic Management (UTM)  
  • Modeling, Simulation, Machine Learning, and Optimization for Air Traffic Performance
  • Simulator Hardware and Facilities
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Justin Gray, NASA Glenn Research Center
Jason Hicken, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

For over twenty-five years, AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) has brought together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization. 

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. 

Technical papers are sought in any area related to the application of numerical optimization, uncertainty quantification, multi-fidelity methods, and machine learning to the design of multidisciplinary and single disciplinary aerospace problems including applications to aircraft, spacecraft, and naval craft.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Student Paper Competition.

  • 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, Reduced-Order Models, and Approximation Methods
  • Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) integration with MDO
  • Multi-Fidelity Methods for Vehicle Applications
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Physics-informed Machine Learning
  • Topology Optimization for High-Performance Structures
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Albina Tropina, Texas A&M 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. 

Students are encouraged to submit to the Plasmadynamics and Lasers Student Paper Competition.

All persons submitting an abstract to this technical discipline are also invited to participate in the Flow Visualization Showcase.

  • 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 Physics (Basic Processes, Plasma Kinetics/Dynamics, MHD, DBD, Laser Plasmas, etc.) 
  • Plasma & Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions) 
  • Plasma Aerodynamic Flow Control (DBD-Based Flow Actuation, Active Flow/Shock Wave Control, etc.) 
  • Plasma/Laser Assisted Ignition & Combustion
  • Plasma/Laser Devices & Technologies (Engineering, Applications, Material Processing, Dual-Use, etc.) 
  • Plasmas/Lasers for UAV 
  • Special Session: Reduced-Complexity Modeling for Flow Control
Theoretical Fluid Mechanics

Please direct questions to:
Matthew J Munson, U.S. Army Research Office 

Theoretical Fluid Mechanics Call for Papers is being held in conjunction with Fluid Dynamics Call for Papers, with a specific emphasis on papers describing methodologies and approaches that rely heavily on (or expand) theoretical understanding. Additionally desired are papers describing new theoretical constructs for flow physics or those applying established theory from other fields to fluid mechanics to make fundamental advances in our knowledge of the physics of flows. Papers leveraging analytical methods with experiments and/or computations are also welcome. Topical overlap with the Fluid Dynamics is deliberate; authors normally submitting to Fluid Dynamics are encouraged to consider whether their paper would be appropriate for this Call for Papers. Also, please note that 2020 will mark the last occurrence of the TFM technical discipline; in the future, the Fluid Dynamics technical discipline will expand to include theoretical papers each year.

  • Boundary Layer Theory
  • Combined Experimental/Numerical/Theoretical Approaches
  • Compressible Flows
  • Continuum Mechanics and Alternatives
  • Exact Coherent Structures and Dynamical Systems Theory
  • Flowfield Estimation Theory (including Reduced-Order Modeling)
  • Molecular Hydrodynamics and Rarefied Flows
  • Multi-Phase Flows
  • Operator Theoretic Methods
  • Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions
  • Stability Theory (Local, Global, Transient Growth)
  • Theoretical Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flow Control and Controller Design
  • Turbulence Theory, Modeling and Characterization
  • Vortex Dynamics and Rotating Flows
Thermophysics

Please direct questions to:  
Alexandre Martin, University of Kentucky
Charles Bersbach, Raytheon Missile Systems

The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits extended abstracts of proposed papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and their related aerospace applications. Contributions based on analytical, numerical, and/or experimental studies are welcomed as well as timely survey and review articles. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Student submissions are strongly encouraged. Special sessions are also welcome--please contact Technical Chairs. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Aerothermodynamics, Thermal Protection Systems and Ablation
  • Cryogenics and Cryogenic Systems
  • Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, Thermosiphons, and Two-phase Heat Transfer
  • Emerging Technologies in Thermophysics (e.g. Applying Additive Manufacturing or Machine Learning) 
  • Experimental and Computational Non-equilibrium Flows and Radiation
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Micro- and Nano-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Microgravity based Heat Transfer, Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
  • Theoretical, Experimental and Computational Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Management and Control in Aircraft and Spacecraft: Devices and Applications
  • Transport and Thermophysical Properties
Transformational Flight Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Simon Briceno, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Siddhartha Krishnamurthy, NASA Langley Research Institute

Technical papers are requested relating to innovative manned/unmanned aircraft concepts and technologies for emerging markets, such as urban air mobility (UAM), regional air mobility (RAM), and on demand mobility (ODM).  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 (SVO).  Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to STOL and VSTOL aircraft (regardless of propulsion type), including design, analysis, and testing.

  • Aircraft and Autonomous Systems Testing (Jointly Sponsored with Flight Testing)
  • Electric Propulsion Integration and Contributory Technologies
  • Innovative/transformational Fixed Wing Aircraft Concepts (Jointly Sponsored with Aircraft Design)
  • On-demand Mobility Concepts and Market Studies
  • Operational Aspects of On-demand Mobility and Transformational Flight (Jointly Sponsored with ATOMS)
  • Simplified Vehicle Operations (SVO) and Autonomous Systems (Jointly Sponsored with General Aviation)
  • Small/medium UAS Concepts (Jointly Sponsored with Unmanned Systems)
  • Transformational Civil Supersonics Research, Integration, & Operations (Jointly Sponsored w/ Supersonic)
  • Urban Noise Associated with Transformational Concepts (Jointly Sponsored with Aeroacoustics)
  • V/STOL Aircraft Design, Analysis, and Testing (Jointly Sponsored with V/STOL)
Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Calvert, U. S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, Aviation and Missile Center
Craig Hange, NASA Ames Research Center

The V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee (TC) seeks technical papers on subjects that advance the sciences and technologies (S&T) unique to the design, development, and operation of V/STOL, VTOL, and STOL (hereafter collectively referred to as V/STOL) manned and unmanned aircraft. The V/STOL TC, a member of the AIAA Aircraft Technology, Integration and Operations Group, seeks to promote innovation in V/STOL-related areas, and to stimulate transition of these innovations into V/STOL aircraft production and operations. Aircraft sizes of interest range from very small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) through Ultra-Heavy-Lift V/STOL aircraft. Takeoff and landing capabilities of interest range from prepared STOL runways through runway independence. Applications of interest include personal mobility, passenger and cargo logistics, sensing and surveillance, emergency response (including aeromedical evacuation), disaster relief and humanitarian assistance, agriculture, forestry, etc. For more information, click Additional Details.

Students are encouraged to submit to the V/STOL Student Paper Competition.

  • Case Studies of V/STOL Aircraft, including Lessons Learned, Designs, Specific Projects, etc.
  • Concept of Operations (CONOPS), Requirements Synthesis, and Regulatory Considerations
  • Economic Analysis of V/STOL Aircraft Design, Development, and Operations
  • Engines and Motors (Convertible Turbofan/turboshaft, Hybrid Electric, Electric, etc.)
  • Flight Control Systems (FCS) for V/STOL Aircraft
  • General Topics in V/STOL Aircraft Systems
  • Ground Operations, including Hazard Prediction and Mitigation
  • Handling Qualities, including Low-Speed Maneuverability and Agility
  • High-Lift and Attitude-Control Devices
  • Lift- and Thrust-Production Systems
  • Navigation and Air Traffic Control
  • Noise and Pollution Emissions Reduction/suppression
  • Optimal Distribution of Lift/thrust Production across Multiple Sources and/or Flight Regimes
  • Semi- and Fully-Autonomous System Design for Teaming Operations
  • V/STOL Aircraft Configuration Design and Layout

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

  • Aeroacoustics
  • Applied Aerodynamics
  • Atmospheric and Space Environments
  • Flight Testing
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Plasmadynamics and Lasers
  • Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems

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 2019, 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. 
Aeroacoustics

Please direct questions to: 
Naval Agarwal, The Boeing Company
Jose Alonso Miralles, UTC Aerospace Systems

Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit papers for consideration in the Aeroacoustics Student Paper Competition. Student papers should report on original work conducted by students in collaboration with faculty advisors or mentors. The student submitting a paper for consideration must be the primary author, must be a student at the time of the abstract submission, and must present the paper at the conference. The student author of the best paper will receive a monetary reward and a certificate presented at the conference. The best student paper award will be selected based on (1) relevance to the field of aeroacoustics, (2) technical quality and completeness of the work, and (3) overall clarity of the paper and its presentation. Papers not received by the student paper submission deadline or not presented by the student at the conference will not be considered for the award. Interested students should submit abstracts electronically through AIAA’s website at www.aiaa.org. Please submit to the appropriate topic and select “Student Paper Competition” as the presentation type. In addition, at the time the extended abstract is submitted, students should send an e-mail to the Education Subcommittee (Naval Agarwal) stating intent to enter the competition for the student award and using “STUDENT PAPER MANUSCRIPT” as the subject line. Authors participating in the Student Award competition must then submit their final manuscript to the Aviation conference website no later than May 15, 2020, no extensions will be possible.

The Aeroacoustics Student Paper Competition is jointly organized by AIAA and the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS). The AIAA student membership eligibility requirement for this competition is waived.

To submit to the Student Paper Competition, submitting authors must first select Student Paper Competition as the Presentation Type during Step 2 of the abstract submission process. Then select the respective technical discipline as the Topic and an appropriate Sub-topic.

Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Nalin Ratnayake, NASA Langley Research Center

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. 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: 
Z. Charlie Zheng, The University of Kansas
Stephen T. McClain, Baylor University

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.

Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
Andy Freeborn, USAF Test Pilot School

The AIAA Flight Testing Technical Committee is sponsoring a Student Paper Competition at the 2020 AIAA AVIATION Forum in Reno, NV. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit papers for consideration in the competition. Papers should report on original work conducted by the student who must also be the primary author. Co-authors are acceptable. The student must present their own paper at the conference.

Students should submit their abstract according to the regular conference abstract rules and indicate “Student Paper Competition” at the time of electronic submittal. Entries 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 proceedings.

The submissions will be judged based on the paper and presentation. Criteria for judging include 1) Technical Content; 2) Importance to the field of Flight Test; 3) Completeness of the Work; and 4) Style and Clarity consistent with AIAA guidelines. Presentations will be judged on the same criteria.

Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Manav Bhatia, Mississippi State University

The MDO 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 MDO 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 Design and Optimization”. This will ensure that the abstract is submitted to the MDO topic. If you are unable to enter the student paper competition, because you must submit to a different topic, then please email the chair (Manav Bhatia) 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 award. At the time of the final submission the authors will be required to identify, through a communication to the chair of the competition, the individual contributions of each listed co-author. Papers that do not show primary contributions from the first author will not be considered for this competition.

The papers will be judged by expert reviewers, and finalists will be selected to present at a special MDO session during the first day of AVIATION 2020. 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 MDO session during the first day of AVIATION 2020. 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

Please direct questions to: 
Mark Rennie, University of Notre Dame

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.

V/STOL (Vertical/Standard Take-Off and Landing)

Please direct questions to: 
Geoffrey Jeram, United States Army

The AIAA V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2020 AIAA AVIATION Forum and Exposition in Reno, Nevada for undergraduate and graduate students. Student Paper Competition authors will present their papers at the beginning of the conference so that the winner may be recognized at the awards luncheon. Entries to the Student Paper Competition will be archived as AIAA papers. To be eligible for this award, the student must meet the standards established by AIAA and listed above. The papers and presentations will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the paper’s subject
  • Importance/contribution to the field
  • Technical quality
  • Literature review and explanation of the paper subject’s relevance
  • Accuracy of experimental or numerical results (ref. AIAA standards for journals)
  • Style and clarity (organization, completeness, and grammar)

Entries to the V/STOL Aircraft Systems Student Paper Competition will undergo the regular abstract review process. When submitting an abstract for the V/STOL Aircraft Systems 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 ""V/STOL Aircraft Systems”. The manuscript submission deadline for the V/STOL Aircraft Systems Student Paper Competition is the same as the submission deadline for AVIATION 2020. All entries to the Student Paper Competition must be received by this date to be considered in the competition. The student author of the best paper will receive a certificate, a $1000 monetary award, and a complimentary ticket to the Forum’s awards luncheon.      

Please direct questions to:
Manan Vyas, NASA
Sidra I. Silton, CCDC Army Research Laboratory

The Annual Flow Visualization Showcase will provide an opportunity to display computational and/or experimental fluid-dynamics visualizations that support a technical concept. It is open to anyone who submits an abstract to Applied Aerodynamics, Flow Control, Fluid Dynamics, Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments, or Plasma Dynamics and Lasers. Submissions will be considered for this event whether or not the abstract is accepted. See below for instructions if you do not have an abstract for a technical paper and would like to participate.

The flow visualization should enhance the understanding of the flow, rather than be simply an impressive visual display. The event will last approximately two hours, during which authors will be assigned a 30-minute slot to describe their visualizations to attendees and judges. It is recommended that the visualization be 3–5 minutes in length and run on a loop. Large-screen displays will be provided. The submissions will be judged and a 1st place award presented in each of the following categories at the conclusion of the event: (1) Most Artistic Flow Visualization, (2) Most Quantitatively Descriptive Flow Visualization, and (3) Most Comprehensive Flow Visualization. Each of the 3 winners will be asked for a copy of their visualization to display on the FDTC or AIAA website as well as a signed release form for AIAA. Winning visualizations from the past showcases will be available for review by spring 2020.

To indicate your interest in participating, please check the box during Step 2 of the abstract submission process available within participating technical disciplines. If you would like to participate in the showcase, but do not plan on submitting an abstract for a technical paper and presentation, email Manan Vyas (manan.vyas@nasa.gov) or Sidra Silton (sidra.i.silton.civ@mail.mil) with a short abstract. Participants will be emailed to verify interest in showcase participation after abstract notifications are sent.