Dates to Remember

Abstract Submission Begins:
6 September 2022

Abstract Deadline:
10 November 2022, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Author Notification:
10 February 2023

Registration Opens:
1 March 2023

Manuscript/Presentation Video Deadline:
3 May 2023, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Early Bird Registration Deadline:
22 May 2023, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA

Presentations and papers can be an effective way to hone scientific and technical ideas, introduce your work to aerospace colleagues, and hone your research questions. Forum paper presentations typically consist of a written document and an oral presentation. Presenting at AIAA AVIATION Forum is a great opportunity for gaining valuable feedback from a community of scholars and for increasing your professional stature in aerospace engineering, research and development.

Please note: The AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS) will be co-located with the 2023 AIAA AVIATION Forum. See the "Electric Aircraft Technologies" discipline below for more information.

 Session Proposals
  Student Paper Competitions
 Flow Visualization Showcase

For 2023, we are soliciting papers in the following technical disciplines below. For ITAR-restricted or classified content submission, please visit the AIAA DEFENSE Forum Call for Technical Briefings.


Please direct questions to:
Parthiv N. Shah, ATA Engineering, Inc.
Kent Gee,  Brigham Young University
Gareth Bennett, Trinity College Dublin

AIAA Aeroacoustics events are the premier international forum for the field of aeroacoustics. It offers 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 solicited.

The program’s technical content will include theoretical, experimental, and numerical contributions that describe original research results and/or innovative design concepts including those related to recent advances in low-carbon aircraft architectures and urban air mobility vehicles. In addition, in-depth reviews and timely surveys will be considered. Topics identified for the conference are listed below. Papers in other related areas, including the application of aerospace noise suppression technologies in other industries, and non-aerospace research with potential application to the aerospace industry are encouraged. 2023 AVIATION and 2024 SciTech Forum papers of superb technical quality, notable originality, and scholarly accuracy will be considered for the 2024 AIAA/CEAS Aeroacoustics Best Paper Award.

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

  • Acoustic / Fluid Dynamics Interactions
  • Advanced Air Mobility Noise (joint AA/TF)
  • Advanced Testing Techniques
  • Airframe / High-Lift Noise
  • Community Noise, Sonic Boom and Metrics
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Duct Acoustics
  • General Acoustics
  • Interior Noise / Structural Acoustics and Metamaterials
  • Jet Aeroacoustics
  • Propeller, Rotorcraft and V/STOL Noise
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
Aerospace Traffic Management

Please direct questions to:
Joseph Post, University of South Florida
Edward Stanton

Papers are sought relating 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 integration, and related safety enhancements/issues.

  • Collaboration Approaches to Address the Challenges of UAP
  • Economic and Cost/Benefit Analyses to Support Modernization
  • Enabling Growth of Space Operations
  • Enabling Improved Separation Assurance and Self-Separation
  • Innovative Systems Approaches to Aerospace Traffic Management
  • International Approaches to Traffic Management and New Vehicle Integration
  • Novel Business Models and Policies for Traffic Management
  • Overcoming Barriers to Integration of Autonomous Vehicles
  • Overcoming Barriers to Integration of New Entrants into the National Airspace System
  • Performance-Based Regulations
  • Policy Trade-Offs between Airspace User Segments
  • Scientific & Technical Advancements in UAP Understanding
  • Societal Impacts/Lessons Learned of UAS/UTM Integrated Operations
Air Transportation Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Peng Wei, George Washington University
Min Xue, NASA Ames Research Center
Priyank Pradeep, NASA Ames Research Center
Marc Brittain, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

The Air Transportation Systems Technical Committee (ATS-TC) invites technical papers that describe the advancements of air transportation systems and operations, including concepts, technologies, procedures, algorithms, functions, analyses that can help improve safety, efficiency, scalability, sustainability of existing airspace, airline and airport management systems; concept, development, algorithms, testing, operations of new traffic systems for improved access to the NAS for new vehicle operations, such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), UAS Traffic Management (UTM), Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), extensible Traffic Management System (xTM) and their integration into the National Airspace System (NAS); Applications of new technologies and methods such as data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in related topics; modeling and simulation techniques that help advance conventional and non-conventional air transportation systems.

 Additional Details

Students are encouraged to submit to the Air Transportation Systems Student Paper Competition.

  • Advanced Operational Concepts for ATC/ATM
  • Air Transportation Safety and Reliability
  • Air Transportation System Economics, Policy, Social Impacts and Operational Implications
  • Airline and Flight Operator Planning, Operations and Decision Making
  • Airport and Metroplex Operations and Technologies
  • Applications of Advanced Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance Technologies
  • Autonomy and Electrification in Aviation and the NAS
  • Development of AAM/UAM Operational Concepts
  • Extensible Traffic Management for Non-Conventional Air Traffic
  • Human Factors in Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Integration and Operation of AAM/UAM/UAS in the NAS
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Air Transportation Systems and Operations
  • Simulation, Modeling, and Analysis of ATC/ATM Technologies and Procedures
  • Sustainable Aviation
  • Trajectory-Based Operations
  • Weather Impacts on Air Transportation Systems and Operations
Aircraft Design

Please direct questions to: 
Timothy Takahashi, Arizona State University 
Nathaniel Blaesser, NASA Langley Research Center

We seek technical papers in all of areas of atmospheric flight vehicle design from subsonic through hypersonic, at all scales from micro air vehicles to very large aircraft. The Aircraft Design TC will collaborate with Transformational Flight TC to offer sessions highlighting the design of transformational Fixed Wing and Advanced Air Mobility Concepts. We also collaborate with the General Aviation TC and the Multi-Disciplinary-Optimization TC. The Aircraft Design TC also seeks papers on system level design studies of complete aircraft (both traditional and unconventional). 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, flight mechanics, structures, manufacturing, overall aircraft sizing as well as subsystem component sizing.

  • Aircraft Design Case Studies, Operational Market and Systems Engineering Analysis
  • Aircraft Design Tools & Processes (Aero, Perf, Prop, S&C, Flt Mech, Structures, Weight, Sizing, etc)
  • Aircraft Design Tools & Processes to improve Safety and ensure Regulatory Compliance
  • Aircraft Requirements Studies (to Drive System Design; i.e. UAM, Airports, AirTaxi, Hub & Spoke)
  • Aircraft Subsystems Design, Tools & Processes (i.e. Size, Weight, Power, Thermal, Redundancy)
  • Assessment of Integrated New Technologies at Aircraft Level (Performance, Production, Cost)
  • Assessment of Integrated Propulsion Concepts at Aircraft Level (Open Rotor, Hybrid Electric, H2,…)
  • Complete Aircraft Design (Military, GoFly, UAV, UCAV, UAM, MAV, etc.)
  • Complete Civil Transport Aircraft Design for Minimal Environmental Impact
Applied Aerodynamics

Please direct questions to: 
Alaa Elmiligui, NASA Langley Research Center
Vishal Bhagwandin, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Shreyas Narsipur, Mississippi 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. Note that oral-only presentations (no paper publication) will only be accepted for special sessions.

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Flow Control: Analytical, Computational, and Experimental
  • Aerodynamic Testing: Ground, Wind-Tunnel, and Flight Testing
  • Aerodynamics of Inlets and Nozzles (joint session APA/ INPSI)
  • Aero-Propulsive Interactions and Aerodynamics of Integrated Propeller Systems
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied Aeroelasticity and Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Boundary-Layer Transition for Aerodynamic Applications
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Missile/Projectile/Munition Aerodynamics, Carriage & Store Separation
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Reduced Order Aerodynamics Modeling & System Identification
  • Thermal Protection System Design (joint APA/TP)
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Design
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Other Topics in Applied Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: Aerodynamic Design Applications Using the NASA CDISC Design Method
  • Special Session: Drag Prediction Workshop VII-Expanding the Envelope
  • Special Session: High-Lift CFD Predictions and Flow Measurements
  • Special Session: North Atlantic Treaty Organization Science and Technology Organization
  • Special Session: X-59 Wind Tunnel Model CFD Predictions and Wind Tunnel Measurements
Atmospheric and Space Environments

Please direct questions to: 
Zhongquan Zheng, Utah State University
William B. Wright, HX5, LLC

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
  • Environmental Impacts to the National Airspace System
  • Observations and Modeling of the Atmospheric Environment
  • Wake Turbulence, and other Atmospheric Hazards to Aviation Operations
Computational Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to:
Reetesh Ranjan, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Prahladh S. lyer, National Institute of Aerospace

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 strongly 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. 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.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Computational Fluid Dynamics Student Paper Competition.

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

  • Adaptive Meshing and Error Analysis
  • Algorithms and Applications of Reduced Order Modeling
  • Algorithms for Overset Meshes
  • Analysis of Algorithm
  • Boundary Layer Transition
  • Convergence Acceleration
  • Entropy Stable Schemes
  • High-Order Spatial and Temporal Discretizations
  • Hybrid RANS/LES
  • Large-Eddy Simulations
  • Modeling and Applications (Jointly Sponsored with Applied Aerodynamics)
  • Multidisciplinary Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization
  • Parallel Algorithm
  • Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Other Topics in Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Special Session: CFD2030
CFD Vision 2030

Please direct questions to: 
Francisco Palacios, The Boeing Company
Dimitri Mavriplis, University of Wyoming

The CFD2030 Vision report laid out a bold vision for future computational capabilities and their potential impact on aerospace engineering and design. Under the CFD2030 topic, we are soliciting papers that describe significant advances in the state-of-the art of numerical prediction and their impact on aerospace engineering. Under the first subtopic we are soliciting papers that focus on CFD simulation results, analysis, and comparison to experimental data of the Smooth Body Separation Experiment (SBSE) Gaussian Bump configuration as documented on the NASA Turbulence Model Resource (TMR) website. Papers highlighting the comparison of scale-resolving CFD methods, innovative RANS closure models, and/or machine learning techniques with this experimental data to benchmark the ability of current CFD technology to predict smooth wall separation, as well as to shed light on future directions to improve the state-of-the-art, are requested. Under the second subtopic, we are soliciting papers that address important advances in digital flight simulation technologies. These may include aerodynamics of maneuvering aircraft, multidisciplinary effects, inclusion of flight control systems, and descriptions of institutional or national programs focused on digital flight simulation.

  • Advances in Digital Flight simulation technologies
  • CFD analysis of the Smooth Body Separation Experiment (SBSE) Gaussian Bump configuration
Design Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ada Altebeyeva, Singapore University of Technology and Design

Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented 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 to enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial and military aerospace industries. Emerging design tools and technologies such as Cloud computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, Digital Enterprise, Improved Designs Using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO), Design Processes and Tools, Virtual and Augmented Reality applications, intelligent Computer Aided Design, Generative Design, Additive Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Engineering are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and/or when applied to aerospace component design, prototyping and manufacturing contribute to making complex designs economically feasible.

  • Additive Manufacturing Applied to Aerospace Component Design, Prototyping and Manufacturing
  • Application of Generative Design
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread, Digital Twin, Digital Enterprise
  • 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
  • Design Tools and Processes for Rapid Prototyping
  • Early Design Approaches for Increased "-Ilities" (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Etc.)
  • 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
Digital Engineering

Please direct questions to: 
David Kepczynski, GE Research
Natalie Straup, Northrop Grumman
Olivia Pinon Fischer, Georgia Institute of Technology
John Matlik, Rolls-Royce

Digital Engineering is enabling the acceleration, integration, and adoption of existing and new digital technologies using authoritative data, models, and systems across functional disciplines and supporting product lifecycle development and management from concept through design, validation, manufacture, sustainment, and disposal. The core digital engineering subtopics below are supporting the development of technical content and digital engineering capabilities in terms of definition, value, technology frameworks, reference models, case studies on implementations, recommendations, training & development, and advocacy. These are in support of driving US national competitiveness, security, and operational readiness.

  • Digital Ecosystem
  • Digital Modeling & Simulation with ML/AI and/or HPC
  • Digital Systems Modeling
  • Digital Thread
  • Digital Twin
  • Elements of Digital Engineering - Viewpoints About Aggregation of Elements
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering Applied to Retention and Reuse of Engineering Knowledge and Data (joint DGE/DE
  • Model-Based Engineering - Product and Environment Digital Twin Simulations (joint DGE/DE/MST)
  • Sensor Fusion - Cyber/physical Relationship Between Simulation and Reality
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Management in Digital Engineering and Digital Twins (joint DGE/NDA)
  • Value of Digital Engineering - ROI Associated with Enterprise Level Digital Transformations
Electric Aircraft Technology (will be presented as part of EATS)

Please direct questions to: 
Phillip Ansell, University of Illinois
Santino Bianco, NASA
David K. Hall, Penn State University

Please note: All Electric Aircraft Technologies papers will be presented within the AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS).

The continued evolution of electrification on aircraft systems has necessitated the technological development, design, evaluation, characterization, modeling, and integration of electrified aircraft components and systems. Pursuant to advancing this field, abstract submissions across various disciplinary areas ranging from enabling and core technologies, component design, novel aircraft concepts and systems, life cycle aspects & analysis, engineering design methods, modelling, tools and standards are sought. A more complete list is provided below:

  • Electrical Energy Generation, Storage, & Management (Battery, Fuel Cell, Solar, Regeneration, etc.)
  • Electric Aircraft Design (Fixed & Rotary Wing) & Mission Operation (Cost, Energy, Emissions)
  • Failure/Fault Mode Protection, Solid State Control, Diagnostics & Modelling
  • Power Electronics, Electric Machines & Drives
  • Power Management, Distribution & High Voltage Considerations
  • Electric Aircraft Propulsion, Architectures & Systems Integration (joint w/Transformational Flight)
  • Superconducting & Cryogenic Systems & Components
  • System Dynamics, Modeling & Control
  • Testing, Validation, Safety & Certification
  • Thermal Management
Flight Testing

Please direct questions to: 
James Childress, The Boeing Company
Or Dantsker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Derek Spear, U.S. Air Force

The Flight Testing Technical Committee invites papers focused on advances in the art and science of the flight testing of all aerospace vehicles (fixed-wing, rotorcraft, UAV, spacecraft, etc.). Successful abstracts shall cover the flight testing and aerospace vehicles in their natural environment with regard to research, development, certification, and general flight testing of these craft. Papers should cover one or more of the following topics: Applications of new flight test techniques or novel application of classical techniques; advances in instrumentation dealing with data capture and handling; approaches to flight testing education and training; flight testing of autonomous aircraft systems. Other areas of interest are new flight test methods used to validate and verify the performance of guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) algorithms; autonomous aircraft decision making; new certification standards; improved flying techniques for standard flight maneuvers.

  • Advancements in eVTOL Flight Testing
  • Advancements in Rotorcraft Flight Testing
  • Advancements in Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, and solar-Powered Flight Testing
  • Aircraft and Autonomous Systems Testing (Joint with Flight Test and Transformational Flight Systems)
  • Commercial Spaceflight Certification Testing
  • Current State of Hypersonic Vehicle Design Integration and Testing for Commercial and Military
  • Current State of Supersonic Vehicle Design Integration and Testing for Commercial and Military
  • Electric Aerospace Vehicle Flight Test Preparations and Lessons Learned
  • Flight Testing in the Educational Environment
  • Flight Testing Results for both Manned and Unmanned Vehicles
  • Flight Testing Techniques for Space Vehicles
  • Flight Testing with Sustainable Aviation Fuel
  • General Flight Test Lessons Learning from a Safety, Execution, and Certification Standpoint
  • GNC Flight Testing in Normal and Abnormal Conditions
  • Other Topics in Flight Testing
  • Special Session: And now a word from the FAA Flight Test Office
  • Special Session: Flight Test Updates from Passenger, to Business, to General Aviation Aircraft
  • Special Session: Military and Commercial Lessons Learned in Flight Testing
  • Techniques, Measurement Technologies, and Approaches to Acquire Crucial Flight Data in Flight Test
Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to: 
CJ Doolittle, Flexcompute, Inc.
Theresa Saxton-FoxUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Technical papers are solicited in the areas of computational, experimental, and theoretical fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications. Emphases should be on basic research and development, and any methodologies/approaches that rely heavily on (or expand) theoretical understanding. 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. 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.

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

  • Flow Control Devices and Applications
  • Instrumentation and Diagnostic Techniques
  • Low-Reynolds-Number and Bio-Inspired Flows
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Multiphysics and Cross-Disciplinary Flows
  • Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint FD/TP)
  • Reduced-Complexity Modeling and Machine Learning
  • Shock-Boundary Layer Interactions
  • Stability and Transition
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows
  • Theoretical Flow Physics
  • Turbulent Flows
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics and Massively Separated Flows
  • Vortex Dynamics and Rotating Flows
  • Special Session: Advances in Aerodynamics from AIAA-KSAS
General Aviation

Please direct questions to:
Nicholas Borer, NASA
Mayank Bendarkar, Georgia Institute of Technology

Technical papers and oral presentations are requested in the area of General Aviation, broadly defined as aviation for nonscheduled personal or business use. Topics of interest include aircraft design, technology integration, airspace design/usage, safety, passenger experience, and other challenges associated with this type of travel, as well as novel designs, operations, infrastructure, and approaches to enable Advanced Air Mobility and Regional Air Mobility. Given the broad scope of General Aviation topics, papers may be jointly sponsored with other Technical Disciplines within the conference.

  • Advanced Air Mobility Operations and Sustainability (joint GA/ATM)
  • Advanced Regional Air Mobility Concepts and Operations
  • Advances in Propulsion, Power, and/or Energy Systems to Enhance Air Mobility
  • Approaches to Increase Affordability, Utility, and/or Experience of General Aviation Operations
  • Design, Requirements, or Performance of General Aviation Concepts
  • Improved Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts (joint GA/TF)
  • Quantification/Improvement of General Aviation Safety through Analysis or New Technologies
  • Simplified Operations/Autonomy for Advanced Air Mobility (joint GA/TF/UAS)
Ground Testing

Please direct questions to:
Brandon Chynoweth, Purdue University
Rebecca Rought

Submissions are solicited by the Ground Test Technical Committee on topics related to ground testing research, development, application, and administration. Topics may incorporate facility capabilities, test techniques, test instrumentation, and integration of computational fluid dynamics or flight test data. Submissions are welcome from all types of ground test facilities (aerodynamic, propulsion, space environments and systems, etc.) related to any and all speed regimes, Reynolds numbers, and physical scales. Topics on all aspects of test planning, execution, data review, and test and facility administration are encouraged. Specific topics include but are not limited to:Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advancements in Test Techniques, Test Processes, and Facility Management
  • Data Management and Model Based Engineering Integration in Ground Test Facilities
  • Design, Development, and Performance of New/Modified Ground Test Facilities
  • Development, Application, and Validation of Flow Diagnostics for Use in Ground Test Facilities
  • Developments Resulting in Facility Operational Cost or Productivity Improvements
  • Flow Quality, Data Quality, and Uncertainty Quantification
  • Integration of Ground Testing with CFD and Flight Testing
  • 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
  • Use of Additive Manufacturing Techniques in Ground Test Facilities and Models
  • Other Topics in Ground Testing
High-Speed Air Breathing Propulsion

Please direct questions to:
Zekai Hong, National Research Council Canada
Justin Kirik, Northrup Grumman Corporation

Technical papers are sought for fundamental research and applied development efforts to advance the state of the art of high-speed, air-breathing propulsion. Topics in numerical analysis, theory, ground test, and flight test are desired. Papers should be relevant to the development, analysis, optimization, or integration of scramjets, ramjets, and their components (e.g. inlets, isolators, combustors, injectors, and nozzles).

  • Flowpath and Component Optimization and Performance Prediction
  • Additive Manufacturing Techniques, Including Thermal-Mechanical Material Characterization
  • Advanced Diagnostics for High-Speed, High-Enthalpy Flows
  • Chemical Mechanism or Thermal Models for New Fuels, Including Reduced Models
  • Developments in Ground Test Facilities and Techniques
  • Experiments and Simulations in Fuel Injection, Mixing, and Flameholding
  • Flight Experiments, Including Mission Architectures and Measurement Techniques
  • Inlets and Nozzles for High-Speed Systems (Joint HSABP/INPSI)
  • Modeling and Simulation Development, Including Efforts in Model-Based Systems Engineering
  • Propulsion System Integration for High-Speed Propulsion Applications (Joint HSABP/INPSI)
  • Pulse and Rotating Detonation Engines for High-Speed Applications (Joint HSABP/PGC)
  • Turbine- or Rocket-Based and Other Combined-Cycle Concepts
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Propagation
Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to:
Stuart Benton, Air Force Research Laboratory
Pavlos Zachos, Cranfield University

Integration of advanced and innovative propulsion systems, especially inlets, nozzle and thrust reverser systems, has received renewed interest in recent years owing to increased integration requirements for airframe concepts, engine technologies, and system level requirements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technology are being investigated that allow gains in air-breathing aircraft performance and operability. In addition to inlets and exhausts, there is interest in secondary systems and thermal systems that enable new propulsive capabilities and increased system performance.

  • Aerodynamics of Inlets and Nozzles (joint with APA)
  • Boundary Layer Ingesting Inlet Design, Integration, and Performance
  • Electrified Aircraft and Systems
  • Inlet/Exhaust System Design, Integration, Performance, and/or Operability
  • Inlets and Nozzles for High-Speed Systems (joint with HSAB)
  • Integration of Hydrogen Propulsion and Cryogenic Systems
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul Technologies, Health Monitoring and Prognostics
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Power/Thermal Management Systems Integration
  • Propulsion System Integration for High-Speed Propulsion Applications (joint with HSAB)
  • S-Duct Inlet Design and Fan Distortion Effects
  • Supersonic Inlet Design, Integration, and Performance
  • System Integration for Hybrid Electric Propulsion
  • Technologies and Integration for Sustainable Aviation
  • Unducted Fan and Propeller Design, Performance, and Analysis
  • Other Topics in Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

Please direct questions to: 
Kyle Crawford

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. 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. Automation and Autonomous Systems have come to maturity that now makes autonomous LTA systems feasible.

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 both Government and commercial 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.

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
  • Automation and Autonomous 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 Topics in Lighter-Than-Air Systems
Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

Please direct questions to: 
John Dannenhoffer, Syracuse University
Nick Wyman, Cadence

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. Papers are sought for both new techniques and first-of-a-kind applications. For Geometry: (1) detection of imperfections in geometry models, (2) generation of analysis-specific representations from a central repository, (3) efficient representations for additive manufacturing, and (4) geometry systems for high-performance computing (HPC) environments. For Meshing: (1) structured, unstructured, hybrid, and overset meshes, (2) deforming and moving configurations, (3) adaptive meshing techniques, including error estimation and uncertainty quantification, (4) high-order meshes, (5) exa-scale meshes, especially for HPC, and (6) grid quality metrics. For Visualization: (1) new graphical representations, (2) automated feature detection and knowledge extraction, and (3) automated workflows and toolchains for exa-scale post-processing. For Computational Environments: (1) automated workflows for both analysis and design, and (2) mesh storage and workflows for HPC. These lists are not intended to be exhaustive, but papers whose main contribution is specific to flow solver algorithms should be submitted elsewhere.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments Student Paper Competition.

  • Geometry
  • Computational Environments
  • Meshing
  • Visualization
Modeling and Simulation Technologies

Please direct questions to: 
Gano Chatterji, Crown Consulting, Inc.
Stephanie Simon, US Air Force

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, space vehicle dynamics, and aerospace cybersecurity. Although the discipline is broad in scope, submissions with a link to the development, utilization, and enhancement of flight simulator technologies, including human-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop studies, will be given preference. Submissions relating to exclusive disciplines without an obvious link to flight simulator technologies are more appropriate for other disciplines.

  • 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
  • Human-in-the-Loop Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems
  • Model and Simulation Integration
  • Model-Based Design, X-in-the-Loop Simulation, and LVC (Live, Virtual, and Constructive) Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation for Aerospace Cybersecurity
  • Modeling and Simulation for Certification and Qualification
  • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
  • Modeling and Simulation of Impact of Aerospace Operations on Climate
  • Modeling and Simulation of Zero-Emission Aerospace Technologies
  • Simulation-Based Software Development and Verification
  • Simulator Hardware and Facilities
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

Please direct questions to: 
Turaj Ashuri, Kennesaw State University
Andrew Ning, Brigham Young University

AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO) Technical Committee has been bringing together industry practitioners, government employees, and academics to present and discuss the latest developments in multidisciplinary design, analysis, and optimization for decades.

With significant progress in algorithms and computing power, multidisciplinary optimization has been successfully carried out for problems ranging from the design of individual components to complex aircraft. Additionally, theoretical advances, from new optimization algorithms to approaches for robust and reliability-based design are playing an ever-growing role in the design and development of air and space vehicles.

Technical papers are sought in areas related to the application of numerical optimization, uncertainty quantification, multi-fidelity analysis methods, and machine learning approaches to multidisciplinary and single disciplinary design optimization of aircraft, spacecraft, and watercraft.

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

  • Aerodynamic Design and Shape Optimization
  • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
  • Aircraft Design Optimization
  • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MAO
  • Metamodeling, Reduced-Order Models, and Approximation Methods
  • Model Based Systems Engineering Integration with MDO
  • Multi-Fidelity Methods for Vehicle Applications
  • Non-deterministic Design Methods and Applications
  • Physics-informed Machine Learning
  • NASA ULI: Urban air mobility vehicle design using large-scale MDAO
  • Topology Optimization for High-Performance Structures
Plasmadynamics and Lasers

Please direct questions to: 
Bernard Parent, University of Arizona

Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, theoretical, or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aerospace systems. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired.

  • Atmospheric and Space Plasmas (Rarefied Plasma, Dusty Plasmas, Lightning, etc.)
  • Computational Methods for Plasma (fluid, PIC, kinetic, fully-coupled, etc.)
  • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (Laser, Flow characterization, Lab Simulation)
  • Aero Optics (Aero-optical measurements and results, beam control, atmospheric aberrations)
  • Laser and Plasma Physics (Laser Plasma, Plasma Surface Interaction, MHD, discharges, e-beams, etc.)
  • Laser-Enabled Plasma Interactions for Aerodynamics and Combustion
  • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (Pulsed Plasma, DBDs, Microwave and Laser Plasmas)
  • Plasma Actuators (Vortex Generators, Microactuators, Nanosecond Pulses, Novel Designs)
  • Plasma Aerodynamics (Flow Control, Chemical Kinetics, Discharge/Shock Propagation, Ionized Gas Flow)
  • Plasma and Laser Propulsion (Thrusters, Processes, Beamed Energy, Spacecraft Interactions)
Pressure Gain Combustion

Please direct questions to: 
Mirko Gamba, University of Michigan

Papers are sought that address the development and application of Pressure Gain Combustion (PGC) for propulsion and power generation systems. PGC includes both deflagration and detonation combustion, and is broadly defined as a fundamentally unsteady process whereby gas expansion by heat release is constrained, causing a rise in stagnation pressure and allowing work extraction by expansion to the initial pressure. Example of PGC include (but are not limited to) pulse combustion (PC), pulse detonation combustion / engine (PGC / PDE), rotating detonation combustion / engine (RDC / RDE), wave rotor combustion (WRC), and constant volume combustion (CVC). Relevant research topics range from fundamental research to applied technologies, with the following subtopics:

  • Applications, System Integration and Thermal Management
  • Combustor Operability, Optimization and Performance with Liquid and Gaseous Fuels
  • Component and Subsystem Design and Evaluation
  • Computational Modeling, Simulation and Validation
  • Fundamental Investigation of Pressure Gain Combustion Concepts
  • Measurement and Diagnostics including Experimental Design, Uncertainty Analysis and Machine Learning
  • Pulse or Rotating Detonation Engines for High-Speed Applications (Joint with HSABP)
Solid Rockets

Please direct questions to: 
Wes Ryan, NASA

Papers are solicited that relate to all aspects of solid rocket propulsion systems, including component and system-level design, material development/selection, manufacturing, testing, ballistic prediction methodologies, performance evaluation, and state-of-the art technology advancements. Additional areas of interest include overviews of historical solid propulsion systems, lessons learned from development, testing and flight experience, and current status of upcoming solid rocket motor systems/programs. Discussions focused on STEM initiatives, university capabilities, and shifting or emerging trends in government and industry are also welcome.

  • Acoustic Characterization and Combustion Stability
  • Analytical Uncertainty Quantification and Risk Assessment
  • Case, Nozzle, and Ignition System Design Innovations
  • Controllable Solid Propulsion/Thrust Management Techniques
  • Current Solid Propulsion System Development Efforts and Program Status
  • Future Solid Propulsion Technologies
  • Historic Solid Propulsion Systems and Lessons Learned
  • Modeling and Simulation Advancements
  • Motor Design and System Optimization
  • Propellant Chemistry, Synthesis, and Characterization
  • Propellant Geometry and Motor Ballistics
  • University-Based Solid Rocket Motor Programs

Please direct questions to: 
Darcy Allison, Raytheon
David Lazzara, The Boeing Company
Juliet A. Page, Blue Ridge Research
Gerald Carrier, ONERA

The Supersonics Integration & Outreach Committee (IOC) invites the submission of papers and presentations on advances related to civil supersonic aircraft. In cooperation with the Transformational Flight IOC, a special session will be held on the topic of transformational supersonic/hypersonic integration, market studies, and operations. In cooperation with the Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee, a special session will be held on the topic of X-59 wind tunnel model CFD predictions and wind tunnel measurements. Other topics include, but are not limited to, general experimental and test results, supersonic aircraft system design, subsystem design, community noise, low-speed operations, air traffic management/integration of supersonic vehicles, sonic boom, low-boom design, engine integration, environmental impact (including high altitude emissions), policy, structures, ground/flight testing, manufacturing, economics, operational forecasting, materials, and aeroelasticity.

  • Aerodynamic performance
  • Aeroelasticity
  • Air-Traffic Management/Integration of Supersonic Vehicles
  • Community noise
  • Economics
  • Engine Design and Integration for Civil Supersonic Aircraft
  • Environmental Impact, Including High Altitude Emissions
  • Fleet design
  • Ground/Flight Testing
  • Low-Boom Design
  • Low-Speed Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operational Forecasting
  • Policy
  • Sonic Boom
  • Structures
  • Subsystem design
  • System design
  • Uncertainty Quantification for Supersonics Vehicles
  • X-59
  • Other Topics in Civil Supersonics
Terrestrial Energy Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Pablo Bueno, Southwest Research Institute

Technical papers are sought that address research, technology development, and the implementation of fuels and fossil-fuel power systems for both aerospace and terrestrial applications. Renewable Energy Technology and Research including Wind, Solar, Hydro, Biomass, Fuel Cells, Photovoltaic, and Geothermal Energy. Energy-Efficient Topics include supercritical combustion, combined heat and power, energy saving technology, advanced combustion, advanced power-cycles, innovative energy management and controls, nuclear power for aerospace and extraterrestrial use, energy storage, thermal management, and advanced materials for power cycles, waste to clean energy, efficiency improvements in engines. Also, technical papers are being sought that address the latest research, developments, and viable new technologies applicable to energy delivery for terrestrial systems, e.g., electric grids, micro grids, district thermal energy systems, ground-based battery charging.

  • Advances in Renewable Energy
  • Carbon Capture and Storage, Carbon Sequestration and Utilization
  • Combined Heat, Power with Ultra-Low Emission of Pollutants and sCO2
  • Combustors, Micro-Combustors, Turbines, Advanced Cycles & Designs
  • Energy Management and Green Infrastructure
  • Fire, Super-Critical Combustion
  • Fuel and Heat from Waste and Other Sources
  • Fuels, Alternative Fuels and Novel Combustion Concepts
  • Hydrogen-Powered Systems
  • Policy, Environmental, and Historical Perspectives of Fossil-Fuel Power Technologies
  • Pollution and Chemical Kinetics, CO2 Use for Fuels and Value Added Products
  • Other Topics in Terrestrial Energy

Please direct questions to: 
Ryan Gosse, University of Florida
Adrian Nagle, Ball Aerospace

The AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee is soliciting papers on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy and heat transfer along with their related aerospace applications for aviation and space flight. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as are timely survey and review articles. Please contact on of the two Technical Charis listed above if you would like to help organize a special session.

  • Aerothermodynamics and Thermal Protection Systems
  • Ablation: Modeling, Experiments, and Applications
  • Advanced Thermal Management Technology Development and Validation
  • Air Quality and Comfort in Stationary and Mobile Confined Spaces
  • Application of Local or Global Optimization Techniques in Modeling of Heat Transfer Applications
  • CFD of Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint FD/TP)
  • Computational Modeling of Heat Pipes
  • Cryogenics and Extreme Environments
  • Emerging Thermal Technologies: 3D Printing, Oscillating Heat Pipes, Thermionics, and Other Areas
  • Fundamentals of Ice Formation and De-Icing
  • Heat and Mass Transfer for Natural and Stationary or Mobile Built Environments
  • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
  • Heat Transfer in Chemically Reacting, Explosive, UV and Corrosive Medium, Multicomponent Plasma
  • Heat Transfer in Cooling, Heating, and Power Generation Systems
  • Inverse Analysis Methods in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Methods and Effects of the Urban Heat Island
  • Mini-, Micro-, Nano-, and Multi-Scale Heat Transfer
  • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, and Two-Phase Heat Transfer
  • Nonequilibrium Flow Physics (joint FD/TP)
  • Novel Computational Methods for Inverse Analysis and Optimization in Computational Heat Transfer
  • Spacecraft Thermal Control and Thermophysics in Spacecraft Applications
  • Theoretical 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
  • Transport Properties and Thermophysical Properties
Transformational Flight Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Siddhartha Krishnamurthy, NASA Langley Research Center
Cedric Justin, Georgia Institute of Technology

Technical papers are requested relating to innovative manned/unmanned aircraft concepts and technologies for emerging markets. One emerging market is Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), which includes urban air mobility (UAM), regional air mobility (RAM), transformational applications with small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), and other transformational missions. Other emerging markets are supersonic transportation and hypersonic transportation. Topics of interest for these aviation markets include aircraft configuration design, electric propulsion integration and component technologies (including hydrogen powertrains), autonomous systems research, market studies, and vehicle operations. Papers on sustainability, ground-infrastructure, and related challenges to vehicle operations may also be submitted. Papers are also requested on transformational applications, design, and/or operations of fixed wing aircraft and vertical and short take-off and landing (VTOL and STOL, or collectively V/STOL) aircraft systems, regardless of propulsion type.

  • Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft Concepts (joint Aircraft Design)
  • Advanced Air Mobility Operations and Sustainability (joint Air Traffic Mngmt and Gen Av)
  • Advanced Air Mobility Market Studies
  • Advanced Air Mobility Noise (joint Aeroacoustics)
  • Advanced Air Mobility Technological Developments Outside North America
  • Aircraft and Autonomous Systems Testing (joint Flight Testing)
  • Breaking Developments in V/STOL-Enabling Science and Technologies (joint VSTOL)
  • Electrified Aircraft Propulsion, Architectures & Systems Integration (Joint with Elect. Aircraft)
  • Hydrogen Propulsion System Design and Integration Strategies
  • Improved Certification and Safety Assurance Approaches for Existing or New Concepts (joint Gen Av)
  • Innovative/transformational Fixed Wing Aircraft Concepts (joint Aircraft Design)
  • Simplified Operations/Autonomy for Regional Air Mobility (joint Air Traffic Mngmt and Gen Av)
  • Small/medium Unmanned Aircraft Systems Concepts (joint Unmanned Systems)
  • Transformational Supersonic/Hypersonic Market Studies and Operations (joint Supersonics)
  • V/STOL Advanced Air Mobility Aircraft Design, Analysis, and Testing (joint VSTOL)
Unmanned Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Zohaib Mian, Velodyne Lidar
Omar Kassim Ariff, University of Salford
Sricharan Ayyalasomayajula, Intelligent Automation, Inc.

Integration of technical and operational areas enabling unmanned and uncrewed systems domain. Areas include autonomous, automated, and intelligent systems, and remote operations. Composing domains include design (SW/HW/Data), machine intelligence, CONOPs(e.g. UAM), operational aspects, certification, and regulation. The focus of the submissions must be on systems optimization and integration, simulation, flight testing, and implementation of technologies for the advancement of the unmanned systems domain.

Students are encouraged to submit to the Unmanned Systems Student Paper Competition.

  • Autonomous Mission Management Concepts & Technologies
  • Autonomous Systems and Capabilities for Unmanned, Deep Space Missions
  • Autonomous Task and System Integration
  • Autonomy for Advanced Air Mobility Systems
  • Certification Concepts for Increasingly Autonomous Systems
  • Machine Intelligence and SW defined HW
  • Systems Design and Optimization for Unmanned/Autonomous Systems
  • Unmanned Air Systems - Optimizing the Human Crew-Machine Relationship
Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) Aircraft Systems

Please direct questions to: 
Mark E. Calvert, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center
Matthew A. Clarke, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Geoffrey Jeram, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center

The V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee is organizing the Biennial International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC) in conjunction with the 2023 AVIATION Forum. The IPLC is cosponsored by the AIAA, the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), SAE International, and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS). It is the only cosponsored event focused on the promise and progress of manned and unmanned powered lift systems, ranging from nano-scale drones through powered-lift airplanes. It is the premier event for engineers, technologists, and executives to discuss developments in Vertical and/or Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) aircraft research, design, and developmental projects.

Technical papers are solicited for advancements in the arts, sciences, and technologies that are applied to the design and operation of V/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. Abstracts will be evaluated by qualified individuals from industry, academia, and government for relevance, originality, clarity, and conciseness of the proposed technical paper. Abstracts, including figures and references, should not exceed 5 pages in length; any content beyond 5 pages will not be considered.

  • Breaking Developments in V/STOL-Enabling Sciences and Technologies
  • Convertiplane (Tiltrotor, Tiltwing, and Stopped Rotor) Concepts and Design
  • Current and Historical V/STOL Aircraft Technology Overviews and Project/Program Updates
  • Fan-Lift and Jet-Lift Systems Design and Fixed-Wing Aircraft Integration
  • Heavy through Ultra-Heavy Lift V/STOL Transport Aircraft Design (>20,000 kg payload)
  • Other Topics in V/STOL Aircraft Systems
  • Rotorcraft Lift-Compounding and Thrust-Compounding Systems Design and Vehicle Integration
  • Single- and Multi-Rotor Drone Systems Design and Vehicle Integration


Lockheed Martin Corporation
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The Boeing Company
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