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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
1st Quarter 2019
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IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine

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The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (M-AES) is a monthly magazine that publishes articles concerned with the various aspects of systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments as well as news and information of interest to IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society members. Our goal is to inform the readers of technologies, state of the art, design trades, etc. so that they will gain insights into a field heretofore unknown to them. We want to introduce technical specialties to readers in the hope that something in the articles will give them some insight for their own fields of endeavor.

Table of Contents:
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
May - June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018

IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems

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IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES) focuses on the organization, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environment. These systems include, but are not limited to, navigation, avionics, spacecraft, aerospace power, radar, sonar, telemetry, defense, transportation, automated testing, and command and control.

Table of Contents:
December 2018
October 2018
August 2018
June 2018
April 2018
February 2018
AESS Suggestions Welcome
We welcome suggestions from members on how the AESS can improve.

Fabiola Colone, VP Member Services
Jane Buckingham, AESS Executive Assistant


Dear AESS Members,

With this QEB first quarter edition, we made a leap into the 2019 New Year, which marks the 50th anniversary of a, "giant leap for mankind" the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Several initiatives will be running within our Society to celebrate such an important anniversary as well as other AESS related events. Relevant information will be provided in the next QEB edition, so stay tuned!

In the meanwhile, Happy New Year 2019 to all of us!

May we always have the courage to accept new challenges and to attempt a leap forward, into an imagined future.

"I think we're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges."
Neil Armstrong (1969)

Warmest regards,

Fabiola Colone
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

2019 IEEE Fellows
The IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society wishes a warm congratulations to those elevated by AESS to IEEE Fellows as part of the 2019 class.
  • Steven Butler: for technical leadership in aerospace systems
  • Hongbin Li: for contributions to adaptive radar signal processing with limited data
  • Teng Long: for contributions to high resolution radar systems
  • Marco Lops: for contributions to radar target detection and estimation in clutter
  • Bruce Suter: for contributions to data acquisition for aerospace sensory information systems
View the full list of members elevated by the AES Society on our website.

2018 IEEE Senior Members
Senior Membership is the highest grade for which application may be made and shall require experience reflecting professional maturity; a candidate should be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive, or originator in IEEE-designated fields in professional practice for at least ten years and shall have shown significant performance over a period of at least five of those years.

For more information, go to the IEEE Senior membership section of the IEEE website.

We congratulate the AESS Members elevated to Senior Member in 2018:

February 2018
  • Istvan Balajti
  • Suresh Bazawada
  • Stefan Brueggenwirth
  • Jindrich Dunik
  • Jose Fernandez
  • Dmitriy Garmatyuk
  • Anandakumar Haldorai
April 2018
  • Alessandro Aliakbargolkar
  • David Boutte
  • Xiaotao Huang
  • Audrey Paulus
  • Sana Sarfraz
  • Dario Schor
  • Shunqiao Sun
June 2018
  • Travis Axtell
  • Robert Depew
  • Ali Gurbuz
  • Adel Ahmed Hamed
  • Harun Hayvaci
  • Zhongliang Jing
  • Tamer Khattab
August 2018
  • Priyasloka Arya
  • Shashidhara Bp
  • Douglas Carlson
  • Han-Lim Choi
  • Gregorio Drayer
  • Kumar Vijay Mishra
  • Kevin Ng
October 2018
  • Karsten Braathen
  • Carmine Clemente
  • Rajagopal Damodaran Pillai
  • Hirohisa Kojima

Congratulations to William Baxter, Henna Perälä, and Álvaro Duque de Quevedo, who were awarded the Best Student Paper Awards at the 2018 IEEE Radar Conference in Brisbane, Australia!

William Baxter
Among those student papers shortlisted, I am extremely honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the IEEE Radar Conference 2018 best student paper award, and to be given the opportunity to share my personal experiences with the AESS community. It is with utmost sincerity when I say I would never have been able to achieve this without the enduring support of my supervisor, Dr. Elias Aboutanios, who, through thick and thin, continually teaches and pushes me to achieve what I would otherwise think impossible. I owe my success to him entirely and am so grateful and fortuitous to be working with someone possessing such infinite wisdom and knowledge.

During this first year of candidature, I had the opportunity of working closely with Dr. Aboutanios and my other colleagues on novel concepts aiming to push the boundaries of the cutting-edge within radar signals processing. Collaborating in this manner has helped expose me to unique technologies that continue to motivate me in my research endeavors within this niche field of radar.

In our paper, "Fast Direction-of-Arrival Estimation in Coprime Arrays," we present a technique that reshapes the ways in which we currently perform DOA estimation and, in the process, ultimately redefines Fourier-based techniques. It is our belief that from its superior DOA estimates and extremely low computational complexity, the proposed method will revolutionize the application of FFT-based estimators to the multiple source DOA estimation problem.

Henna Perälä

I was surprised to find my paper "M-SPURT-Compressing the target characterization for a fast monostatic RCS simulation" selected as a candidate for the student paper award and feel very honored being chosen amongst the top three authors. The paper was a result of successful co-operation within the Radar research team in Tampere University of Technology and would not have been possible without my colleagues Minna Väilä and Juha Jylhä.

For several years, I have been a member of the Finnish team in World Puzzle Championship which has taught me quick logical thinking. In addition, my passion for computer graphics, especially ray tracing, has inspired our innovative approach in RCS simulation.

In our paper "M-SPURT-Compressing the target characterization for a fast monostatic RCS simulation" we show how compact scatterer sets enable fast radar cross section simulation and produce adequate results. The presented algorithm has been developing for nearly a decade and still, we have more ideas to make it even better!

Álvaro Duque de Quevedo
It is an honour and a pleasure for me to be part of this group of wonderful people, and to talk to the AESS Community, as one of the awarded student presenters at the International Conference on Radar, RADAR 2018. If I said that I was there, in Brisbane, Australia, more than 17,000 km away from home, only because of my work, the great Eli Brookner would shout: "NOT TRUE!" My work is only a tiny part of a huge whole, where my partners play a very important role. I must give special mention to Fernando Ibañez Urzaiz, Javier Gismero Menoyo and mostly to Alberto Asensio López, my mentor.

Speaking a little about me, I was born in Madrid, Spain, on 10 March 1984. I received the M.Sc. degree in telecommunications engineering in 2015 from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain, where I am currently working towards the Ph.D. degree at the Microwave and Radar Research Group (GMR), Department of Signals, Systems, and Radiocommunications (SSR). My research activities are in the area of radar signal processing and detection theory.

Last August, I was there in Brisbane, with my ridiculous English pronunciation, in front of all the attendants to the Students Award Session, to talk about our RAD -DAR and its first experiment on drone detection. RAD -DAR is a small, quick-to-deploy and low -powered radar demonstrator system, based on the ubiquitous radar concept, completely designed and developed by my team. Without any scanning, mechanical or electronic, our system was able to detect and track a small commercial drone flying at a range of 2 km, in our very first field -test. With very promising outcomes, RAD -DAR showed an impressive range -speed association capability. Now, our studies continue, improving the system, and performing more complicated test, involving human targets and birds.

To conclude, I can only say that my stay there in Australia was one of the most amazing experiences in my life, and this International Conference on Radar, lived from the inside, was the perfect icing on the cake. I will never forget those days.

Central Texas Section Celebrates IEEE Day

The Central Texas Section celebrated IEEE Day on Monday, 1 October 2018 with a luncheon and technical presentation on autonomous driving systems by Ryan Lamm, Director of Applied Sensing in the Intelligent Systems Division at Southwest Research Institute. More than 40 attendees enjoyed a free lunch and desserts hosted by the Central Texas Section. IEEE Day celebrates the first time in history when engineers worldwide and IEEE members gathered to share their technical ideas in 1884. IEEE Day's theme is "Leveraging Technology for a Better Tomorrow". While the world focuses on what's new, IEEE focuses on what's next. In keeping with this theme, Mr. Lamm's presentation covered the history, current status, and future of autonomous driving systems.

South African Team Excels at BRICS Future Skills Challenge in Drone Technology

By Prof Riaan Stopforth

The South African team, composed of students, specialists and organisers from the Nelson Mandela University, University of KwaZulu-Natal and Stellenbosch University, participated and excelled in the BRICS Future Skills Challenge "Drone Technology," competing against teams from other BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China).

The BRICS Future Skills Challenge was hosted by South Africa in 2018 due to the BRICS Council's recent meeting, consisting of members from the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South African (BRICS) countries. The Challenge was held at Gallagher estate in Gauteng from 2-4 October 2018 and was attended by more than 3000 people.

The tasks to be done by teams, called challenges at the BRICS Future Skills Challenge "Drone Technology," were organized by the Nelson Mandela University, who invited other South African teams from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Stellenbosch University, through the Robotics Association of South Africa (RASA). There were many challenges set for the participants before the event, in order for them to be able to attend with the required knowledge. Yet, with their persistence, and using the opportunity to learn something new, they made it happen.

To reduce possible bias in competition, the event was organized well in advance, but the participants for the Drone Technology were notified of the tasks to be completed, with only a month to prepare. A few crash courses allowed for the participants to be prepared and ready for the event. The goal was to design and develop a drone, and an autonomous landing / charging unit within a couple of days, with some training supplied prior to the event.

The team from the UKZN was thrown into the deep end when they arrived at the challenge. Each member from UKZN was added to either the India, Russia and China team. The Nelson Mandela University and Stellenbosch University had their own teams, yet all the different teams shared ideas, and collaborated as needed, to solve the problems. The first challenge they had was to communicate with some of the team members. With Google Translate, and hand gestures, the team members were able to relay the information to each other. The UKZN members actually gave a lot of advice to their team members from the respective countries, and they were able to obtain very unique designs. "We all learned something, yet mostly to communicate with the people from other countries."

Professor Riaan Stopforth of UKZN is involved with heading a national project for drone research. Drones are also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Remote Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS). Being a top researcher in the area of mechatronics, robotics and aviation disciplines - having a remote piloted license (RPL), being a rated instructor and also being a manned aircraft pilot, he has been able to guide the students with research, taking into account the regulations being implemented by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). South Africa was the first country in the world to implement regulations for the flying of drones, and therefore all drone tests for the BRICS Skills Challenge had to take these regulations into account for a safe and controlled experience for the public. Damian Mooney has had commercial pilot background and also completed his RPL recently. Therefore, they were invited to attend the BRICS Future Skills Challenge as a specialist to guide the teams in their designs. Other specialists that were also at the Drone Technology challenge were Michael Marx (for all IT related challenges), Rookpak Jakhmola (India) and Aleksey Shlykov (Russia).

The Drone Technology challenge consisted of 5 specialists and 15 participants, which were split into 5 teams. With only a couple of days the participants had to get familiar with the equipment, software, and material available, yet they designed and developed a drone within a day. The work included developing the drones using plywood, receivers, flight controllers, Arduino boards, electronics components, actuators, motors, etc. The rest of the time they spent on designing and developing a landing pad, which they had to make in such a way so that the drone could land and autonomously make contact with the charging point, within a 1 square centimetre accuracy.

Each design was unique, with a few advantages and disadvantages. The teams were able to learn from the other teams to identify ways that they could improve on their designs. Often the teams would request for a specific component or module that would commonly be used for the control of the drone or the charging unit, and it would not be available. They had the task to make it work, and so they had to find solutions, using the tools and items that they could find around them, which would have made MacGyver proud.

It was a long week, and the participants and specialists had approximately 4 hours of sleep available each day. With many cups of coffee, and encouraging each other, they were able to achieve their goals. The different team members learned different skills and techniques from others, depending on their strengths and expertise. This collaboration was the important factor about the event, to have the participants to work as a team, and solve problems. These skills that were learnt could allow for future problems around the world to be solved.

Using the BRICS Skills Challenge as an event that attracted students and the public, it was the ideal opportunity to promote IEEE with IEEE Day 2018 and as an IEEE AESS South Africa activity. With drone technology being relatively new and fascinating, the crowds were attracted. Not only were the public able to be told of the benefits of becoming a member of IEEE, but they were able to observe how these drones could be built. A couple of people even brought their drones with them as they were having difficulty to get it assembled or started, and the group at the event were able to assist them to get their drones to fly.

An event of this magnitude would not have been possible without the help and support of the BRICS Business Group, MERSETA, Nelson Mandela University - Advanced Mechatronics Technology Center, South Africa Department of Science and Technology, MECAD Systems, Aerial Monitoring Solutions, and Beyond Laser, and IEEE South Africa to name a few.

A video showing the work done in the past week can be viewed by
clicking here.

For more information, contact Prof. Riaan Stopforth.

11th International Summer School on Radar / SAR

In July 2019, Fraunhofer FHR will host the 11th International Summer School on Radar/SAR near Bonn, Germany.

Get deep insights into radar and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) techniques from international experts while connecting with new and renowned members of the radar community!

The event is open to students, postgraduates and young professionals from universities and industry who are involved with radar/SAR and related areas. In engaging courses, international specialists will teach you the fine details of radar/SAR technology - from the basics to modern systems and all the way to cutting-edge signal processing algorithms. The courses are followed by workshops where you will have a chance to directly apply your new skills. The event site will be available exclusively for the Summer School and the group size is limited to 45 participants to guarantee an intensive and focused learning environment as well as a dynamic exchange of knowledge between participants and lecturers.

On top of that, excursions, cultural offers, and social events at the UNESCO world heritage site known as the "Upper Middle Rhine Valley" and in the cities of Cologne and Bonn will provide plenty of opportunities for relaxed networking. For more information, click here.

AESS Professional Networking and Mentoring Program

2019 marks the third year of this innovative AESS program that helps connect students and young professionals with more experienced AESS members for two-way exchange. This program has been a great success.

Our vision is a flexible international program that is carefully implemented, attentively supported, and singularly focused on providing benefits to AESS members.

We have an excellent core of distinguished international members distributed across industry, academia, and government, who are experts in their field and who are willing to share their time and experience to develop future leaders within the AESS.

More information is available on the
AESS website. Mentors and mentees, it is easy to sign up for the program. Join us today!

AESS Professional Networking and Mentorship Program in Action

By Garrett Hall and Walt Downing

The AESS Professional Networking and Mentoring Program offers opportunities for active engagement and collaboration between experienced and young AESS members. The program allows participants the complete flexibility to manage the frequency, duration, and method of interaction in a way that suits both the Mentor and Mentee. As an example of collaboration, this quarterly feature highlights the interactions of professionals and students in the IEEE Central Texas Section - San Antonio.

In 2016, Walt Downing (IEEE Life Senior Member) and Garrett Hall (IEEE Student Member) joined into a mentor/mentee relationship. Garrett was then the AESS Undergraduate Student Representative and Walt was AESS VP of Technical Operations. Garrett helped develop the AESS Professional Networking and Mentoring Program and was eager to put the concept into practice. Garrett and Walt decided to focus their interactions on the development of "soft skills" such as interpersonal communications and leadership within the context of professional societies that rely on the efforts of volunteer members. They met monthly, usually in face-to-face meetings or by telephone, to discuss Garrett's plans and progress toward his educational goals, career objectives and professional development.

Garrett attends the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where he received a BSEE in 2017, and is currently working on a master's degree in electrical engineering. He is active in several student organizations at UTSA, including the IEEE Student Branch, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and the Kappa Upsilon (KU) chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN). Garrett began to involve some of the student leaders of these organizations in the mentoring activities. For example, he asked Walt to become the industry advisor for the IEEE-HKN KU Chapter officers. The monthly mentoring sessions evolved into a series of meetings with the student leaders and, occasionally, with their faculty advisor. These meetings are conducted on a month by month basis over the course of dinner in a casual atmosphere with the current officers from the student Chapter. The meetings focus on celebrating the success of the individuals and Chapter, discussing the implementation of student programs, and creating opportunities within the engineering community.

Through these interactions, Walt joined into a mentor/mentee relationship with Andres Tapia, the current president of Tau Beta Pi at UTSA. Andres and Garrett have worked, with Walt's guidance, to develop technical workshops for students, integrate student chapter activities on campus, create high school outreach activities, and host speaker events covering topics in computer vision, space sciences, and autonomous vehicles. The mentorship has made a significant impact, as seen by the programs and initiatives developed from it.

Under Walt's guidance, Garrett expanded Chapter activities beyond IEEE to include majors from computer science and mechanical engineering departments. They meet monthly for leadership development activities. By interacting with a more diverse group of students, the student body at UTSA can access a larger pool of technical talents that would not otherwise be present to them. This is one of the many ways AESS mentoring can provide the engineering community with its values and culture.

AESS Resource Center

AESS Members have free access to the AESS Resource Center! The Resource Center is a robust, web-based, technical learning and research center that is tailored to support the educational, career, and research needs of AESS members. It is a one-stop shop for AESS Video Tutorials, Publications, educational material, interviews, and more.

The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) is pleased to invite submissions of tutorials and short courses for inclusion on the AESS Resource Center. This provides an opportunity for authors to support the professional development members of the field and extend the reach of their training material to a global audience. Tutorials may be submitted under a non-exclusive agreement, which does not transfer ownership to IEEE. Further submissions process instructions may be found on the AESS website.

IEEE Journal on Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS)

J-MASS is a new technical journal devoted to covering the rapidly evolving field of small air and space systems such as drones and small satellites. These platforms offer new, low-cost ways to accomplish a wide range of sensing functions for applications ranging from agriculture to land use and ocean surveys.

To submit a manuscript for the Journal of Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems (J-MASS), click here.

Blockchain Fundamentals

Blockchain fundamentals and its potential will largely affect the AESS field. Learn more about this topic through Kurt Kelley's presentation on Blockchain given at the 2018 Innotech Cybersecurity Conference In Oklahoma City, OK, USA. To learn more click here.

Quantum Computing and its Security Implications

Interested in Quantum Computing and its security implications? Jim Keeler presented on this topic at the 2018 Innotech Cybersecurity Conference in Oklahoma City, OK, USA. To view the full presentation and to learn more about Quantum Computing click here.

Survey about Innovation and Patenting in Research

Manuel Castro, former president of IEEE Education Society, is conducting a study about the introduction of new Patent Courses in Bachelor's Degrees of Science and Engineering. If you'd be willing to contribute 10 minutes of your time to this study, please click this survey link to begin.
Dr. Joe Fabrizio and Dr. Eli Brookner in Queensland

Jason Williams, Chair, IEEE AESS Queensland Chapter
Melanie Shanahan, Boeing Defence Australia

The Queensland Chapter of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society was pleased to host two Distinguished Lectures in August and September, from Dr. Joe Fabrizio, Acting Research Leader, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems at DST Group, and AES Society President; and Dr. Eli Brookner, who retired in 2014 as a Principal Research Engineer after a 50 year career with Raytheon.

Dr. Fabrizio provided an introduction to over-the-horizon radar, covering history of phenomenology, and contrasting typical parameters to microwave radar, and a description of non-adaptive and adaptive methods for signal processing. Dr. Brookner surveyed developments in active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, and in particular benefits that cognitive signal processing methods can provide in digital AESA systems, as well as emerging applications of metamaterials.

AESS Queensland Chapter Secretary and Boeing Engineer, Amit Singh, invited Dr. Fabrizio to extend his lecture to new IEEE members from Phantom Works International at the company's Systems Analysis Laboratory in Brisbane.

"Boeing is an active supporter of the IEEE, with strong participation numbers in the Queensland Chapter given our Brisbane-based headquarters," said Singh. "Dr. Fabrizio's lecture on over-the-horizon was a fantastic opportunity for our team to hear from a distinguished expert in this field.

With more than 3,000 employees in Australia, Boeing is a major employer in fields related to aerospace and electronic systems and a significant investor in Australian research and development.

"Sharing ideas and technical expertise is critical to advancing engineering practice," said Shane Arnott, Director Phantom Works International. "By supporting our team to contribute to the wider technical community in Australia, we're cultivating an environment of innovation."

Dr. Fabrizio also provided information on the benefits of AESS membership, including conferences, chapter activities, distinguished lectures, short courses, mentoring, and the AESS Resource Center.

The 2018 International Conference on Radar was held in Queensland the following week, where Chief System Architect for Boeing Phantom Works International Bruce Cornish shared this R&D knowledge during a keynote address.

George Schmidt

Under the auspices of the EDS/MTT/ AESS Russian Section and the Northeast Russian SP/AESS/UFFC Joint Chapter, George Schmidt gave his Distinguished Lecture on Navigation Systems and Sensors in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments (Or How I Stopped Worrying about GPS) at three locations: at the Moscow Microwave Week Conference, at the Moscow Aviation Institute, and the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University during November.

Dr. Eli Brookner

Dr. Eli Brookner gave a Distinguished Lecture entitled "Radar, Phases-Arrays, Metamaterials, Cognitive-Radar and MIMO - Basics, Advances and Breakthroughs." in Brisbane, Australia at the International Conference on Radar.

2018 Robert T. Hill Dissertation Award Winner Announced

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick M. McCormick whose thesis "Design and Optimization of Physical Waveform-Diverse and Spatially-Diverse Radar Emissions" was selected as the awardee this year. Dr. McCormick completed his thesis at the University of Kansas in 2018 and is currently contributing to work at the US Air Force Research Laboratory. Prof. Shannon Blunt was the lead advisor for this work and served as nominator for the award. Three major topics addressed in the thesis: formulation of a wideband MIMO radar emission framework relying on fractional reactive power, an approach to far-field radiated emission design (FFRED) that enables simultaneous radar and communication from the same aperture, and, third, a gradient-descent scheme to optimize polyphase-coded FM waveforms and structures from them. The thesis was noted for having major technical contributions that resulted in journal articles and student paper awards at AESS' IEEE Radar Conference in 2016 and 2017.

2014 The M. Barry Carlton Award Winner Announced
By Michael Rice, TAES Editor-in-Chief

The M. Barry Carlton Award acknowledges what is judged to be the best paper in IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. To help identify and assess what TAES paper is best, the Carlton Award considers papers published four years earlier in TAES. As such, this year's Carlton Award is the 2014 M. Barry Carlton Award.

The award was established in 1958 after the early death of M. Barry Carlton in an air accident in 1957. The award is a means to honor a man who had dedicated much of his life to promoting the reliability of communications equipment, especially that relating to air transportation. It is one of the IEEE's oldest awards and supports a wonderful tradition of excellence.

It is my great pleasure to announce winners for 2014 are Michael Leigsnering, Fauzia Ahmad, Moeness Amin, and Abdelhak Zoubir for their paper entitled "Multipath Exploitation in Through-the-Wall Radar Imaging Using Sparse Reconstruction".

Through-the-wall imaging has a number of obvious civil and military applications and has been a popular topic for the past decade. A persistent challenge in this area has been the high degree of clutter that is an evitable element of indoor radar imaging. The authors use multipath propagation modeling to model the clutter and sparse techniques to address the complexity of the signal processing. You will find this to be mature and very well-written paper.

The paper was nominated by the AESS Publications team and endorsed by Pierfrancesco Lombardo and Francesco Soldovieri. Prof. Lombardo was impressed by the inclusion of both theory and application to real data and concluded the paper is "innovative and complete at the same time." Prof. Soldovieri observed, "the paper is a milestone in setting up effective strategies able to improve [a compressed sensing] approach by accounting for multipath exploitation and clutter mitigation."

I would also like to recognize another outstanding paper entitled, "Extended object tracking with random hypersurface models," by Marcus Baum and Uwe Hanebeck. This paper reports a novel systematic approach for modeling the unknown location of a measurement source when the resolution of the sensor device is higher than the spatial extent of the target object. The paper comes from the TAES target tracking area and is an example of new ideas and techniques applied to mature problems.

These two papers are but two examples of the tremendous impact that Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems is having on both basic research and applied science and engineering. I am also pleased to announce that the impact factor for TAES broke the "2.0" boundary in 2018 and is currently 2.063. This achievement is a direct result of the increasing quality of the papers published in TAES.

The Transactions is only as good as its published papers, and these two examples represent the excellent quality of papers written by the creative and capable researchers in our field and improved by the dedicated work of our all-volunteer editorial staff.

As we approach 2019, I ask you to consider making a nomination for the 2015 Carlton Award. If you read a paper that you like or makes a difference, nominate it! Just shoot me an email ( with a short justification and a list of distinguished colleagues willing to write letters of support.
Currently the AESS has eight Technical Panels: The panels hold multiple meetings per year throughout the world, typically where conferences relevant to their technical interests are taking place. Creation of IEEE standards and support of IEEE Conferences are major thrust of technical panels. Each panel operates under its own charter and bylaws. Be sure to click the appropriate Technical Panel button above for more information on that panel.

Please contact George Schmidt, VP Technical Operations, the Technical Panel Chairs or any member of the Board of Governors if you're interested in participating in the work of a technical panel.

Distinguished Lecturers are wanted to support the Panel's technical areas, as well as, in all the AESS areas of interest; for more information contact VP Education, Lorenzo Lo Monte.

Post Conference Report: International Conference on Radar 2018
By Jason Williams, Chair, IEEE AESS Queensland Chapter

The International Conference on Radar was held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia for the first time on 27-30 August 2018. With the theme "New Frontiers in Radar," the conference attracted some 309 delegates from 27 countries. On the first day, seven tutorials drew 144 attendees, and covered topics including airborne radar systems, synthetic aperture radar, automotive radar systems, passive radar, target recognition, radar clutter, and phased arrays.

The program incorporated four keynote speakers. Bruce Cornish, Chief Systems Architect of Boeing Phantom Works International compared the requirements driving the historical development of radar with the emerging needs associated with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), concluding with the question, "Are we in a new golden era for radar?" Dr. Jaime Lien, Lead Research Engineer of Google's Project Soli described the rapid progress which has been made in developing and miniaturising sensing and processing technology for touchless gesture interfaces, achieving prototypes of watch-mounted radars. Associate Professor Fauzia Ahmad of Temple University provided insight into another civilian application of radar, highlighting its unique advantages for in-home aged care monitoring, and work done to demonstrate its application to fall detection. Finally, Dr. James Palmer, CEO of Silentium Defence, described his experiences co-founding a passive radar start-up, technical progress made, and lessons which are applicable to all researchers.

In line with the AESS focus on Women in Engineering (WIE) and Young Professionals (YP), a WIE/YP panel session was incorporated into the program. The well-attended session had a panel consisting of three keynote speakers, Dr. Jaime Lien, A/Prof Fauzia Ahmad, and Dr. James Palmer, and was chaired by the IEEE Queensland WIE Chair Dr. Marie-Luise Wille, and YP Chair Rob Makaremi. Panellists shared career experiences, and answered questions ranging from how they became involved in radar technology to what male engineers can do to foster an inclusive workplace for their female colleagues. The session was well received by the audience, and provided an opportunity to learn from these highly successful researchers.

The technical program consisted of 21 oral sessions incorporating 90 papers, and two poster sessions incorporating 42 papers. Topics included waveform design, passive radar, SAR, compressive sensing, multi27-30dimensional imaging and MIMO radar.

Mixed into the busy social program was an evening lecture on the past, present and future of Australia's Jindalee over-the-horizon radar capability. Dr. Don Sinnott described the origins and development of the capability, as outlined in his recent book "Radar Men: A. P. Rowe and John Strath in War and Peace," published by Xlibris. Dr. Gordon Frazer described the present and future capability, which is currently being developed under a 10-year, US$1.2 billion upgrade program.

The best student paper awards were sponsored by the IEEE South Australian Chapter of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and presented by Chapter chair Dr. Luke Rosenberg. The winning papers were:
  • First prize: William Baxter and Elias Aboutanios, "Fast Direction-of-Arrival Estimation in Coprime Arrays"
  • Second prize: Álvaro Duque de Quevedo, Fernando Ibañez Urzaiz, Javier Gismero Menoyo, and Alberto Asensio López, "Drone Detection and RCS Measurements with Ubiquitous Radar"
  • Third prize: Henna Perälä, Minna Väilä, and Juha Jylhä, "M-SPURT-Compressing the target characterization for a fast monostatic RCS simulation"
Thanks go to the conference organisers (Arinex), the organising committee, speakers and delegates for making the conference a successful and enjoyable event.

2019 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace

The 2019 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace will be held on 19-22 June 2019 in Torino, Italy. For more information, visit the conference website.

2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference

The 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held on 2-9 March 2019 in Big Sky Montana, USA.

The 2019 IEEE Radar Conference will be held on 22-26 April 2019 in Boston, MA, USA.

Important Dates:
Notification of Acceptance: 14 January 2019
Paper Submission Due: 25 February 2019

Call for Proposals | 2022 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf22)

The Radar Systems Panel (RSP) of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society welcomes proposals from prospective organizers to host the 2022 IEEE Radar Conference. This conference series, originally initiated in 1984 as the US National Radar Conference, has grown to have an internationally diverse attendance and a reputation for the highest quality. The RadarConf series is the premier forum for the technological advancement of the field of radar including theoretical and experimental results for a diverse array of civil, scientific, and defense applications. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Radar Phenomenology (e.g., scattering, phenomenology)
  • Components (e.g., digital RF, photonics, mm-wave)
  • Signal Processing (e.g., detection, tracking, classification, STAP)
  • Synthetic Aperture (e.g., FOPEN, RF tomography, remote sensing)
  • Antennas (e.g., phased arrays, conformal)
  • Civil/Scientific Applications (e.g., automotive, weather, planetary mapping, navigation)
  • Waveform Diversity (e.g., MIMO, pulse agility, bistatic/multistatic, noise radar)
  • Emerging Technologies (e.g., Terahertz sensing, meta-materials)
Prior to submitting a proposal, AESS members interested in hosting RadarConf22 should send a notice of intent via email to Dr. Nathan Goodman. As part of a formal proposal, interested parties will be asked to demonstrate sufficient anticipated support from radar industry, facilities amenable for hosting the conference, and a financial plan according to IEEE requirements. To enable discussion at the RSP meeting to be held at the 2019 Radar Conference in Boston (in April), a written proposal must be submitted by 15 March 2019. Proposers will subsequently be asked to present their proposal at the RSP meeting.

Dr. Nathan Goodman
Chair, RSP Conferences Committee

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