3rd Quarter 2019
About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Newsletter
Dear AESS Members,

Maybe most of you are a little overloaded right now, possibly a bit stressed, but still excited for the results…

Please consider having a short break to go through the many interesting articles of this third QEB edition of 2019. We have reported about prestigious awards, successful events and conferences, productive technical activities all around the AESS.

With great pleasure, thanks to the invaluable commitment of Prof. Hugh Griffiths, we have launched a new section that will be appearing in each QEB. It is entitled, "The History Column" and it is intended to commemorate events or inventions relevant to AESS, with an anniversary within the reference quarter. Discover whom this first instance is dedicated to!

Warmest regards,
Fabiola Colone
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB
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The Story Behind a Success

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we don't often stop to appreciate the path that led to this point in life. As the 2019 winner of the IEEE Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award, I'd like to take this opportunity to reflect on my own path and be thankful.

The History Column

To me, the history of our subject is always fascinating and often surprising. To quote (approximately) the philosopher George Santayana: "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." In the case of technology, we often find that ideas that we believe to be new and original actually surfaced many years ago. Our predecessors were pretty smart.

So the purpose of this column will be to describe, in each QEB, some event or invention within the scope of AESS, with an anniversary within that quarter. In all cases I will try to provide references, so that further reading and/or searching online will yield a lot more detail.

The first one in the series is 17 May 1904, which was the date of the first demonstration of radar in Cologne, Germany, by Christian Hülsmeyer. This will be marked in October by the inauguration of an IEEE Historic Milestone plaque, close to the site of the first demonstration on the banks of the Rhine river. The demonstrations were reported in the Kölner Tageblatt and Kölnischer Zeitung newspapers the next day. Translations of some sentences from these reports read as follows:

The apparatus worked extremely precisely. The inventor explained also that a non-metallic target reflects the electric waves, which could propagate through the wall of the hotel and act in the same and in the same way as before without obstacles. The spectators felt that they were witnesses of the first demonstration of one of the most important inventions of our time.

…. The electric waves emitted by the transmitter cannot reach the receiver directly, but must be reflected by a metallic object on the sea (that is, by ships), and thus reach the receiver. The attempt with the small apparatus, which was arranged only for small distances, succeeded perfectly.


An article giving a fuller description of Hülsmeyer’s work and the Historic Milestone will be published in the AES Magazine in the next few months.

Hugh Griffiths
University College London

An extended paper on this topic will be published in the AESS Systems Magazine. You can access it here:  Christian Hülsmeyer: Invention and First Demonstration of Radar, 1904.
Hugh Griffiths, Peter Knott, Wolfgang Koch
Membership Opportunities
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
As a part of IEEE AESS Professional Networking and Mentorship Program, Dr. Ganesh Subramanian has successfully completed his first mentorship assignment. His mentees belong to “Team Dronix.” Er. Aravind and Er. Tamilsevan have successfully learned to design various drones, drone piloting, aerial mapping, and surveying.

They were able to develop customized Quad, Octo, and Hexa copters on their due course. Er. Aravind has earned a paid internship to do an aerial survey of slum areas of Oddisa State, Government of India, from 5 June to 5 July 2019. Their mentee experience could be viewed on the YouTube Channel Team Dronix IEEE AESS MENTOR–MENTEE JOURNEY 2017 to 2019.
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AESS Resource Center Submissions Invitation
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.
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Chapter News
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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.
Education News
AESS Short Course on Target Tracking
By Luke Rosenberg, June 2019
Over the week of 17-21 June, the South Australian (SA) and Queensland chapters of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) hosted Dr David Crouse from the US Naval Research Laboratory to visit and present courses on target tracking. These included a two-day workshop in Adelaide on “Basic Algorithms for Target Tracking” and a three-hour tutorial in Brisbane on “A Crash Course in Basic Single Scan Target Tracking.” In between, David also spent two days interacting with researchers at the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

This short course is the third run by the SA chapter, with the first being an “Introduction to HF Over the Horizon Radar” by Joe Fabrizio in 2015, and the second on “Rapid Systems Prototyping and Electronic Warfare” by Lorenzo Lo-Monte in 2017. By keeping the cost down for participants, we were able to attract a large number of attendees. These totalled 114 with a large contingent of 78 from DST Group, 8 university students and 29 from industry.

The course was run at Adelaide University and included both lectures and demonstrations from his publicly available “Tracker Component Library” software suite. All material was extremely detailed, and it was clear that David has an incredible knowledge of the area. The topics included basic estimation, nonlinear dynamics, estimation with model mismatches, target measurement association and estimation with high nonlinearity. Some of the anonymous feedback included:

“The speaker had good insights to share”

“Very broad topics, good overview of tracking overall. Some topics feature more in depth which is good. I like how the topics were linked to code in the Tracker Component Library”

“Impressive coverage of the subject. The remarks on the practical aspects of the various algorithms were particularly useful as is the existence of a comprehensive set of free software.”

There are many benefits in running an AESS short course, including the provision of training for staff and students, an increased profile for the IEEE and AESS and a substantial financial return. The SA AESS chapter now plans to invest the profits into networking events and awards aimed at students, Young Professionals and the Women in Engineering group.
AESS Distinguished Lecturer Program
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AESS Awards
2019 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award

Call for Nominations - Due 31 October 2019
The following Awards were given at the IEEE Radar Conference in Boston, MA on 24 April 2019:

The 2019 Warren D. White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering

J. Scott Goldstein

For contributions to the design, development, and fielding of multidomain radar, EW, and cyber systems.

The 2019 Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award

Julie Ann Jackson

For innovative systems engineering advancements in the exploitation of scattering phenomena for the next generation passive and active imaging radars.

The 2019 AESS Exceptional Service Award

Gökhan Inalhan

For exemplary work as a Technical Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

The 2014 M. Barry Carlton Award

Michael Leigsnering, Fauzia Ahmad, Moeness Amin, Abdelhak Zoubir

In recognition of the paper, Multipath Exploitation in Through-the-Wall Radar Imaging Using Sparse Reconstruction, published in the April 2014 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.
(Not pictured: Michael Leigsnering)

The 2018 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award

Patrick M. McCormick

In Recognition of his Ph.D. Dissertation, Design and Optimization of Physical Waveform-Diverse and Spatially-Diverse Radar Emissions.

The 2019 AESS Outstanding Organizational Leadership Award

Joseph Guerci

For leadership as General Chairman of the successful 2015 IEEE International Radar Conference.

The 2018 Harry Rowe Mimno Award

Michael Wicks and William Baldygo

In recognition of the paper, Expert System CFAR: Algorithm Development, Experimental Demonstration, and Transition to Airborne Radar Systems from the September 2017 issue of the Systems Magazine.

The 2018 Outstanding Technical Panel of the Year Award

The AESS Navigation Systems Panel

Michael Braasch, Chair
The AESS Fellows 2019:

Steven Butler

for technical leadership in aerospace systems

Hongbin Li

for contributions to adaptive radar signal processing with limited data

(not pictured)

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 system

Other Awards Presented:

2019 Christian Hülsmeyer Award

Dr. Alfonso Farina
received the 2019 Christian Hülsmeyer Award from the German Institute of Navigation (DGON)

In appreciation of his outstanding contribution to radar research and education.
Presentation of the 2018 Judith A. Resnik Space Award

The 2018 AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award was presented to Dr. Walter Howard Delashmit, Jr. for his work on the Apollo Space Program Preflight and Postflight GNC analyses (with emphasis on Apollo 13) and early Skylab Program.

Report on the 2019 Radar and Remote Sensing Workshop (RRSW2019), Rome (Italy)
by Fabiola Colone and Francesca Filippini

2019 IEEE/AIAA 38th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC)

8-12 September 2019 in San Diego, California, USA.

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26-29 August 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland, USA.

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2019 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST)

1-3 October 2019 in Chennai, India.



20-23 April 2019 in Portland, Oregon.


Submit your abstract today for the IEEE/Institute of Navigation (ION) Positioning, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2020. The conference will take place 20-23 April, 2020 at the Hilton Portland Downtown. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 October, 2019. Read more…

27th Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems

25-27 May 2020 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Abstracts are due 1 November 2019 for this annual conference held in historic Saint Petersburg, Russia. Updated information will be available.
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Journal of Miniaturization for Air and Space Systems
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