2nd Quarter 2020
About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Newsletter
Dear AESS Members,

I hope this new edition of the QEB finds you all doing well, and that you and your families are safe.

In this time of uncertainty, the continued effort of the QEB staff is intended to provide undiminished value to AESS members and to offer an additional opportunity to feel part of a cohesive and welcoming community, although the circumstances prohibit us from meeting together in person. I sincerely wish that all of us will soon overcome the current situation and be able to return to our normal lives with renewed energy and vigour.

Stay well, be safe!

“The ultimate measure of a man [or woman] is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Warmest regards,
Fabiola Colone
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB
Message from the President
Dear IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Members:

The IEEE AESS is closely monitoring developments related to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our volunteers is the number one priority of our Society. The AESS Executive Committee is working diligently with IEEE to define a course of action that will take local regulations into consideration while ensuring that the hard work of our conference organizers and authors is not minimized by the impact of this pandemic.

This page will serve as a place to find the most recent announcements and updates from all of our conferences and events.

We want to keep all of you informed as best as possible, please continue to check the AESS website for updates about upcoming conferences and events.

Walt Downing, IEEE Life Senior Member, AESS President (2020-21)

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The Story Behind a Success
by Philipp Wojaczek

Being awarded with the Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation award for my PhD “Passive Radar on Moving Platforms Exploiting DVB-T Transmitters of Opportunity” is a great honor for me. I would have never imagined becoming at one point a recipient of this award. However, I believe one of the key points in fulfilling a PhD and also winning such an award, is to have the support and help from many great people. Luckily, I got to know many great people since starting my work at Fraunhofer FHR and during my PhD thesis. A few years back, when starting to work I could barely imagine the next few months, and just, when I had the chance to talk about a PhD topic with my supervisor Prof. Pierfrancesco Lombardo, the foundation of my research topic was defined. Half a year later I began my PhD studies with great enthusiasm at the University of Rome “La Sapienza.”

A milestone during my work for the PhD was certainly my attendance at the IEEE International Radar Conference in Belfast, UK, which was the first radar conference I attended, and where I had the great chance to present an exciting part of my work to the radar community.

Later my former department leader, Heiner Kuschel, gave me the opportunity to spend three months at the University “La Sapienza” in the laboratory of the Radar Remote Sensing and Navigation Group, for which I am very thankful to him. Working with the scientists in the lab and sharing many great moments with them, made the time spent there fruitful and a great experience.

Certainly, these great experiences helped me through the difficulties that came up during the work for the PhD. I am most thankful to my supervisors, Prof. Pierfrancesco Lombardo, Prof. Fabiola Colone and to Dr. Diego Cristallini, who all showed a lot of patience with me, and were extremely supportive and helpful for my PhD.

I also sincerely thank the reviewers of my thesis, and those who wrote the letters of endorsement for the award.

I am very proud of being a member of the radar community, and looking forward to what will come next.
The History Column
by Hugh Griffiths

This quarter’s notable historical event is the publication, dated 19 April 1965, of an article by Gordon Moore entitled “Cramming More Components onto Integrated Circuits.” Moore was the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductors, and subsequently CEO of Intel.


The key result in this publication was a plot of the number of transistors in a microprocessor (on a logarithmic scale) versus year. There are various versions of this plot, but the remarkable thing is that it gives a respectable straight line, with a slope such that the number of transistors (and hence the processing power) doubles something like every 1.5 years. This has held true over more than four decades, and has become known as Moore’s Law.

Chapter and Member News
Stay tuned for information on the membership-wide election of the AESS Board of Governors, term 2021-2023. The election will take place in the April-May timeframe. Please vote!
In Memoriam: Jim Howard

We have received the sad news that Jim Howard passed away Sunday, 5 April 2020. Jim was a tireless volunteer for IEEE and AESS. Jim served on the AESS Board of Governors 2007-2009, 2010-2012, and 2014-2016.

Over the years, he served as VP Member Services and VP Finance. More than that, Jim was a pleasure to work with and a friend to all. He will be sorely missed.


Dear AESS members,

I have been working to connect with AESS members in Region 9. I am impressed by the AESS Columbia Section Chapter, chaired by Giovanna Estefania Ramirez Ruiz, as they grow the AESS activity in Columbia even more. I am also excited about the increased communication and activity in Peru and Argentina!

We are working to put together a Region 9 Chapter Summit in January of 2021. Together, we will show that Region 9 has the potential to make an impact in the world!

Laila Moreira
Region 9 International Liaison


Southwest Research Institute Hosts IEEE Lone Star Section Joint SMC/AESS Meeting


The IEEE Lone Star Section Joint Chapter of the Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) and Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) hosted a Joint SMC/AESS Chapter Meeting on 20 February at the Southwest Research Institute..

Pictured: Keynote speaker Garrett Hall (Defense and Intelligence Solutions Division, 16) interacts with two of the IEEE meeting attendees following his presentation.

Elevated AESS Members
2020 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.

Visit our website to view the complete list of our Senior Members.
2020 marks the fourth 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 Membership Certificates are now available!
Follow these steps to download and print your certificate:
  • Log into Collabratec®
  • Click on your name in the top right of the screen and select "Member Certificates" from the drop-down menu
  • From the "Member Certificates" page, click on the "Download PDF" link to the right of "IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Membership"
  • Open the PDF and print it
AESS Technical Panels
AESS Technical Operations
AESS members can help us plan our technical activities by filling out or updating their Technical Interest Profile (TIP). Only 60% of our members have done so, and most likely many of those are out-of-date.

Simply sign in with your IEEE Account. Then you can edit or add to what exists. We are particularly interested in the area in which you regularly work. Click “Save” and then sign out.

Our goal is to have updated membership information for 80% of our members. This will help us plan relevant activities. Thank you.
AESS Technical Panels
For more than a year the AESS Technical Operations Committee has been reviewing the performance of our panels with respect to addressing how they bring current technologies to our members and the future directions they may take. We also developed a set of Panel Policies and Procedures the panels should follow. We cancelled three panels, put one in suspension, established a new panel, and saw the rejuvenation of others. The panel review process will be completed shortly.

Currently the AESS has seven Technical Panels. They are listed in order of the number of participants indicated in parentheses. The Panels welcome new members and each Panel is described on our web site. The new Glue Technologies for Space Systems Panel was recently highlighted in the AES Magazine. Read the article here.
Radar Systems (44)
Gyro and Accelerometer (35)
Glue Technologies for Space Systems (22)
Navigation Systems (14)
Avionics Systems (13)
Cyber Security (13)
Aerospace Guidance & Control Systems (did not provide)
In January, the Avionics Systems Panel was selected as the Outstanding Technical Panel of the Year under the inspirational leadership of the Chair Aloke Roy and Vice-Chair Rob Sabatini. The Panel is involved with the Integrated Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference with the AIAA, and the Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), also with the AIAA. One goal of the Panel is to take the lead in engaging with other AESS Panels in promoting unmanned and intelligent systems technologies at current and new conferences with other co-sponsoring IEEE Societies, and other professional societies. We expect the Panel to be very successful in all its efforts.

In February, every Panel was preparing for a conference or meeting to be held by April. However, all those conferences and meetings have been necessarily canceled, postponed, or gone virtual. It is sad that the work by the Panels, authors, attendees, and others did not come to fruition.. We do hope all these activities will be resumed at robust levels in the not-too-distant future. Until then, we will be using the web to conduct our activities. Stay well everyone.

George Schmidt
VP Technical Operations
Gyro and Accelerometer Panel Report
The IEEE-AESS Gyro and Accelerometer Panel (GAP) met on 20-21 January, 2020 at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas. This was a working meeting to review the status of several standards efforts, edit draft documents, and assign tasks to be completed for the next GAP meeting. The GAP is chaired by Randy Curey, and consists of two committees: the Sensors Committee, chaired by Jason Bingham, and the Systems Committee, chaired by Harry Davis. Meetings are open to the public, but voting is limited to GAP members through an application process. See the IEEE-AESS website for more information. A list of IEEE Standards maintained by the GAP includes:
  • IEEE Std 528 "IEEE Standard for Inertial Sensor Terminology"
  • IEEE Std 836 "IEEE Recommended Practice for Precision Centrifuge Testing of Linear Accelerometers"
  • IEEE Std 952 "IEEE Standard Specification Format Guide and Test Procedure for Single-Axis Interferometric Fiber Optic Gyros"
  • IEEE Std 1431 "IEEE Standard Specification Format Guide and Test Procedure for Coriolis Vibratory Gyros"
  • IEEE Std 1559 "IEEE Standard for Inertial Systems Terminology"
  • IEEE Std P1780 "Standard for the Specification of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs)"
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!
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.
Education News

Short Course Instructor Dr. Lorenzo Lo Monte presented a workshop on electronic warfare on 15-16 January 2020.

AESS Distinguished Lecturer Program
All AESS Chapters and IEEE Sections are encouraged to take advantage of the AESS Distinguished Lecturer and Tutorial Program for their regular or special meetings, that allows them to select from an outstanding list of truly distinguished speakers who are experts in the technical fields of the Society. For more information, please see the AESS website.
Distinguished Lecturer Report

Distinguished Lecturer Walt Downing presented “CubeSat Mission to Study Solar Particles (CuSP)" at the Beijing Institute of Technology on 10 January, 2020.


Distinguished Lecturer George T. Schmidt presented “Inside Apollo: Heroes, Rules and Lessons Learned in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) System Development” for the Lone Star Section SMC28/AES10 Chapter on 16 January, 2020. " 

Publication News
The Avionics Systems Panel intends to compile a Special Issue of the AESS Magazine that will cover the broad field of avionics systems research and innovation. This Special Issue will present the view point of experts in the relevant domains to illustrate the current state-of-research and to discuss the challenges that must be addressed to support further advances in industry-focused research and innovation.

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The information below is current as of 8 April 2020. Please refer to each conference website for the most up-to-date information.


IEEE Systems Security Symposium (SSS)

We are sorry to announce that SSS 2020, scheduled to be held 6-9 April 2020 in Crystal City, Virginia will no longer take place on these dates. Alternatively, we are excited to announce that the SSS organizing committee is working diligently with the IEEE and The Crystal Gateway Marriott to find alternative conference dates.


After careful consideration, the ION is announcing that the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) scheduled to take place 20-23 April 2020, in Portland, Oregon has been cancelled.

20th Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS)

Due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we have postponed the ICNS 2020 conference until Wednesday 9 September – Friday 11 September 2020. The conference will remain in the same hotel.

2020 IEEE International Radar Conference

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic RADAR2020 is going virtual. All the lecture, poster and panel sessions will go ahead in a virtual format, including audio-visual presentations and interaction between the presenters and other conference participants. Unfortunately, the radar summer school and tutorials are not part of the virtual conference. We look forward to an interesting and invigorating conference.

2020 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace (MetroAeroSpace)

The health and well-being of our speakers, invited participants, and the seminary community is our first priority. We are pleased to announce that the IEEE MetroAeroSpace 2020 Organizing Committee is working diligently with the IEEE Meetings, Conferences and Events team in order to monitor official travel advisories and all the recent news released by national departments related to the Corona Virus.

Radar Summer School 2020

Due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak, we saw no alternative but to cancel the 12th International Summer School on Radar/SAR 2020. The health and safety of our attendees, partners, presenters, and colleagues is of the utmost importance to us. We were forced to consider the growing risk of exposure, especially in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia), where our event is located.

23rd International Conference on Information Fusion

Today, with the results of a number of separate discussions on the various options and witnessing the strong participation of our community, ISIF and the Fusion 2020 organization jointly opted for conveying the conference in virtual format only, while keeping all of its technical program intact. As such, the on-site component of the Fusion 2020 conference at Sun City is cancelled. All reasonable steps should be taken to cancel any travel and accommodation arrangements that have already been made. In other words, we will proceed with the web-based conference arrangements for the tutorials, special sessions, and regular sessions; while also working to set up the appropriate cloud-based infrastructure to support our presenters and attendees.

2020 IEEE AUTOTESTCON Conference

The Board of Directors of IEEE AUTOTESTCON and the IEEE AUTOTESTCON 2020 Organizing Committee regret to inform our loyal authors, attendees and exhibitors that IEEE AUTOTESTCON 2020, scheduled for 24-27 August 2020 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor (Oxon Hill) Maryland is hereby canceled.

2020 IEEE/AIAA 39th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC)

Planning to be held 10-17 October 2020 in San Antonio, Texas, USA


2020 IEEE Radar Conference

21-25 September 2020 in Florence, Italy

Though it's impossible to predict how long the coronavirus pandemic will affect our lives, we hope that the exceptional measures decided by our Governments worldwide will be effective soon. We still hope to hold the RadarConf20 in Florence, on 21-25 September and have extended paper submission deadlines to 20 April.
The COVID-19 pandemic concerns many countries in the World. It leads to travel restrictions and confinement in many territories. The situation is unfortunately not expected to be over rapidly. Under this force majeure circumstances the Program Committee of the 27th Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS-2020) decided to hold the conference in web-format providing access to pre-recorded video presentations of papers.

IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (IEEE ICCST), which was to be held on 2 – 4 September 2020 at the University of Hertfordshire, UK has been postponed until provisionally 1 – 3 September 2021. The dates are to be confirmed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes. We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

2021 IEEE Radar Conference

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