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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
 2nd Quarter 2016
In this issue
  • Membership in AESS
  • Enhanced Format for M-AES
  • 2015 Robert Hill Award
  • 2016 Call for Nominations
  • AESS Technical Panels
  • Spotlight on Technical Panels
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Distinguished Lecturer
  • TAB Meeting
  • AESS Officers Meeting
Connect with AESS
IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Publications

The latest issues of AESS publications are in the mail and are retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All subscribers can access the online edition by clicking on the magazine covers below and using their IEEE Account.

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.

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AESS Video Tutorial Series Content

The AESS Tutorial series is intended to inspire and guide members of the AESS community to better understand existing areas of research or pursue emerging research topics that can lead to creative solutions for various AESS technology challenges.

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.

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Beginning in the 2016 publication year, the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (T-AES) moved from quarterly publication cycle to bi-monthly with the February 2016 being the first in the new cycle.
AESS Suggestions Welcome
We welcome suggestions from members on how the AESS can improve. Please let us know what they are and we will respond to you.

George Schmidt, VP Member Services
Judy Scharmann, AESS Executive Assistant.

AESS Activities of Interest
IEEE Central Texas Section Celebrates National Engineers Week
Central Texas Section Joint SMC-AES Chapter meeting 23 February 2016

IEEE Central Texas Section Hosted Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. George T. Schmidt
Dr. George T. Schmidt - Distinguished Lecturer in San Antonio, Texas

IEEE Central Texas Section Joint SMC-AES Chapter Meeting - Nick Saulnier
Central Texas Section Joint SMC-AES Chapter Meeting 10 March 2016

AESS Undergraduate Student Representative
Garrett Hall, University of Texas at San Antonio, AESS Undergraduate Student Rep
IEEE Senior Membership
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. Read more

For assistance with the IEEE Membership application, please contact VP-Member Services George Schmidt.

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

Visit our website to view the complete list of Senior Members elevated in 2016.


About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Newsletter

As we complete the first quarter of 2016, I invite you to take a moment to review your New Year's resolutions - especially those that relate to IEEE and AESS. Perhaps you wanted to get more involved in AESS but were not sure who to ask. Maybe you made a resolution to attend an AESS-sponsored conference for the first time. Or, you talked yourself into a year of self-improvement that included some continuing education. The good news is AESS sponsors a number of opportunities to help you move toward these goals. Even if you did not make such lofty New Year’s resolutions, we welcome your participation in any of the AESS-sponsored activities! As a member of IEEE and the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), you are already complimenting and supporting your profession with information and services to enable you to stand out in the crowd and apply your talents and capabilities at your current job as well as your overall career.

This Quarterly Email Blast (QEB) serves as a portal to many of the activities and content available to AESS members. As you will see, AESS has much to offer in terms of continuing education, world-respected technical conferences, professional support services, and leading technical publications, including IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine and IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. In addition, you will find time-sensitive news and useful information that draws attention to each of the specific technical areas that our Society represents and pursues, and documents activities and events from individual Chapters of the Society. Our overall objective is to increase and enhance member awareness in all aspects of our professional society, as well as to promote and enable outreach to the technical tenants that make up our interest areas.

To the left, you will see a Table of Contents of what is in this issue. Enjoy this edition of the QEB! I hope it provides you with a roadmap of where you can go to get the optimal content and information, via activities, published papers, or even our various social networking connections, to enable and enhance your professional capabilities and confidence as you navigate to crowded schedule of everyday life.

Warmest regards,

Michael Rice
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

Enhanced Format for IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
In mid-2016, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (M-AES) will publish an enhanced online version of M-AES. This enhanced version of the magazine is not intended to replace the print version, but should complement the print edition as a result of the additional features made possible by online capability. These features include:
  • Enhanced reader experience
  • Multimedia features that may add depth to the technical articles, news features, historical interest articles, and other content found in the magazine.
  • Increased accessibility via website access
  • Earlier access to content for those AESS members that reside outside the USA
  • Interactive links to the whole AESS Website for additional information on our Society activities and events for our membership via the publication portal.
The enhanced version is planned to launch with the July 2016 issue. The AESS Publications Editorial Board is very interested in AESS member's feedback, and as such, invite members/readers to contact Dale Blair at with questions and suggestions related to these new features.

2015 Robert T. Hill Award Winner - Dr. Bosung Kang
The Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award is an annual IEEE/AESS award to recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation that has made particularly noteworthy contributions in a field of interest of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Read more.

Call for Nominations - 2016 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award
The Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award is an annual IEEE AESS award to recognize candidates who have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation that has made particularly noteworthy contributions in a field of interest of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. Its purpose is to grant international recognition for the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation by an AESS member in the year she/he is nominated. The winner of this distinguished award receives a commemorative plaque and a US$1000 honorarium. Read more.

Nominations due 1 August 2016

AESS Technical Panels
Technical Operations is responsible for oversight of the Technical Panels for the AESS Board of Governors.

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 link below for more information on that panel.

Please contact Walt Downing, 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.

Learn more about the Technical Panels:
  1. Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems
  2. Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering
  3. Avionics Systems
  4. Cyber Security
  5. Gyro and Accelerometer
  6. Radar Systems
  7. Space Systems
  8. Target Tracking Systems
  9. Unmanned Aerospace Vehicles
Spotlight on Technical Panels
Target Tracking Systems

Call for participation for the Aerospace Systems Target Tracking Panel.

The Target Tracking Systems Panel is currently inactive and looking to be re-established with active participants and a new Panel Chair. To be considered for this panel, please contact the current Panel Chair, Dale Blair.

Radar Systems

The Radar Systems Panel (RSP) is a Technical Panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society. The purpose of the Panel is to:
  • Sustain and oversee the program of IEEE Radar Conferences
  • Manage the nomination and selection of candidates for IEEE Awards in the domain of Radar
  • Promote and support publications in the domain of Radar
  • Promote educational activities in the domain of Radar
  • Encourage the submission of nominations for IEEE Fellows and Senior Members in the domain of Radar
  • Provide periodic revision of IEEE Standards pertaining to the domain of Radar.
The Panel is composed of IEEE members who are representatives of industry, government laboratories, educational institutions and professional societies, and who are active in the domain of Radar. Learn more.
Upcoming Conferences
The Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society has a number of conferences addressing important aspects of our field of interest. A comprehensive listing of our conferences can be found by visiting our website. Members are encouraged to submit papers, attend conferences, and network with colleagues in your shared area of interest.

The 2016 IEEE/ION PLANS 2016 will be held in Savannah, GA, USA 11-14 April 2016. The Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) is a biennial technical conference that occurs in the spring of even numbered years. Our mission is to provide a forum to share the latest advances in navigation technology. For more information, please visit their website.

The 2016 IEEE Radar Conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA, USA 2-6 May 2016. Join us in Philadelphia and participate in advancing radar science by participating in the IEEE Radar 2016 conference appropriately themed "Enabling Technologies for Advances in Radar."

For more information and submission deadlines, please visit their website.

The 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for AeroSpace will be held in Florence, Italy 22-23 June 2016. Following the success of the first two editions of IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace (MetroAeroSpace), it was considered convenient to promote a third edition of this event, which aims at reinforcing and supporting the collaborations among people working in developing instrumentation and measurement methods for aerospace.

Important dates:
Notification of acceptance is 15 April 2016
Submission of final paper is 22 May 2016

Find more information on their website.

The 2016 IEEE National Aerospace and Electronics Conference and Ohio Innovation Summit (NAECON-OIS) will be held in Dayton, Ohio, USA 26-29 July 2016. NAECON is the oldest and premier IEEE Conference presenting research in all aspects of theory, design, and applications of aerospace systems and sensors.

The OIS is designed to inform the sensors community about emerging technologies and market opportunities which are vital for future sensor development. The interaction it provides between government, industry, and academia spawns new collaborations that accelerate research and development, and provides the impetus for regional economic growth.

For more information, visit their website.

AUTOTESTCON 2016 will be held in Anaheim, CA, USA 12-15 September 2016. AUTOTESTCON is the world's premier conference that brings together the military/aerospace automatic test industry and government/military acquirers and users to share new technologies, discuss innovative applications, and exhibit products and services. It is sponsored annually by the IEEE. For more information, please visit their website.

The 2016 IEEE/AIAA 35th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) will be held in Sacramento, CA 25-29 September 2016. The DASC is the premier annual conference providing authors an opportunity for publication and presentation to an international audience of papers encompassing the field of avionics systems for aircraft/rotorcraft/unmanned aircraft (commercial, military, business and general aviation), navigation, communications (all bands voice/sensor/data), sensors, crew interface, avionics architectures, software, and space and ground components needed for the safe operation of commercial and military aircraft, and space systems. For more information, please visit their website.

The 50th Annual IEEE International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST) will be held in Orlando, FL, USA 24-27 October 2016. For more information, visit their website.

SAVE THE DATE! Plan to attend the 2017 IEEE Radar Conference in Seattle, WA, USA 8-12 May 2017. This annual event is returning to the West Coast and in Seattle for the first time. The Conference is timed to coincide with the centennial anniversary of the incorporation of Boeing; thus this annual event is appropriately themed "Building on a Century of Innovation."

Please join us in the global advance of radar science by participating in the IEEE Radar 2017 conference. For more information, submission deadlines, hotel and registration details, please visit their website.

The 2016 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) will be held in Herndon, VA, USA 19-21 April 2016. For more information, visit their website.

The 2016 19th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION) will be held in Heidelberg, Germany 5-8 July 2016. For more information, visit their website.

The 2016 European Navigation Conference (ENC) will be held in Helsinki, Finland 30 May-2 June 2016. To find more information, please visit their website. View the Call For Papers.

The 23rd Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS) will be held in Saint Petersburg, Russia 30 May -1 June 2016. To find more information, please visit the ICINS website.

The 2016 CIE International Conference on Radar will be held in Guangzhou, China 10-13 October 2016. View the Call for Papers. For more information, please visit their website.

View the full list of technically co-sponsored conferences on our website.

Have a conference you'd like advertised in the AESS Quarterly Email Blast? Contact Lauren Stockman at for details on how to have it included.

Distinguished Lecturers
All AESS Chapters and IEEE Sections are encouraged to take advantage of the AESS Distinguished Lecturer (DL) and Tutorial Program for their regular or special meetings. We have selected an outstanding list of speakers who are experts in their fields. After giving a lecture, the speaker and/or host should prepare a short report suitable for publication in IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine and posting on the AESS website.

IEEE Technical Activities Board (TAB) Meeting
IEEE-Technical Activities is a major component of IEEE that includes all programs of the 45 IEEE Societies and Technical Councils as well as programs of the Technical Activities Board (TAB) and the Technical Activities Department (TAD).

AESS President, Teresa Pace, attended the IEEE TAB meeting in San Diego, CA, USA in February. Below is a photo of the 2016 IEEE Technical Activities Board.

AESS Board of Governors Meeting
The AESS Board of Governors has an upcoming meeting 22-23 April 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL, USA.

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