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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
 3rd Quarter 2017
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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.

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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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We welcome suggestions from members on how the AESS can improve. Please let us know what they are and we will respond to you. For assistance with the application, please contact Wolfgang Koch or George Schmidt.

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George Schmidt, AESS BoG
Judy Scharmann, AESS Executive Assistant


Greetings from the AESS Publications committee. We hope this latest edition of the Quarterly Email Blast (QEB) finds you in good spirits. My first order of business is to thank all of you who contribute to AESS. There is a lot of content this time around: awards, membership elevations, conferences, technical panel activities, and educational resources. Please join me in congratulating those who received membership elevations and awards.

My second order of business is to thank the AESS members who work to help publish the QEB. First is Dale Blair, the AESS VP of Publications. He works tirelessly to improve the quality of all our publications, and he has become a good friend during my time on the AESS Board of Governors. Second is Judy Scharmann, Vice President, Client Services of Conference Catalysts, and without her very little of this would happen. We also welcome Dena Blaustein of Conference Catalysts. It is clear Dena will be another person without whom little would get accomplished. Although Dale, Judy, and Dena work behind-the-scenes for the QEB, their contribution is crucial to its success. As the Society newsletter, the QEB plays an important role in updating AESS members of all the goings-on in the Society.

I invite you to take a minute to read about the great accomplishments of AESS members over the past three months. As you do so, I also invite you to think about ways you can get involved. If you find something that interests you, contact us!

Warmest regards,

Michael Rice
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

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

We congratulate the AESS Members elevated to Senior Member since the last QEB:

April 2017:
  • Paolo Braca, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
  • Daniel Clark, Heriot-Watt University
  • Robert Engelhardt, Hughes Aircraft Company
  • Othmar Frey, ETH Zurich
  • Julien Le Kernec, University of Glasgow
  • Andrew Newman, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Fernando Rodriguez-Morales, University of Kansas
  • Antonio Scarciglia, Harris Corporation

Visit our website to view the complete list of our 2017 Senior Members.

Congratulations to this year's AESS Award Recipients:
Our Tutorials are moving from the AESS Website to the AESS Resource Center! Stay tuned for more details.

Featured Video Tutorial: "High Level Information Fusion Management and Systems Design" by Dr. Erik Blasch
This tutorial brings together the contemporary concepts, models, and definitions to give the attendee a summary of the state-of-the-art in high-level information fusion (HLIF). The tutorial brings together several methodologies, directions, needs, and grand challenges in practical system designs HLIF. Analogies from low-level information fusion (LLIF) of object tracking and identification are extended to the HLIF concepts of situation/impact assessment and process/user refinement. HLIF theories (operational, functional, formal, cognitive) are mapped to representations (semantics, ontologies, axiomatics, and agents) with contemporary issues of modeling, testbeds, evaluation, and human-machine interfaces. Discussions with examples of search and rescue, cyber analysis, and battlefield awareness are presented. The tutorial is organized as (1) HLIF theories, (2) HLIF representations in information fusion testbeds, and (3) HLIF supporting elements of human-system interaction, scenario-based design, and HLIF evaluation.
IEEE Distinguished Lecturers are engineering professionals who help lead their fields in new technical developments that shape the global community. The Society is offering an updated roster that includes 24 truly distinguished speakers as part of its 2017 Distinguished Lecturer Program. Consult the AESS Distinguished Lecturer website for more about each of our lecturers and their topics, and to discover how to bring a Distinguished Lecturer to your local event.

Report on AES FOPEN Distinguished Lecture - By Mark E Davis

The 2017 AES Distinguished Lecture was given in Tel Aviv Israel at the IEEE Advanced Radar Technologies Symposium and at Tel Aviv University. The visit was arranged by Dr Shmuel Auster, from Elta Radar Division, and Prof. Amir Boag from Tel Aviv University.

The Israel Chapter of AESS and Elta organized a Symposium for exchange of technical ideas in Advanced Radar Technology. Click here to read the full report and see photos from this Distinguished Lecturer Presentation.

Distinguished Lecturer Report - By George Schmidt

In April, George Schmidt presented his AESS Distinguished Lecture, "Navigation Sensors and Systems in GNSS Degraded and Denied Environments (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying about GPS)", during a 2-day seminar on Avionics and Air Navigation held at the University of Seville, Spain. Click here to read the full report and see photos from this Distinguished Lecturer Presentation.
The AESS Board of Governors recently approved a new version of the AESS Strategic Plan. Please find it here.

Congratulations to these newly elected members of the 2018-2020 Board of Governors:
  • Michael Cardinale
  • Stefano Coraluppi
  • Mark Davis
  • Hugh Griffiths
  • Lance Kaplan
  • Peter Willett
Two additional members will be elected by the Board of Governors in September.
The Gyro and Accelerometer Technical Panel is pleased to announce that the proposed revision to IEEE Standard P1293/D24 “Draft Standard Specification Format Guide and Test Procedure for Linear Single-Axis, Nongyroscopic Accelerometers” is ready for industry review. An industry review copy of P1293 is available for download at Comments should be directed to either the panel chair (Randy Curey, or sensors committee chair (Jason Bingham, Although the published deadline for comments was June 30, additional comments will be accepted prior to the next Gyro and Accelerometer Technical Panel meeting that will be held at Ideal Aerosmith in Grand Forks, ND on 10-11 July 2017. Panel meetings are open to all interested persons. Details regarding participation in the Gyro and Accelerometer Technical Panel are provided at

The Navigation Systems Panel (NSP) was instituted by the AESS Board of Governors at their Spring Meeting. The interim chair is Prof. Michael Braasch of Ohio University. The NSP will support activities in the domain of navigation throughout the AESS including the Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) that is jointly sponsored by IEEE/AESS and the U.S. Institute of Navigation (ION). More details may be found at the NSP website. To become a member of this Technical Panel, please contact Prof. Braasch at

The Radar Systems Technical Panel met at the 2017 IEEE Radar Conference in Seattle, WA on 8-12 May 2017. There were 43 members in attendance. In addition, the Radar Systems Technical Panel hosted the 1st Summer University and Women in Engineering meetings in conjunction with the Conference. Those interested in the Radar Systems Technical Panel can follow their technical activities on the AESS website.

AESS UAS/UAV Technical Panel

Read a full account of all AESS UAV/UAS Technical Panel News here.

Come join the tech panel and help advance UAS/UAV technology for humanity. Contact Vince Socci,


2017 IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held in Schaumburg, IL, USA 11-14 September 2017.

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 IEEE; please visit the website for more details:

2017 IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference

The 2017 IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida on 17-21 September 2017.

The 36th meeting of the Digital Avionics Systems Conference continues its history as the industry-leading avionics conference distinctive for its dual focus on both avionics and air traffic management. Please visit the website for more details:

2018 IEEE/Institute of Navigation (ION) Positioning, Location and Navigation Symposium

The IEEE/Institute of Navigation (ION) Positioning, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2018 conference will take place 23-26 April 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Monterey, Monterey, California.

The biennial PLANS conference, co-sponsored by the IEEE AESS and the ION, features researchers and engineers from around the globe who present their latest work in positioning and navigation technologies. Presentations range from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results with a particular emphasis on inertial navigation. Technical sessions cover a range of subjects for both beginners and seasoned professionals. IEEE/ION PLANS 2018 technical program will be centered around four technical tracks: Inertial Sensing and Technology; Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); Connected, Integrated and Alternative Sensing; and Applications to Automated, Semi-Autonomous and Fully-Autonomous Systems. Click here for a full list of sessions.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is 30 October 2017. Instructions on submitting your abstract can be found here.

2017 20th International Conference on Information Fusion
The 2017 International Conference on Information Fusion will be taking place in Xi'an, China on 10-13 July 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 Signal Processing Symposium (SPSympo)
The 2017 Signal Processing Symposium will be taking place in Serock, Poland on 12-14 September 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 DGON Inertial Sensors and Systems (ISS)
The 2017 DGON Inertial Sensors and Systems Conference will be taking place in Karlsruhe, Germany on 19-20 September 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 Sensor Data Fusion: Trends, Solutions, Applications (SDF)
The 2017 Sensor Data Fusion Conference will be taking place in Bonn, Germany on 10-12 October 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 European Radar Conference (EURAD)
The 2017 European Radar Conference will be taking place in Nuremberg, Germany on 11-13 October 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 International Radar Conference (Radar)
The 2017 International Radar Conference will be held in Belfast, United Kingdom on 23-26 October 2017. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST)
The International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST 2017) will be held from 23 - 26 October 2017, in Madrid, Spain. For more information, visit the conference website.

2017 Sensor Signal Processing for Defense Conference (SSPD)
The 2017 Sensor Signal Processing for Defense Conference will be held 6-7 December 2017 in London, UK. For more information, visit the conference 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 Judy Scharmann at for details on how to have it included.
Meetings of Interest - The 2017 Workshop on Research, Education and Development of Unmanned Aerial Systems (REDUAS) will be held Tuesday through Thursday, 3-5 October 2017 in Linköping, Sweden. Please visit
Teresa Pace
Joe Fabrizio
Executive Vice President
W. Dale Blair
VP Publications
Roy Streit
Robert C. (Bob) Rassa
Jose Bolanos
Mark E. Davis
Bill Walsh
VP-Industry Relations
Kathleen Kramer
Hugh D. Griffiths
Sr. Past President
Wolfgang Koch
VP-Member Services
Robert P. Lyons, Jr.
Jr. Past President
Walt Downing
VP-Technical Activities

AESS 2017 Board of Governors
Members-at-Large 2015 - 2017:
W. Dale Blair
Jose Bolanos
Mark E. Davis
Walter D. Downing
Giuseppe A. Fabrizio
Maria S. Greco
Teresa Pace
Vince Socci

Members-at-Large 2016 - 2018:
Wolfgang Koch
Kathleen Kramer
Marina Ruggieri
George T. Schmidt
Roy L. Streit
Michael Wicks
Leo P. Ligthart
Michael Rice

Members-at-Large 2017 - 2019:
Fabiola Colone
Darin Dunham
Fredrik Gustafsson
Robert C. (Bob) Rassa
William Walsh
Jason L. Williams
Michael Braasch
Fulvio Gini

The IEEE Central Texas Section Joint AES/SMC Chapter once again presented a special recognition award at the 2017 Spring Semester UTSA College of Engineering Tech Symposium to a team of electrical engineering students for their senior design project which best represented the technical fields of interest of our societies. The award was presented by Chris Camargo, Director of Avionics and Support Systems at Southwest Research Institute, who is member of the local Chapter.

Design Project: Air Violin
Engineering Students: Jorge Campos, Daniel Fernandez, Yat Ching Shiu, Jorge Zapata
Description: The Air Violin is intended to be a lowcost, easily transported alternative to an actual violin. It consists of a pair of embedded gloves that can closely simulate the feeling of playing an actual violin. The first glove is the "Bow Hand" which acts as the hand that holds the bow while playing the instrument. The second glove will act as the "Play Hand" and it's functionally is to determine which note the user wants to play. A compatible android application will also be included to provide record and playback functions.

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