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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
 3rd Quarter 2016
In this issue
  • Membership in AESS
  • 2015 Robert Hill Award Presentation
  • 2016 Call for Nominations
  • Univ of Texas Recognition
  • IEEE Special Circumstances
  • AESS Technical Panels
  • Spotlight on Technical Panels
  • Enhanced Format for M-AES
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Distinguished Lecturers
  • Recent Distinguished Lecturer Presentations
  • AESS Officers Meeting
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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 February 2016 issue being the first in the new cycle.
AESS Suggestions Welcome
We welcome suggestions from members on how 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.

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 Senior 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

I continue to be amazed at all the activities and accomplishments of AESS members. We offer congratulations to those recently elevated to senior member and we give a hearty “thank you” to all who dedicate their time to technical panels, conferences, student activities, and education. The Magazine and Transactions continue to grow and fulfill needs of both AESS members and the technical world. There are a lot of moving parts in AESS, and none of it would be possible without the service of capable volunteers. 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 be involved. If you find something that interests you, contact us!

Warmest regards,

Michael Rice
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

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. An application for Senior membership requires three references unless nominated by a Senior member, and in that case requires two references.

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

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

Mark Campbell, Cornell University
Hans Hellsten, Airborne Early Warning
Seungkeun Kim, Chungnam National University
Frank Van Graas, Ohio University

Augusto Aubry, Università degli Studi di Napoli
Gabriele Formicone, Integra Technologies Inc.
Jose Gomez, Universitat de Barcelona
Jeffrey Mcharg, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Peter Moo, Defence Research and Development Canada
James Palmer, Defence Science and Technology Organization
Paul Rhonemus, Raytheon
Piotr Samczynski, Warsaw University of Technology
Frederic Stevens, Raytheon

Yuri Filatov, Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University
Mateusz Malanowski, Warsaw University of Technology
Curtis Tyer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Faruk Uysal, University of Oklahoma

Visit our website to view the complete list of our 2016 IEEE Senior members.

2015 Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award Presentation

The Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award was presented to Bosung Kang by Joe A. Fabrizio at the IEEE Radar Conference in Philadelphia.

Dissertation: "Robust Covariance Matrix Estimation for Radar Space-Time Adaptive Processing (STAP)"

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

University of Texas at San Antonio Senior Design Project Special Recognition

The project selected for special recognition was "Vehicular Awareness System" performed by engineering students Patrick Stockton, Vishal Sonthalia, Abel Miguel, and Paul Avila.

The students designed a modular system to incorporate inexpensive LIDAR sensor technology for proximity and trajectory awareness of objects around vehicles. As evidence of the modularity of design, the students completed the LIDAR task in sufficient time to perform efforts beyond the original scope of work to demonstrate the incorporation of ultrasonic sensors into the system.

IEEE Offers Reduced Membership Dues for Special Circumstances
IEEE realizes that economic circumstances may impact some members' ability to pay the full amount of IEEE membership dues. If you meet certain income qualifications, you may be eligible to receive a discount on memberships and select subscriptions. For this reason, IEEE has established these special circumstances categories:
The special circumstances include:
  • Minimum income
  • Retired
  • Unemployed
  • Permanently disabled
  • Developing nations
More information available on our website.
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
Cyber Security:
The AESS Cyber Security panel promotes and supports cyber security technical activities in those aspects of cyber security relevant to complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. The vision of the panel is to serve as a hub of AESS cyber security activities, promoting and highlighting technical activities, understanding and developments in this increasingly important field. The panel focus is on cyber security in AESS environments and systems, such as in aviation and aerospace. Topics of interest include cyber security vulnerabilities and countermeasures for transportation, traffic surveillance and navigation, including GPS, and information security for complex systems.

In 2016, meetings will be held to correspond with two AESS conferences with multiple tracks related to the interests of the panel: the 35th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) in Sacramento, California, and the 50th International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST) in Orlando, Florida. The panel has begun work on a special issue on “Cyber Security in Aerospace Systems” for the IEEE AESS Systems Magazine.

Are you active in cyber security and interested in participating on this panel? Prospective members can contact the panel chair, Prof. Kathleen Kramer.

Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering Panel:
The Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering Panel (ASIEP) is a Technical Panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society. The purpose of the Panel is to: Promote a dialogue and collaboration with governments, industry, academia and other societies to identify and implement strategies to support advancement of systems integration engineering techniques. Promote solutions to specific Systems Engineering (SE) Topics. Promote the creation of open source standards for all modes of transportation.

Establish working groups on Electric Aircraft, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Air Traffic Management, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Small Satellite Technologies, Workforce Development, and Open Standards Development to evaluate the current state of particular area and set ways forward to advance it. 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 Systems Engineering across all the modes of transportation. Learn more.

If interested to participate in the panel activities, please contact the Panel Chair, Koteswara Tatipamula
Enhanced Format for IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
In 2016, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine (M-AES) will publish an enhanced online version. 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 feedback, and as such, invite members/readers to contact Dale Blair at with questions and suggestions related to these new features.

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 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, USA 25-30 September 2016 themed on "Enabling Avionics for UAS/UTM (UAS Traffic Management)." 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 (in commercial, military, business and general aviation), navigation, communications, sensors, crew interface, avionics architectures, software, and space and ground components needed for the safe operation of aircraft and space systems. In addition to the plenaries from UAS/UTM experts and decision makers from industry, government and academia and the technical paper tracks, offerings include a full program of tutorials for separate registration with sessions in autonomous vehicles, surveillance, avionics, and design assurance and security. The pre-registration deadline to participate in the conference is 28 August 2016, visit their website for registration and program information.

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.


The 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held in Big Sky, MT, USA 4-11 March, 2017. View the Call for Papers.

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 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.

The 2017 Saint Petersburg International Conference on Integrated Navigation Systems (ICINS) will be taking place in Saint Petersburg, Russia 29-31 May 2017. The paper submission deadline is 1 November 2016. View the Call for Papers.

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 Lecturer Program
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.

AESS Board of Governors Welcomes New Members
The AESS Board of Governors welcomes the following society members that were elected to serve for the three-year term 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2019:

Fabiola Colone

Fabiola Colone

Darin Dunham

Darin Dunham

Fredrik Gustafsson

Fredrik Gustafsson

Robert C. Rassa

Robert C. Rassa

William P. Walsh

William P. Walsh

Jason L. Williams

Jason L. Williams

AESS Board of Governors Meeting

The AESS Board of Governors met 22-23 April at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando, FL, USA.

In the front row from left to right: Robert Ewing, Jim Howard, Bob Rassa, Hugh Griffiths, Bob Lyons, Maria Sabrina Greco, Judy Scharmann, Teresa Pace, Kathleen Kramer, George Schmidt, Bill Walsh, Alfonso Farina, Mark Davis, Leo Ligthart, Mike Wicks. In the back row from left to right: Peter Willett, Erik Blasch, Mike Cardinale, Joe Fabrizio, Walt Downing, Ryan Paterson, Garrett Hall, Vince Socci, Scott Sprindis, Michael Rice, Jose Bolanos

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