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IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Newsletter
 1st Quarter 2015
In this issue
  • Membership in AESS
  • AESS Technical Panels
  • Panel Feature
  • Call for Nominations
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • AESS Officers Meeting
Connect with AESS
AESS President

A letter from AESS President, Bob Lyons

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine
The January Issue of IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine is in the mail and is retrievable now from IEEE Xplore, the IEEE online digital library.

All IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine subscribers can access the online edition using their IEEE Account.

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Feature articles in this issue:
  • "Women airforce service pilots: An army air corps experiment: Part I"
  • "Spatiotemporal trajectory models for metalevel target tracking"
  • "Multiobjective control system controllers design based on switching and applications"
View the Call for Papers on the upcoming special Issue on Sense and Avoid for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

A note from Bill Walsh on the inclusion of the two-part article, Women Airforce Service Pilots: An Army Air Corps Experiment, found in the January and February issues M-AES.

Chapter Corner
Chapter Activities Update
Written by Erik Blasch, AESS Chapter Chair Liaison

East Ukraine Updates
Guadalajara Updates
Argentina Updates

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 Web site.

Congratulations to the elevated Senior members for 2015: Alexandra Bento Moutinho, Igor Bisio, Victor Daniel Gheorghian, Clark Ince, Chetan Kulkarni, Terrence Ogle, Sarah Seguin, Rhande Wood, Mahmoud Abdalla

Upcoming Speaker Events - Region 5
Ron Ogan, VP Finances, is set to give a talk on the Integration of Manned and Unmanned Aircraft Systems into U.S. Airspace to all interested attendees on 30 March, at the Harvey Business Center on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. Details for this event can be found on our Web site.


About the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society Newsletter

I'd like to thank you for opening your IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) Quarterly E-Mail Blast (QEB) which I hope will serve as a portal to many of the activities and content available to all of our Society members as we navigate our way through our professional and technical careers. Engineers and scientists today start their careers with excellent technical skills and subject matter. The purpose and intention of this AESS Newsletter is to provide time-sensitive news and useful information for its members, draw attention to each of the specific technical areas that our Society represents and pursues, documents activities and events from individual Chapters of the Society, as well as to highlight content of current and upcoming issues of IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine. 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.

As Editor-in-Chief of this AESS QEB Newsletter, Administrative Editor of IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine, and a member of the AESS Board of Governors, I invite you to enjoy and take advantage of the content that this publication has to offer, including the various links to other publications and components of AESS and IEEE. Please avail yourself to the social media aspects of the Society, all of which can be accessed here. I also invite you to feel free to contact me at any time to share your thoughts and/or questions on the activities and functions of the Society, its publications (including this newsletter), or IEEE/AESS membership in general. My promise is that while I may not know all of the answers, I will make every effort to get the correct response back to you.

Best regards,
Bill Walsh
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

Reason for Membership in AESS

The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) is waiting for you. Comprised of professionals who share your technical interests, joining AESS allows you to deepen ties to your technical community and take advantage of specialized opportunities. Our field is constantly changing and your participation will enable you to be more effective in your career. The AESS is committed to providing the highest level of service and benefits to members and affiliates.

Technical Information: Monthly issues of the peer-reviewed IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine and significant discounts for IEEE members to top-ranked journals, such as the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, and to the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Conferences Digital Library. Savings on subscription costs for IEEE members easily pay for the cost of AESS membership.

Conferences: Discounted conference registrations at leading international technical conferences where you can network, learn best practices from the industry's experts, and share information with peers. Also, participate in specialized conferences and workshops organized in response to identified needs.

Technical Panels: Participate in one of the AESS Technical Panels and learn while influencing future technical advancements and worldwide standards. Help form new technical panels in response to changing technologies.

Education: Advanced educational activities through tutorials, lectures, and distinguished lectures offered world-wide.

Communications: A quarterly e-mail blast to all members with the latest news and announcements.

Cooperation: Collaboration opportunities through four IEEE Councils: Systems, Sensors, Biometrics, and Nanotechnology, as well as, with IEEE-USA or other geographically focused regions.

Chapters: A world-wide distribution of AESS Chapters offering numerous educational, technical, and networking opportunities.

Projects: Student focused projects, meetings, and conferences.

Awards: A substantial Awards and Recognition Program for members and Chapters.

Web: The AESS Web site updated daily with aerospace news links, a link to IEEE job opportunities, presentations from AESS governance meetings, governance documents, and much more.

-----------------------AESS Technical Panels

What are Technical Panels and why should you care? Technical Panels are groups of professionals from government, industry, and academia who enjoy joining together to share their knowledge and experience and to work on a variety of collaborative activities in an AESS field of interest. These activities include development and periodic revision of IEEE standards pertaining to the relevant technical domain; organizing and leading the premier IEEE technical conferences in the field of interest; nominating candidates from among their peers to be recognized for their professional achievements with IEEE awards or elevation to IEEE Fellows; encouraging the publication of technical papers in IEEE journals or magazines; and supporting technical presentations to promote continuing education and professional development. If you want to get the best value from your AESS membership then you should get involved in these types of activities in your field of interest.

Currently AESS has nine Technical Panels: Aerospace Control and Guidance Systems, Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering, Avionics Systems, Cyber Security, Gyro and Accelerometer, Radar Systems, Space Systems, Target Tracking Systems, and Unmanned Aerospace Systems. Check out the Technical Operations section of the AESS website for more information about the focus of each of the Technical Panels. Join the group that best fits your field of interest or voice your interest in new and emerging technologies that should be addressed. Get engaged in the professional activities of the Technical Panel and experience the mutual benefit of advancing the state of the art and enhancing your career as you increase your knowledge and become recognized as a "player" in the technical community. Remember, when it comes to membership in any organization, you only get as much out of it as you put into it.

Panel Feature

Introduction to the AESS Cyber Security Panel:

The panel promotes and supports cyber security technical interests, technical articles and conference activities, and educational activities in those aspects of cyber security most 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, to highlight and promote awareness of activities, technical understanding, and developments in this increasingly important field.

Cyber security is the subject of an IEEE-wide initiative involving several of the technical societies and the role of the AESS Cyber Security Panel in this is to focus on cyber security in AESS environments and systems. These technical areas include cyber security for transportation, cyber security for aircraft and avionics, GPS threats, information security for complex systems, and the identification and modeling of cyber-related vulnerabilities. The panel meets twice per year. In 2015, meetings will be held to correspond with two AESS conferences with multiple tracks related to the panel: the 34th Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) in Prague, Czech Republic, and the 49th International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST) in Taipei, Taiwan.

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

Introduction to the AESS Space Systems Panel:

The Space Systems Panel aims at creating a reference point for technical and scientific initiatives related to the space world. The primary focus is to promote IEEE and AESS in space activities related to civil and military institutions, industry and academia. The panel focuses on key-topics related to space systems - such as standardization, system analysis & design, applications, constellations, space technologies, integration, dual use - covering four areas: Satellite Communications Systems, Space Exploration and International Space Station, Space-based Navigation Systems and Synthetic Aperture Radars, Launch infrastructure and Range Safety and Debris mitigation.

The goal of the Space Systems Panel is to organize and support AESS conferences and workshops on Space Systems Panel topics, such as the Aerospace Conference and MetroAerospace Conference. The panel also aims to coordinate and organize of scientific programs. The panel strives to recognize the results achieved by individuals in the space community in the form of awards. The panel meets twice per year. In 2015, meetings will be held to correspond with two AESS conferences with multiple tracks related to the panel: the 36th edition of the Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana, USA and the 2nd edition of the Metrology for Aerospace Conference (MetroAerospace) in Benevento, Italy.

Click here for a full description of the panel.

Are you active in space systems and interested in participating on this panel? Prospective new members can contact the panel chair, Dr. Cosimo Stallo.

----------------------- Harry Rowe Mimno Award

Established in 1979, the Harry Rowe Mimno Award is to recognize and foster excellence in clear communications of technical material of widespread interest to AESS members, and in doing so, to honor the contributions of AES Transactions Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Dr. Harry Rowe Mimno to the AESS and IEEE for over 50 years. The award is to the author of a paper which is primarily tutorial (including surveys), speculative, or which advocates new ideas or principles tending to promote debate. It is selected from among those published in the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Magazine. Prior to 1987, the Mimno Award was made for contributions to IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

Newly announced winners:
  • 2012: Erik P. Blasch, Dale A. Lambert, Pierre Valin, Mieczyslaw "Mitch" M. Kokar, James Llinas, Subrata Das, Chee Chong and Elisa Shahbazian. They received the award for their paper "High Level Information Fusion (HLIF): Survey of Models, Issues, and Grand Challenges" that appeared in the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine in 2012.

  • 2013: Hugh Griffiths. He received the award for his papers "The German WW2 HF Radars Elefant and See-Elefant" and "Radar Detection and Tracking of German V-2 Rocket launches in WW2" that appeared in the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine in January and March 2013, respectively.

----------------------- Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Robert T. Hill Best Dissertation Award

The Robert T. Hill Memorial Award for "Best Ph.D. Dissertation" is an annual award to recognize candidates that have recently received a Ph.D. degree and have written an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the 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.

An eligible candidate must be a graduate of an accredited university which requires a dissertation to receive a Ph.D. degree. The nominee should be an IEEE/AESS member for more than one year at the time of nomination. Preferentially, the nominee should have been awarded the Ph.D. degree in the last 12 months prior to the nomination. The Ph.D. dissertation has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest. Prize Items consist of an honorarium of US$1,000 and a plaque. Nominations are due by 1 September 2015, if the award is to be presented in the following year. Submit nominations and any questions to the IEEE/AESS VP for Education, Dr. Joe Fabrizio, or IEEE/AESS Awards Chairman, Erwin Gangl. Visit our Web site for the AESS Field of Interest and the awards page for more details.

----------------------- Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Judith A. Resnik Space Award

The Judith A. Resnik Space Award is an annual AESS award to recognize candidates that have provided outstanding contributions to space engineering in the AESS Fields of Interest; i.e., "the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments."

The candidate does not have to be an IEEE/AESS member, but given everything else being equal, a member will be given preferential consideration. The Space achievement has to be deemed to have made a particularly noteworthy contribution in the AESS Field of Interest. Prize items consist of an honorarium of US$2,000 and a plaque. Nominations are due by 1 July 2015.

The nomination package is to include, besides the filled out AESS nomination form, a minimum of three endorsement letters by recognized space oriented experts who have familiarity with the nominee’s accomplishments and to describe the merit of the nominees' contributions to the AESS Field of Interest.

Submit nominations and any questions to the IEEE/AESS VP for Education, Dr. Joe Fabrizio, or IEEE/AESS Awards Chairman, Erwin Gangl. See our Web site for the AESS Field of Interest and the awards page for more details.

Call for Nominations - IEEE AESS Society Pioneer Award

The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) annually awards their Pioneer Award recognizing distinguished individuals who have contributed notable achievements to the technical fields of interest of the AESS. The achievement for which the award is given should have "contributed significantly to bringing into being systems, which are still in existence today, and have occurred at least 20 years prior to the year of the award" to ensure proper historical perspective. It is not a condition that the award winner should have been sole or original inventor or developer of any system. "Significant contribution," of a specific nature, is the key criterion. Contributions by more than a single individual can be recognized by a joint award. Nationality, residence, membership in AESS, IEEE, or any other organization are not factors.

You can find the previous Pioneer winners and the nomination form on the AESS awards Web site, or you can request the form by contacting the Pioneer Awards Committee Chairman, Erwin Gangl. The nomination should be submitted to the Committee Chairman accompanied by substantiating information, as requested by the nomination form, to justify consideration for the award. All nominations need to be received by 31 July of any year for consideration for that year's award. The award is traditionally presented at a major AESS sponsored/co-sponsored conference in the fall. The prize is a handsome cast bronze plaque and a US$3,000 cash stipend.

Upcoming Conferences

The The IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held 7-14 March 2015 in Big Sky, Montana, USA. The paper submission deadline has passed for this conference.

The 2015 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference will be held 21-23 April 2015 in Herndon, Virginia, USA. The paper submission deadline has passed for this conference. Online registration is now open.

The IEEE International Radar Conference will be held 11-15 May 2015 in Arlington, Virginia, USA. The paper submission deadline has passed for this conference. Online registration is now open.

The 2015 IEEE International Workshop on Metrology for Aerospace will be held 4-5 June 2015 in Benevento, Italy. The paper submission deadline has passed for this conference. Online registration is now open.

Visit the conference Web site for more information.

The annual IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC) will for the first time be outside the United States in Prague, Czech Republic. The Call for Papers has been released. Please also consider advancing avionics by getting involved as a DASC conference volunteer - you contribute to your technical areas while contributing to AESS.

DASC is the premier international conference showcasing developments, applications, and solutions for aerospace systems with a focus on aircraft avionics and air traffic management systems. Emerging research, development, and analysis related to avionics equipage, aircraft interoperability, and ground and space-based infrastructures are significant drivers for both the North American NextGen and Single European Sky (SESAR) Initiatives. The theme this year is Impact of Global Mandates on Avionics Research and Development.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 750 words before 6 March 2015. Conference volunteers, student papers and ideas for invited sessions are welcome. Please contact for more.

The 2015 IEEE Radar Conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa 27-30 October, 2015.

The role of radar is continuously evolving. New and emerging threats such as piracy, poaching and asymmetric warfare dictate that radars need to develop to address these challenges in intelligent ways. Coupled with a dynamic operational environment with increasingly complex clutter is the need for radar to constantly improve to meet the demands of asymmetric threats and civilian applications, such as air traffic management and border surveillance. The aim of this conference is to focus on innovations in radar that rise to these challenges. View the Call for papers.

AESS Officers Meeting

The Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society held an officers meeting on 30 January 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, FL to prepare a strategic plan for the organization. Officers reported on the status of each function during this meeting.

Row 1 (L-R) Ron Ogan, Judy Scharmann, Maria Sabrina Greco, Iram Weinstein, Teresa Pace
Row 2 (L-R): Walt Downing, Robert Lyons, Jr., Dale Blair, Bob Rassa and George Schmidt

The AESS Spring Board of Governors meeting will be held 7-9 May 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, USA.

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