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IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Newsletter
4th Quarter 2018
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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.

Table of Contents:
August 2018
July 2018
May - June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018

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.

Table of Contents:
August 2018
June 2018
April 2018
February 2018
AESS Suggestions Welcome
We welcome suggestions from members on how the AESS can improve.

Wolfgang Koch, VP Member Services
Jane Buckingham, AESS Executive Assistant


Dear AESS Members,

This is the last edition of the Quarterly Email Blast (QEB) for 2018. A year which has seen so many events and developments within our Society. It has been a very special privilege to be your reporter for 2018 happenings, by bringing to your attention stories of dedication and success.

I'd like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all the contributors to the Newsletter for sharing their professional and personal experiences. Special thanks also to our readers who found time to provide feedback on the QEB editions posted in previous months. Based on their positive comments, I do believe that we are heading in the right direction, with the addition of new contents dedicated to our younger members and the encouragement of wider participation of Senior members.

However, I feel that there is still a long road ahead and I really hope we will continue to work side-by-side to make this newsletter more useful and desirable.

Warmest regards,

Fabiola Colone
Editor-in-Chief, AESS QEB

by Luke Rosenberg,
Winner of the 2018 Fred Nathanson Memorial Radar Award

This article is the story of my career and how I came to win the 2018 Nathanson award. I don't believe it's possible to win such an award without the support of a great many people. The application process itself required several support letters and a champion from the radar community to rally them together and complete the lengthy application form. I am fortunate to have two champions - Prof. Maria Greco from the University of Pisa and Prof. Hugh Griffiths from the University College London. I am very grateful to you both and for those who wrote the support letters.

Now let me go back to the start of my professional career. I completed my undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide in 2000 and started work at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now DST Group). My first two years were as an engineer writing software to control and monitor RF hardware. During this time, I also completed a Masters in Signal and Information Processing through the University of Adelaide. I found this more interesting than my day job and after two years, I decided to leave my work to start a PhD. I was successful in obtaining a scholarship at the University of Adelaide and DST Group gave me four years of leave without pay.

My PhD was on the topic of multichannel synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and I was fortunate to have a great supervisor in Prof. Doug Gray. There was quite a learning curve over this time and I appreciate the patience he showed with me. I'm now very aware of how much I've become like him in the attention to detail I put into my work. When I returned to DST Group in 2006, I moved into the imaging radar systems group where I worked on radar image formation algorithms and sea-clutter modelling. Then after five years, I moved to the maritime radar group where I could focus more on sea-clutter modelling, as well as radar performance prediction modelling and non-cooperative radar imaging. My group leader, Dr. Brett Haywood was very supportive and gave me opportunities to travel to conferences and interact with our partners in the US Navy. I also started collaborating with colleagues in the Joint Operation and Analysis Division at DST Group who assisted with some of the more mathematical aspects of the radar modelling work.

At the 2012 Radar conference in Atlanta, I met with Prof. Simon Watts who invited me to join the NATO SET-185 group on sea clutter modelling and detection. These panels are unique in how they focus on very specific research areas. I found many people who were keen to collaborate and work on different research aspects. Together we achieved a lot more than I could have possible done myself, and Simon quickly became a good friend and mentor.

From August 2014-2015, my family and I moved to Washington DC where I worked at the US Naval Research Laboratory. During this year I continued to broaden my experience amongst the many talented researchers and engineers. Special thanks goes to Dr. Bruce Danly who organised the attachment and Dr. Mark Sletten who ran the Multichannel SAR (MSAR) program. The first photo is from the MSAR trial in 2014.

When I returned to Australia, I continued to work with many collaborators both domestically and internationally. I also co-supervised a PhD student with Dr. Brian Ng from the University of Adelaide. This turned out to be a valuable experience and our student is now working at the Fraunhofer FHR institute in Germany. In 2016, my work sponsored me to do a Graduate Certificate in Scientific Leadership through the University of Melbourne. This program is designed to broaden your perspectives beyond your own work area and I found this extremely useful.

Collaborating with others has greatly improved the quality of my work. This has been reflected by several awards, including several paper awards and a DST Group achievement award for Engineering and Science Excellence. The second photo is from an internal news article written after this award and shows colleagues from the DST Group. I have also become more involved with IEEE over the past few years as an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (AES), chair of the South Australian Control and AES society and a member of the AES Radar Systems Panel. Each year I look forward to the two major radar conferences where I can both learn about new radar developments and catch up with my 'extended radar family.'

At the start of 2018, I became the science team lead for the maritime radar work program. This change in role is a natural progression where now I can focus more on coordinating the work of a larger team to ensure they meet the objectives of the S&T program. So far I am enjoying this new position with the opportunity to work with people from a range of backgrounds and to develop junior staff and provide them with opportunities to grow.

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:

June 2018:
  • Travis Axtell
  • Robert Depew
  • Ali Gurbuz
  • Adel Ahmed Hamed
  • Harun Hayvaci
  • Zhongliang Jing
  • Tamer Khattab
  • Mark Lamb
  • Vladimir Lukin
  • Randall Marion
  • Silvia Ullo

August 2018:
  • Priyasloka Arya
  • Shashidhara Bp
  • Douglas Carlson
  • Han-Lim Choi
  • Gregorio Drayer
  • Kumar Vijay Mishra
  • Kevin Ng
  • Raul Sanchez-Reillo
  • Yaoliang Song
  • Rainer Wansch
  • Pablo Raul
  • Yanyachi AcoCardenas

Visit our website to view the complete list of our 2018 Senior Members.

AESS Professional Networking and Mentoring Program

2018 has seen the second year of operation of this innovative AESS program that helps connect students and young professionals with more experienced AESS members for a two-way exchange. This program has been a great success. We have more than 90 mentors currently registered in the program, distributed across industry, academia, and government, who are experts in their field and are willing to share their time and experience to develop future leaders within the AESS.

In 2017 we registered 28 new mentees and, approaching the end of 2018, this number has more than doubled! Almost 30 mentees have been matched with a suitable mentor and started a fruitful and inspiring exchange (have a look to the following section for an awesome example).

Our vision is a flexible international program that is carefully implemented, attentively supported, and singularly focused on providing benefits to AESS members.

More information is available on the
AESS website. Mentors and mentees, it is easy to sign up for the program. Join us today!
Over the last several months, IEEE AESS Mentor Dr. Ganesh Subramanain has trained his Mentees, Aravind S. and Tamil Selvan, on Aeronautical basics for Drones, Safety flying tips, FAA and other country sUAS law, and detailed functionality of drone parts. In the below video, you will see the Semi-Customized Octocopter which intended for carrying medical amenities that they built together.

Over the next three months, Dr. Ganesh Subramanain plans on concentrating on fully autonomous using FPV, building a customized container for carrying medical amenities up to 2 kg, and dry run with his mentees.

Disc Golf is a fast-growing sport in the US. Many colleges have intramural teams. Professionals of all ages are joining the sport. New disc golf courses are popping up in many communities. It is an inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors.

The IEEE AESS Binghamton Chapter held a technical/social event to learn about the sport and about the aerodynamics of discs. The event included a technical talk on the physics and flight dynamics of disc golf, a new player instructional clinic, an opportunity to play the sport with several coached rounds of play, and a socializing and networking picnic.

The event was open to the public and made for a great membership development event. There was representation from five different IEEE Sections.

The IEEE Central Texas Section Joint SMC/AES Chapter met on Thursday, 12 July 2018 at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas USA to hear Dr. Amanda J. Bayless speak on Women in Physics and Astronomy. Dr. Bayless is a Research Scientist in the SwRI Space Science and Engineering Division. She is currently researching the explosive death of massive stars, known as SuperNovae (SNe) and is the principal investigator for a program to develop a database of SNe models and observations called "SNAP" (SuperNovae Analysis aPplication). She received a BS degree in Astrophysics from Michigan State University, a MS degree in Astronomy from San Diego State University, and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Bayless spoke to an audience of 48 people about the contributions of women in physics and astronomy throughout history, including Enheduanna of Ur, Hypatia of Alexandria, Caroline Herschel, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Maria Mitchell, Lise Meitner, Marie Curie, and Jocelyn Bell Burnell, among others.

On 1 June 2018, the second Electro Magnetic Systems Interest Group (EMSIG) Forum was held. At the forum, there were a total of 126 Guests, 31 Students, 74 Posters 13 Universities, and 18 companies represented, which was a 10% increase from the 2017 Forum.

The Student Poster Competition Winners were:
  • Euan Ward, University of Edinburgh, "Modelling Nonlinearities in the Radar Signal Processing Chain"
  • William Coventry, University of Strathclyde, "Polynomial Root-MUSIC Algorithm for Efficient Broadband Direction of Arrival Estimation"
  • Anum Ahmed Pirkani, University of Birmingham, "Investigation of MIMO - Techniques Within - Autonomous Radar"

During the Steering Committee meeting we have agreed to expand Electro Magnetic Systems Interest Group (EMSIG) name to: EMSIG - UK Radar Society. This have been done for better public understanding of the group activity. The scope of the EMSIG interest remain the same and covers EW and wider. Hence our initials EMSIG and the surname UK Radar Society. You can use any when referring to EMSIG. In addition, Matthew Ritchie agreed to be the deputy chairman of EMSIG. For any questions, regarding the EMSIG UK Radar Society, please contact
Matthew Ritchie.

In the video below, IEEE AESS member Professor Kam Lau discusses the work he did at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the 1970s and 1980s developing an ultra-stable RF-over-fiber system for synchronizing antennas at NASA's Deep Space Network (DSN) which is a key infrastructure in all three of NASA's DSN global complexes. In 2013, Professor Kam Lau and his JPL colleague George Lutes were awarded the AES Society Pioneer Award for their contributions.

The Society Pioneer Award has been given annually since 1949 to an individual or team for "contributions significant to bringing into being systems that are still in existence today." These systems fall within the specific areas of interest to the society, that is, electronic or aerospace systems. The contributions for which the award is bestowed are to have been made at least twenty (20) years prior to the year of the award, to ensure proper historical perspective. It is not a condition that any awardees should have been sole or original inventor or developer, "significant contribution" of a specific nature is the key criterion.

The winner(s) receive a handsome cast bronze plaque and a US$3,000 prize, usually at an AESS sponsored or co-sponsored conference in Q4. Honoring such persons and recalling their achievements is considered an important function of our professional organization.

The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Pioneer Award. Nominations are due by 1 December 2018 (extended from 31 July 2018). Please consider nominating a worthy candidate using the form found here.

For more information about the Society Pioneer Award click here, or contact the AESS Awards Chair, Erwin Gangl.
As VP Publications of AESS my main goal is to guarantee to the Society members timely and effective Publications, the Transactions, the Magazine and the Quarterly Email Blast.

The Transactions is our technically advanced journal where the most recent research findings are published. The Magazine addresses topics in our field of interest with the intent of informing our readers of technologies, state of the art, design trades, etc. without going into deep, mathematical details, with article easy to read and understandable by a non-expert across different fields in AES. Tutorials is a resource for the professional growth of our members. The tutorials are survey-like papers, 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. QEB provides new information to support our members' involvement in our professional community.

Both the Magazine and the Tutorials over the last 7-8 years have seen a deep change, both in the contents and in the graphical look and we hope that, as readers, you all appreciate the new format. The Magazine is offered in the classical print form, but also in electronic form, easily readable on smartphones and tablets.

The Transactions is our flagship journal for describing cutting-edge research. In this sense it is fundamental that the accepted papers are published in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, compared to the other IEEE Transactions, our submission-to-publication time is not excellent. The length of this time is due to many factors: the efficiency of the Associate Editors in contacting and securing good reviewers, the responsiveness of the reviewers, the responsiveness of the authors in revising their paper and then the backlog. Over the last years the backlog has been drastically reduced increasing the number of issue from four to six per year. To help some of the overloaded Associate Editors we hired new AEs in many areas and we thank them for their support and commitment. In the next months you will see new changes, with the reduction of the review and revision times. Our goal is to shorten the average submission-to-publication time to nine months. Of course, this change cannot be immediate, needs a lot of volunteer work and it will be apparent only at the end of next year.

The QEB has been improved, with much more content, and a new column dedicated to our young readers. Read it and get informed on all the new AESS initiatives, awards and activities!


Maria Sabrina Greco
AESS Publications Vice President

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!
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.

The IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society (AESS) is seeking nominations for Distinguished Lecturers who will promote interests and learning in AESS technical fields while enhancing the visibility of the Society. We are particularly interested in advancing the program with Distinguished Lecturers who can represent the breadth of AESS technical interests and more easily serve our membership locally around the globe. The AESS fields of interest include the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include many of those represented on the AESS technical operations panels: navigation, avionics, radar, cyber security, UAS, and other interests including fusion.

The next two-year term for the Lecturers will be from 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2020. Distinguished Lecturers (DLs) are expected to give a minimum of 2 lectures per year as part of their commitment to serve. In 2017, the Society’s 23 distinguished lecturers gave more than 90 presentations and served as ambassadors for the Society through their lectures and tutorials given around the world.

Candidates for DLs may be nominated by any current IEEE AESS member, using the IEEE AESS Distinguished Lecturer Nomination Form which should provide a suitable biography, picture, and 1-3 topics that the candidate would be well qualified to speak on as a DL.

The selection of Distinguished Lectures will be made by the Distinguished Lecturer Committee. Please fill out the online nomination form by 1 December 2018.
2018 AESS Pioneer Award Call for Nominations - Extended Deadline: 1 December 2018

The Society Pioneer Award has been given annually since 1949 to an individual or team for "contributions significant to bringing into being systems that are still in existence today." These systems fall within the specific areas of interest to the society, that is, electronic or aerospace systems. The contributions for which the award is bestowed are to have been made at least twenty (20) years prior to the year of the award, to ensure proper historical perspective. It is not a condition that any awardees should have been sole or original inventor or developer, "significant contribution" of a specific nature is the key criterion.

The winner(s) will receive a handsome cast bronze plaque and a US$3,000 prize, usually at an AESS sponsored or co-sponsored conference in the fall. Honoring such persons and recalling their achievements is considered an important function of our professional organization. A list of winners and the award nomination form can be found here.

The AESS is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Society Pioneer Award. Nominations are due by 1 December 2018 (extended from 31 July 2018). Please nominate a worthy candidate by using the nomination form; seeing your candidate win is a rewarding experience. Nominations may be carried over to succeeding years for continued considerations. Nomination submissions should be sent via email directly to Erwin Gangl, AES Society Pioneer Award Chair.

For questions or additional information please contact:

Erwin Gangl, LFIEEE
Chairman, IEEE-AESS Awards
10640 Willow Brook Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458-4739

Currently the AESS has eight Technical Panels: 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 button above for more information on that panel.

Please contact George Schmidt, 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.

Distinguished Lecturers are wanted to support the Panel's technical areas, as well as, in all the AESS areas of interest; for more information contact VP Education, Kathleen Kramer.

2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference

The 2019 IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held on 2-9 March 2019 in Big Sky Montana, USA.

The 2019 IEEE Radar Conference will be held on 22-26 April 2019 in Boston, MA, USA.

Important Dates:
Paper Submissions Due: 17 October 2018
Notification of Acceptance: 14 January 2019
Paper Submission Due: 25 February 2019

Call for Proposals | 2022 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarConf22)

The Radar Systems Panel (RSP) of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society welcomes proposals from prospective organizers to host the 2022 IEEE Radar Conference. This conference series, originally initiated in 1984 as the US National Radar Conference, has grown to have an internationally diverse attendance and a reputation for the highest quality. The RadarConf series is the premier forum for the technological advancement of the field of radar including theoretical and experimental results for a diverse array of civil, scientific, and defense applications. Topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Radar Phenomenology (e.g., scattering, phenomenology)
  • Components (e.g., digital RF, photonics, mm-wave)
  • Signal Processing (e.g., detection, tracking, classification, STAP)
  • Synthetic Aperture (e.g., FOPEN, RF tomography, remote sensing)
  • Antennas (e.g., phased arrays, conformal)
  • Civil/Scientific Applications (e.g., automotive, weather, planetary mapping, navigation)
  • Waveform Diversity (e.g., MIMO, pulse agility, bistatic/multistatic, noise radar)
  • Emerging Technologies (e.g., Terahertz sensing, meta-materials)
Prior to submitting a proposal, AESS members interested in hosting RadarConf22 should send a notice of intent via email to Prof. Shannon Blunt. As part of a formal proposal, interested parties will be asked to demonstrate sufficient anticipated support from radar industry, facilities amenable for hosting the conference, and a financial plan according to IEEE requirements. To enable discussion at the RSP meeting to be held at the 2019 Radar Conference in Boston (in April), a formal notice of intent is requested prior to 1 January 2019 and a written proposal by 15 March 2019. Proposers will subsequently be asked to present their proposal at the RSP meeting.

Prof. Shannon Blunt
Chair, RSP Conferences Committee

2018 IET Radar Conference (IET Radar)
The 2018 IET Radar Conference (IET Radar) will be held on 17-19 October 2018 in Nanjing, China. For more information, visit the conference website.

2018 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST)
The 2018 International Carnahan Conference on Security Technology (ICCST) will be held 22-25 October 2018 in Montreal, QB, Canada. For more information, visit the conference website.

2018 9th ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation Technologies and European Workshop on GNSS Signals and Signal Processing (NAVITEC)
The 2018 9th ESA Workshop on Satellite Navigation Technologies and European Workshop on GNSS Signals and Signal Processing (NAVITEC) will be held 5-7 December 2018 in Noordwijk, Netherlands. For more information, visit the conference website.

2019 IEEE Topical Workshop on Internet of Space (TWIOS)
The 2019 IEEE Topical Workshop on Internet of Space (TWIOS) will be held 20-23 January 2019 in Orlando, FL, USA. For more information, visit the conference website.

2019 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)
The 2019 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS) will be held 20-23 January 2019 in Orlando, FL, USA. For more information, visit the conference website.

Save the Date | 2019 Integrated Communications, Navigation, Surveillance Conference (ICNS)

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 Jane Buckingham at for details on how to have it included.
Congratulations to the newly elected Board of Governors Members!
Thank you to everyone who voted in the latest AESS election.

Joe Fabrizio, President
Walter Downing, Executive VP
Teresa Pace, Jr. Past President
Robert P. Lyons, Jr., Sr. Past President
Mark E. Davis, VP Conferences
Kathleen Kramer, VP Education
Jose Bolanos, VP Finance
Roy Streit, VP Industry Relations
Maria S. Greco, VP Publications
George T. Schmidt, VP Technical Operations
Marinia Ruggieri, Secretary
Robert C. Rassa, Treasurer
Wolfgang Koch, VP Member Services

AESS 2018 Board of Governors
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
Shannon Blunt
Jason L. Williams
Michael Braasch
Fulvio Gini

Members-at-Large 2018 - 2020:
Jose Bolanos
Michael A. Cardinale
Stefano Coraluppi
Mark E. Davis
Hugh D. Griffiths
Lance M. Kaplan
Lorenzo Lo Monte
Peter Willett

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