8–12 January 2018
Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

Call for Papers

Dates to Remember:

Abstract Submission Opens: 27 March 2017
Abstract Submission Closes: 12 June 2017, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA
Author Notification: 25 August 2017
Manuscript Deadline: 5 December 2017 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA.

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Go to: Adaptive Structures
Go to: Aeroacoustics
Go to: Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
Go to: Aerospace Education
Go to: Aircraft Design
Go to: Applied Aerodynamics
Go to: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
Go to: Communications Systems
Go to: Computer Systems
Go to: Design Engineering
Go to: Digital Avionics
Go to: Fluid Dynamics
Go to: Gas Turbine Engines
Go to: Green Engineering
Go to: Ground Testing
Go to: Guidance, Navigation and Control
Go to: High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion
Go to: History
Go to: Information and Command and Control Systems
Go to: Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration
Go to: Intelligent Systems
Go to: Materials
Go to: Meshing, Visualization and Computational Environments
Go to: Modeling and Simulation Technologies
Go to: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Go to: Non-Deterministic Approaches
Go to: Plasmadynamics and Lasers
Go to: Propellants and Combustion
Go to: Sensor Systems and Information Fusion
Go to: Small Satellites
Go to: Society and Aerospace Technology
Go to: Software
Go to: Space Exploration
Go to: Space Flight Mechanics
Go to: Space Operations and Support
Go to: Spacecraft Structures
Go to: Structural Dynamics
Go to: Structures
Go to: Survivability
Go to: Systems Engineering
Go to: Terrestrial Energy
Go to: Thermophysics
Go to: Unique and Transformational Flight Systems
Go to: Unmanned Systems
Go to: Wind Energy

Adaptive Structures

Adaptive Structural Systems by definition are intelligent, flexible systems that are responsive to ever changing operational environments and/or tailored control stimuli. This conference provides a forum to actively discuss the latest breakthroughs in smart structures, the cutting edge in adaptive structure applications, and the recent advances in both new device technologies and basic engineering research exploration. Papers are invited in areas broadly ranging from basic research to applied technological design and development, to industrial and governmental integrated system and application demonstrations. Students presenting a paper are encouraged to demonstrate hardware operation and present a poster on their research; these demonstrations will be held during a separate session and judged competitively. Students interested in the paper competition are also reminded to select the Student Paper Competition option in ScholarOne during abstract submission to indicate their desire for consideration in judging.

  • Engineered Materials with Adaptive Properties
  • Multifunctional Materials
  • Biomimetic Adaptive Materials/Structures
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Adaptive Structures/Materials
  • Smart Sensors/Actuator Design
  • Passive Adaptive Concepts/Systems
  • Active Adaptive Concepts/Systems
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Management
  • Terrestrial Systems Enabled by Adaptive Structures
  • Aerospace Systems Enabled by Adaptive Structures

Please direct questions to: Derek Doyle
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Aeroacoustics

Papers are solicited that address advancement in computational, experimental, and analytical aeroacoustics research. Submissions describing innovative aeroacoustic design concepts and methodologies for aerospace technologies are encouraged. The program's technical content includes topics on all aspects of aerodynamic sound generation, propagation, and control.

  • Airframe Noise and Airframe/Propulsion Integration
  • Fan Noise and Duct Acoustics
  • Jet Noise
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
  • Propeller, Open Rotor, and Rotorcraft Noise
  • UAV/UAS Noise
  • Community Noise Exposure
  • Sonic Boom and Atmospheric Sound Propagation
  • Advanced Testing and Measurement Techniques
  • Computational Aeroacoustics
  • Please direct questions to: Clifford Brown
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    Aerodynamic Measurement Technology

    Papers are solicited on topics related to advanced and novel aerodynamic measurement techniques for laboratory, ground-test or flight-test applications. Submissions are encouraged for all types of flows (from incompressible to hypersonic), all thermodynamic conditions (including plasmas and combustion), all scales (from microfluidics to geophysical flows), and all diagnostic techniques (from surface sensors to laser-based imaging). Papers should emphasize advancements or innovations in the measurement technique itself or its implementation, rather than the particular fluid dynamic problem to which the technique is applied. Topic areas of interest include, but not limited to:

    • Velocimetry
    • Thermodynamic state and species concentration measurements
    • Surface measurements (TSP, PSP, etc.)
    • Planar, volume and time-resolved imaging techniques
    • Spectroscopic techniques
    • Aeroacoustic diagnostics
    • Implementation in facilities with unique measurement challenges
    • Novel calibration and data processing methodologies
    • Uncertainty quantification and error analysis
    • Novel measurement techniques and methodologies

    Please direct questions to: Daniel Richardson
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    Aerospace Education

    Aerospace engineering is both the most specialized and the most diversified of fields, thus challenging the aerospace education community to effectively prepare well trained professionals ready to contribute to their profession either in industry or higher studies. Papers are sought on all aspects of aerospace education including novel course delivery methods, novel pedagogies innovative inter-collegiate and industry collaborations, and robust assessment methods.

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems in Undergraduate Aerospace Education
  • Curricular development addressing the multidisciplinary nature of aerospace system analysis and design
  • Best practices for robust ABET assessment
  • Broader innovative collaboration of industry and academia in engineering education
  • Innovative pedagogical initiatives
  • Better preparation of graduates for a rapidly evolving work environment
  • Incorporating Sustainability, green engineering practices and entrepreneurship in the classroom
  • Online course offerings-Challenges, Opportunities and Best practices

  • Please direct questions to: K. Ravindra
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    Aircraft Design

    Papers are sought on all aspects of aircraft design. Topics such as design methodologies and processes, design tools, design integration, technology developments, innovative designs, case studies, and design education are welcome. Review papers on recent developments and trends in aircraft design are also sought. Design considerations such as environmental issues, energy optimization, noise reduction, electric aircraft systems, reducing manufacturing/operating/life-cycle costs, etc are also important topics of interest. Applications to aircraft of all types are welcome including fixed and rotary wing, subsonic through hypersonic, micro air vehicles to jumbo jets, general aviation and manned or unmanned aircraft.

  • Advanced aircraft concepts: autonomy, propulsion, specific missions, etc.
  • Design for Life Cycle Cost, incl. cost of ownership, maintenance, support, upgrade, etc.
  • Unmanned aircraft design, including micro air vehicles
  • Design processes and tools, incl. performance, low order estimation, concurrent design, etc.
  • Addressing environmental, safety and reliability issues in aicraft design
  • Aircraft design education
  • Electric aircraft design, incl. electric subsystems
  • Trends in aircraft design: technology impact, requirements, cost, propulsion, automation, etc.
  • Design of general aviation aircraft, incl. business, sailplanes, PAV, etc.
  • Aircraft design for high speed flight: supersonics and hypersonics

  • Please direct questions to: Cees Bil
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    Applied Aerodynamics

    The Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee is soliciting papers in the areas of theoretical, experimental, and computational approaches to aerodynamics applications. Relevant areas of interest include, but are not limited to, flight or ground vehicle aerodynamic design, analysis of wing/rotor/vehicle aerodynamic performance, methods for modeling aerodynamic bodies, and novel studies or technological applications related to aerodynamic bodies. Specific areas of interest are listed below  (supplemental information can be found here):

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Results from Ground Tests or Flight Tests
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction (Joint with FDTC)
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied CFD & Numerical Correlations with Experimental Data
  • Environmentally Friendly/ Efficient Aerodynamics and Enabling Technology
  • High Angle of Attack and High Lift Aerodynamics
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Applications
  • VSTOL/STOL Aerodynamics
  • Weapons Aerodynamics: Missile/Projectile/Guided-Munitions, Carriage and Store Separation
  • Aero-Propulsive Interaction
  • Bio-Inspired Aerodynamics
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics (Joint with FDTC)
  • Low-Speed and Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics (Joint with FDTC)
  • Flow Control Demonstrations and Applications (Joint with FDTC)
  • Special Session: NASA’s Revolutionary Computational Aerosciences
  • Special Session: CREATE-AV HPC Multiphysics Applications of Full-up Air Vehicles
  • Special Session: Simulation of Rotor in Hover
  • CFD Transition Modeling and Predictive Capabilities
  • Special Session: Low Boom Activities

  • Please direct questions to: Khaled Abdol-Hamid
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    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

    The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Conference provides a forum for presentation and discussion of all technical areas related to atmospheric flight. It brings together experts from industry, government, and academia on an international level. Presentations will cover the topics of aircraft dynamics, unsteady and high-angle-of-attack aerodynamics, flying qualities, system identification, aerospace vehicle flight testing, projectile and missile dynamics, UAVs, expendable and reusable launch vehicles, and reentry and aeroassist vehicles. Papers are invited that address new findings and/or innovative approaches in computational, experimental, or theoretical development; flight testing; research and development; or simulation results. Areas of interest for this conference include, but are not limited to: aerodynamic performance; trajectories, attitude dynamics, and evaluation of conventional aircraft as well as vehicles of unusual configurations, including unmanned systems and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV), expendable and reusable launch vehicles (ELV/RLV), and short take-off vertical landing vehicles (STOVL); hypersonic platforms; flying qualities and aircraft-pilot coupling phenomena; missiles; spacecraft; reentry vehicles and vehicles moving through planetary atmospheres; response to atmospheric disturbances; bio-inspired flight mechanics and aircraft icing. In addition, papers are encouraged that deal with education and design in the field of atmospheric flight mechanics, multidisciplinary efforts, and international collaboration projects. Student papers are also eligible for the Best Student Paper Competition. Supplemental information can be found here.

    • Aerodynamic Prediction Methods
    • Aircraft Flight Dynamics, Handling Qualities, and Performance
    • Flight Test and System Identification
    • Launch Vehicle, Missile, and Projectile Flight Mechanics
    • Small/Mini/Micro Aerial Vehicles
    • Atmospheric Entry, Hypersonic Flight and Aeroassist Technology
    • Aeroservoelastic (ASE) Control, Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization
    • Biomimetic Flight Mechanics
    • High Altitude Long Endurance Flight Mechanics and Performance
    • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper Competition

    Please direct questions to: Mudassir Lone
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    Communications Systems

    Emerging trends continue to demand higher data rates to access the Internet and support New Services in air and space. Commercial Aircraft; Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/ Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV/UAS) small and large; Large Relay Satellites, Cubesats and even self-driving cars require access to a significant amount of data to support their mission needs. These new systems have already stretched today's systems beyond the point they were designed for. New systems architectures and technologies need to be considered that can enable seamless, interoperable, safe and secure broadband communications. Papers are solicited to address these growing communication needs and complexities of Commercial Aircraft, UAV/UAS networks and New Space Services.

  • Advanced Communication Architectures for Aerial and Space Platforms
  • Satellite Communications to airborne or to low orbit platforms
  • Cyber Security
  • Networking Design and Deployment
  • Network Management Systems
  • Waveform Design for Space and/or Airborne Networks
  • Aerial Vehicles or Cubesats as Network Relays and Gateways
  • Optical Communications for Aerial and Space Platforms
  • Ground and Space Entry Points and Gateways for Airborne Networks
  • New Simulation and Modelling Techniques
  • Small, ultralight, low-power communications systems for very small UAS/Cubesat

  • Please direct questions to: James D Stegeman
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    Computer Systems

    Papers are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving cyber, computer, computation, and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity, Information Assurance, and DIARMF
  • High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Processing: parallel, GPU, and multicore
  • Processing: hardened, secure, and fault tolerant
  • Embedded Computing Systems
  • Energy Efficient Computing Systems

  • Please direct questions to: Rick Tuggle
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    Design Engineering

    Papers are solicited on design engineering, design process and design education in the aerospace industry, as well as industries employing similar design techniques. Design-oriented papers should focus on innovative, novel, or otherwise distinctive designs or concepts resulting in or leading toward products that effectively satisfy requirements or demonstrate design efficiency improvements.  Design process-oriented papers should focus on process definition, analysis, architecture, and metrics, as applied to aerospace hardware products from the exploratory design phase through the detailed design phase. Papers on advances in model based design processes and related activities are especially encouraged.  Education-oriented papers are solicited that emphasize design in curriculum development and class content. We are particularly interested in recent successes in adoption of CFD in aeronautics courses and labs, robotic vehicles in mechatronics classes/labs and motion based simulators in aircraft design projects. Computer Aided Enterprise Systems papers are solicited that highlight emerging and mature technologies and their applications that enable collaborative design in a global environment and are applicable to commercial aerospace industry. Emerging design tools such as Augmented Reality are requested that can improve efficiency in aerospace design and Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace design, prototyping and manufacturing making complex designs economically feasible.

  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace and other areas
  • Improved Robust Designs using Multi-Disciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO)
  • Design Processes and Tools such as managing teams in a global environment
  • Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, Digital Thread and Digital Twin
  • Emerging Design Tools such as Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence
  • Model Based Design applied to complex systems and structures
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering applied to retention and reuse of engineering knowledge and data
  • Additive Manufacturing applied to aerospace design, prototyping, and manufacturing
  • Design Education - STEM in K-12, University Curriculums, Projects and Activities
  • Computer Aided Design with intelligent master (parametric features, linked, associative) modeling

  • Please direct questions to: Nathan Hines
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    Digital Avionics

    Papers are sought on all aspects of digital avionics needed for safe and efficient operation of civilian, military, and UAS vehicles in the national airspace system and in space operations. Such systems will require integrated avionics systems both in the vehicle and in the air traffic management system. Areas of interest include avionics technologies for:

  • UAS Traffic Management
  • Performance-based Operations in NextGen
  • Integrated Information Management Systems (space, airborne, and ground-based)
  • Accommodation of Diverse User Types in National and International Airspace Systems
  • FAA NextGen and EuroControl SESAR Interoperability
  • Flight Critical Systems

  • Please direct questions to: Douglas Abernathy
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    Fluid Dynamics

    Papers are solicited in the areas of experimental, theoretical, and computational fluid dynamics relevant to aerospace applications, with an emphasis on basic research and development. Applied research and advanced technology development topics will also be considered. Papers that present new insights into flow physics, address emerging technical areas, introduce innovative applications, or combine experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors should submit an abstract to the most appropriate topic below:

    • Turbulence
    • Stability and Transition
    • Wall-Bounded Flows
    • Free Shear Flows (Jets, Wakes, Mixing Layers)
    • Unsteady Flows
    • Vortex Dynamics
    • Transonic, Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows
    • Multiphase Flows
    • Bio-Inspired and Low-Reynolds Number Flows
    • Reacting Flows
    • Fluid-Structure/Membrane Interaction
    • CFD Methods and Applications
    • CFD for Novel/Hybrid Architectures
    • RANS/Hybrid/LES Modeling and Applications
    • Flow Control (Fundamentals and Technology)
    • Special Session: NATO STO AVT-240: Hypersonic Boundary-Layer Transition Prediction
    • Special Session: Massively Separated Flows
    • Special Session: Surging Airfoils
    • Special Session: AIAA Journal Seminal Paper
    • Special Session: Gas-Surface Interactions for High Speed Flows
    • Special Session: Fluid-Structure Interaction
    • Special Session: Modal Decomposition Method

    Please direct questions to: Matthew Munson
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    Gas Turbine Engines

    Papers are solicited in the disciplines of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, aerodynamic design, performance and efficiency improvements, combustion, heat transfer, and controls as related to the science, research, technology development, modelling and testing of gas turbine engines. Topics areas include but, are not limited to:

    • Gas Turbine Engine with Pressure Gain Combustion
    • New engine architectures
    • Cycle Analysis & Control
    • Compression System Technologies
    • Combustion Technologies, Emissions, Engine Reliability
    • High Pressure and Low Pressure Turbine Technologies
    • Advanced Turbine Cooling
    • Gas Turbine Engine Auxiliary Systems
    • Aeroacoustics and Jet Noise
    • Numerical Tools
    • Experimental Tools

    Please direct questions to: Steve Gorrell and Arun Suryanarayanan
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    Green Engineering

    Papers are sought that address all facets of a "Hydrogen Economy" relevant to aerospace systems. Hydrogen economy includes various storage methods, current activities along the hydrogen value chain, and economic aspects. Prospective topic areas include (but are not constrained to):

    • Hydrogen economy in the aerospace sector and its applications
    • Life cycle environmental impact of various alternative methods of hydrogen production
    • Hydrogen storage, distribution, saftey and policy

    Please direct questions to: Tarek Abdel-Salam
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    Ground Testing

    Papers are solicited in the area of ground testing that includes experimental techniques, test instrumentation, and ground test facilities covering all aspects of aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, mechanical, thermal and space systems at all speeds and Reynolds numbers. Comprehensive experimental, computational and theoretical fluid dynamics studies involving ground testing are highly encouraged. Supplemental information may be found here.

    • Design / Calibration / Performance of Ground Test Facilities & Subsystems
    • Flow Diagnostic Techniques
    • Ground and Flight Test Data Integration
    • Experimental and Computational Fluid Dynamics Studies
    • Real-Time Control, Data Acquisition & Analysis
    • Test Article Design, Fabrication, & Testing
    • Advances in Test Techniques & Test Management
    • Unique / Innovative use / Emerging Requirements for Ground Testing
    • Cost and Time Management Improvements in Ground Testing
    • Education, Training and Knowledge Capture for Ground Testing

    Please direct questions to: Chris Jorgens
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    Guidance, Navigation, and Control

    Paper selection for this conference will be based on a full draft manuscript of the proposed technical paper. No exceptions will be made. Draft manuscripts and final papers must not exceed a total length of 25 pages. Papers covering all aspects of guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace systems may be submitted. Specifically, papers should describe novel analytical techniques, applications, and technological developments in areas such as: the guidance, navigation, and control of aircraft, spacecraft, launch vehicles, missiles, aerospace robotics, unmanned/autonomous systems, and other aerospace systems; general aviation; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation and position location; sensors and data fusion; and multidisciplinary control. Supplemental information can be found here.

    • Control Theory, Analysis, and Design
    • Novel Navigation, Estimation, and Tracking Methods
    • Aircraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    • Spacecraft and Launch Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    • Missile Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    • Mini/Micro Air Vehicle Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    • Distributed and Cooperative Control in Aerospace Applications
    • Aerospace Robotics and Unmanned/Autonomous Systems
    • Invited Sessions

    Please direct questions to: Yang Cheng
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    High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion

    Papers are solicited which address the design, analysis, testing, and evaluation of technologies and systems that enable supersonic and hypersonic air vehicle propulsion.

    • Advances in steady-state propulsion systems including ramjets and scramjets
    • Advances in pressure gain combustion systems including pulse and rotating detonation engines
    • Advances in combined cycle engines including rocket and turbine based engines
    • Experimental and/or numerical results pertaining to inlets, isolators, combustors and nozzles
    • Analytical/computational methods involving fluid, thermal, structural, or multidisciplinary analysis
    • Comparison of numerical simulation with flight or ground engine test data
    • Instrumentation, diagnostics techniques, and test methods
    • Engine component materials and manufacturing

    Please direct questions to: Daniel E. Paxson
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    History

    We will have a comprehensive history session built around the legacy of the First World War to aviation technology, including papers on significant technical milestones since that time.

    • Military Airpower Developments in the Great War
    • Technical Legacy of the Great War
    • Beginning of Transonic and Supersonic Research after the Great War
    • Other history topics

    Please direct questions to: Richard P Hallion
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    Information and Command and Control Systems

    Papers are sought in the area of a "system of systems" perspective on the conception, implementation, and sustenance of information and command and control systems (IC2S) with regards to network-centric and cyberspace operations within the aerospace community. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Artificial intelligence and Machine Learning in Command and Control Applications
    • Autonomy in Command and Control Systems
    • Information fusion in support of commercial control systems and/or military command and control
    • Distributed control and decentralized/networked command and control
    • System-of-Systems and Complex Systems Approaches for Command and Control Systems
    • Cybersecurity and Cyber Situational Awareness in Command and Control Systems

    Please direct questions to: Mike Sotak
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    Inlets, Nozzles, and Propulsion Systems Integration

    Integration of advanced and innovative propulsion systems, especially inlets, nozzle and thrust reverser systems, has received renewed interest in recent years owing to increased integration requirements for airframe concepts, engine technologies, and system level requirements. More efficient propulsion system designs and technology are being investigated that allow gains in air-breathing aircraft performance and operability. In addition to inlets and exhausts, there is interest in secondary systems and thermal systems for new design space vehicles. Papers are sought in the following areas:

  • Nozzles, Ejectors, Mixing Nozzles and other Exhaust Systems
  • Serpentine Inlets, Subsonic & Supersonic Inlets, and Hypersonic Inlets
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Integration of Secondary Power systems and Impact on Performance
  • Thrust Reversers Design, Analysis, Integration, Test & Related Topics
  • Propulsion Aerodynamics with Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Jet Related Aerodynamic Mixing, Redirecting & Related Transient Flows
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Integration
  • Inlet Particle Separator Systems
  • Electrical Propulsion Systems for Aircraft & UAV

  • Please direct questions to: Chen Chuck
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    Intelligent Systems

    Submissions are sought in all areas of application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines. Systems of interest include both military and commercial aerospace systems and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies that enable autonomy (i.e. safe and reliable operation with minimal or no human intervention) as well as collaborative human-machine teaming in complex aerospace systems/sub-systems are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems; discrete planning/scheduling algorithms; intelligent data/image processing, learning, and adaptation techniques; data fusion and reasoning; and knowledge engineering.
    Five page extended abstracts will be accepted in the following topic areas (see document here for additional details):

    • Autonomy
    • Cybersecurity
    • Learning, Reasoning, and Data Driven Systems
    • Human-Automation Interaction
    • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems
    • Adaptive and Intelligent Control Systems
    • Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM)
    • UAS Autonomy and Path Planning [joint with UMS TC]
    • Assurance and Benchmarking for Intelligent Unmanned Systems [joint with UMS, SW, GNC]
    • V&V Techniques for Increasingly Autonomous Systems [joint with SW]
    • Adaptive Systems: Current Results and Future Directions [joint with GNC]
    • Advances in Cooperative Estimation and Control [joint with GNC]
    Please direct questions to: Amanda Lampton

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    Materials

    In the field of materials, papers are sought on topics related to current and cutting-edge research and development of aerospace and non-aerospace materials and associated models. Submissions are encouraged in topic areas that include modeling, synthesis, processing, testing, and characterization. Application papers may include, but are not limited to, structural and nonstructural, adaptive, smart, and affordable materials. Special focus areas include multifunctional materials and their effects on structural systems, material development, constitutive models, manufacturing process models, material property models, novel experimental methods, coatings and protection, optimization, trade studies, lifecycle studies, affordability, inspection, repair, maintenance, and environmental impact. Papers on experimental and analytical methods that lead to understanding of mechanical performance, environmental sensitivity, fatigue and fracture, time- and rate-dependent behavior, durability, damage tolerance, aging, and in-service performance are included in this solicitation. Special emphasis will be given to new and emerging technologies, such as nanostructured materials, multidimensional composites, cryogenic materials, advanced fiber forms, polymers, metallics, lightweight, super-lightweight materials, multifunctional materials and progress toward integration of these material models into the product development process. Supplemental information can be found here.

    • Advanced or Hybrid Composites for Lightweight Structures
    • Fatigue and Fracture—Supplemental information here
    • Joint Session: Application & Optimization -- ICME in Design and Life Cycle Systems
    • Joint Session: Materials for Survivability—Supplemental information here
    • Joint Session: Digital Engineering -- ICME: Material Data and Knowledge Management
    • Joint Session: Validation & Application -- ICME for Structural Analysis
    • Materials and Design for Additive Manufacturing—Supplemental information here
    • Materials in Extreme Environments
    • Multifunctional Materials
    • Multiscale Modeling
    • Nanostructured Materials—Supplemental information here
    • Testing and Characterization

    Please direct questions to: Ray Fertig
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    Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments

    The MVCE TC solicits papers describing tools and techniques that facilitate the simulation of real-world problems in all areas of computational field modeling and simulation, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD), computational aeroacoustics (CAA), computational solid mechanics (CSM), and computational electromagnetics (CEM).

    • Generation methods for structured, unstructured, overset, high-order, and other mesh topologies
    • Meshing techniques for moving and/or deforming configurations
    • Solution adaptive meshing, error estimation, and uncertainty quantification techniques
    • Mesh quality metrics and their relation to solution accuracy and convergence
    • Geometry modeling for simulation, including CAD-CAE interoperability
    • Applied mesh generation including a Special Session on the 1st Geometry and Mesh Generation Workshop
    • Visualization for feature detection, knowledge capture, and engineering animation
    • Integration techniques and frameworks to support unified multi-disciplinary and multi-scale models
    • Efficient management and analysis of very large data sets in a distributed computing environment
    Please direct questions to: Hugh J. Thornburg

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    Modeling and Simulation Technologies

    Modeling and Simulation is an enabler for innovative solutions to overcome challenges and create new opportunities for aerospace science, research, and development. The applications cover a wide range from modelling small sub systems up to developing large simulators. New standards, techniques, and methodologies are constantly being developed. The Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference provides an opportunity to share the recent work and the latest findings in the development and application of modeling and simulation. The conference is intended to help dissemination of fresh ideas, experiences and knowledge, and foster collaboration. The goal is promoting modeling and simulation for fueling disruption in aerospace. Papers are sought which address topics either directly in or in support of modeling and simulation including (additional details here):

    • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
    • Modeling and Simulation for Inteligent Systems
    • Modeling and Simulation of Air Traffic Management
    • Multi-disciplinary Modeling and Simulation Across Domains
    • Model and Simulation Design, Development and Integration
    • Verification and Validation in Modeling and Simulation
    • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation
    • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing
    • Model-Based Development and x-in-the-Loop Simulation
    • Special Topics in Modeling and SimulationAutonomy
    Please direct questions to: Umut Durak

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    Multidisciplinary Design Optimization

    Multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) focuses on optimizing the performance and reducing the costs of complex systems that involve multiple interacting disciplines, such as those found in aircraft, spacecraft, automobiles, industrial manufacturing equipment, and various consumer products, material/microstructural design, and advance manufacturing, and also on the development of related methodologies.

    • Aircraft Design Optimization
    • Aerodynamic Shape Optimization
    • Aeroelastic and Aero-Structures Optimization
    • Shape and Topology Optimization
    • Composite and Structural Optimization
    • Metamodeling and Approximation Methods
    • Non-deterministic Optimization Methods and Applications
    • Emerging Methods, Algorithms and Software Development in MAO
    • High Performance Computing and Large Scale Applications in MAO
    • ICME in Design & Life Cycle SystemsAutonomy
    Please direct questions to: Ali Najafi

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    Non-Deterministic Approaches

    Non-Deterministic Approaches are technologies aimed at understanding and managing the variations and uncertainties that are inherent in the design, production, and operation of physical systems to quantify the reliability and performance of these systems and enable confident decision-making. The NDA conference is a forum to discuss both the development of new methods for solving these problems and the application of non-deterministic approaches to problems of interest to the aerospace community.

    • Uncertainty quantification and management
    • Optimization under uncertainty methods
    • Model calibration, verification, and/or validation
    • Reliability analysis methods and applications
    • Validation and uncertainty quantification of ICME models
    • Special Session: Uncertainty Quantification and Management for the Digital Thread and Twin
    • Special Session: Validation & Application – ICME for Structural Analysis
    • Special Session: Sandia End-to-End UQ Test Problem
    • Special Session: A Framework for Managing Multiple Information Sources of Multi-Physics Systems
    • Special Session: DARPA Efficient Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems (EQUiPS) Program
    Please direct questions to: Yongming Liu

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    Plasmadynamics and Lasers

    Papers are solicited describing experimental, computational, and/or theoretical basic and/or applied research and development in the areas of plasmadynamics and lasers with application to aerospace systems. Efforts combining contemporary theoretical/computational analyses with experimental verification/validation and which represent notable advancements in the aerospace sciences are especially encouraged. Special consideration will be given to works reporting milestone R&D and/or engineering achievements related to aerospace system application of plasma and laser technologies. Survey papers on the current state of the art and historical perspectives are also desired. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (rarefied plasma flow, space plasmas, dusty plasmas etc.)
    • Computational Methods for Plasmas (particle simulation, MHD, EM, parallel computing algorithms etc.)
    • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (laser, aero-optics, flow characterization, lab simulation)
    • Laser Enabled Plasma Interactions for Aerodynamics and Combustion
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    • Physics of Weakly Ionized Plasma (nonequilibrium plasma formation, discharges, e-beams)
    • Plasma Actuators (vortex generators, microactuators, nanosecond pulse, novel designs)
    • Plasma Aerodynamics (flow control, chemical kinetics, discharge/shock propagation, ionized gas flow)
    • Plasma and Laser Physics (basic processes, plasma surface interaction, MHD, laser plasmas etc.)
    • Plasma and Laser Propulsion (thrusters, processes, beamed energy, spacecraft interactions)
    • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (pulsed plasmas, DBDs, microwave & laser plasmas, kinetics)
    Please direct questions to: Andrey Starikovskiy

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    Propellants and Combustion

    Papers are sought from all areas of propellants and combustion relevant to aerospace sciences, technologies, and applications. The Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee will organize several invited sessions to present overviews of technical challenges and recent progress. New developments as well as review papers and presentations are of interest. Potential topics include the following subject areas

    • Rocket and Air-Breathing Combustion
    • Detonations, Explosions, and Supersonic Combustion
    • Spray and Droplet Combustion
    • Combustion Chemistry
    • Micro-Combustion and Micro-Propulsion
    • Combustion Diagnostics
    • Heterogeneous Combustion and Propellants
    • Turbulent Combustion
    • Laminar Flames
    • Advanced Combustion Concepts, Fuel Technology, and Environmental Impact
    • Special session on turbulent combustion model evaluation. (additional details here):
    Please direct questions to: Joanna Austin

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    Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

    Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to aerospace applications for sensor systems, information and sensor fusion, feature or object identification, and autonomous resource management. Advances in centralized and distributed fusion of networks, cooperative sensing, multi-system collaboration, and integrating dissimilar fusion networks are of particular interest.

    • Data Association Techniques and Performance
    • Track State Estimation and Tracking of Maneuvering Targets
    • Novel sensors for aerospace applications
    • Sensor / Resource Management
    • Target ID Estimation
    • Advanced sensor data processing techniques
    • Applications of Sensor and Information Fusion
    • Fusion Performance or performance measures
    • Human Centered Information Fusion
    • Fusion or integration of networked sensors or systems
    Please direct questions to: Tom Frey

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    Small Satellites

    Small spacecraft are gaining in prevalence. This technical area includes technologies for small spacecraft and their use for scientific, remote sensing, government, military and other missions. Also included are relevant supporting areas such as education and workforce development activities which are specific to small satellites.

    • CubeSats and PocketQubes
    • Chip/Board Sats
    • 10 kg - 75 kg spacecraft
    • University-class spacecraft
    • Science missions
    • Technology demonstration missions
    • Government and military missions
    • Small satellite remote sensing
    • Supporting technologies (automation, propulsion, ADCS, etc.)
    • Education, workforce development and public outreach
    Please direct questions to: Jeremy Straub

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    Society and Aerospace Technology

    The Society and Aerospace Technology Technical Committee examines societal benefits of aerospace technologies/products, as well as the relationship between aerospace and society, culture, and the arts. Abstracts are solicited that address these and related issues. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Social Impacts of Aerospace Technology and their Spin-Offs
    • Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (Art, Literature, Movies/TV, & Music)
    • Societal Issues Involving the use of Aerospace Technologies (UAS, satellite imagery, etc.)
    • Influences of Popular Culture on Aerospace Technology (i.e. science fiction as inspiration for R&D)
    • Utilization of Aerospace Assets to Address Social Problems
    • Astrosociology
    • Group Dynamics & Societal Institutions in Isolated Communities (Space Settlements, Antarctica)
    • Psychology, Social Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science aspects of aerospace
    • Sociology and Social Psychology of Aerospace Teams
    • Social Consequences of United States and/or International Aerospace Policy Making
    Please direct questions to: Mathew Kuester

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    Software

    Papers are sought in the area of software and software-intense systems for aircraft or aerospace applications. Including specific aspects of software: requirements management, verification and validation, certification and accreditation, architecture considerations, software modeling, domain specific languages, formal methods, run-time monitoring, software safety and cybersecurity aspects, automation and autonomy. We are accepting industry papers and case studies as well as academic papers. In the 5th Software Challenges in Aerospace symposium, we bring together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science. The goal of this symposium is to foster innovation and discussion across the divide between the two academic communities. Visit Softwarechallengesaero.com for more information. Authors of selected high-quality papers might get invited to extend their papers for a special issue of the Journal of Aerospace Information Systems. Five page extended abstracts will be accepted in the following topic areas (see document here for additional details):

    • Software Modeling and Architecture Considerations
    • Model-based Testing, Formal Methods, Run-Time Monitoring
    • Software Verification and Validation, Certification Aspects for Aerospace Applications
    • Software Safety, Software Reliability and Failsafe Software Systems
    • Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience
    • Software Reuse, Use of Open Source, COTS
    • Software Challenges in Aerospace
    • Assurance and Benchmarking for Intelligent Unmanned Systems [joint w/ UMS, IS, GNC]
    • V&V Techniques for Increasingly Autonomous Systems [joint w/ IS]
    Please direct questions to: Christoph Torens
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    Space Exploration

    The Space Exploration track spans mission architectures, advanced technologies, and flight systems to enable robotic precursor and human exploration missions to the moon, Lagrange points, Near Earth Objects (NEOs), and Mars and its moons, and space infrastructure. Abstracts are being solicited on the following topics:

    • In-Space Infrastructure: Habitation, Propellant depots, Transportation, Power, Communications
    • Enabling Tech: advanced propulsion, cryogenic propellant storage and transfer
    • Robotic Precursor Missions to characterize space environments and scouting missions
    • ISS as an analog for long-duration missions, and as a test bed for technologies
    • Flight Systems: Critical capability demos, crew exploration vehicles and in-space transportation
    • Life support; radiation shielding; entry, descent, and landing technology
    • EVA Tech; advanced robotics; autonomous systems and avionics; light weight structures and materials
    • Mission Architectures: Studies, systems analysis, and operational scenarios for human exploration
    Please direct questions to: Surendra Sharma

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    Space Flight Mechanics

    Manuscripts are solicited on topics related to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics, including but not necessarily limited to the following topics ( supplemental information can be found here):

    • Asteroid and Non-Earth Orbiting Missions
    • Attitude Dynamics, Determination, and Control
    • Dynamical Systems Theory Applied to Space Flight Problems
    • Dynamics and Control of Large Space Structures and Tethers
    • Formation Flying and Relative Motion
    • Orbit Determination and Estimation Theory
    • Orbital Dynamics, Perturbations, Stability, and Satellite Drag
    • Space Situational Awareness, Orbital Debris, and Conjunction Analysis
    • Space Trajectory Design and Optimization
    • Spacecraft Guidance, Navigation, and Control
    Please direct questions to: Kyle J. DeMars or Rodney Anderson

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    Space Operations and Support

    Our ability to utilize cislunar space for science, industry, and commerce in the coming decades will be constrained by the costs of launching, operating, and sustaining capable spacecraft. Reducing these costs is a precondition for the economic and social benefits that a new era of growth in orbital operations seems to offer. Papers in this technical discipline will explore the technology and economics of cost reduction in orbital missions.

    • Orbital Mission Cost Reduction
    • Reusable launch vehicles
    • Simplified mission communications
    • Reducing spacecraft total cost of ownership
    • Collaboration in ground system operations
    • Cross-support
    • Legal obstacles to expanded orbital operations
    • Innovations in mission financing
    • Automation and autonomy
    • Mitigation of risk from orbital debris
    Please direct questions to: Scott Burleigh

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    Spacecraft Structures

    The Spacecraft Structures Conference provides an opportunity to discuss recent research findings, newly proposed concepts and applied demonstrations emerging from spacecraft technology. The Spacecraft Structures Technical Committee is focused on the unique challenges associated with structural systems that operate in a space based environment. This forum is specifically focused on the challenges of design, analysis, fabrication and testing of those lightweight structural systems that must be ground tested in a simulated zero gravity condition, and are subjected to launch loads, deployment loads, and the space environment. Papers are invited in a broad range of areas from academia, government and industry.

    • Special Session: Computational Modeling of Spacecraft Structures
    • Special Session: Next Generation Solar Arrays
    • High Strain Composite Materials and Structures
    • Solar Sails, Solar shields, and other Tensioned Membranes
    • Spacecraft Booms and Trusses
    • Spacecraft Antennas, Reflectors, Optical Apertures
    • Inflatable Space Structures
    • Membrane and Soft Goods Mechanics and Dynamics
    • Testing of Lightweight Spacecraft Structures
    • Other Topics in Spacecraft structures
    Please direct questions to: Mark Silver

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    Structural Dynamics

    The Structural Dynamics Technical Committee solicits abstracts of proposed papers on a wide range of topics covering the study of dynamic response, active control, and optimal design of aerospace structures exposed to various external and internal excitations. Papers are invited in areas ranging from basic research to applied analysis and technology development. Comprehensive abstracts that state the purpose and scope of the work, outline the methods used, and identify relevant contributions, including figures and preliminary results (if possible), are recommended for accurate evaluation. The following list identifies the broad topics of interest but is not intended to be all inclusive. Please submit the abstract to the topic that best covers your research or to "Other topics in structural dynamics" if your research is outside the scope of the listed topics. Only submit to the special session if an organizer of a special session asks you to do so. Please contact the technical discipline chair listed below if you would like to organize a special session.

    • Structural dynamics of beams, cables, membranes, plates and shells
    • Nonlinear dynamics; Flexible multibody dynamics; Contact modeling; Collision and crash modeling
    • Dynamic loads, response, and stability of aerospace vehicles and components
    • Dynamic testing techniques; Sensors and actuators; Modal analysis
    • Structural health monitoring and prognosis; System identification and model uncertainty
    • Active/passive control of vibration, flutter and loads; Aeroelastic tailoring
    • Flutter, limit cycle oscillations, gust response, and ground/air resonance
    • Computational aeroelasticity and aerothermoelasticity; Reduced order modeling
    • Dynamics of morphing and shape-shifting structures; Energy harvesting
    • Structural dynamics and aeroelasticity of unconventional aircraft and biomimetic systems
    • Dynamics and structural dynamics of launch vehicles, crew modules, satellites, and components
    • Dynamics of vertical take-off and landing aircraft and systems
    • Other topics in structural dynamics
    • Special sessions in structural dynamics
    Please direct questions to: Mayuresh Patil

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    Structures

    The Structures Technical Forum includes topics which cover structural design, analysis and testing of aircraft and spacecraft vehicles, composed of metallic, composite or hybrid materials. Two joint technical sessions are planned in 2018 with the Materials and Survivability TC's.

    • Joint Session (STR/MAT): ICME for Structural Analysis, Validation & Application
    • Joint Session (STR/SUR): Survivable Structures—Supplemental information here
    • Special Session: In honor of Dr. Ivatury S. Raju, NASA Langley Research Center
    • Special Session: A tribute in memory of Prof. Kuen-Yuan Lin, University of Washington
    • Design, Analysis and Certification of Additive Structures
    • Structural Joints and Repairs
    • AFRL Developments in DADT Methods for Sustainment of Bolted Composite Structures
    • Composite Interlaminar Enhancement Methods & Modeling
    • Stability of Structural Shells
    • Composite Laminate Optimization Design for Producibility
    • NASA ACP High Energy Dynamic Impact
    • Advanced Computational Models for Composite Structures
    • Aircraft Structural Design, Test and Analysis
    • Spacecraft Structural Design, Test and Analysis
    • Composite Structural Design, Test and Analysis
    • Failure Analysis and Prediction
    • Buckling, Fatigue and Fracture of Structures
    • Impact Damage in Composite Structures
    • Composite Laminate and Structural Optimization
    • Other Topics in Structures
    Please direct questions to: Scott Norwood

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    Survivability

    The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) promotes the research and development of new technologies that define the state-of-the-art in survivability. Aerospace survivability is the capability of a system to avoid or withstand a hostile environment (man-made or otherwise). Therefore, the aerospace survivability discipline forms part of the systems engineering process and is affected by all other engineering disciplines, such as materials (e.g., space debris protection), structures (e.g., rugged structure), flight controls (e.g., self-repairing flight controls), aerodynamics (maneuverability/agility), and propulsion (e.g., stealth). The SURTC is looking to the future as game changers emerge and revolutionize the discipline. The Committee is seeking articles that address aerospace system survivability as listed below, with particular interest on advanced materials and structures for survivability.

    • Joint Session: Materials for Survivability—Supplemental information here
    • Joint Session: Structures for Survivability—Supplemental information can be found here.
    • General Survivability
    • Autonomy and Survivability (e.g., survivability of autonomous agents, adaptive survivability)
    • Additive Manufacturing and Survivability (e.g., improved/faster battle-damage repairs)
    • Survivability against Directed Energy Weapons
    • Orbital Debris Avoidance and Protection/ Space and Survivability
    • Aerospace System Safety, Protection, and Health Monitoring
    • Aerospace Survivability and the Cyberspace/Information Domain
    • Survivability Game Changers: Emerging technological solutions that will revolutionize survivability
    Please direct questions to: Steven Broussard

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    Systems Engineering

    Papers in all areas of systems engineering (SE) are encouraged. All types of papers will be considered, including case studies, developmental work and technical analysis. Topics include but are not limited to systems engineering applications, integrated disciplines and technology, future trends and predictions in systems engineering, systems engineering education and research, systems engineering life cycle processes, systems effectiveness, and complex systems and/or system-of-systems engineering. Supplemental information can be found here.

    • Systems engineering applications
    • System Integration and design
    • Systems engineering education and research
    • Systems engineering life cycle
    • Systems engineering processes and methods
    • Systems simulation modelling
    • Systems verification and validation
    • System-of-systems engineering theory and methods; and The Digital Thread and Digital Twin
    • Systems engineering modeling language and methodology
    • Resilence systems theory and methodology
    Please direct questions to: John C Hsu

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    Terrestrial Energy

    The Terrestrial Energy Systems Committee is sponsoring sessions on the use of aerospace technology in ground-power systems. Papers are solicited on development and application of technology common to the aerospace and terrestrial energy communities. Experimental, computational, and theoretical papers dealings with fundamental and applied energy conversion technologies will be considered for presentation.

    • Combustion modeling and measurements
    • Active and passive combustion control
    • Gasification and related technologies
    • Clean and alternative fuels
    • Sustainable energy sources
    • Energy efficiency and waste reduction
    • Energy-power system efficiency and economics
    • Advanced materials for energy systems
    • Thermal and fluid behavior in power systems
    • Renewable energy systems: wind, bio, hydro, geothermal, solar, and others
    Please direct questions to: Norman Love

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    Thermophysics

    The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits extended abstracts of proposed papers on topics in thermophysics and heat transfer. Papers are solicited on topics related to all aspects of thermal energy, heat transfer, and their related aerospace applications. Contributions based on analytical, numerical and/or experimental studies are welcomed as well as timely survey and review articles. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Student submissions are strongly encouraged.  Special sessions are also welcome--please contact Technical Chairs. Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Aerothermodynamics, Thermal Protection Systems and Ablation
    • Multiphase, Droplets, Jets, Sprays, Heat Pipes, Thermosiphons, and Two-phase Heat Transfer
    • Cryogenics and Cryogenic Systems
    • Thermal Management and Control in Aircraft and Spacecraft: Devices and Applications
    • Theoretical, Experimental and Computational Heat Transfer
    • Transport and Thermophysical Properties
    • Experimental and Computational Non-equilibrium Flows and Radiation
    • Micro- and Nano-scale Heat Transfer
    • Heat Transfer Enhancement and Energy Harvesting
    • Microgravity based Heat Transfer, Multidisciplinary Modeling and Simulation
    Please direct questions to: Patrick Yee or Thomas E. Schwartzentruber

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    Unique and Transformational Flight Systems

    Technical papers are requested relating to advanced manned or unmanned concepts, on-demand mobility or other emergent aviation market studies, electric propulsion integration and component technologies, and autonomy/self-flying aircraft/simplified vehicle operation. Papers are also requested on any topic of interest relative to V/ESTOL aircraft, including design, analysis and test, regardless of propulsion system type.

    • On-Demand Mobility Emergent Aviation Market Studies
    • Advanced/Transformational Aircraft Concepts
    • Electric Propulsion Integration and Component Technologies for flight
    • Acoustical properties of electric aircraft
    • Energy capture and storage technologies (PV, ultra-capacitors, batteries, etc.)Autonomous flight controls including those for UAS, ride quality, and noise reduction
    • V/ESTOL Aircraft Design, Aircraft Analysis, and Aircraft Ground Test and/or Flight Test
    • Transformational System Design, Development, Analysis, Materials, Operations and Support
    Please direct questions to: Virginia Stouffer

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    Unmanned Systems

    Papers are sought that address unmanned systems related technologies and their applications with a focus on unmanned aircraft systems, but inclusive to other unmanned system types. Technical papers focused upon the systems enabling the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into our national airspace system (NAS) and international civil airspaces are of particular interest. Other topics such as unique applications of UAS, UAS design, UAS guidance navigation and control, UAS autonomy and path planning, urban operation, the utilization of unmanned system in engineering education are also of interest, certification and design assurance of unmanned systems, human-machine interfaces, etc. Initial extended abstract should be 1-2 pages in length, define the research problem, background, approach, and summarize plan for full paper.

    • Unmanned systems applications and missions
    • Detect and Avoid Technologies for UAS
    • Safety certification, airworthiness, and software assurance of unmanned systems
    • UAS autonomy and path planning [joint with IS]
    • Design of unmanned aircraft systems
    • UAS guidance, navigation, and control
    • Unmanned systems mission management, coordination, and planning
    • Human-machine interfaces for unmanned systems
    • Unmanned systems and enabling technologies for urban operation
    • Unmanned systems enabling engineering education
    • Historical perspectives on unmanned aircraft systems
    • Assurance and Benchmarking for Intelligent Unmanned Systems [joint with IS, SW, GNC]
    Please direct questions to: Richard S. Stansbury

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    Wind Energy

    Papers are solicited for the 36th ASME Wind Energy Symposium covering a broad range of topics related to onshore and offshore wind-turbine and wind-plant technology. Technical areas of interest include aerodynamics, acoustics, aeroelasticity, structural dynamics, fatigue and extreme loads, design, performance optimization and control, atmospheric inflow, innovative concepts, materials, manufacturing, testing, sensors, health monitoring, and reliability. Supplemental information can be found here.

    • Aeroacoustics
    • Aeroelasticity, Structural Dynamics, and Loads Prediction
    • Atmospheric Physics and Inflow
    • Blade Aerodynamics
    • Innovations and Novel Concepts
    • Materials, Manufacturing, and Structural Testing
    • Offshore Wind
    • Sensors, Health Monitoring, and Reliability
    • Wake Physics, Modeling, and Experimentation
    • Wind Plant Performance Optimization and Control
    • Wind Turbine Design, Optimization, and Control
    Please direct questions to: David Maniaci

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    Student Paper Competitions

    The following Student Paper Competitions are being held in conjunction with the Forum:

    Aerospace Design and Structures


    To be considered for one of the student paper awards within the Aerospace Design and Structures Group, students must submit their abstract to one of the following areas: Adaptive Structures, Design Engineering, Materials, Multidisciplinary Design Optimization, Non-Deterministic Approaches, Spacecraft Structures, Structural Dynamics, Structures or Survivability.
    Student papers should report on work primarily conducted by students in collaboration with their faculty advisors; therefore, all primary/presenting authors of papers submitted for consideration in the Student Paper Competition must be students at the time of abstract submission. Up to two non-student co-authors are allowed. Student paper awards include the Jefferson Goblet Student Paper Award, the American Society for Composites Student Paper Award, the Southwest Research Institute Student Paper Award in Non-Deterministic Approaches, the Harry H. and Lois G. Hilton Student Paper Award in Structures, and the Lockheed Martin Student Paper Award in Structures.

    Student abstracts must be extended abstracts that follow the rules outlined in this Call For Papers. When submitting to the abstract submission website, select “Student Paper Competition” as the paper type. Semi-finalists will be selected based on an evaluation of the extended abstracts. The results of the semi-final round will not be made public. Student manuscripts must be uploaded to the manuscript submission website by 1700 hours EST (USA) on November 8, 2017, which is four weeks earlier than the deadline for regular technical papers. Students who miss this November deadline will be removed from the student paper competition, but still have the opportunity to submit by the December 6 deadline as a regular conference paper. Students who meet the student paper deadline may upload revisions up until the regular conference paper deadline, but the version submitted for the student paper deadline will be the version used for judging. The title and author list of the final manuscript must be the same as that of the extended abstract, or the manuscript will not be eligible for the student paper competition. Finalists will be selected based on an evaluation of the written manuscript. Student authors who are selected as finalists will be notified by email no later than December 6, 2017. Finalists will be required to present their work in an assigned technical session during the SciTech Forum. Winners will be selected based on a combined evaluation of the written manuscript and the oral presentation. Winners will be recognized at the AD&S Awards Luncheon, on the Thursday of the conference, and will receive monetary awards.

    Please direct questions to: Evan Pineda
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    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee

    The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics (AFM) Technical Committee is sponsoring a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum. Entrants will be judged by AFM Technical Committee members and the winner will receive a certificate from AIAA. To be eligible for this award, the entrant must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. As such, recent graduates are eligible to enter the competition. Entrants will present their papers in the relevant conference technical sessions with judges in attendance. To enter the competition, the “Student Paper Competition” option must be selected instead of “Technical Manuscript” when submitting a manuscript. The scoring for the award will be equally based on written paper content and oral presentation. The written paper will be judged on: 1) relevance of the topic to atmospheric flight mechanics; 2) organization and clarity; 3) appreciation of the technical issues and sources of errors; and 4) meaningful conclusions of the research. The oral presentation will be judged for overall clarity, including: 1) background and problem definition statement; 2) explanation of technical approach; and 3) explanation of research results. 

    Student manuscripts will be judged prior to the conference. Student presentations will be judged in regular technical sessions. Scores will be tallied during the conference, and the students will be contacted via email after the conclusion of the conference with the winner identified and anonymous reviewer comments provided.

    Please direct questions to: Michael Grant
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    Guidance, Navigation and Control Technical Committee

    The Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) Technical Committee will host a Graduate Student Paper Competition at 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum. In addition to appropriate recognition, all finalists in the GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition will receive a monetary award of $500 and complementary registration. The overall winner will receive an additional $1,000 award. For this competition, full draft manuscript papers are sought from graduate students on GN&C technical research topics, from which up to six finalists will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in a special GN&C Graduate Student Paper Competition session.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • A student must be the primary or sole author, enrolled at an institution of higher learning (any second author must be the graduate advisor; no more than two authors are permitted)
    • The student author must be a member of AIAA in order to become a finalist in the competition
    • The student author must be a full-time graduate student in good academic standing at his or her university/institution at the time of submission
    • Manuscript content must represent the work of the student author
    • Full draft manuscript not exceeding a total length of 25 pages
    • The student author is not the overall winner of the preceding year’s competition
    • Only one paper submission per student author

    Submission Requirements

    • Graduate Student Paper Competition submissions must adhere to the overall Forum Abstract Submission Requirements
    • Students must select the “Student Paper Competition” presentation type during the electronic submission process. Do not submit the abstract more than once. Instead, please select “Student Paper Competition” as presentation type. Only such submissions, with “Student Paper Competition” presentation type indicated, will be eligible for the competition
    • All submissions must be made by the Forum abstract submission deadline

    Finalists will be required to make two presentations at the Forum: once in the appropriate regular technical session and once in a separate Graduate Student Paper Competition session. Note that authors will receive an accept/reject notification first for the regular conference review process and later for the graduate student paper competition. The second notification will be from the GN&C Technical Committee. A paper can be (1) accepted for both the regular conference and competition, (2) accepted to the regular conference, but not the competition, or (3) not accepted to either the regular conference or the competition. Note that if a paper is not accepted for the regular conference, it will not be considered for the student competition.

    Finalists will be notified by early November, all correspondences will be with the primary author via email.

    Please direct questions to: Joseph Connolly 216-433-8728
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    Intelligent Systems Technical Committee

    Full draft manuscripts (must not exceed a total length of 25 pages) in any broad areas of Intelligent Systems are sought from graduate students registered as full-time students in good academic standing at the time of submission. Primary or sole authorship by a single student is required and any second or third author must be the graduate thesis advisor (no more than three authors shall be permitted). A student competition paper subcommittee and the chair, Dr. Tansel Yucelen, will review the full draft manuscripts submitted as IS student paper competition papers based on their originality, clarity, and potential impact on practical applications or theoretical foundations, and select approximately 5 paper finalists. Some of the papers that are not selected will be forwarded to the area chairs for possible inclusion as regular conference papers. A student paper competition session will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 during the conference; the finalists will present only once at SciTech during this session. Directly after this session, the subcommittee will decide the winner based on both the paper and the presentation, and the student will be notified by email. The winner will be presented with an award at the award luncheon during the 2018 AIAA SciTech Forum 8-12 January. In addition, a monetary prize for an amount of $500 will be mailed to the winner after the conference is concluded.

    Final Manuscript Deadline for Student Paper Competition 24 October 2017

    Please direct questions to: Tansel Yucelen
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    Terrestrial Energy Systems

    AIAA Terrestrial Energy System Student Design Competition

    The Terrestrial Energy Systems (TES) Technical Committee (TC) of AIAA is pleased to announce the 1st Student Design Paper Competition. The scope of the TES is on application of aerospace technology to terrestrial energy systems, including but not are limited to power generation, production, storage, utilization, distribution, conservation, environmental aspects and economics. The goal of the TC is to promote the understanding and use of aerospace technologies at terrestrial levels, leading a path to more reliable, safer, more efficient, cleaner, lower-cost, and higher-performance energy systems. In recent years, many new technologies and concepts have emerged. Especially, there are growing interests in alternative systems for power generation, using both novel fuels such as bio-derived fuels, as well as more advanced, sustainable energy resources such as wind, geothermal and solar energy.

    The aim of the competition is to challenge students to submit a technical paper for a novel concept in the area of terrestrial energy systems. Students shall describe in detail their idea on a new concept in a single technical paper. Papers can be based upon existing work such as undergraduate and graduate theses, but cannot have been previously published. Students should attempt to understand the scientific, engineering, and economic difficulties involved in the new concept. The final design can be in a preliminary stage, as the competition is to challenge students' imaginative thinking and creative engineering approach.

    Since terrestrial energy systems are very diverse covering various technologies, students have great flexibility in choosing which sub-area they would like to focus. Nevertheless, several examples are given at the end of this announcement and the purpose is to provide some insights on potential topics for the design competition. Students, however, should not limited themselves to these topics.

    The submitted papers will be judged based on the following aspects:

    • Originality (or novelty in comparison to previously proposed concepts)
    • Organization and presentation, e.g., understanding and grasp of the subject, completeness and organization of the written design, and clarity.
    • Feasibility and economic viability, e.g., present conclusions or recommendations whether the concept is feasible and practical.

    Examples of potential topics:

      High-altitude wind power
      High-altitude wind power (HAWP) is the harnessing of wind powers at high altitudes. Various mechanisms have been proposed for capturing the kinetic energy of winds, such as gliders with turbines for regenerative soaring or sailplanes with turbines. After the kinetic energy of the winds are converted into mechanical energy, the mechanical energy can further be converted to electricity at ground stations. The advantage of HAWP over ground-based wind turbines is that winds at higher altitudes are generally steadier, more persistent and of higher velocity, and thus provide more stable power. We can locate HAWP at effective altitudes and use the vertical dimension of airspace for wind for optimum wind farming. However, return on investment is the main issue in competing with conventional towered wind turbines.
      Space-based solar power
      Space-based solar power (SBSP) gathers energy from sunlight in space and transmits it wirelessly to Earth, which can potentially meet our energy needs and eliminate emissions produced by combustion devices. Unlike current solar collection technologies which collect solar energy at Earth’s surface, SBSP would use an orbiting satellite to collect solar energy. It is hypothesized that SBSP systems have a higher collection rate because solar beams do not penetrate the Earth’s atmosphere which causes losses. Also, the collection period is longer because collection can take place both day and night in space. SBSP systems convert sunlight to microwaves outside the atmosphere, leading to a very high collection efficiency. The disadvantages, however, is the high development cost.
      Microbial fuel cells
      There are millions of organisms on our planet that know how to capture CO2 and convert it into energy. Recently, researchers have designed a new kind of microbial fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity. Such fuel cells may result in a breakthrough in bioenergy production. In the study of Chouler et al. (Chouler et al., Towards effective small scale microbial fuel cells for energy generation from urine, Electrochimica Acta, 2016; 192: 89), a new design of microbial fuel cells was demonstrated, which are smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones. The limitation of such fuel cells, however, is the cost since the electrodes are typically made of expensive metals such as platinum.
    Final Manuscript Deadline for Student Paper Competition: 24 October 2017

    Please direct questions to: Prof. Li Qiao 765-494-2040
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    Thermophysics Technical Committee

    Monetary Award Amount $500

    The David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award, presented by the Thermophysics Technical Committee, is for a technical paper presented during the year. The Committee, based on the recommendation of the Best Paper Subcommittee, may confer a David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award each year based on the following description. "The purpose of the David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award is to motivate participants in the sessions sponsored by the Thermophysics Committee toward excellence in technical content and presentation of papers and to recognize professional achievement by identifying one contribution as the best paper."A student paper is defined as being one for which the actual research was undertaken and finished while the author was still a full time student. The nomination and selection process follows that of the Best Paper Award described earlier. The award is made at the summer Thermophysics Conference. This award is designated for the presentation of an outstanding paper, not simply the best paper given at a meeting. Thus, it is not mandatory to present the award annually. A monetary award is given to the winner of the David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award.

    Please direct questions to: Patrick Yee
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    • Early Member Reg Deadline:
      18 Dec 2017
    • Cancellation Deadline:
      18 Dec 2017

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