9–13 January 2017
Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, Texas

Call for Papers

AIAA SciTech Forum is the single most important event for anyone involved in aerospace research and development.


Dates to Remember:

  • Abstract Submission Open: 21 March 2016
  • Abstract Submission Close: 6 June 2016, 2000 hrs Eastern
  • Author Notification Letters Sent: 30 August 2016
  • Manuscript Open: 17 October 2016, 0900 hrs Eastern
  • Manuscript Deadline: 6 December 2016, 2000 hrs Eastern
Policies Procedures Requirements

This Call for Papers is organized consistent with the legacy events that now comprise the SciTech 2017 Forum. Click on the links below to go directly to the Call for Papers for the technical discipline area of interest to you:

Aerospace Sciences

Go to: Aeroacoustics
Go to: Aerodynamic Measurement Technology
Go to: Aerospace Education
Go to: Air Breathing Propulsion System Integration
Go to: Aircraft Design
Go to: Applied Aerodynamics
Go to: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
Go to: Fluid Dynamics
Go to: Gas Turbine Engines
Go to: Green Engineering
Go to: Ground Test
Go to: Guidance, Navigation, and Control
Go to: High Speed Air Breathing Propulsion
Go to: History
Go to: Meshing, Visualization, and Computational Environments
Go to: Modeling and Simulation Technologies
Go to: Plasmadynamics and Lasers
Go to: Propellants and Combustion
Go to: Small Satellites
Go to: Society and Aerospace Technology
Go to: Space Exploration
Go to: Space Operations and Support
Go to: Space Resource Utilization
Go to: Systems Engineering
Go to: Terrestrial Energy
Go to: Thermophysics
Go to: Unique and Transformational Flight_Systems
Go to: Wind Energy

Aerospace Design and Structures

Go to: Adaptive Structures
Go to: Design Engineering
Go to: Materials
Go to: Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
Go to: Non-Deterministic Approaches
Go to: Spacecraft Structures 
Go to: Structural Dynamics
Go to: Structures
Go to: Survivability

Information Systems

Go to: Communications Systems
Go to: Computer Systems
Go to: Digital Avionics
Go to: Information and Command & Control Systems
Go to: Intelligent Systems
Go to: Sensor Systems and Information Fusion
Go to: Software
Go to: Unmanned Systems

Student Paper Competitions

Go to: Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
Go to: Guidance, Navigation and Control
Go to: Intelligent Systems
Go to: Software
Go to: Aerospace Design and Structures
Go to: Thermophysics

Adaptive Structures

Adaptive Structural Systems by definition are intelligent, flexible systems that are responsive to ever changing environments. 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. Topic areas of interest include:

  • Adaptive Aircraft and Space Vehicles
  • Space and Planetary Systems and Subsystems
  • Adaptive and Morphing Aircraft and Aeroelasticity
  • Adaptive Skins for Wings and Rotors
  • Active Noise and Vibration Control
  • Biomimetic Adaptive Flying Systems
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Adaptive Structures
  • Smart Sensor and Actuator Device Design
  • Structural Health Monitoring and Damage Detection and Integrity
  • Smart and Multifunctional Materials

Please direct questions to:
Edward White

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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 include topics on all aspects of aerodynamic sound generation, propagation, and control.

  • Airframe Noise and Airframe/Propulsion Integration
  • Fan Noise and Duct Acoustics
  • Propeller, Open Rotor, and Rotorcraft Noise
  • Turbomachinery and Core Noise
  • JetNoise
  • Community Noise Exposure
  • Sonic Boom and Atmospheric Sound Propagation
  • Advanced Testing and Measurement Techniques
  • Computational Aeroacoustics

Please direct questions to:
Eric Nesbitt

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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
  • 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:
Bharathram Ganapathisubramani

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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 assessment methods.

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

Please direct questions to:
K. Ravindra

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Air Breathing Propulsion System Integration (ABPSI)

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:

  • Serpentine Inlets, Subsonic & Supersonic Inlets, and Hypersonic Inlets
  • Nozzles, Thrust Reversers, Ejectors and other Exhaust Systems
  • Optimization of Propulsion System Design and Integration
  • Integration of Secondary Power Systems and Impact on Performance
  • Thermal Management Aspects of Propulsion System Integration
  • Inlet Particle Separator Systems
  • Propulsion Aerodynamics with Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Electrical Propulsion Systems for Aircraft

Please direct questions to:
Eric Loth

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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. Topic areas of interest include:

  • Innovative aircraft design & design case studies
  • Design for cost and manufacturing
  • Unmanned aircraft design including micro air vehicle design
  • Design processes and tools
  • Impact of environmental issues on aicraft design
  • Aircraft design education
  • Electric aircraft design and impact of electric subsystems on aircraft design

Please direct questions to:
Cees Bil

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Applied Aerodynamics

The Applied Aerodynamics Technical Committee is soliciting papers on the topics listed below related to aerodynamic design, vehicle aerodynamics, and aerodynamic phenomena. Additional Details>

  • Aerodynamic Design: Analysis, Methodologies, and Optimization Techniques
  • Aerodynamic Results from Ground Tests or FlightTests
  • Aerodynamic-Structural Dynamics Interaction
  • Airfoil/Wing/Configuration Aerodynamics
  • Applied CFD& NumericalCorrelations with Experimental Data
  • Environmentally Friendly/ Efficient Aerodynamics and Enabling Technology
  • Flow Control Applications & Demonstrations (Active & Passive)
  • High Angle of Attack andHigh Lift Aerodynamics
  • Hypersonic Aerodynamics
  • Low Speed, Low Reynolds Number Aerodynamics
  • Propeller/Rotorcraft/Wind Turbine Aerodynamics
  • Special Session: CREATE-AV HPC Multiphysics Applications of Full-up Air Vehicles
  • Special Session: Low Boom Activities
  • Special Session: Sea-Based Aviation Aeromechanics Computational Analysis
  • Special Session: Simulation of Rotor in Hover
  • Special Session: Sensitivity Analysis and Uncertainty Quantification Evaluation for Realistic Problems
  • Special Session: CFD applied to real world aircraft problems
  • Special Session: Aero-thermo-elasticity of High Speed Vehicles
  • Transonic & Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Unmanned, Bio-Inspired, Solar Powered Aerial Vehicle Designs
  • Unsteady Aerodynamics
  • Vortical/Vortex Flow Applications
  • VSTOL/STOL Aerodynamics
  • Weapons Aerodynamics: Missile/Projectile/Guided-Munitions, Carriage and Store Separation

Please direct questions to:
Dennis Finley

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Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

PLEASE SUBMIT DRAFT PAPERS, NOT EXTENDED ABSTRACTS. 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. Student papers are also eligible for the Best Student Paper Competition. Additional Details>

  • 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
  • Best Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Student Paper Competition
  • Special Session: Performance Adaptive Aeroelastic Wing: Progress and Challenges
Please direct questions to:

Timur Alexeev

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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; 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 Aeroacoustics to airborne or to low orbit platforms
  • Cyber Security
  • Networking Design and Deployment
  • Network Management Systems
  • Waveform Design for 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

Please direct questions to:
Denise S. Ponchak

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Computer Systems

Papers are sought on theoretical and practical considerations involving computers, computation and information processing techniques relevant to aerospace applications, focusing on energy needs/thermodynamics for computation and information processing and energy efficient computing systems, parallel/high-performance computing and information security. These specific topics of interest are listed below.

  • Energy Efficient Computing Systems
  • Parallel, GPU, Multicore and High-Performance Computing
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Please direct questions to:
Chiping Li

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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, class content, student design/build activities, and student access to space. Computer Aided Enterprise Systems papers are solicited that emphasize the emerging technology of crowdsourcing using cloud computing to determine how it might be customized and scaled up for use in the global commercial aerospace industry.

  • Innovative & Creative Designs in Aerospace
  • Novel Designs in Other Industries
  • Improved Designs Using MDAO
  • Design Processes and Tools
  • Emerging Design Tools
  • Model Based Design
  • Knowledge-Based Engineering
  • Design Education - Successful STEM in K-12
  • Design Education - University Curricula, Projects and Activities
  • Computer Aided Enterprise Systems

Please direct questions to:
Lisa Saam

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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. Such systems will require integrated avionics systems both in the vehicle and in the NextGen/SESAR air traffic management system. Areas of interest include avionics technologies for:

  • UAS Traffic Management;
  • Performance-based operations in NextGen
  • Ensuring Compliance of Military Aircraft in Civilian airspace
  • Safety Impacts of Complex Electronic Hardware
  • FAA NextGen and EuroControl SESAR Interoperability
  • Flight Critical Systems
  • Avionics technologies for safe and efficient vehicle operation in national airspace

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, including basic research and development, applied research, and advanced technology development. Papers that present new insights into flow physics, introduce innovative applications, address emerging technical areas, or combine experimental, computational, and/or theoretical approaches are strongly encouraged. Authors who have recognized expertise in a particular area and are interested in writing a comprehensive review are encouraged to contact the technical discipline chair.

  • Fundamental Fluid Flows
  • Flow Control (Fundamentals and Technology)
  • CFD Methods
  • RANS/LES Modeling and Applications
  • Supersonic and Hypersonic Flows
  • Stability and Transition
  • Turbulence
  • Boundary Layers and Shear Layers
  • Jet Flows
  • Shock-Dominated Flows
  • Low-Reynolds Number and Bio-Inspired Flows
  • Wing Aerodynamics
  • Unsteady Flows
  • Reacting Flows
  • Vortex Flows
  • Multiphase Flows
  • Special Session: Honoring Gino Moretti
  • Special Session: Large Eddy Simulation
  • Special Session: Transition Discussion Group
  • Special Session: CRM High-Lift Project
  • Other Topics in Fluid Dynamics

Please direct questions to:
Steve Karman and Paul Bruce

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Gas Turbine Engines

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

  • Gas Turbine Engine with Pressure Gain Combustion
  • New Engine Architectures Including Open Rotor, Geared TurboFans, Distributed Propulsion
  • Cycle Analysis & Control
  • Compression System Technologies
  • Combustion Technologies, Emissions
  • 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:
Scott Drennan

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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 including market and expected future trends. Additional Details>

  • Hydrogen economy in the aerospace sector and its applications
  • Life cycle environmental impact of various alternative methods of hydrogen production
  • Life-Cycle Assessment for Green Aviation and Green Energy Systems
  • 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 and space systems at all speeds and Reynolds numbers. Comprehensive experimental, computational and theoretical fluid dynamics studies involving ground testing are highly encouraged. Additional Details>

  • 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:
Rajan Kumar

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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, missiles, robotics, and other aerospace systems; general aviation; in-flight system architecture and components; navigation and position location; sensors and data fusion; multidisciplinary control; and GN&C concepts in high-speed flight. Additional Details>

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

Please direct questions to:
Jason Hui

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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. Topics of interest include:

  • Advances in steady-state propulsion systems including ramjets, 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. Paxon

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Aerospace History Track of the SciTech2017 technical program provides a collaborative opportunity to share historical insight by professionals from the aerospace industry, museums and educational institutions, and professional and amateur historians. Additional Details>

  • History of Organizations and Institutions
  • Centennial Events
  • Regional Histories
  • General Aviation History
  • General Space History
  • Local Aerospace History
  • Museums and the Preservation of History

Please direct questions to:
Dick Hallion

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Information and Command & 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:

  • 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:
Michael Sotak

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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 peer-reviewed in the following topic areas:

  • Learning, Reasoning and Data Driven Systems
  • Human-Automation Interaction
  • Probabilistic and Rule-Based Systems
  • Adaptive and Intelligent Control Systems
  • Integrated Systems Health Management (ISHM) 

Please direct questions to:
Amanda Lampton

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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.

    Please direct questions to:
    Mohammad Naraghi

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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). Additional Details>

    • Surface and volume grid generation methods for structured, unstructured, or overset grids
    • Meshing techniques for moving and/or deforming configurations
    • Solution adaptive meshing, error estimation, and uncertainty quantification techniques
    • Grid quality metrics related to solution accuracy, including real-world configurations
    • Geometry modeling for meshing and simulation, including CAD-CAE interoperability
    • Applied meshing for real-world configurations, especially those defined by AIAA's various workshops
    • Visualization for feature detection, knowledge capture, and engineering animation
    • Efficient management of very large data sets, especially in a distributed computing environment
    • Techniques for quickly finding the similarities in and differences between multiple large data sets
    • Integration techniques and frameworks to support unified multi-disciplinary and multi-scale models

    Please direct questions to:
    Andrew J. Lofthouse

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    Modeling and Simulation Technologies

    The Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference provides an opportunity for aviation and aerospace professionals to share their recent work and latest findings in the development and application of real-time modeling and simulation. Modeling and Simulation have been demonstrated to enable innovative solutions to overcome challenges and create new opportunities for aerospace science, research, and development. The conference is intended to foster collaboration and help build professional relationships. Experts willing to share their thoughts, as well as those people seeking fresh knowledge and ideas, are encouraged to participate. Additional Details> Papers are sought which address topics either directly in or in support of modeling and real-time simulation including:

    • Modeling and Simulation of Air and Space Vehicle Dynamics, Systems, and Environments
    • Modeling and Simulation of Uninhabited Aerial Systems and Vehicle Dynamics
    • Modeling and Simulation of Air Traffic Management
    • Modeling and Simulation of Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics
    • Model and Simulation Design, Development, Testing, and Validation
    • Model and Simulation Integration
    • Motion Systems, Visual Systems, and Image Generation
    • Human Factors, Perception, and Cueing
    • Model-Based Development and Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulation
    • Special Modeling and Simulation Topics

    Please direct questions to:
    Peter Grant

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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, and also on the development of related methodologies.

    MDO is a broad area that encompasses design synthesis, sensitivity analysis, approximation concepts, optimization methods and strategies, artificial intelligence, and rule-based design.

    Papers are invited on those individual aspects of MDO and their applications, as well as on the integrated design dealing with multiple disciplines and interacting subsystems or systems of systems.

    • 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
    • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) in MAO

    Please direct questions to:
    Frode Engelsen

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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
    • Uncertainty in reduced-order or surrogate models
    • Special Session: Uncertainty Quantification and Management for the Digital Thread and Twin
    • Special Session: Non-Deterministic Approaches for Integrated Computational Materials Engineering
    • Special Session: Fuzzy Variables and Fuzzy Logic in Aerospace Applications
    • Special Session: Non-Deterministic Approaches for Aerospace Human-In-The-Loop Related Missions
    • Special Session: DARPA Efficient Quantification of Uncertainty in Physical Systems (EQUiPS) Program

    Please direct questions to:
    Barron Bichon

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    Plasmadynamics and Lasers (PDL)

    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. Submission may also include studies of dual-use technologies that also address problems in other fields such as energy, environment, or health. Subject area experts interested in documenting comprehensive reviews of state of the art, historical perspectives are encouraged to contact the technical discipline chair. 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. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Plasma and Laser Physics (basic processes, non-equilibrium, MHD, WIG, laser plasmas etc.)
    • Plasma Aerodynamics (flow control, chemical kinetics, discharge/shock propagation, ionized gas flow)
    • DBD Actuators (vortex generators, microactuators, nano-second pulse, novel designs
    • Plasma Assisted Combustion and Ignition (pulsed plasmas, DBDs, microwave & laser plasmas, kinetics)
    • Astronautical and Space Plasmas (rarefied plasma flow, space plasmas, dusty plasmas etc.
    • Plasma Surface Interaction (novel designs, materials, reliability, ruggedization)
    • Plasma & Laser Propulsion (thrusters, processes, beamed energy, spacecraft interactions)
    • Computational Methods (particle simulation, MHD, EM, parallel computing algorithms etc.)
    • Diagnostics and Experimental Techniques (laser, aero-optics, flow characterization, lab simulation)
    • Aero-Optics (flow-field characterization; wavefront measurements; adaptive optics; test; simulation)

    Please direct questions to:
    Marco Panesi

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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, including one on turbulent combustion model validation. New developments as well as review papers and presentations are of interest. Additional Details> 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
    • National Jet Fuels Combustion Program
    • Heterogeneous Combustion and Propellants
    • Turbulent Combustion
    • Laminar Flames
    • Advanced Combustion Concepts, Fuel Technology, and Environmental Impact

    Please direct questions to:
    Tim Lieuwen

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    Sensor Systems and Information Fusion

    Papers are sought that address theoretical, analytical, simulated, experimental, or implementation results related to hardware and software issues related to sensors for aerospace applications, information fusion and sensor management systems. Advances in centralized and distributed sensor & information fusion architectures, algorithms, applications, sensor data processing, modeling, and performance verification and validation 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 of networked sensors or systems

    Please direct questions to:
    Domenico Accardo

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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 and operational missions. Also included are relevant supporting areas such as education and workforce development activities which are specific to small satellites.Papers are sought in the areas of:

    • CubeSats and PocketQubes
    • Chip/Board Sats
    • 10 kg - 75 kg spacecraft
    • University-class spacecraft
    • Science Missions
    • 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 and 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)
    • Utilization of Aerospace Assets to Address Social Problems
    • Influences of Aerospace Technology on Popular Culture (e.g., Artwork, Literature, Movies, Television, and Music)
    • Societal Issues Involving the use of Aerospace Technologies (UAS, satellite imagery)
    • 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
    • United States or International Aerospace Policy-Making and its Social Consequences

    Please direct questions to:
    Jarret Lafleur

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    Papers are sought in the area of software and software-intense systems. We are soliciting for three main topics. Topics include, but are not limited to the corresponding listed items.

    The first topic is architectures for aerospace systems: software reuse in practice, open architectures, modeling of software architecture, fail-safe architectures and the role of architecture in verification of fail-safe systems, new concepts in software architecture, and tools for architectural definition. The second topic is cyber resilience: fail-safe techniques, runtime monitoring, implications of runtime monitoring for certification, health monitoring, situational awareness, security aspects, safety/security requirements engineering, and cybersecurity best practices. For the third topic we are soliciting for the 4th software challenges in aerospace symposium, bringing together experts at the intersection of aerospace and computer science. Visit Software Challenges in Aerospace website for more information.

    Please submit full draft papers at the June submission deadline. All abstracts will be subject to peer-review, and reviewer comments will be returned to the authors. Authors of selected high-quality papers might get invited to extend their papers for a special issue of the Journal of Aerospace Information Systems. Additional Details>

    • Architectures for Aerospace Systems: Open / Fail-safe Architectures, COTS, V&V and Certification
    • Cyber Resilience and Fail-Safe Techniques: Runtime Monitoring, Situation Awareness, Cybersecurity
    • Software Challenges in Aerospace Symposium: Autonomy Safety Assurance, Model-Based & Formal Methods

    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:

    • Mission Architectures: Studies, systems analysis, and operational scenarios for human exploration
    • Robotic Precursor Missions to characterize space environments and scouting missions
    • Enabling Tech: advanced propulsion, cryogenic propellant storage and transfer, space power systems
    • ISS as an analog for long-duration missions, and as a test bed for technologies
    • Novel methodologies to avoid polluting other peoples planets
    • The ISS as a laboratory and classroom for developing the next generation of explorers
    • In-Space Infrastructure: Propellant depots, staging points, transportation, power, communications
    • In-Space Infrastructure2: Satellite servicing, in-space manufacturing, ISRU
    • Flight Systems: Critical capability demos, crew exploration vehicles and in-space transportation
    • Life support and habitation systems; radiation shielding; entry, descent, and landing technology
    • EVA Tech; advanced robotics; autonomous systems and avionics; light weight structures and materials

    Please direct questions to:
    Surendra Sharma

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    Space Operations and Support

    Space Operations draws upon diverse disciplines to stimulate the conversation on how best to conduct operations in space. Participants have the opportunity to share their concepts and results in exploring cross cutting disciplines which lead to a stronger workforce, and a more cost effective operational approach. Abstracts are being solicited on the following topics:

    • Issues with developing and enforcing space laws and policies for operators
    • Novel methodologies to avoid polluting other peoples planets
    • Innovations to create high flight rates and reduced risk for human spaceflight
    • Leveraging lessons learned from manned and unmanned space to improve commercial space operations
    • Novel methodologies to avoid polluting other peoples planets
    • The ISS as a laboratory and classroom for developing the next generation of explorers
    • Incorporating risk management and lessons learned affordably into operations
    • Intelligent systems to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of space operations

    Please direct questions to:
    Shirley Tseng

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    Space Resource Utilization Symposium

    Papers are solicited which address research and development of technologies, processes, and hardware that demonstrate the utilization of space resources. Topic areas encompass any aspects or applications of resource utilization in support of human or robotic exploration to destinations such as the moon, Mars, and asteroids. Areas of interest may include, but are not limited to:

    • Processing and Application of Resources
    • Surface Material Manipulation and Transport
    • Resource Identification, Prospecting
    • Resource Enabled Mission Concepts

    Please direct questions to:
    Julie Kleinhenz

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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.

    • Spacecraft structures: lessons learned from spaceflight
    • High Strain composite materials and structures
    • Solar sails, solar shields, and other tensioned membranes
    • Spacecraft booms and trusses
    • Spacecraft antennas, reflectors, optical apertures, and solar arrays
    • Inflatable space structures
    • Membrane mechanics and dynamics
    • Packaging and folding of spacecraft structures
    • Analysis and testing of lightweight spacecraft structures
    • Spacecraft structures

    Please direct questions to:
    Matthew Santer

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    Structural Dynamics

    The field of structural dynamics covers the study of response, stability, control, and adaptation of aerospace structures exposed to a wide variety of external and internal excitations. Such excitations can arise from the coupling of multiple disciplines such as aerodynamics, thermodynamics, acoustics, controls and flight mechanics; interactions between multiple components such as wings, rotors, pylons, airframe, engines and drive systems; and high intensity external disturbances such as gusts, acoustics, shocks, impact, or thermally-induced loads that occur in the operational environments of real systems. Papers are invited which report on the fundamental understandings of such phenomena, the development of new analytical, computational, and experimental methods for their prediction and analysis, and innovative methodologies for the design, development and deployment of advanced technology structures and components that exploit or mitigate them. The following list identifies the broad topics of interest but is not intended to be all inclusive.

    • Structural Dynamic Modeling of Beams, Cables, Membranes, Plates and Shells
    • Large-Deformation Nonlinear Dynamics, Flexible Multibody Dynamics, Contact / Constraint Modeling
    • Computational Aero-, Servo-, Thermo- elasticity, Robust Numerical Methods, Reduced Order Modeling
    • Dynamic Testing Techniques, Novel Sensors and Actuators; Modal Analysis, System Identification
    • Active/Passive Vibration Control, Isolation, Stability Augmentation, Energy Harvesting, Damping
    • Structural Health Monitoring and Prognosis, Model Uncertainty
    • Vehicle and Component Response to Gust, Acoustics, Shocks, Impact, and Thermal Loads
    • Flutter, Limit Cycle Oscillations, and Ground/Air Resonance. Aeroelastic Tailoring and Morphing
    • Dynamic Loads, Response, Vibration, and Stability of all Aerospace Vehicles
    • Novel aircraft configuration including high aspect ratio wing designs
    • Dynamics and structural dynamics of Launch Vehicles
    • Aerothermoelasticity of high speed vehicles and dynamic response of structures in high speed flow
    • Statistical energy analysis 
    • Aeroelastic Prediction
    • Other Topics and Special Sessions in Structural Dynamics and aeroeasticity

    Please direct questions to:
    Zahra Sotoudeh

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    The Structures Technical Forum includes topics which span aircraft and spacecraft, metallic and composite structures, design, analysis and testing. Two special sessions, one for pertinent ICME topics, the other for "speed" presentations which are designed to quickly get technical topics across when time is limited are proposed. The topics are grouped to give the maximum flexibility in organization of the accepted papers.

    • Spacecraft Structural Design, Test and Analysis
    • Special Session: ICME for Structures
    • Special Session: Speed Presentations of Structures Topics
    • Composite Structure Design, Test and Analysis
    • Failure analysis and Prediction
    • Structural Joints and Repairs
    • Aircraft Structural Design, Test and Analysis
    • Buckling, Fatigue and Fracture of Structures
    • Impact Damage in Composite Structures
    • Composite Damage and Failure Prediction Methods
    • Challenges in the Design of Joined Wings
    • Composite Laminate and Structure Optimization
    • Additive manufacturing applications to Aerospace Structures
    • Other Topics in Structures

    Please direct questions to:
    John Joseph Zipay

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    The Survivability Technical Committee (SURTC) promotes air and space system survivability as a design discipline. The SURTC carries out its mission by nurturing the research, development, test and evaluation of technologies that improve air and space system survivability and assist designers through analyses. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): materials for survivability, survivability enhancement techniques, modeling and simulation, test and evaluation. Additional Details>

    • Special Session: Materials for survivability
    • Air and space system cyber defense (anti-tamper)
    • Survivability of structural systems (e.g., adaptive structural systems)
    • Resilient materials
    • Orbital debris avoidance and protection
    • Crashworthiness, damage assessment and repair, live fire test & evaluation
    • Survivability through advanced manufacturing
    • Aerospace system safety and protection
    • Air and space system survivability against laser and directed energy weapons
    • Vulnerability reduction through design configuration and damage tolerance

    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. Additional Details>

    • 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
    • Resilient systems theory and methodology

    Please direct questions to:
    John C. Hsu

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    Terrestrial Energy

    The Terrestrial Energy Systems Technical 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 dealing 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:
    Ahsan Choudhuri

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    The Thermophysics Technical Committee solicits 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. Scientific and technical contributions are emphasized, rather than status reports on work in progress. Timely survey and review articles are solicited. Student submissions are strongly encouraged.  Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

    • Ablation and Surface Catalysis
    • Aerothermodynamics
    • Cryogenics and cryogenic systems.
    • Experimental measurements and techniques in heat transfer and related physical phenomena
    • Heat transfer: Conduction, convection, phase change, radiation, and conjugate heat transfer
    • Non-equilibrium and rarefied flows including Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Methods
    • Non-equilibrium radiation
    • Thermal management devices, including heat pipes, radiators, and thermal energy storage
    • Thermal protection systems
    • Other thermophysics topics including micro- and nano-scale heat transfer.

    Please direct questions to:
    Micah Howard

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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. Additional Details> Areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:

    • On Demand Mobility Emergent Aviation Market Studies
    • Advanced/Transformational Aircraft Concepts
    • Electric Propulsion Integration and Component Technologies for Atmospheric Flight
    • Energy capture and storage technologies (photovoltaics, 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, urban operation, mission autonomous and intelligent operations, and the utilization of unmanned system in engineering education are also of interest. Other interests include certification and design assurance of unmanned systems, human-machine interfaces, etc.

    • Unmanned systems applications and missions
    • Autonomous and intelligent unmanned systems and technologies
    • Safety Certification, airworthiness, and software assurance of unmanned systems
    • UAS self-separation and collision avoidance: sensors and algorithms
    • 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
    • On-demand aviation applications of unmanned systems (in collaboration with Transformational Flight)
    • Special Session: Safe autonomous urban flight

    Please direct questions to:
    Richard S. Stansbury

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    Wind Energy

    Papers are solicited for the 35th ASME Wind Energy Symposium covering a broad range of topics related to both land-based and offshore wind energy technology. Technical areas of interest include Aerodynamics, Aeroelasticity, Acoustics, Dynamics and Control, Structures, Structural Dynamics, Materials, Design, System Engineering and Economics applied to wind energy systems.

    • Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics
    • Aeroelasticity and Structural Dynamics
    • Atmospheric Physics and Inflow
    • Blade and Turbine Design
    • Innovative Airfoil and Novel Rotor Concepts
    • Loads, Dynamics, and Controls
    • Materials, Manufacturing, and Reliability
    • Offshore Wind Systems
    • Sensors, Testing, and Health Monitoring
    • Wind Plant and Turbine-Wake Interactions

    Please direct questions to:
    Matthew Churchfield

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    Student Paper Competitions

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

    • Atmospheric Flight Mechanics
    • Guidance, Navigation and Control
    • Intelligent Systems
    • Software
    • Aerospace Design and Structures
    • David P. Weaver Student Best Paper Award

    Eligibility Requirements

    • A student author must be a member of AIAA in order to enter the competition.
    • A student author must be a full-time 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.
    • A student must be the primary author of the paper and the work must have been performed while the author was a student.
    • A student author must be able to attend the Forum to present the work should it be selected for presentation.

    Submission Requirements

    • 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. Only 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 of 6 June 2016, 2000 hrs Eastern Time Zone, USA.

    Several of the technical discipline areas that sponsor Student Paper Competitions have unique submission requirements. Where applicable, those requirements are described below:

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    Atmospheric Flight Mechanics

    The AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Technical Committee is hosting a Best Student Paper Competition at the 2017 AIAA SciTech Conference. Entrants will be judged by Technical Committee members, and the winner will receive a certificate from AIAA. To be eligible for this award, the student must be the primary author of the paper, and the work must have been performed while the author was a student. Depending on the number of entrants, students may be asked to present in a student paper competition session on the first day of the conference in addition to their presentation in a regular technical session. 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.

    Please direct questions to:
    Michael Grant

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    Guidance, Navigation and Control

    Papers are sought from graduate students on GNC technical research topics, from which six finalists will be selected by a panel of judges for inclusion in a GNC Graduate Student Paper Competition session.

    Eligibility requirements are:

    • Primary or sole authorship by a graduate student enrolled at an institution of higher learning (any second author must be the graduate advisor; no more than two authors are permitted)
    • Student author in good academic standing at the time of submission
    • Manuscript content representing the work of the author(s)
    • Full draft manuscript not exceeding a total length of 25 pages
    • Student is not the overall winner of the preceding year’s competition

    Please direct questions to:
    Julie Parish
    Kimberly Hinson
    Joe Connolly

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    Intelligent Systems

    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 (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 5 or 6 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 4, 2017 during the conference; the finalists will present only once at SciTech during this session (which is different from the GNC conference). 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 SciTech 2017 9-13 January 2017. In addition, a monetary prize for an amount of TBD will be mailed to the winner after the conference is concluded.

    Please direct questions to:
    Tansel Yucelen

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    The AIAA Software Technical Committee (SWTC) is soliciting undergraduate and graduate student papers describing the design, implementation and/or testing of software with aerospace applications. Such topics include but are not limited to vehicle control software, vehicle design software, simulation and analysis tools, user interface tools, educational tools and visualizations. Platforms may range from embedded systems to smartphones, desktops, workstations and distributed systems and clusters.
    Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. The papers will be judged by the SWTC's Student Competition subcommittee.

    A separate award will be given for the best paper describing a student's or student team's solution to the SWTC Software Powered Explorer Competition (SPEC). For more information regarding the SPEC, please see contact information below.

    Please direct questions to:
    Nathan Alday

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    Aerospace Design and Structures

    To be considered for one of the student paper awards within this 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. 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, 2016, 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. 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, 2016. 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:
    Olesya Zhupanska


    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. Point of contact: 

    Please direct questions to:
    Patrick Yee

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