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The specific classification of papers having an overlap within categories specified herein or with other technical areas will depend on their focus or application. A determination in this regard will be made by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the respective Technical Editors.

Autonomous Systems
(back) IEEE TAES Autonomous Systems Technical Area Description.
This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas. An aerospace application is expected.

  • Aeronautics focus
    • UAV autonomous flight control
      • High performance flight control design for enhanced flight envelopes 
    • UAV navigation (not navigation systems in general, but topics that are specific to
    • UAV issues in terms of SWAP-C (e.g., "indoor operations", “GPS-denied Navigation”) for autonomy
      • Inertial navigation, robust visual inertial navigation, machine vision
      • Localization and mapping
      • Onboard detection, classification and tracking of obstacles and objects (static and dynamic)
      • Sensor fusion  
    • UAV Enhanced Autonomy
      • Onboard intelligence; cloud-integrated intelligence
      • Swarms and fleet coordination 
      • Path planning for UAVs and fleets
      • UAV interactions (see-and-avoid/docking/inflight refueling/inflight coordination) with:
        • Other UAVs (cooperative and non-cooperative)
        • Manned aircraft
        • The physical environment
        • Integration to NAS
    • UAV specific flight control hardware for autonomy
      • Novel Micro-avionics; sensor systems; and actuators
    • Novel flight systems and operations including
      • Micro air vehicles
      • Outdoor/Indoor operations
      • Operations on other planets
    • UAV missions with partial and/or full autonomy
      • Imaging, Communications, Search & Rescue, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,
      • Civilian applications such as Agriculture, Forestry, Medical and Commercial Delivery, Emergency Response
    • Autonomous missions including Human(s)-in-flight
      • Optionally piloted vehicles and autonomous human transportation
  • Space focus
    • Autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic missions including
      • Exploration on planets
      • On-orbit Docking and Assembly
      • On-orbit Servicing such as maintenance, refueling and repair
    • Space systems that support autonomy 
      • Novel vehicles, electronics and electromechanical systems including processors, sensors and actuators
    • Space autonomy associated guidance, navigation and control algorithms
    • Autonomous missions including Human(s)-in-flight
There is some overlap with other areas, and whether a paper ought to be submitted in this technical area or another depends on its focus. If the manuscript's main thrust is aerospace autonomy and systems that support autonomy, it might be considered in this technical area.

Avionics Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas.

  • Net-centric operations particularly in conjunction with the next generation air transportation systems, NGATS
  • Subjects involving safety and security of aircraft electronics systems; wired and wireless; air to ground; and airborne
  • Spectrum utilization
  • Systems capable of safe increase of air traffic and delay reduction, such as improved navigation and routing
  • Airborne networking for flight-critical systems
  • Instrumentation and test for airborne systems
  • Implementation of proposed space-based navigation systems; improved GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and COMPAS
  • Antennas and electromagnetic theory having a specific aerospace application

Command, Control and Communications Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers describing voice and data links in aerospace applications as well as the communication aspects of command and control links in all applications. While all papers reporting original results or applications on these topics are welcome, of special interest are

  • Communication links involving airborne or space-borne platforms
  • Low probability of intercept (LPI) and low probability of detection (LPD) techniques
  • Anti-jam techniques
  • Surveillance applications (e.g., signal classification)
  • Secure communications (e.g., encryption, authentication)
  • Telemetering
  • Multiple antenna systems and space-time processing
  • Networking, especially physical layer and data link layer with particular emphasis on media access control.

All aspects of a modern communication link are of interest. We invite contributions to the theory, algorithms, and implementation of modulation, detection, estimation, synchronization, equalization, source coding, channel coding, and signal processing at RF, infrared, and optical (e.g., laser) carrier frequencies. Acoustic communications is part of the Sonar and Undersea Systems technical area.

There will be some overlap with the Electro-optic and Infrared Systems; Avionics, Networked Sensor Management, Electronic Warfare Systems, Space Systems, and Guidance and Control Systems Technical Areas. Papers emphasizing solutions to the unique challenges presented to the communications link in each of these technical areas are welcome.

Electronic Warfare Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas. An aerospace application is expected.

  • Application of Electronic Support and Electronic Attack techniques in Electronic Warfare systems.
  • Performance analysis and characterization of EW receivers.
  • Digital receiver architectures, technologies and algorithms.
  • Measurement and estimation of radar and communications signal parameters.
  • Detection techniques of Low-Probability-of-Intercept (LPI) signals.
  • Passive direction-finding and geo-location techniques.

Electro-Optic and Infrared Systems
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This area welcomes novel papers covering the technology used to collect measurements in the optical through infra-red region of the electromagnetic spectrum, and on the processing used to draw inference from those measurements.   Technologies of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Broadband imagers
  • Multi/hyperspectral imagers
  • Lasers
  • Spatial light modulators

The EO/IR systems area is also interested in new approaches to processing these measurements in order to perform various tasks such as:

  • Target detection, tracking, recognition
  • Image registration and/or stabilization
  • Image enhancement (turbulence mitigation, superresolution, etc.) 
  • Free Space Optical Communications

Acceptable papers will focus on the hardware and/or algorithms necessary to generate and/or utilize the measurements. Papers that mainly focus on the application of the measurements for specific applications such as navigation, robotics, target tracking, communications, etc., should be submitted to those technical areas.

Energy Conversion Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers that address topics in (but not limited to) the following areas.

  • Power Electronics
    • voltage, current, and frequency conversion
  • Electric motors and actuators
    • high performance drives and controls
  • Energy storage and management
    • electrochemical (batteries)
    • electrostatic (capacitors)
    • electromagnetic (superconducting coils)
    • electromechanical (flywheel)
  • Power generation
    • photovoltaic
    • radioisotope
    • electrostatic
    • fuel cell
    • electromechanical
    • energy harvesting
  • Transmission and distribution
    • power distribution architectures
    • wireless power transmission
  • Power System Integrity
    • power quality
    • reliabilty
    • stability
    • diagnostics
    • health management

An aerospace, shipboard, or undersea system application is expected. Other applications that advance emerging technologies, or unusual applications to systems not falling within the scope of other IEEE Societies will also be considered. The treatment should address a problem specific to a particular system of interest, in contrast to a general description that merely suggests possible applications to such systems. Where there is some overlap with other areas, the manuscript's focus and emphasis on energy conversion will indicate that it might be considered in this technical area. Papers that treat topics in energy conversion or power electronics for general commercial, industrial, or utility applications should be submitted to another journal.

Fault Tolerant Systems
(back) Fault-tolerance or graceful degradation is the property that enables a system to continue operating properly in the event of the failure of (or one or more faults within) some of its components. This technical area welcomes papers in the following areas:

  • Redundant and seamlessly-switching systems
  • Roll-forward and roll-back recovery
  • Widely available systems
  • Failure and fault detection/isolation
  • Component and system prognostics
  • Real-time fault detection
  • Fault containment and robustness
  • Fault-tolerant design
  • Byzantine fault tolerance
  • Reliabilility analysis
  • Mean time between failure analysis
  • Lifetime distributions and hazard functions of systems

An emphasis on either a direct or a potential aerospace application is expected.

Guidance and Control Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas. An aerospace or undersea application is expected. Modern guidance laws

  • Modern flight control methods involving state-of-the-art estimation and control techniques
  • Fusion of guidance and autopilot systems
  • Spacecraft and missile integrated estimation/control
  • Missile applications including national or theatre defense systems
  • Vision-based guidance and navigation
  • Autonomous guidance, navigation, and control (including GNSS applications)
  • Spacecraft/aircraft formation flying
  • Spacecraft/aircraft cooperative control
  • FDIR/redundancy management systems
  • Interdisciplinary flight control systems
  • Control of morphing aircraft
  • Spacecraft attitude and orbit determination and control systems
  • Aerospace man-machine (pilot in the loop) systems
  • Applications of optimization, estimation theory, identification, nonlinear filtering and smoothing, detection/tracking, and multiple model/multi-hypothesis methods

There will be some overlap with other areas, especially Aerospace related Robotic Systems (as pertaining to UAVs), Navigation, and Target Tracking and Multi-Sensor Systems, and whether a paper ought to be submitted in this technical area or another depends on its focus.

Intelligent Systems
(back)  This technical area welcomes papers describing intelligent systems supporting aerospace applications and complex decision environments. While all papers reporting original results on growing resilience under uncertain and unexpected conditions, operational efficiency, dynamic effective teaming, verification and validation are welcome, of special interest are:

Collaborative teaming of aerospace systems for initiating and completing complex missions
-    Computational intelligence with big data handling
-    Designs and operations for collaborative systems
-    Protected, assured, resilient communications for machine-to-machine operations
Flexible autonomy aerospace systems with dynamic effective human-machine teaming
-    Trust between human and machines
-    Common understanding and situational awareness between humans and machines
-    Environments for effective decision making under uncertainty
Safe and effective aerospace systems in uncertain and unexpected environments
-    Verifiable architectures for data centric autonomous systems
-    Verification and validation collaborative systems
-    Information assurance of human-machine communications and interactions
When there is overlap with other areas, the manuscript’s focus and emphasis on robust machine learning, artificial intelligence computer vision and/or game theory that are demonstrated to span multiple aerospace applications; e.g., knowledge representation and transfer, system-of-systems-wide sense-decide-act cycles, etc. makes it appropriate for Intelligent Systems. Other such papers that support only one particular application should be submitted to that corresponding technical area.

Letters
(back) The requirements for a Letter as follows:

  • A Letter must be short, no more than 4 pages long as published.
  • A Letter must be submitted in single-spaced/double-column format so that we can check the length.
  • A Letter must treat a subject that is within the AES Transactions purview – that is, it must fit within at least one extant Technical Area description as found on this website.
  • A Letter must fit the requirements for a Letter, specifically that its expeditious publication be demonstrably important.

Author stipulations:

  • The corresponding author must understand that there is no stage of revision: the manuscript will be either accepted as is, or else rejected – this means that the development must be clear and the language without flaw.
  • The corresponding author must signal his or her willingness to pay mandatory charges of $250 per printed page at the time of submission in a cover letter.
  • The corresponding author must submit his/her manuscript to the “Letters” Technical Area (as opposed to Radar or to Guidance & Control, etc.)

The AES Transactions promises:

  • We will offer thorough reviews with speedy decisions: our target turn-around time will be two months.
  • We promise that an accepted manuscript will be sent to the head of the publication queue. We anticipate that it will appear in the second-to-next Transactions issue: in fewer than six months.

Navigation
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas.

  • GNSS design and signal generation
  • GNSS signal processing and utilization
  • Space-based and ground-based augmentation systems
  • Multi-constellation GNSS
  • Inertial measuring unit and Inertial navigation systems (INS)
  • GNSS-INS integration
  • Multi-sensor systems
  • Opportunistic and Alternative Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Systems
  • Advances in estimation, detection, and exclusion techniques applied to navigation
  • Availability, accuracy, continuity, integrity and security measures
  • Outdoor-indoor vehicular and personal navigation systems
  • Navigation for connected and automated land, sea, air, and space vehicles

Networked Sensor Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas. An aerospace or undersea application is expected.

  • Integrated Sensor Management and Target Tracking
    • radar resource management and multifunction radars for multiple target tracking.
    • sensor scheduling and applications of stochastic control
    • net-centric systems and cooperative engagement.
    • Optimal trajectory design and path planning.
  • Sensor Networks
    • networks of radars, unattended ground sensor networks.
    • decentralized/distributed sensor coordination
    • game-theoretic methods in sensor network management.
    • intent and situation assessment using sensor networks.
    • joint medium access control (MAC) and sensing

There is some overlap with other areas, and whether a paper ought to be submitted in this technical area or another depends on its focus: if the manuscript's main thrust is in managing and scheduling sensor resources, it directly falls in this technical area. If a manuscript's focus is tracking or data fusion alone, or detection and estimation then authors may wish to consider submitting it to Target Tracking and Multi-sensor systems, or Sonar and Undersea Systems.

Radar Systems
(back) In the area of radar systems we welcome technical papers emphasizing the following themes with representative examples for each theme.

  • Radar Waveforms:
    • ambiguity function analysis for monostatic, bistatic, MIMO and multistatic radars
    • radar waveform design
    • coding and modulation techniques for radar waveforms
    • target adaptive waveform design
  • Radar Phenomenology
    • statistical characterization of radar clutter
    • bistatic, multistatic, and MIMO radar clutter models
    • physics based models
    • measured data analysis
  • Radar Signal Processing for Gaussian and non-Gaussian environments
  • optimal and adaptive radar signal processing theory
  • sample support issues in adaptive radar signal processing
  • CFAR
  • computational cost and robustness
  • performance bounds (e.g., signal-to-noise-ratio, Kullback-Leibler distance, Cramer-Rao bound)
  • hardware implementation
  • architectures (e.g., KASSPER)
  • Waveform Diversity
  • distributed and netted radar signal processing
  • bistatic and multi-static radar signal processing
  • MIMO radar signal processing
  • target adaptive matched filtering
  • joint adaptivity on transmit and receive
  • cognitive radar
  • knowledge aided radar signal processing
  • tomography based signal processing

Papers can represent theoretical/mathematical, system, or experimental advances in the state-of-the-art pertaining to radar technology for a wide range of military and civilian applications. Examples include (but are not limited to) airborne, space based, ground based, and ship borne radars in surveillance, building penetration, and ground penetration modes.

Autonomous Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas. An aerospace application is expected.

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Flight Systems
    • UAV flight control (specific to UAVs, not just "autopilots")
    • UAV interactions (see-and-avoid/docking/inflight refueling/inflight coordination) with:
      • other UAVs
      • manned aircraft/spacecraft
      • the physical environment
    • microrobotic flight systems
      • Micro air vehicles
      • indoor operations
      • obstacle avoidance
    • UAV navigation (not navigation systems in general, but topics that are specific to UAV issues in terms of size and mission (e.g., "indoor operations")
    • UAV-specific sensors (for example, not radar in general, but things like "smart skins", self diagnostics, self repair)
  • UAV Autonomy
    • onboard intelligence
    • intelligent UAV behaviors

There is some overlap with other areas, and whether a paper ought to be submitted in this technical area or another depends on its focus: if the manuscript's main thrust is the UAV system itself, it might be considered in this technical area. If a manuscript's focus is on navigation algorithms or control algorithms in general, or the sensing modality/technology or on sensor management, its authors may wish to consider submitting it to another AES topical editor.

Signal Processing in Aerospace Systems

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This technical area welcomes papers especially in (but not limited to) the following areas. An application in aerospace, remote sensing, defense electronics, or homeland security is expected.

Detection systems or estimation systems;
Signal representation (sparse, frequency, scale);
Modeling, sampling, filtering, or reconstruction of signals;
System modeling or system identification;
Adaptive techniques, automated learning systems, or machine learning techniques.

This technical area has substantial overlap with many (or even most) other technical areas. If a manuscript has a clear application to one of these other areas, the manuscript should be submitted to that technical area. On the other hand, authors whose signal processing research could be applied to multiple technical areas should consider submission to this one. Note that the relationship to application areas of interest to our Transactions must be made clear in the submitted manuscript; manuscripts that are purely of theoretical interest should be submitted to other publications.

Sonar and Undersea Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas.

  • Applications of detection and estimation theory to active and passive
    sonar systems
  • Underwater acoustic communications
  • Multiple target tracking algorithms, including track initialization
    and track management algorithms.
  • Multiple sensor data fusion algorithms, especially those with sonar
    applications such as multistatic active sonar.

There will be some overlap with other areas, especially Target Tracking and Multi-Sensor Systems (for tracking and/or fusion), with Radar (for detection and signal processing) and with Command, Control and Communications Systems (for acoustic communications). Our experience has been that it is relatively simple to determine if the paper treats a topic at a higher level and can be applied to an undersea system, versus a paper whose focus is intimately tied to the undersea application.

Space Systems

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This technical area welcomes papers focused on the following topics related to Space Systems:

  • Missions (manned, unmanned, satellite and ISS-based)
  • Design
  • Technology
  • Development
  • Experimental tests
  • Operations
  • Applications and services.

In particular, coverage of (but not limited to) the following items is of particular interest:

  • Launchers
  • Spacecrafts
  • Constellations
  • Formation Flying
  • Payloads
  • On-board electronic and mechanical sub-systems, antennas and materials
  • Ground segment (terminals, control segment, networking)
  • Integration with terrestrial systems
  • Integration of services (communications, navigation, earth observation).

There is a limited overlap with navigation and radar areas. However, we would expect that algorithm and data based manuscripts would be submitted in the specific areas while contributions where the system or the service is mainly dealt with will apply to the Space Systems area.

Target Tracking and Multi-Sensor Systems
(back) This technical area welcomes papers especially (but not limited to) in the following areas. An aerospace or undersea application is expected.

  • Multi-Target Tracking
    • techniques to deal with measurement-origin uncertainty (MHT, PDA, assignment)
    • kinematic tracking (Kalman techniques, alpha-beta, etc.)
    • nonlinear filtering (particle filtering, UKF, etc.)
    • automatic track management
    • joint tracking and identification
    • track-before-detect
  • Multi-Sensor Systems
    • data fusion
    • bistatic and multi-static systems
    • decentralized/distributed detection
    • decentralized/distributed estimation

There is some overlap with other areas, and whether a paper ought to be submitted in this technical area or another depends on its focus: if the manuscript's main thrust is tracking or fusion it might be considered in this technical area. If a manuscript's focus is on the sensing modality/technology or on sensor management, its authors may wish to consider submitting it to Sonar Systems, to Radar Systems, to Electro-Optic and Infrared Systems or to Networked Sensor Management.

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“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."

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