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What is the Systems Magazine?

The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine is a monthly magazine that publishes articles concerned with the various aspects of systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments as well as news and information of interest to IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society members. Our goal is to inform the readers of technologies, state of the art, design trades, etc. so that they will gain insights into a field heretofore unknown to them. We want to introduce technical specialties to readers in the hope that something in the articles will give them some insight for their own fields of endeavor.

The boundaries of acceptable subject matter have been intentionally left flexible so that the Magazine can follow the research activities, technology applications and future trends to better meet the needs of the members of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. The topics of current interest are best summarized in the areas published in the inside front cover of the magazine and by the technical fields of interest of the IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society (AESS) editors.

As of 1 March 2021, new manuscripts must be submitted via Manuscripts originally submitted before this date using will remain in the msubmit system, and that includes revised versions. The msubmit system will close once all current active submissions have reached a final decision.

For specific information for Systems Magazine authors, please see:

Author's Instructions

AES Systems Magazine Table of Contents

January 2021    February 2021    March 2021    March 2021 (Tutorial)    April 2021    May 2021    June 2021    July 2021    August 2021   September 2021  October 2021  November 2021  December 2021

January 2020    February 2020    March 2020    April 2020    May 2020    June 2020   July 2020    August 2020   September 2020   October 2020   November 2020   December 2020

Please go to the AESS Resource Center to access the electronic version of the AES Systems Magazine.

Student Highlights include:

1)      Student Project Highlights

Student project highlights are short 2-3 page articles that showcase student projects. These articles describe the motivation, student contributions, and future directions of a specific student project. These articles should not be used as a main publication for novel research or be overly technical.  These articles can showcase research either by high school, undergraduate, or graduate students or by a group of students in any of these domains.  One to two photographs and up to two equations can be submitted.

2)      Student Research Highlights

Student research highlights are typically submitted by graduate students working on a Master’s thesis or Doctoral dissertation. These highlights can be thought of as a two-page abstract of the student’s thesis, a proposal, or a recent research paper. The author should cite the publications relevant to the research being described in the highlight.  Student research highlights should include a short bio along with a picture. Single authors are preferred, and if the student has an advisor, he/she should be mentioned as a footnote. These submissions should be ~800 words and when possible include a figure and up to two equations.  

3)      Student Activity Highlights

Student activity highlights is a more broad section and can include activities that students at any level are doing that are relevant or would be of interest to our readers.  They do not have to be written by students but must be about students and an activity they participated in.

Note: If you are a graduate student submitting a regular article to the magazine, please do not use the Student Highlight category.  Select one of the other categories when submitting your paper through the electronic submission website.

Student Highlights Submission Instructions

Instructions for Authors: Conference Reports

It is expected that organizers of IEEE AESS Conferences submit a report to the Magazine within two months following the conference’s end. The reports should be written at such a level that the general Systems reader will be interested. Some technical details are therefore welcome in that these describe the conference theme, but lists of papers and similar items should be avoided. Conference reports benefit greatly from photographs – these should be in color and be of good resolution, and a descriptive caption is key. In the case of a financially (co-)sponsored conference this report should not exceed 4 printed pages; and for technical sponsorship, the maximum length is 2 pages. Financially co-sponsored conference reports should include logos of AESS and other financial co-sponsors; other reports should not include logos. Reports related to conferences that are not AESS sponsored in any way can be submitted, but will be considered only if the AESS level of interest (such as membership in the organizing committee, familiar plenary speakers, etc.) is reasonably high; and the maximum length is one-half printed page. A printed page in Systems with no figures is usually 700-800 words.

Instructions for Authors: Industry Insights

We welcome short papers, 3-4 pages long, that showcase industry projects, system solutions, and problem-solving approaches from an industrial standpoint. It can be wide in scope, in the sense that it offers company-wide perspective; or it can be quite focused and give details on a particular product line or task.

Information for Authors: New and Information

Brief pieces bringing timely information of significant interest to AESS members are welcome. These include, but are not limited to, major events, challenges and milestones. As a matter of practice, contributed obituary notices of IEEE AESS members are reserved for publication in the AESS website ( and in the AESS quarterly e-mail blast (QEB). Brief obituary notices of high profile members of AESS may occasionally appear in the magazine, but these are rare and are generally not encouraged.

Special Issues

Special Issue Guidelines

Call for Papers

Special Issue on Urban Air Mobility and UAS Airspace Integration: Vision, Challenges, and Enabling Avionics Technologies - Submission Deadline: 15 November 2021

Upcoming Special Issues

Special Issue on Avionics Systems: Future Challenges

Special Issue on Systems and Solutions for Arctic Challenges

Special Issue on Space Domain Systems

Special Issue on Multi-Platform and Multi-Functional RF Systems (MPRFS) and (MFRFS)

Special Issue on Current Applications and Innovations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Aerospace

Special Issue on Meta-Level and Adversarial Tracking

Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence for Data Fusion

Special Issue on Cognitive Radar

Special Issue on Quantum Radar

Special Issue on Noise Radar Technology

Recently published Special Issues

Special Issue on Exploration Mission-1 (now: Artemis) and Deep Space CubeSats - April 2019, September 2019, March 2020

Special Issue on Wireless Sensor Networks and Remote Sensing for Environmental Applications - June 2019 & October 2019

Special Issue on Selected Methods and Techniques for Intelligent Systems for Space - July 2019

Special issue on Selected Methods and Instrumentation of Metrology for AeroSpace - July 2018

Special Issue on Integrated Navigation, Sensing and Communications for Solving Problems in Society - May 2018

Cyber Security in Aerospace Systems - December 2017 & March 2018

HF Radar - November 2017 & February 2018


Daniel W. O’Hagan
IEEE AES Systems Magazine

Editor-in-Chief, AESS Magazine; AESS Magazine Associate Editor (Area of Specialty: Radar Systems)

Systems Magazine Editorial Board

Field of Interest

“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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