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AESS Magazine Associate Editor (Area of Specialty: Target Tracking); Target Tracking Panel Chair

Target Tracking Panel report to the AESS BoG - October 2016


1. The Target Tracking Systems Panel is a Technical Panel of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society.

2. The purpose of the Panel is to promote the creation of standard terminology, specification formats, and test procedures, and to promulgate understanding of algorithms and components of sensor data processing systems.

3. The Panel is composed of representatives of industry, government laboratories, educational institutions and professional societies who are involved in target tracking systems and the application of the concepts to real-world problems.


The Target Tracking Systems Panel meets twice a year and is comprised of four committees. The first committee addresses on standards for terminology, while the second committee addresses standards for implementation such as computing hardware, databases, and interfaces. The third committee addresses standards for test and evaluation procedures, while the fourth committee addresses the promotion of the technologies, algorithms, and concepts involved in sensor data processing systems. All committee outputs are reviewed and approved by the Panel prior to release outside of the Panel. Homework is accomplished by individual members between meetings to expedite the completion of committee tasks. The Panel elects a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman and each committee elects its own chairman. Voting and rules-of-order are established in the By-Laws of the Panel. Membership in the Panel is open to all who wish to participate.


The objectives of this Panel are represented as the objectives of the individual committees.

Terminology Committee Objectives

1. Develop and maintain an IEEE Dictionary for Sensor Data Processing System.

2. Establish IEEE Dictionary for Sensor Data Processing System as an IEEE Standard.

Implementation Committee Objectives:

1. Establish standards for implementation of algorithms.

2. Establish standards for specifying hardware for sensor data processing.

Test and Evaluation Committee Objectives

1. Establish standard methods for test and evaluation of sensor data processing systems

2. Establish modeling and simulation standards.

3. Establish standards for track-to-truth assignment.

Technology Committee Objectives

The main aim of the Technology Committee is to conduct Seminars, Workshops and Conferences. The Committee will identify various research topics of interest to the Fusion Community and invite experts in these areas to present special lectures at technical meetings. The Committee will also find researchers interested in holding Workshops on Special research topics; for example, the use of fusion techniques in Medicine. The small workshops should enhance the visibility of the Society as a whole. If possible, Government agencies as well as private sector should be approach for financial support. With regards to Conferences, the Committee should invite proposals for holding conferences at various locations around the world. It should be the responsibility of the Committee to award the Conference to a particular group and get the members of the Panel to play a pivotal role in general origination as well as running of the Conference, that is, the members of the Panel will be on the Steering Committee of the Conference. The Committee should help the Conference Organizers to select the Plenary Speakers such that the speakers belong to diverse groups. (Chee-Yee Chong, Ivan Kadar, and Mohammed Farooq)

The Technology Committee will also seek to recognize individuals for specific career achievements and teams for specific achievements. The Technology will seek to establish awards and recognition programs through the IEEE (Rabinder Madan and John Gray)



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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