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Quarter 3, 2013

Society News

Welcome Message
by Hugh Griffiths
AESS President 2012-2013


Summertime (at least in the northern hemisphere) and the living is easy ... The chance to spend more time with family and loved ones, to write that paper or proposal that you'd be meaning to, and to take stock.


As many of you will already know, the IEEE runs a substantial program of awards, medals and prizes. Some of these are at Society level, and some at IEEE level. They recognize outstanding contributions in our profession - over an entire career or at an early stage. The processes are rigorous, requiring detailed nominations and endorsements, and assessment by panels of experts. The AESS Awards Chair is Erv Gangl.

The process relies entirely on nominations. So if you can think of someone whose work has really made a difference and who deserves recognition, please take the trouble to identify the appropriate award and to prepare the nomination. A list of the AES awards, criteria and nomination processes and deadlines can be found at:

Thanks and best wishes,

Hugh Griffiths
AESS President

Hugh Griffiths is awarded the A F Harvey Engineering Research prize!

AESS President, Dr. Hugh Griffiths (Unviersity College London) has been awarded the A F Harvey Engineering Research prize. According to the article announcing the prize, "He was chosen from a number of high calibre candidates from across the world to win the A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize and was chosen due to his outstanding contributions to radar research and his continuing work to make major improvements in bistatic radar and its applications." Professor Andy Hopper, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “Our judging panel were presented with some very high calibre candidates, but Professor Griffiths’ work shone through. I really hope this prize will help him to continue his ground breaking work with radars.”

Below are pictures of Dr. Hugh Griffiths receiving the A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize:

As a result of receiving this award, Hugh was asked to speak on BBC Radio! The podcast is at this link (Scroll down to the podcast titled "Tornado;Tree health;Vaccine;Radar"):

Podcast Description: What is it about Oklahoma's geographical location that causes increased susceptibility to tornadoes? How can residents of ‘tornado valley’ better protect themselves against these rampant acts of Mother Nature?The Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce have just issued their first report with recommendations to combat what they call an “unprecedented threat” from non-native pests and diseases. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate has issued the pharmaceutical company MSD Animal Health a provisional licence to provide the new ‘Bovilis SBV’ vaccine to UK farmers. They will be the first in the EU to access the vaccine.Professor Hugh Griffiths, the winner of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's A F Harvey Prize, is receiving his prize tonight - £300, 000 to continue his work on bistatic radar and using FM radio waves and TV signals as radar. He joins Quentin Cooper in the studio.

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Conference Information

Please go to the AESS Website to see a full list of upcoming conferences.

IEEE AUTOTESTCON will be held 16-19 September 2013 in Schaumburg, IL, USA.

IEEE AUTOTESTCON is the United States’ largest conference focused on automatic test systems for US military systems, and has been held annually since 1965. The Conference, whose general theme is The Support Systems Technology Conference, is held in varying cities around the US each fall. Administered by a standing Board of Directors, the Conference typically presents over 120- quality application-focused papers with over 250 Exhibits, all focused precisely on the current issues facing military automated test. Attendance ranges between 650 and 750 (paid) attendees, with an additional 1,000 to 1,200 exhibitor and spouse attendees.

The Conference Registration includes admission to Technical Sessions, a copy of the Proceedings (CD ROM), lunch on Tuesday & Wednesday, Exhibit Hall access, Tuesday Exhibitor Reception, and Wednesday Evening Gala ticket.

AUTOTESTCON 2013 will also host a golf tournament that will be held on Monday, September 16 at the beautiful Makray Memorial Golf Course in Barrington, IL. Makray Memorial is a premier 18-hole championship caliber course, just eight miles from the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. In addition to the cart and range balls, your $98 fee includes breakfast, on-course beverages, lunch, snacks and soft drinks.

32nd DASC will be held 6-10 October 2013 in Syracuse, NY, USA.

Final Manuscript Submission Deadline:
23 August 2013

For more information, visit the website at:

2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference will be held 1-7 March 2014 in Big Sky, MT, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
25 October 2013 (Call for Papers)

For more information, visit the website at:

PLANS 2014 will be held 5-8 May 2014 in Monterey, CA, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
1 November 2013

For more information, visit the website at:

2014 IEEE RadarCon will be held 19-23 May 2014 in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
18 October 2013

For more information, visit the website at:

2014 IEEE NAECON will be held 25-27 June 2014 in Dayton, OH, USA.

For more information, visit the website at:

Technical Operations

A Message to Chapter Chairs from VP Technical Operations, Roger Oliva

The AESS Technical Operations are described here:  Would you let us know how these Panels may better serve our membership?  Is there something missing?

As an example of Chapter endeavors, please take a look at activities that we’ve pursued at our local Chapter in Washington, DC over the past dozen years and share what you are pursuing with us.  You can view these activities by clicking here.  Is there something we can do to facilitate what you are doing?  Are there any lecturers here that you’d like to have visit your Chapter? 

Be advised, our Society Official Distinguished Lecturer Program is also very active and is highly recommended.

I’ve found only a few Chapter internet sites.  Do you have one?  If so, what is it?  I wish to also bring your attention to these Australian, Ukrainian (Section), Canadian, and Greek Activities.

We serve you by assisting in coordinating technical activities to promote engineering.  I am personally supporting the IEEE Systems Council and USA/IEEE Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy on your behalf. 

We hope you’re taking a close look at conferences, tutorials, and publications that are already available to you.  If you have ideas regarding Industrial Relations, please drop Alfonso Farina a line. Are we meeting your needs?  What are we missing?

Please pass this e-mail to your Chapter and Section Officers and local AESS membership.  We’d appreciate it if you’d collect/condense comments or/and questions and pass them to us so we may best serve them.

Thank you,

Roger Oliva
VP Technical Operations, AESS Board
[email protected]



Systems Magazine Archives

Did you know that we have Systems Magazine Archives on the AESS web site? Click here.

Upcoming Transactions Posted on the AESS Website

For a listing of Upcoming Transactions, please visit the AESS website, Upcoming Transactions.

Open Access Policy

In accordance with IEEE policies regarding open access (OA) content, the AES Transactions has become a “hybrid” journal for submissions dated November 1st 2012 or later. This means that authors have the choice between the traditional publication model and an OA model. The former is the familiar procedure in which an accepted article is available on IEEEXplore to subscribers of that service. Under the OA model the author of an accepted manuscript chooses to pay a fee, such that the manuscript is posted on IEEEXplore and available, free, to all. The current OA fee is $1750 per article, and this figure is independent of manuscript type (regular, correspondence or letter).

New Book Alert

Giuseppe (Joe) Fabrizio, Ph.D.
ISBN13: 9780071621274
ISBN10: 007162127X
Division: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Pub Date: JUN-13
Pages: 944
Format: Hardcover (also available as e-book)
Audience: College/higher education, General/trade, Professional and scholarly

Written by a leading global expert on the topic, High Frequency Over-the-Horizon Radar provides in-depth coverage of the signal processing models and techniques that have significantly advanced OTH radar technology. This pioneering work describes the fundamental principles of OTH radar design and operation, and then delves into the mathematical modeling of HF signals received by actual OTH radar systems based on experimental data analysis. Numerous examples illustrate the practical application of modern adaptive signal processing techniques to real and simulated OTH radar data. This authoritative text covers skywave and surface-wave systems and is an invaluable resource for researchers, engineers, and practitioners working with OTH radar systems and technologies.