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AESS QEB, Issue 11

April, 2012

Society News

Welcome Message
by Hugh Griffiths
AESS President 2011-2012


As I write this I am at the Spring meeting of the AESS Board of Governors. The Board meeting occupies one-and-a-half days and provides a means to review and develop strategic plans for the Society. We have welcomed eight new Board members who were elected last year: Yuri Abramovitch, Dale Blair, Walt Downing, Joe Fabrizio, Maria Greco, Lance Kaplan, Bob Lyons Jr. and Teresa Pace. The Board meeting is taking place at the PLANS (Position Location And Navigation Symposium) conference, which is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Navigation and IEEE AESS. I am keen that our Board meetings are held to coincide with conferences, since that gives the wider membership the chance to identify and to meet with Board members and to hold them to account. You can of course see the full membership of the Board and their contact details on the AESS website.

These are exciting times for AESS. There are some significant changes in publications, which should become evident later this year. Conferences, Technical Operations, Membership, Education, Finance and Industry Relations have also been thoroughly reviewed. My own priorities for my Presidency are to emphasize the global nature of AESS's activities, and to build our membership. I'm sure each one of you knows someone who ought to be a member of AESS but somehow hasn't yet got round to joining. Please encourage them to do so - it's very easy to do !

--Hugh Griffiths

The AESS Board of Governors held their Spring 2012 meeting on April 25-26, 2012 in conjunction with The Position Location and Navigation System (PLANS) Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The AESS Board of Governors elected 2 new members of the Board, to serve for the term 2013-2015. They are:

Iram Weinstein

Wolfgang Koch

The full AESS Membership will be electing the remaining 6 members of the board in an election that will begin May 29 and end July 10. Keep alert for the election materials to arrive to you, and please cast your vote in this very important election!

AESS BoG 2012 - Myrtle Beach


Frank Reyes, Marina Ruggieri, Reza Dizaji

Frank Reyes, Reza Dizaji, Marina Ruggieri, Ron Ogan.

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Conference Information

Please go to the AESS Web Site to see a list of upcoming conferences.


AUTOTESTCON will be held at the Disneyland Resort and Conference Center in Anaheim, California, on September 10-13, 2012.
Abstracts are to be submitted to the Abstract Management website no later than March 31, 2012 (corrected submission deadline) at

For Technical Program information contact:
Michael T. Ellis, Technical Program Chairman
Northrop Grumman Corp.
21240 Burbank Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 715-2944
[email protected]

For other information contact:
Bob Rassa, General Chairman
Raytheon Company
2260 Engle Rd
Fallston MD 21047
(310) 985-4962
[email protected]


We are very pleased to invite you to the ESTEL 2012, the first International IEEE-AESS Conference in Europe on Space and Satellite TELecommunications.

The Conference will be held on October 2-5, 2012 in Rome, Italy at the Roma Eventi Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, in the heart of Rome historical centre.

For the latest information, click here.

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

Please see the following AESS Conference Call for Papers:

  • AUTOTESTCON 2012 Preliminary Announcement
  • Radar 2012 International Conference on Radar Systems
  • ESTEL 2012
  • ESTEL 2012 Press Conference
  • FUSION 2012
  • Radar 2012
  • PLANS 2012
  • 2012 IEEE-USA Student Conference
  • IEEE 2013 Conference on Phased Array Antennas and Propagation

  • Technical Operations

    Avionics Systems Technical Panel Forming

    AESS is sponsoring the formation of a new Avionics Systems Technical Panel. The focus will be on research, development, design, application, and test of avionics (navigation, display, surveillance, communications) for manned and unmanned systems. This will include ATM and Next Gen implementation. The committee will also address standards development; education, awards and conference management. 

    Additionally, the committee will provide oversight and volunteers for the Digital Avionics Systems Conference and the Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance Conference.  Both conferences address core areas of interest of this technical panel and AESS.

    If you’re involved in the avionics industry please consider volunteering for this committee. Contact Paul Kostek, [email protected] for more information or to volunteer.


    Itzhack Y. Bar-Itzhack, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, passed away in May 2007, almost 5 years ago. His loss is still greatly felt among the many people who knew him, and in the estimation and navigation communities in Israel and in the world. Itzhack was a Fellow of the IEEE, Chair of the Israeli chapter of AESS, and in 2004 he was the recipient of the prestigious AESS Kershner Award, recognizing "individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the technology of navigation and position equipment, systems or practices".

    By "popular demand", we are organizing a special, international, memorial symposium, to commemorate Itzhack and his seminal and pioneering contributions to inertial navigation, estimation theory, and spacecraft control (attitude and orbit determination and control). The symposium will take place in October 2012, at the Dan Panorama hotel, Haifa, Israel, and it is organized under the auspices of the Technion's Faculty of Aerospace Engineering and the Israeli Association for Automatic Control (IAAC), with support from the Israeli Chapter of AESS and additional universities, companies, research and other organizations.

    The Call for Papers is posted on our website, at The paper submission website,, is already open for submission of full draft papers or extended abstracts including sufficient technical detail. So far, three distinguished researchers have agreed to give plenary lectures at the symposium: Dr. F. Landis Markley (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center), Prof. Mark L. Psiaki (Cornell University), and Dr. Hector Rotstein (RAFAEL).

    Summary of important data:


    Dan Panorama Hotel, Haifa, October 14--17, 2012.

    Important Dates:

    Initial submission deadline: April 15, 2012

    Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2012

    Final paper submission deadline: August 31, 2012

    Early registration deadline: September 6, 2012.


    Paper submission:

    CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT: [email protected]

    Thanks for your attention, Yaakov Oshman

    -- Yaakov Oshman Holder of the Louis and Helen Rogow Chair in Aeronautical EngineeringTechnion---Israel Institute of Technology Dept. of Aerospace Engineering 737 Lady Davis Bldg. Haifa 32000, IsraelTel: +972-4-829-3803 Fax: +972-4-822-0477 [email protected]

    Call For Papers
    IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems – Special Section on “Compressed Sensing Applied to Radar”.
    Manuscript submission due on 31 July 2012. View the full CFP here.

    Introducing new Transactions on AES Associate Editor

    We are please to announce that Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka from the University of Tokyo has been appointed as an AE of Guidance and Control working under Min-Jea Tahk. Welcome Dr. Nakasuka!

    Introducing new AESS Systems Magazine Associate Editor

    Introducing Scott B. Bawden, a new Associate Editor for the Systems Magazine! Mr. Bawden is with Lockheed Martin in Global Training and Logistics - Advanced Systems. His area of expertise is Maritime/Energy. Welcome Mr. Bawden!

    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.

    Coming up in the Systems Magazine. . .

    New Class of Grayscale Morphological Filter to Enhance Infrared Building Target, Jing Guan, Tianxu Zhang, Xiaoping Wang, Junjin Mei

    Persistant Wide Area Surveillance from an Airship, John J. SantaPietro

    Design and Implementation of a Digital Real-Time Target Emulator for Secondary Surveillance Radar/Identification Friend or Foe, Sharef Neemat, Michael Inggs

    A New Approach to Designing Electronic Systems for Operation in Extreme Environments: Part I − The SiGe Remote Sensor Interface,
    Ryan M. Diestelhorst, Troy D. England, Richard Berger, Ray Garbos, Chandradevi Ulaganathan, Ben Blalock, Kimberly Cornett, Alan Mantooth, Xueyang Geng, Foster Dai, Wayne Johnson, Jim Holmes, Mike Alles, Robert Reed, Patrick McCluskey, Mohammad Mojarradi, Leora Peltz, Robert Frampton, Cliff Eckert, and John D. Cressler

    Synthetic Aperture Radar, Shaun I. Kelly

    Developing a Business Case for Systems Engineering, Joseph P. Elm

    Doppler Radar Calibration System, J. R.O. Fernández, C. Briso–Rodríguez, J. Calvo–Gallego, V.A. Araña–Pulido, M. Burgos–García, and F. Pérez–Martínez

    A New Approach to Designing Electronic Systems for Operation in Extreme Environments: Part II – The SiGe Remote Electronics Unit, Troy D. England, Ryan M. Diestelhorst, Eleazar W. Kenyon, Vishwa Ramachandran, Richard Berger, Raymond Garbos, Ben Blalock, Alan Mantooth, Matthew Barlow, Foster Dai, Wayne Johnson, Charles Ellis,
    Jim Holmes, Chip Webber, Michael Alles, Robert Reed, Patrick McCluskey, Mohammad Mojarradi, Leora Peltz, Robert Frampton, Cliff Eckert, and John D. Cressler