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AESS QEB, Issue 11

January, 2012

Society News

Welcome Message
by Hugh Griffiths
AESS President 2011-2012


The IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) provides a global professional home for engineers working in the electronic systems domain.

The Society offers a unique opportunity to become deeply connected with the three pillars of the Aerospace, Electronic and Defence sector: Industry, Institutions and Research Centers. Effective interaction between those pillars is the key element for the organization, design, development and operation of successful Complex Systems, which are the core of the AESS Field of Interest.

AESS Complex Systems cover the space, air, ocean and ground environments, including hardware, software, integration and many other aspects of the Engineering job.

AESS Conferences, Workshops, Transactions, Magazine and Educational tools enhance and disseminate the culture of Complex Systems through the global AESS community, bringing to a large and beneficial exchange of experience and achievements among our members.

If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact us.

I warmly welcome all AESS members and I look forward to welcoming to our Society all IEEE non-AESS members and all who are visiting our website! Join us!

In Memorium- Cary R. Spitzer


IEEE AESS members and many people throughout the world were influenced and taught by Cary Spitzer who passed away November 8, 2011. Cary, who was a current member of the AESS Board of Governors, was a Fellow of the IEEE, an honor that is only achieved by exceptional people. He was an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a cornerstone of the Digital Avionics Systems Conferences (DASC) co-sponsored by the IEEE AESS and the AIAA DATC. He was awarded the IEEE Centennial Medal, an IEEE Millennium Medal, and the Digital Avionics Award. He was a Past President of the IEEE AESS and Past Chairman of the IEEE United States Activities Aerospace Policy Committee.

Cary’s career involved many achievements including a successful career at NASA Langley Research Center followed by teaching and consulting all over the world after he retired from NASA in 1994. His work at NASA on the Viking program, and avionics programs including the Microwave Landing Systems, the Global Positioning System, automatic landing systems, and digital data exchange advanced the application of these technologies in space exploration and air transportation. Cary founded AvioniCon in 1993, an international avionics consulting firm that specialized in technology trends, avionics systems architectures, strategic planning, and business development.

Cary taught short courses at UCLA, companies, and the DASC. His courses were in high demand and well attended. Cary was author of Digital Avionics Systems (two editions), and Editor-in-Chief of the Avionics Handbook, published by CRC Press.

In 1992, he led for NASA a group of industry experts in visits to European avionics and aircraft companies. The Assessment of Avionics Technologies in European Aerospace Organizations report provided insight on the development of avionics for the next generation of aircraft.

Call for Nominations for the AESS Board of Governors, Term 2013-2015

Are you an AESS member? Do you plan to join AESS?
The best way to live your Society is to participate actively to its activities and organization.
Here is an opportunity.
Consider to candidate yourself for the 8 available positions in the AESS Board of Governors (BoG) for the term 2013-2015. BoG meetings take place twice a year, mostly in the USA.

Your application can be sent to Judy Scharmann, [email protected]. Please include the following: 1) a 175-word statement of why you are running for the AESS Board of Governors, what you intend to do if elected, and how you view your role on the BoG; 2) a 500-word bio; and 3) a head and shoulders photo of yourself.

If you have questions do not hesitate to contact Judy Scharmann, [email protected] or Marina Ruggieri, [email protected].

Send your application at your earliest convenience but no later than March 31, 2012.

2012 AESS Officers Meeting in Miami, FL

The AESS Officers and Editors met in Miami, FL on January 21, 2012 for a strategic planning meeting

New AESS Officers for 2012 were selected as follows:

President – Hugh Griffiths
Executive Vice President – Robert Ewing
VP Conferences – Mark Davis
VP Education – Iram Weinstein
VP Finance – George Dean
VP Industry Relations – Reza Dizaji
VP Member Services – Larry Chasteen
VP Publications – Peter Willett
VP Technical Operations – Theodora Saunders

Jr. Past President – Marina Ruggieri
St. Past President – Bob Rassa
Secretary – Frank Reyes
Treasurer – Ron Ogan
EIC of Systems Magazine - Teresa Pace
EIC of Transactions- Lance Kaplan

VP if Finance George Dean
President, Hugh Griffiths and Executive VP, Robert Ewing
IEEE-USA President, Jim Howard and wife, Donna
AESS Treasurer, Ron Ogan

To view the current roser of the AESS Board of Governors , click here

AESS 2012 Board of Governors

Dr. Ram Gupta Receives MGA Leadership Award


The IEEE AESS is pleased to announce that Dr. Ram Gopal Gupta is the recipient of the 2011 MGS leadership award with the following citation:

“For his distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions as a volunteer, at the Section and Regional levels, serving the IEEE for the benefit of its members and the engineering profession by popularizing IEEE in local industry and common engineering students.”
Congratulations, Dr. Gupta!

To read the full article, click here.

IEEE AESS Distinguished Lectures in China on INS and GPS Technology Trends
by George Schmidt
Entrance to the Forbidden City, Beijing

AESS Distinguished Lecturer, George Schmidt, gave a series of lectures in China during October, 2011.
To view full report, click here

Tsinghua Organizing Committee

George Schmidt lecturing at Tsinghua University

IEEE AESS Society Expense Reporting Process

Click here for more information

IEEE Expense Reporting Form

Conference Information

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

The 2012 IEEE Radar Conference, being held in Atlanta, GA, May 7-11, 2012, will host 400 to 600 attendees interested in innovations and developments in radar theory and technology.  Radar related topics will include presentations describing developments in radar systems and their implementations, phenomenology, target and clutter modeling, component advances, signal processing, and data processing utilizing advanced algorithms as well as feature exhibits by vendors of radar systems, radar components, instrumentation, related software and publications.  In addition, a number of tutorials on radar associated topics will also be taught at the conference.
Prospective authors are invited to submit papers through the conference website November 14th.  Topic areas of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

1. Environmental Remote Sensing
2. Antenna Technologies & Techniques
3. Components & Subsystems
4. Emerging Technologies
5. Radar Systems & Concepts
6. Phenomenology
7. Target & Clutter Modeling
8. Radar Singnal Processing (Theory, Architectures, & Applications)
9. Radar Data Processing (Theory, Architectures, & Applications)
10. SAR/ISAR/IFSAR Systems

In addition to conference papers, individuals are encouraged to submit special session proposals by October 14th as well as tutorial proposals by December 7th.  Additional information about the conference and submissions can be found on the conference website at

For those interested in participating as an exhibitor, a booth package is available that includes an 8’ x 10’ booth space with background drape, skirted table, and coffee breaks.  Please make your reservation before January 6, 2012 for a discounted rate and to ensure your spot as space is limited.  The 2012 IEEE Radar Conference Committee looks forward to seeing you in Atlanta!

We are very pleased to invite you to the ESTEL 2012, the first International IEEE-AESS Conference in
urope 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.

Estel Conference 2012 is the International conference on telecommunications via satellite organized for the first time in Europe by IEEE  AESS in collaboration with ESOA (European Satellite Operator’s Association) and SAT EXPO (Expo-Forum on Satellite and Advanced Telecommunications). It reasserts the continuous commitment on the promotion of the excellence in the technology for humanity on IEEE’s part.
A unique venue
Four days of very specialized seminars on all main topics of satellite telecommunications sector, from Tuesday the 2nd to Friday the 5th of October, in the heart of Rome, next to the well known Trevi’s Fountain in a very comfortable and well equipped Conference Centre, the “Roma Eventi - Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre”.
High-Quality Papers and Presentation
The Estel Conference program will present the cutting-edge solutions in the field of satellite telecommunications, from the technological point of view to all possible applications related to Improving the Quality of Life (QoL) (Health, Security and Energy). It will offer an impressive list of speakers, including satellite telecommunications experts, top scientists and managers especially from the US, Europe and the Far East.
Multidisciplinary Focus
The program is designed to facilitate dialogue among members of government, industry, and the academic community.
The goal is to create a very diverse and multidisciplinary conference where operators and scientists from various complementary disciplines can meet and discuss subjects of common interest in the field of satellite telecommunications.
The emphasis will be on applications-oriented research and development, from antennas, devices and components to most updated systems and software.
International participation
The Organization foresees as first edition the participation of around 200 foreign attendees coming from 21 Countries from the US, Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Important Dates
Abstract Submission: 1 February 2012
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: 1 April 2012
Draft Manuscript Submission: 15 May 2012
Notification of Acceptance:  20 June 2012
Final Manuscript Submission: 20 July 2012

Please find all other Call for Papers here:


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]

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

    ***Panel Chair Needed***

    The Aerospace Systems Integration Engineering is looking for a chair. If you are interested or need more information, please contact the VP Technical Operations, Theodora Saunders.

    Forming New Avionics Committee for AESS

    We’re in the process of creating a new committee on Avionics for AESS. Avionics continues to be a growing industry and key part of AESS’ field of interest. This committee will focus on the understanding of the latest technologies for manned and unmanned systems; ATM; research; standards development; and conference management. 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.
    The committee will be holding a kick-off meeting at the 30th DASC (Digital Avionics
    Systems Conference) in Seattle.
    For more information, please contact Paul Kostek.

    IEEE AESS Workshop in Rome to launch a
    new Panel on Sustainability and Quality of Life

    A New Panel on Sustainability and Quality of life, joint with the opening ceremony of the Master in Advanced Satellite Communication and Navigation Systems was announced by IEEE AESS on December 12, 2011 in Villa Mondragone, Frascati (Rome).

    Introduced by Prof. Marina Ruggieri, Director of “Master in Advanced Satellite Communication and Navigation Systems”, University Rome Tor Vergata, the workshop was focused on the role of space applications to improve sustainability and quality of life.
    This workshop aimed at launching a new Panel with transversal features to other IEEE societies.

    Several Scientist and Specialists took part to the meeting:
    • Prof. Costas Vournas, IEEE Power & Energy Society Region 8 representative, National Technical University of Greece, Athens that gave a speech on Speech on Smart Grid and innovation in the power generation and distribution;
    • Prof. Migliaccio, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing South Italy Chapter Chairman, University of Naples “Parthenope”;
    • Eng. De Vincenti, Consultant, that took a lecture on the Role of Satellite in the context of Sustainability and Quality of life;
    • Prof. Paolo Gamba, IEEE GRS Letters Editor, University of Pavia, that gave a lecture on GRSS contribution to AESS Panel on sustainability and Quality of Life;
    • Prof. Grigioni, IEEE EMB Society;
    • Eng. Fabrizio Impagnatiello, Head of End to End Systems and Data Processing, Thales Alenia Space Italia, that took a lecture on COSMO-SkyMed: The Italian Earth Observation System for Global Environment Monitoring;
    The ninth edition of the Master in Advanced Satellite Communication and Navigation Systems was presented by Dr. Ernestina Cianca.
    The workshop was attended by a hundred of participants: company managers, institutions and academics.

    Ruggieri with De Vincenti

    Ruggieri with Gamba

    Ruggieri with Vournas

    Ruggieri with Grigioni

    Ruggieri with Impagnatiello

    Ruggieri with Stallo, Migliaccio, Grigioni and Vournas

    2011 Radar Systems Panel Minutes
    The Radar Panel held two meetings in 2011, please click following links to view the minutes

    May 2011 RSP Minutes
    October 2011 RSP Minutes