Call for Participation 2012

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“Bridging CNS and ATM”

The 2012 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference addresses long-term research and development as well as current implementation of integrated CNS technologies needed to enable programs that include but are not limited to NextGen and SESAR.

The conference is focused on providing an understanding of domestic and international CNS/ATM programs, implementation strategies, standards development, research, and ICNS technologies. As we continue the second decade of ICNS, we focus on the relationship between next generation air traffic management and the enabling communications, navigation and surveillance infrastructure that will build the bridge between CNS and ATM.

Morning Plenary Sessions

Each day begins with a plenary session to set the stage for the day’s technical talks. On Tuesday, April 24, we kick off the conference with a keynote address and consequent presentations on what the United States of America (USA) is doing to promote NextGen, including but not limited to the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organization and the work occurring at the three NextGen Testbeds. On Wednesday, April 25, we examine the harmonization between NextGen activities in the US and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Program. Numerous perspectives will be provided by experts implementing these programs on both sides of the Atlantic. The third plenary on Thursday, April 26, will tie everything together with presentations from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) community.

Afternoon Technical Sessions

The plenary sessions are complemented by several parallel sessions in the afternoon on specific ICNS topics. For these technical sessions, papers and presentations are requested along the key topical areas listed below.

  • CNS System Architectures and Interfaces
  • Standards and V&V
  • Performance Based Navigation
  • Safe and Secure Air Transportation System
  • Performance-Based ATM
  • Trajectory Based Operations
  • Air/Ground Integration
  • Global Military Access
  • Future Communications
  • Surveillance and Situational Awareness
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the NAS
  • Network Centric Operations
  • Improved Environmental Performance
  • Aircraft/Airline Operations for NextGen
  • Federal Aviation Incentives and/or Mandates
  • Mixed Equipage in NextGen
  • Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis
  • Modular CNS Avionics


ICNS 2012 invites exhibits and product demonstrations by representatives of CNS-related industries and organizations. Participating as an exhibitor in the conference allows close-up interaction with customers and key policy decision makers to help move your research and products closer to daily operations.

Student & Professional Best Paper Competition

The Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) is sponsoring a student paper competition for the 2012 ICNS. Active students and professionals within two years of graduation are eligible for ICNS Student Best Paper awards. Papers eligible for these awards must be tagged as “Student” when submitted, and the first author listed on the paper must be a student. For the non-student papers, we will also conduct a Best Professional Paper competition, with trophies awarded for the first, second, and third place papers. All papers submitted by the final paper due date listed below will be considered.

Abstract Submission

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 750 words by January 22 31, 2012 on any of the topics listed above through the online ICNS Abstract Submission Form.

Follow-up Deadlines

  • February 15, 2012: Notification of acceptance of papers/presentations
  • March 30, 2012: Final papers due
  • April 6, 2012: Conference presentations due
  • April 6, 2012: Presenters must be registered by this date