Welcome to ICNS 2012: Bridging CNS and ATM

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Tom Redling

Tom Redling, 2012 ICNS General Chair

We’re pleased you can attend this 12th edition of the ICNS Conference, Bridging CNS and ATM. During the past 11 years since its inception, the ICNS conference has fostered information exchange, collaboration and education for the CNS/ATM community. New research, development and implementation programs have been described, discussed and advanced. The progress of ongoing programs will be presented and new ideas will be explored in depth. Progress in the “integration” part of ICNS will be discussed through topics that include but are not limited to datalink communications, ADS-B, SWIM, and aviation spectrum re-allocations.

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. We sincerely hope that you enjoy the upcoming three days and derive valuable professional benefits from our popular format of morning plenary sessions and afternoon technical tracks, providing a broad range of experiences.

This year, our goal is to explore in depth the tight coupling between the terrestrial-based Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems and the airborne Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance Systems that make the evolution of NextGen possible. Topics will range from high level air transportation system policy through cutting-edge research in algorithms and advanced electronic systems.

For this year’s ICNS, we have again prepared for you three exciting plenary sessions in the mornings. Our first plenary on Tuesday is entitled “Leading NextGen Development Through Collaboration” and will be led off by a keynote address by Chris Metts, Vice President of the Program Management Organization at the FAA.

The Wednesday plenary bridges the international community by exploring “Harmonization between NextGen & SESAR” from the perspective of both American and European experts.

At the Thursday plenary, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) has put together a program that will explore Cyber Threats, including Advanced Persistent Threats and an operational view on automation evolution and dependencies.

Each day, the morning plenary sessions are followed by technical tracks in the afternoon. Papers written by people from industry, academia, and research organizations are presented that propose approaches on how to bridge CNS and ATM from a technical point of view.

We invite you to take advantage of numerous opportunities to network with your colleagues during our morning breakfasts, breaks, lunches, and evening social events. We also invite you to relax and have fun at our evening events.

On Tuesday evening during our evening reception, Mike Harrison will reprise his talk last year with another interesting piece on aviation history. Also, based on its popular demand, Casino Night is returning on Wednesday evening with some updates to make it an even better experience this year. We hope that you will take the time to enjoy both of these events.

Let’s get out there and participate!

Tom Redling
2012 ICNS Conference General Chair