2021 ICNS Technical Program Overview
The 2021 ICNS Technical Program includes an exciting collection of technical papers covering a wide array of aviation-related topics grouped in to the six technical tracks described below. ICNS received abstracts from authors in 19 countries and representing government organization, industry, and academia.
Based on positive feedback from conference participants, ICNS 2021 is continuing the Virtual Technical Program format used during the last year’s conference. Each day of three-day virtual conference includes two technical tracks that are aligned closely with the plenary and workshop topics that day. Each technical track presents two outstanding papers, each of which includes a pre-recorded video followed by a live Q&A session with the author. Scroll down this page to review the best paper selection process criteria.
In addition to the Virtual Technical Program, pre-recorded videos for technical papers/presentations are being made available in the ICNS virtual delivery platform to all registered conference participants for two weeks after the conference, and authors will be available for Q/A during the conference week.
These are exciting times! We look forward to your participation and encourage your active engagement throughout the conference.
- Sherry Yang, Boeing
- Michael Olive, Honeywell
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Track 1 – Cybersecurity
Rainer Koelle, Eurocontrol
Rob Segers, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Cybersecurity in aviation addresses the self-protection of organizations and systems to ensure the high levels of safety and integrity of operations for which aviation is known, as well as the need for collaboration among different security stakeholders (e.g., state authorities, crisis response, critical infrastructure protection). This track provides a platform for discussing the latest R&D and developments to foster a deeper understanding of cybersecurity and the cyber threat landscape in aviation and air navigation, cybersecurity integration into the system development life-cycle, and development of associated concepts and processes.
Track 2 – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Monica Alcabin, Boeing
Paul Prisaznuk, SAE/ITC
Integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into today’s complex airspace system requires both technical innovation and planning. Government, industry, and academia must come together to develop new concepts of operation, new standards, and in some cases new regulations. The technical papers, presentations, and videos prepared for the UAS track will focus on how the CNS infrastructure will evolve to support integration of new entrants.
Track 3 – Air Traffic Management (ATM)
Bernd Korn, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Ralf Mayer, MITRE
The global Air Traffic Management (ATM) system is complex and safe with high integrity. The ATM track encompasses research areas that are central to realizing the required overall ATM system performance in efficiency while maintaining the high safety and integrity to meet the growth demand of air traffic . This year’s track covers a wide range of topics including Trajectory Based Operations, Advanced Separation Concepts, Future Air Traffic System Vision, and Terminal Operations Performance.
Track 4 – Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS)
Brent Phillips, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Michael Schnell, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
The scope of aviation Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS)is expanding quickly beyond traditional air transport, business aviation, and general aviation applications. Likewise, the CNS technical track covers a wide range of topics including CNS technologies for UAS, cyber-security concepts especially related to link technologies, and application of AI/ML to CNS technologies. While there are other technical tracks dedicated to these topics, the papers in this track have a clear focus on the CNS technologies.
Track 5 – Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning (AI/ML)
Matthew Moser, Boeing
Srivatsan Varadarajan, Honeywell
This track is dedicated to advancements in the field of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) for aviation applications, which is an exciting domain with a vast array of opportunities. The papers in this track cover a wide range of AI/ML topics including ATM operations and maintenance, predictive learning models for air traffic control, applications for situational awareness and capacity planning, and verification and validation techniques.
Track 6 – Special Topics and New Entrants
Rafael Apaza, NASA Glenn Research Center
Dr.Dongsong Zeng, MITRE
ICNS offers engaging and diverse special topics associated with Communications, Navigation and Surveillance. Participants benefit from learning about research and development offered by experts from various disciplines. Through ICNS Special Topics, cutting edge information is presented on topics such as environment impacts, human factors and other fields of great importance to aviation today.
ICNS is proud to provide FREE registration for the 2021 ICNS Conference. Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors who have made this possible. In addition, on-demand viewing and access to the papers can be purchased for a nominal fee. Registration is required.
All registrants will receive one free (regularly $50) technical whitepaper of their choice on avionics software development/certification from AFuzion plus their technical paper entitled “Intro to DO-278 – Communication/Navigation Systems, and Air Traffic Management Certification.”