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ICNS Conference

[ICNS Logo] [photo: Westin Washington Dulles Airport Hotel]
April 23-25, 2013
Westin Washington Dulles Airport Hotel
Herndon, VA


2013 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference

ICNS Conference Site

November 19, 2012

2013 ICNS Call for Participation Now Available

Diverse Aircraft in a Common Sky – ICNS Leads the Way

The 2013 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference addresses long-term research and development as well as current implementation of integrated CNS technologies. These capabilities enable the significant improvements in safety and airspace efficiency envisaged by programs such as NextGen in the United States and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) initiative.

ICNS 2013 Concept Diagram

This conference will provide an understanding of domestic and international Communication / Navigation / Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) programs, implementation strategies, standards development, research, and ICNS technologies. As the second decade of ICNS continues, 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 23, we kick off the conference with a keynote address and consequent presentations on the latest plans and activities of the US’s NextGen Program and Europe’s SESAR Program.
  • On Wednesday, April 24, we examine the emergence of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, their impact on the aviation, and what’s being done to enable integration of UAS into national and global airspace.
  • The third plenary on Thursday, April 26, will focus on operational perspectives with presentations from the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) community. On Thursday we will also have a final plenary session to review the various topics this ICNS Conference that address the conference theme: Diverse Aircraft in a Common Sky – ICNS Leads the Way. This will serve to both summarize the conference and look forward to the challenges and work ahead to make today’s visions into tomorrow’s realities.

Afternoon Technical Sessions

The plenary sessions are complemented by several parallel sessions in the afternoons 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
  • Aviation Spectrum and Spectrum Management
  • Surveillance and Situational Awareness
  • Weather Sensors and Weather Data Distribution.
  • 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 2013 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 Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) is sponsoring a student paper competition for the 2013 ICNS. Active students and professionals within two years of graduation are eligible for ICNS Student Best Paper honorarium 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 21, 2013 on any of the topics listed above through the online ICNS Abstract Submission Form.

Follow-up Deadlines

  • February 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance of papers/presentations
  • March 29, 2013: Final papers due
  • April 5, 2013: Conference presentations due
  • April 5, 2013: Presenters must be registered