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ICNS 2019 | Submit Abstract

9-11 April 2019 | Westin Washington Dulles Airport Hotel

ICNS 2019: Call for Abstracts

Conference Theme:

“Enabling Future Flight through Evolving ICNS Technologies”

The Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference is the premier international aviation conference addressing technology and policy advances in CNS research, development and implementation programs and policies related to CNS/ATM capabilities and applications. ICNS is a not-for-profit event, jointly organized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS), with active support from industry as well as government. The ICNS Conference assembles leaders from government, industry and academia as well as senior technical experts to address important policy issues and discuss the future directions of CNS and ATM.

The ICNS Conference also provides an excellent framework for networking during breaks and evening social events, offering an opportunity for enhanced and informal exchange of views among policy makers and researchers.

The 2019 ICNS Conference theme is "Enabling Future Flight through Evolving ICNS Technologies." ICNS 2019 will focus on and address the impact of the evolving technologies and CNS research technology developments on aviation concepts. Terrestrial and satellite based CNS capabilities are emerging that can support 4D Trajectory Based Operations (TBO), the increased automation requirements of future flight, and the rapidly emerging UAS operations and their needs. The conference will address these integrated CNS technologies as well as the spectrum on which they all depend.

As with previous years, ICNS 2019 will be a three-day event. Each day of the conference will begin with a morning plenary session addressing a hot topic of global relevance. Distinguished invited speakers will set the stage for the policy, economic, operational and technology aspects of the plenary. The morning plenary will be followed in the afternoon by a number of parallel technical discussions with selected papers and presentations on various CNS themes. The technical papers and presentations will explore recent developments in technology and system design characterizations that address and complement the plenary topics.

The conference will provide an understanding of all major CNS/ATM programs and addresses implementation strategies, standards development, research, ICNS technologies and 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.

Plenary Sessions and Interactive Workshop

  • Tuesday, 9 April: Plenary: Global Harmonization
  • Wednesday, 10 April and Thursday 11 April: Plenary and workshop topics will be defined at a later date.

Afternoon Technical Sessions

Papers and presentations are solicited for the technical sessions, addressing the key topical areas listed below:

  • Data and Voice Communications Systems
  • Surveillance Systems & Situational Awareness
  • Navigation Systems & APNT
  • CNS Integration, Consolidation and Miniaturization
  • Drivers for CNS Evolution
  • Cybersecurity
  • Integration of UAV, RPAS, and Space Transportation into the Airspace
  • UAS Traffic Management (UTM)
  • Commercial, Military, and Consumer UAS
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Supporting Technologies
  • Performance-based CNS/ATM
  • Airport & Airspace Optimization/Operations
  • Support for Civil Military Interoperability
  • Impact of Climate Change and Aviation Weather on Aviation and CNS Performance
  • Changing Economic Impact on Users and Purchasers and Users of CNS Equipment
  • Emerging Aviation Systems
  • CNS Spectrum Aspects
  • Artificial Intelligence Developments and Impacts to CNS/ATM

Sponsors and Exhibits

ICNS 2019 invites industry sponsors and 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.

For more information, please contact Sponsors and Exhibits Chair Paul Kostek, sponsor.exhibits.chair@i-cns.org.

Best Paper Competition – Student and Professional

ICNS 2019 is sponsoring student and professional Best Paper competitions. Active students and professionals within two years of graduation are eligible for the ICNS Student Best Paper honorarium awards. Those not eligible for Best Student Paper are eligible for Best Professional Paper awards.

Abstract Submission

Authors are invited to submit abstracts by 14 December 2018, addressing one or more of the key topical areas listed above or having a critical relevance to the above aeronautical CNS topics. Abstracts should clearly define the goal of the work, its tasks, methods or results (anticipated or completed) as well as the potential benefits or applications of the work. Abstracts need to be clear and concise, with at least 250 words and no more than 750 words.

Submit Abstract Now

For additional questions, please contact the technical chair or technical publication chair.


  • Abstract submission: 14 December 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: 11 January 2019
  • Final papers due: 15 February 2019

Organizers, Contact Points

Conference General Chair
Dr. Nikos Fistas, EUROCONTROL

Technical Program Chair
Dr. Jonathan Lee, U.S. DOT Volpe Center

Sponsors and Exhibits Chair
Paul Kostek, IEEE

Workshop Chairs
Dr. Lance Sherry, George Mason University
Denise Ponchak
, NASA Glenn Research Center

Plenary Program Chair
Brent Phillips, FAA

Finance Chair
Denise Ponchak, NASA Glenn Research Center

Communications Chair
Rafael Apaza, NASA Glenn Research Center

Registration Chair
Herb Tax, AIAA

Technical Publications Chair
Tony Rossetti
, ALR International

Student Activity Chair
Dr. Lance Sherry, George Mason University

Awards Chair
Tom Redling
, Elbit Systems of America

Evening Events Chair
Robert Kerczewski, NASA Glenn Research Center

ICNS Executive Committee Chair
Robert Kerczewski, NASA Glenn Research Center

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