International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2018

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The 2018 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'18, will be held on June 12-15, 2018 in the Dallas Marriott City Center that is situated in the heart of a vibrant Arts District area. 

The Conference spans four days. June 12 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 13-15. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'18 is expected to attract high numbers of participants from academia, industry, federal and state agencies, government, the private sector, users, practitioners and engineers, who wish to be affiliated with and contribute technically to this highly demanding and evolving and expanding field. 

The theme of ICUAS'18 will be twofold:

  • UAS/RPAS design for assured autonomy
  • Regulations, policy and law to enable UAS/RPAS technologies

The main novelty of ICUAS'18 is a separate track on regulations, policy, legal and ethical issues that are essential to allow for integration of UAS/RPAS in the national airspace. National and international organizations, agencies, industry, military and civilian authorities are working towards defining roadmaps of UAS expectations, technical requirements and standards that are prerequisite to their full utilization, as well as legal, policy and ethical issues. The next generation of UAS is expected to be used for a wide spectrum of civilian and public domain applications. Challenges to be faced and overcome include, among others, see-and-avoid systems, robust and fault-tolerant flight control systems, payloads, communications, levels of autonomy, manned-unmanned swarms, network-controlled swarms, as well as challenges related to policies, procedures, regulations, safety, risk analysis assessment, airworthiness, certification issues, operational constraints, standardization and frequency management, all of paramount importance, which, coupled with 'smart', 'environmentally friendly' cutting edge technologies will pave the way towards full integration of UAS with manned aviation and into the respective national airspace.

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ICUAS'18 topics of interest include, but will not be be limited to:

Airspace Control Integration See/Sense-Detect-and-Avoid Systems
Airspace Management Interoperability Security
Airworthiness Levels of Safety Sensor Fusion
Autonomy Manned/Unmanned Aviation Smart Sensors
Biologically Inspired UAS Micro- and Mini- UAS Standardization
Certification Networked UAS Technology Challenges
Control Architectures Payloads Training
Energy Efficient UAS Path Planning and Navigation UAS Applications
Environmental Issues Regulations UAS Communications
Fail-Safe Systems Reliability of UAS UAS Testbeds
Frequency Management Risk Analysis UAS Transportation Management (UTM)

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