Theme: “CNS Challenges for UAS Integration”
ICNS 2017 will emphasize on the challenges of integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the managed airspace and communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) challenges to facilitate that integration.
Special consideration will be given to papers addressing reduced size, weight and power achieved through integrated CNS avionics and mitigation of physical and cyber security threats arising from UAS integration.
Participation in the 2017 ICNS Conference will provide insight to the aviation community about state of the art and guidance on related standardization aspects to develop and deploy UAS in the national and nlobal air spaces.
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Assistant Administrator for NextGen, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Bio: Jim Eck is the assistant administrator for NextGen at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The NextGen organization is responsible for leading the modernization of the National Airspace System (NAS), the move to a smarter, satellite-based system with digital technologies and advanced procedures that will ensure safe and efficient air travel for decades to come. Mr. Eck leads a federal workforce of about 900 employees and manages the $1 billion annual budget of the Next Generation Air Transportation System. His office also oversees the world’s leading aviation research complex at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Formerly, Jim served as the vice president of the Program Management Organization (PMO) responsible for all NextGen program activity, infrastructure modernization programs, and service to legacy NAS infrastructure. Jim has worked acquisition programs since joining the FAA in 1996. In addition to program development and execution, he has been active in leading acquisition management policy and workforce development.
Electrical Engineer, NASA
Bio: Ms. Denise S. Ponchak is the deputy branch chief of the Communications Architectures, Networks and Systems Branch at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The branch is responsible for designing advanced networking concepts, architectures, technologies and system integration for aeronautics and space applications.
Prior to becoming a supervisor, Ms. Ponchak was an aeronautical communications project manager focusing on increasing the National Airspace System (NAS) telecommunications capability, and a communications research engineer supporting future satellite-based communications. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Cleveland State University in 1983 and 1988 respectively.
Joe Zambrano, Jr. Eng., M. Eng.
Researcher, Ph.D. Student, Laboratoire de recherche LASSENA
Bio: Joe Zambrano received the Bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from the Antenor Orrego Private University, Trujillo - Peru, and the Master of Engineering degree from the École de Technologie Supérieure , Montreal - Canada, in 2012 where he is currently pursuing the PhD degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His master's project developed in the Laboratory of Space Technologies, Embedded System, Navigation and Avionics (LASSENA), focused on the Integration of Simulink ADS-B Model in Software Defined Radio. His doctoral research focuses on the cognitive approach to reconfigurable software defined wideband radio for SatCom in aeronautical applications and Ad-Hoc Avionic networks. He is alumni of the International Space University and has attended the Space Studies Program 2014 in Montreal, Canada; where he was a participant in the Autonomous Mission for On-Orbit Servicing project, which proposes to service defective satellites in Low Earth Orbit using unmanned space technologies.
EUROCAE Liaison, EUROCAE Work Programme Management, EUROCONTROL
Director, Airspace Safety Research, PrecisionHawk
Co-founder - Aviation Consultant, Skymantics
Lead Associate (as Senior Operations Research Analyst), MCR, LLC
Director, Product Management, Iridium Communications
Postdoctoral researcher, Linköping University
Software Engineer, Mosaic ATM
Vice President, Civil Programs, MCR, LLC
President, WiMAX Forum
Pr Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Chair, AIAA DATC
professor, Netherlands Defence Academy
Principal Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Houda Kerkoub Kourdali
Research Assistant, George Mason University
Aerospace Engineer, NASA
Aerospace Engineer - Electronics, Royal Australian Air Force
Electrical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center
Principal, Navigation & Unmanned Aircraft Systems, MITRE
ATM Lead, UAS Civil Integration, GA-ASI
engineer, Southeast University China
Air Traffic controlller Supervisor, Colombian civil aviation authority
CEO, Sunhillo Corporation
Professor, University of
Senior System Engineer / Subject Matter Expert, Boeing Research and Technology
Principal Communications Engineer, MITRE
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