ICNS Conference 2017

Herndon VA

Apr 18 - 20, 2017

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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Basil Yap

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.

Denise Ponchak

Branch Chief, NASA Glenn Research Center

Bio: Ms. Denise S. Ponchak is the 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.

Alex Engel

EUROCAE Liaison, EUROCAE Work Programme Management, EUROCONTROL

Ally Ferguson

Director, Airspace Safety Research, PrecisionHawk

Antonio Correas

Co-founder - Aviation Consultant, Skymantics

Benjamin Levy

Lead Associate (as Senior Operations Research Analyst), MCR, LLC

Brian Pemberton

Director, Product Management, Iridium Communications

Christiane Schmidt

Assistant Professor, Linköping University

Corey Snipes

Software Engineer, Mosaic ATM

Dave Rhodes

Vice President, Civil Programs, MCR, LLC

Declan Byrne

President, WiMAX Forum

Diane McClatchy

Pr Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins

Douglas Abernathy


Erik Theunissen

professor, Netherlands Defence Academy

George Elmasry

Principal Engineer, Rockwell Collins

Houda Kerkoub Kourdali

Research Assistant, George Mason University

Ian Wilson

Senior System Engineer, Subject Matter Expert, Boeing

Jaewoo Jung

Aerospace Engineer, NASA

Jaiden Kennedy

Aerospace Engineer - Electronics, Royal Australian Air Force

James Griner

Electrical Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

Jeff Breunig

Principal, Navigation & Unmanned Aircraft Systems, MITRE

Jenny Perrottet

ATM Lead, UAS Civil Integration, GA-ASI

Jinwu Tong

engineer, Southeast University China

John Romero

Air Traffic controlller Supervisor, Colombian civil aviation authority

Dave Whitman

CEO, Sunhillo Corporation

Izabela Gheorghisor

Principal Communications Engineer, MITRE

Abdessamad Amrhar

LASSENA Laboratory

Anh-Quang Nguyen


Bernd Korn

DLR (German Aerospace Center)

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