The 2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

June 7 - 10, 2016

Key Bridge Marriott

Arlington, VA, USA

Welcome to ICUAS'16

Program Preview

Please see the Program Page for full details of the technical program. Below are some highlights.




P1 Panel 1: Ethics and Engineering: Considerations in Designing Autonomous Systems
P2 Panel 2: A Global Perspective: UAS Law, Regulation and Policy Past, Present and Future

Keynote Talks

K1 Dr. Gregory S. Jones
NASA Langley Research Center
Scaling Aerodynamic Technologies for Applications to Fixed Wing Unmanned Aircraft Systems
K2 Thomas Mickler
European Aviation Safety Agency
An Innovative Regulatory Framework for Unmanned Aircraft in Europe
K3 Dr. Stephen Wilkerson
Army Research Laboratory
Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) Used by the U.S. Army
K4 Dr. Greg L. Zacharias
U.S. Air Force
The Role of Autonomy in Future US Air Force Operations

June 7-10, 2016

Key Bridge Marriott, Arlington, VA

The 2016 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'16, will be held for the first time in the Nation's Capital, in the Washington area, on June 7-10. The conference venue is the Key Bridge Marriott, located just across the Key Bridge from Washington D.C. and Georgetown, and two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro Station, on the Orange and Blue Line trains. June 7 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 8-10.

Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past eight years and its growth, ICUAS'16 is expected to continue on this path and attract the highest number 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 rapidly evolving and expanding field.

ICUAS'16 is fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, a non-profit organization; Information about the organization may be found at The theme of ICUAS'16 will focus on the very challenging and timely topic of designing high-confidence autonomous unmanned systems. 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.

ICUAS'16 aims at bringing together different groups of qualified military and civilian representatives worldwide, organization representatives, funding agencies, industry and academia, to discuss the current state of UAS advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization in civilian and public domains. Special emphasis will be given to current and future research opportunities, and to 'what comes next' in terms of the essential technologies that need to be utilized to advance further UAS.

Topics of Interest

ICUAS'16 topics of interest include, but will not be be limited to:

Airspace ControlIntegrationSee-and-avoid Systems
Airspace ManagementInteroperabilitySecurity
AirworthinessLevels of SafetySensor Fusion
Air Vehicle OperationsManned/Unmanned AviationSimulation
AutonomyMicro- and Mini- UASSmart Sensors
Biologically Inspired UASNavigationStandardization
CertificationNetworked SwarmsSwarms
Control ArchitecturesPayloadsTechnology Challenges
Energy Efficient UASPath PlanningTraining
Environmental IssuesRegulationsUAS Applications
Fail-Safe SystemsReliability of UASUAS Communications
Frequency ManagementRisk AnalysisUAS Testbeds

Unmanned system collaboration and coordination, formation control, validation and verification and unmanned system design for assured autonomy, are topics of great interest to ICUAS'16.

Through Keynote addresses and presentations, it is expected that the outcome of the Conference will be a clear understanding of what industry, military, civilian, national/international authorities need, and what are the crucial next steps that need to be completed before UAS are utilized in everyday life applications.