The 2019 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

June 11 - 14, 2019

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead
Hotel & Conference Center

Atlanta, GA, USA

Welcome to ICUAS'19

Program Overview

The Online Program is available. The complete Final Program and Book of Abstracts and Logistics and Paper Presentation Sequence documents are also available.

June 11-14, 2019

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

The 2019 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'19, will be held on June 11-14, in the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center which is situated in a supreme location in the heart of Atlanta. June 11 will be a Workshop/Tutorial full-day, followed by a three-day technical Conference on June 12-14.

Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past years and its growth, ICUAS'19 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 evolving and expanding field. ICUAS'19 is fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, which is a non-profit organization. Information about the Association may be found at

The major themes of ICUAS'19 will be: design for trusted and assured autonomy, metrics for autonomy, and design for resilience. These focus area topics are center-stage in the attempt to design and build high-confidence UAS/RPAS. In addition, ICUAS'19 will include 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/RPAS 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/RPAS 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/RPAS with manned aviation and into the respective national airspace.

ICUAS'19 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 unmanned aviation advances, and the roadmap to their full utilization in civilian and public domains. Special emphasis will be given to research opportunities, and to 'what comes next' in terms of the essential technologies that need to be utilized to advance the state-of-the-art. Conference topics include:

Topics of Interest

ICUAS'19 topics of interest include, but will not be be limited to:

Airspace ControlIntegrationSee/Sense-Detect-and-Avoid Systems
Airspace ManagementInteroperabilitySecurity
AirworthinessLevels of SafetySensor Fusion
AutonomyManned/Unmanned AviationSmart Sensors
Biologically Inspired UASMicro- and Mini- UASStandardization
CertificationNetworked UAS Technology Challenges
Control ArchitecturesPayloadsTraining
Energy Efficient UASPath Planning and NavigationUAS Applications
Environmental IssuesRegulationsUAS Communications
Fail-Safe SystemsReliability of UASUAS Testbeds
Frequency ManagementRisk AnalysisUAS Transportation Management (UTM)

Unmanned system collaboration/coordination, formation control, validation/verification and unmanned system design for trusted autonomy, are topics of great interest to ICUAS'19. Through Keynote addresses, round table discussions 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/RPAS are utilized in everyday life applications.

Papers must be submitted electronically. Go to Click on "Submit a Contribution to ICUAS'19" and follow the steps. The paper format mufst follow IEEE paper submission rules. Submitted papers should be classified as Contributed, Poster or Invited Session papers. The maximum number of pages for a contributed/invited paper submission is 10, and for a poster paper is 6. Accepted, contributed/invited session papers only, will be allowed up to two additional pages for a charge of $100 per additional page. Illustrations and references are included in the page count. Poster papers will allow for researchers/practitioners to present novel/cutting edge ideas with potential, however, not yet fully developed.

Invited Sessions: Proposals must be submitted/uploaded electronically. A Summary Statement describing the motivation and relevance of the proposed session, paper titles and author names must be uploaded electronically by February 12, 2019 February 26, 2019. Authors must also submit full versions of invited papers electronically, marked as 'Invited Session Paper'.

Workshops/Tutorials: Proposals for workshops/tutorials should contain title, the list of speakers, and extended summaries (2000 words) of their presentations. Proposals must be sent by e-mail to the Tutorial/ Workshop Chair by February 12, 2019 February 26, 2019.

Review Process: All submitted papers will undergo a peer review process following IEEE rules and standards. Authors will be notified of results at the latest by April 15, 2019. Accepted papers must be uploaded electronically no later than May 10, 2019. Authors are encouraged to accompany their presentations with multimedia material, which will be included in the Conference Digital Proceedings. Only Contributed or Invited Session papers will be acquired by IEEE and they appear in IEEE Xplore.

Paper presentation: Contributed/Invited Session papers will be grouped in Technical Sessions and will be allocated 20 minutes for oral presentation, which includes questions from the audience. Poster papers will be grouped based on subject. Presenters are encouraged to supplement the poster with additional slides, video or software demonstrations, etc. All poster paper presentations will be scheduled in one day.

For any additional information about ICUAS'19, e-mail Kimon Valavanis.