AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee

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The AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC) is concerned with the application of Intelligent System (IS) technologies and methods to aerospace systems, the verification and validation of these systems, and the education of the AIAA membership in the use of IS technologies in aerospace and other technical disciplines.

Welcome to the ISTC

ISTC Focus: Commercial and military aerospace systems, and those ground systems that are part of test, development, or operations of aerospace systems. Technologies which enable safe and reliable operation of complex aerospace systems or sub-systems with minimal or no human intervention (autonomy), or collaborative synthetic-human agent teams are of interest. These include, but are not limited to: autonomous and expert systems, discrete planning/scheduling algorithms, intelligent data/image processing, learning and adaptive techniques, data fusion and reasoning, and knowledge engineering.

Members of the ISTC have experience in developing and managing aerospace systems involving knowledge engineering, knowledge acquisition, verification/validation of knowledge based systems, neural networks, and expert systems, as well as the use of artificial intelligence concepts/techniques to support natural language interfaces, image understanding, planning/scheduling, and data fusion.

2020 Intelligent Systems Workshop – NASA Johnson Space Center, July 28-29 – POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER 2021

The 7th annual Intelligent Systems Workshop will take place on July 28-29, 2020 at the Gilruth Center outside NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. The workshop is an important part of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee (ISTC) annual activities and provides an informal, unclassified, international forum for the exchange of ideas and information on intelligent systems. – is POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER 2021.

For more information, see:


News: 2021 March 6, 2:57pm EST (by Cat McGhan)

1st Workshop on AI for Space in conjunction with CVPR 2021: June 2021

AI4Space focuses on the role of AI, particularly computer vision and machine learning, in helping to solve technical challenges related to space, from autonomous spacecrafts, space mining, debris monitoring and mitigation, to answering fundamental questions about the universe. The workshop will highlight the space capabilities that draw from and/or overlap significantly with vision and learning research, outline the unique difficulties presented by space applications to vision and learning, and discuss recent advances towards overcoming those obstacles.


Featuring keynotes by:

  • Shirley Ho (Flatiron Institute), Deep learning for cosmology
  • Courtney Mario (Draper Lab), Vision for precision landing and sample return
  • Dario Izzo (ESA), AI for spacecraft guidance, dynamics and control
  • Yang Gao (Surrey Space), Space autonomous systems

Call for papers on:

  • Visual navigation for spacecraft operations
  • Vision and learning for space robotics
  • Positioning, mapping and SLAM for the moon and Mars
  • Autonomous celestial positioning
  • Space debris monitoring and mitigation
  • Vision and learning for astronomy, astrobiology and cosmology
  • Sensors for space applications
  • AI and learning-based satellite communications and IoT
  • Processing hardware for vision and learning in space, including satellite on-board processing
  • Mitigating challenges of the space environment to vision and learning
  • Datasets, transfer learning and domain gap for space problems

Paper deadline: extended to 11:59pm 20 Mar 2021 (PST)

Submission details:

News: 2020 August 19, 9:35pm EST (by Cat McGhan)

Two of our TC members were featured in a news article recently!

Analysis: Sanitization Drones Could Improve Campus Safety
EDTECH Magazine (8/10, Stone) reports that “at the University of Michigan, Aerospace Engineering Professor Ella Atkins envisions a school using UAVs to clean learning spaces.” Said Atkins, “If the drone can pop up above the tables and chairs and spray a fast-drying solution, just zipping back and forth in a regular pattern, there’s no way a human could do that nearly as fast. That has real possibilities.” A small drone “likely couldn’t carry enough cleaning fluid to get the job done,” but “running a lightweight hose from the drone back to a bucket of solution introduces challenges.” Said Kelly Cohen, interim head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Cincinnati, “There are spaces where you have a lot of students congregating, maybe moving from one building to another, and that open space could be disinfected by drones.”

News: 2020 April 29, 12:33pm EST (by Cat McGhan)

The 2020 IS Workshop has been POSTPONED UNTIL SUMMER 2021. We thank you for your patience and forbearance in these COVID-19 times. You can learn more about the virus and stay up to date on the situation and safety measures to deal with it at the WHO website (or the CDC website for more USA-specific information). In the meantime, please practice social distancing and best practices under these evolving circumstances, and we all hope you stay safe and well. We will all get through this together.

News: 2020 February 28, 3:42pm EST (by Cat McGhan)

The call for abstracts for the student talks and poster competition for the 2020 IS Workshop has now been posted.

Pdf flyer is available here!

News: 2019 January 08, 4:40pm EST (by Cat McGhan)

Presentations from the 2018 IS Workshop are online and available at this location.

The 2019 IS Workshop page is also online! View it at:

News: 2018 September 13, 1:39am EST (by Cat McGhan)

Links to the presentations from the 2018 IS Workshop will be made available at this website domain later today. Stay tuned!

News: 2018 September 13, 1:38am EST (by Cat McGhan)

The AIAA Sharepoint site seems to have been having issues for a couple of weeks now. Not sure what’s going on, but it’s sped up our move to another webhost for public dissemination of ISTC-related information.

If you want to see the old site as of January 2, 2018 (prior to recent updates), you can visit it via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine at this location.