The 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

May 27-30, 2014

Wyndham Grand
Orlando Resort

Orlando, Florida, USA

Welcome to ICUAS'14

May 27-30, 2014

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort

The 2014 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS'14, will be held in Orlando, FL, on May 27-30. Orlando is the home of the Disney World, one of the best attractions and touristic locations worldwide. May 27 will be a Workshop/Tutorial day, followed by a three-day technical Conference. Judging from the interest ICUAS has drawn over the past six years and its growth, ICUAS'14 is expected to attract the highest number of participants from academia, industry, federal/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. Follow the web links for detailed information about the Conference. ICUAS'14 will be fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, a non-profit organization. Information about the organization may be found at The conference is also technically co-sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society (CSS) and the Mediterranean Control Association (MCA).

The theme of ICUAS'14 will focus on the very challenging topics of 'developing UAS standards'. Emphasis will also be given in topics related to integrating UAS into the national airspace and how UAS may be used in civilian and public domain applications, for example, early fire detection and forest protection, saving human lives and improving every day quality of life.

National and international organizations, agencies, industry, military and civilian authorities are working towards UAS integration into the national airspace, 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, as 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 to be overcome include, among others, see-and-avoid systems, sense-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. When coupled with 'smart', 'environmentally friendly' cutting edge technologies the way towards full integration of UAS with manned aviation and into the respective national airspace will be paved.

ICUAS'14 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 military and integration in civilian domains. Focused interests of diverse groups involved in UAS research and development will be discussed. 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.

Through Keynote/Plenary addresses, invited and solicited presentations, and round table discussions, it is expected that the outcome of the Conference will be a better understanding of what industry, the military and civilian national and international authorities need, and what are the crucial next steps that need to be completed before UAS are widely accepted even in everyday life applications.

Topics of Interest

ICUAS'14 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

ICUAS'13 Best Paper Award

Candidate papers for the ICUAS'13 Best Paper Award were evaluated by the Session Chairs and the Awards Committee. The criteria used for the best paper award were:

  • scientific relevance of the subject;
  • novelty;
  • presentation quality.

Session Chairs ranked the papers separately from the Awards Committee. The Awards Committee reviewed all candidate papers and each member provided a separate ranking. The paper ranked highest overall was chosen as the best paper.

On behalf of all members, and in my capacity as Chair of the Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce that the best paper award goes to the following contributed paper:

"Navigation, Localization and Stabilization of Formation of Unmanned Aerial and Ground Vehicles", co-authored by Martin Saksa, Tomas Krajnik, Vojtech Vonasek, Petr Vanek, Libor Preucil, Department of Cybernetics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic.

The awards certificate and check will be presented during the ICUAS'14 banquet.


Fulvia Quagliotti, Chair Awards Committee

Awards Committee members:

  • Pascual Campoy
  • YangQuan Chen
  • Rogelio Lozano
  • James Morrison
  • Antonios Tsourdos
  • Kimon Valavanis
  • Youmin Zhang