The 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft System (ICUAS ’21)
June 15-18, 2021 * Athens, Greece

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Deadline for paper submission extended to March 1, 2021!

The 2021 International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ICUAS ’21, will be held, again, in Athens, Greece. The conference venue is the luxurious Divani Caravel Hotel, located in the heart of Athens. The decision to organize the conference at the same location as in the previous year was reached by ‘popular demand’ as most registered participants in ICUAS ’20 were not able to travel to Greece due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Athens is a metropolitan and cosmopolitan city, the capital of Greece, the birthplace of Democracy, and the home to the world-renowned Acropolis and Parthenon – a city where visitors can walk safely and enjoy the rich, almost 5,000-year-old history it has to offer.

ICUAS ’21 presents a unique opportunity to meet, interact and shape the future of unmanned aviation, worldwide. ICUAS ’21 is fully sponsored by the ICUAS Association, a non-profit organization.

ICUAS ’21 is technically cosponsored by:

The major themes of ICUAS ’21 are: AI and autonomy for UAS/RPAS, UAS/RPAS design for safety, reliability and resilience, unmanned – manned swarms, aerial manipulation, and technology standards, all contributing to building high-confidence systems. National and international organizations, agencies, industry and authorities work towards defining roadmaps of UAS/RPAS expectations, technical requirements and standards that are prerequisite to their full utilization. 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 are many, including the topics of interest listed below. Innovative solutions to these challenges will pave the way towards full integration of UAS/RPAS with manned aviation and into the respective national airspace.

ICUAS ’21 aims to bring together different groups of qualified 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 of interest include:

Airspace ControlNetworked UAS
Airspace ManagementPayloads
AirworthinessPath Planning and Navigation
AutonomyReliability of UAS
Biologically Inspired UAS Risk Analysis
CertificationSee/Sense-Detect-and-Avoid Systems
Control ArchitecturesSecurity
Energy Efficient UASSensor Fusion
Environmental Issues Smart Sensors
Fail-Safe SystemsStandardization
Frequency ManagementTechnology Challenges
InteroperabilityUAS Applications
Levels of Safety UAS Communications
Manned/Unmanned AviationUAS Testbeds
Micro- and Mini- UAS UAS Transportation Management (UTM)

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, 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.


February 15 March 1, 2021 (Extended deadline): Full Papers/ Invited Papers/Tutorial Proposals Due
April 15, 2021: Acceptance/Rejection Notification
May 10, 2021: Upload Final, Camera Ready Papers; Early Author Registration Deadline
June 15-18, 2021: Conference dates


Paper format should follow IEEE guidelines and electronic submission will be handled through PaperCept. Submitted papers should be classified as Contributed or Invited Session (max. 10 pages), or Poster (max. 6 pages) papers. Accepted, contributed and invited session papers will be allowed up to two (2) additional pages for a charge of $100 per additional page. Poster papers should be aimed at 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 due date. 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 Chairs by due date.


All papers will undergo a peer review process following IEEE rules/policies, and they will be checked using the iThenticate Document Viewer Guide for originality. Authors are encouraged to accompany their presentations with multimedia material, which will be included in the Conference Digital Proceedings.


Contributed/Invited Session papers will be grouped into 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.