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Keynote Speakers

Colonel Randy Gordon, PhD

United States Air Force 

Lt. Colonel Randy “Laz” Gordon, PhD

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force

Lt. Colonel Randy “Laz” Gordon, PhD is currently serving as the Lead for the Secretary of the Air Force’s AI Technology Accelerator.  Prior to this, he served on the Secretary of the Air Force’s AFWERX technology innovation team with business, academia, and Airmen.  He is also a Presidential Fellow, Harvard Business School Alumnus, DARPA Fellow, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Fellow.  He served the F-22 Combined Test Force as its commander and has additional flight test pilot experience in the F-15C/E, A-10A/C, F-16A/C, Bombardier BD-700 Global Express business jet, and 70 other military and civilian aircraft.

Chris VanBuiten

Vice President
Sikorsky Innovations

Chris VanBuiten

Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations, Sikorsky

Chris VanBuiten is Vice President of Sikorsky Innovations for Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company and line of business within the Rotary and Mission Systems business area. In this capacity, he runs the group responsible for maturing next generation technologies, processes and products. Current areas of focus include Future Vertical Lift design, high speed S-97 RAIDER™ prototype and Joint Multi-Role DEFIANT™ demonstrator programs, Autonomy and optionally piloted flight demonstrations, as well as a portfolio of advanced rotor, and fleet management technology programs.

Mr. Van Buiten joined Sikorsky in 1989 and has been engaged in the conceptual and preliminary design of Sikorsky products including the Collier Award winning S-92 commercial transport, CH-53K heavy lift helicopter, and UH-60M BLACK HAWK. He has served as Chief of Preliminary Design and Manager of Advanced Design and has led Sikorsky’s Strategic Planning group. He led Sikorsky’s acquisition of the PZL Mielec Aircraft Company in Mielec, Poland. He has also served as a Technical Fellow for Advanced System Design.


Akbar Sultan

AOSP Director

Akbar Sultan

AOSP Director, NASA

Akbar Sultan is responsible for NASA’s aviation operations and safety research portfolio of more than $120 million across four research centers. AOSP works with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), industry and academic partners to conceive and develop Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technologies to further improve the safety of current and future aircraft moving through the National Airspace System.

NextGen activity includes research to enable service oriented architecture and integrated demand management operational efficiencies in the surface, terminal, en route, and oceanic operational domains for traditional aircraft, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and future autonomous systems. The program is also responsible for aviation safety research in the areas of aircraft state awareness, prevention of aircraft loss of control, verification and validation of complex systems, prognostic safety through data mining, and real-time system-wide safety assurance. A key focus is on developing and demonstrating enhanced systems that will enable routine access to the airspace by emergent users of UAS, espe¬cially in support of evolving urban air mobility concepts.

Sultan is the NASA co-lead on the NASA/FAA Research Transition Teams, which are organized to enable efficient and effective transition of NASA research into FAA imple¬mentation roadmaps, he is the NASA liaison to the multiagency NextGen Interagency Planning Office, and he leads the program’s international collaboration activities.

Marouan Chida

Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation,

Marouan Chida

Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation, SESAR JU

Marouan Chida is the Head of Digital Transformation & Innovation in SESAR, the European ATM modernisation programme.

He is in charge of the strategic research and is leading the digitalisation of aviation together with its related technological innovations (ATM/UTM, CNS, Avionics, Autonomy, Artificial Intelligence, Connectivity…. He is experienced in advanced ATM concepts, avionics and ground systems, involved in technology and architecture development across the SESAR programme. Before joining the SJU, Marouan worked for AIRBUS, where he led ATM & Avionics development teams.

He is graduated from the Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile (ENAC), the French school of civil aviation, where he achieved an engineering degree in civil aviation as well as a master degree in Air-Ground Collaborative Systems Engineering.”

Key Dates

Please note those important deadlines!

Final Paper Submission Deadline


Opening Panel Speakers Announced!

Tuesday, September 10th



Dr. Parimal Kopardekar

Acting Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute, NASA's Senior Technologist for Air Transportation Systems and Principal Investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM)

DASC 2019

Join Us!

Please join us in sunny San Diego, California for the 38th AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC), the preeminent R&D Conference in the field of digital avionics offered by its two most distinguished professional societies, the Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

In addition to having near perfect weather year-round, San Diego offers plenty of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities for everyone to explore around the conference. Venture out to Balboa Park for an evening enrichment, enjoy gaslight dinners at the historic downtown, wind down at the beaches along 70 miles of spectacular coastline or have a family outing at the world-famous zoo. We are positive that you will have a memorable and educational experience at the 38th DASC.

IEEE DASC 2019 Call for Papers

UTM to ATM Airspace Integration
Role of Spectrum, AI, Machine Learning and Automation

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are transformational for the commercial and the consumer industries. Drones and ground vehicles are relying more and more on sensor data fusion with AI to improve safety. The focus of the 38th DASC will be to explore how AI and machine learning can be applied effectively to various aspects of Air Traffic Management (ATM) to improve safety, capacity and performance. Participants are invited to submit cutting edge research papers and exchange diverse perspectives on application of AI and machine learning to address modern challenges of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into ATM airspace, dynamic spectrum operations, advanced Communications, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) automation, cognitive pilot/controller interactions, cyber security, etc. Original research on technical challenges, gaps and approaches to enhance traditional ATM, UTM, CNS, IMA (Integrated Modular Avionics), space systems, software and human factors are invited.

Areas of Emphasis

  • ATM/UTM decision-making using AI and machine learning.
  • Urban Air Mobility (UAM) ATM concepts and CNS technology enablers
  • Dynamic sectors and cognitive radio to reduce spectrum demand and improve operational efficiency.
  • Adaptive, integrated secure networks – use of deep learning in cyber security
  • Cognitive assistants, Digital Copilots and Robotic Copilot to reduce workload, augment performance and improve safety.
  • Safety assurance and human factors.
  • Integration of autonomous vehicles into the airspace.
  • Multi-modal interaction including speech recognition and synthesis for cockpit and Air Traffic Management.

Other Topics

The 38th DASC will continue to offer opportunities to publish and present on a wide range of topics of interest to the avionics technology community.

Papers, Panels, Education & Workshops

The Technical and Professional Education Programs will incorporate technical research papers and relevant tutorials from international Researchers, Innovators, Engineers, Users, and Designers. Plenary panel discussions and keynote presentations by Leaders in Industry, Government and Academia will discuss topics that are shaping international developments.