DASC 2019 logo banner

DASC 2019 Keynote Speaker

Lt. Colonel Randy “Laz” Gordon, PhD

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force


Lt. Colonel Randy Gordon, PhD

Lt. 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.

Key Dates

Please note those important deadlines!

Please note the Key Dates below so you don’t miss any important deadlines.

Final Paper Submission Deadline

Fri, Jul 12th, 2019


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.