Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) 2018 Conference

10 - 12 April 2018

The Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference is an annual event addressing CNS-related policy and R&D activities, as well as the strategy and implementation of integrated CNS technologies.

ICNS started in 2000 as a NASA/FAA sponsored event focusing in the US CNS activities. Since then, ICNS has evolved and has an important European also focus. ICNS is now organised under the umbrella of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), its Digital Avionics Technical Committee (DATC) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), with the aim to make the conference a truly global event with increased participation from Asia.

EUROCONTROL is very much involved in this event and has been so for seven years now. Our membership in the ICNS Executive Committee (IEC) primarily aims to facilitate, in coordination with the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), the European representation in the plenary ICNS sessions in order to promote the European perspective on international harmonisation (in particular the NextGen-SESAR coordination in specific ATM aspects) and the European activities/positions on CNS matters. Since then, EUROCONTROL offers a full endorsement to ICNS both with a long standing partnership and by providing the European technical co-chairing in various plenaries.

This year, the conference will feature subject matter experts from many sectors of the CNS/ATM domain, including airline operators, airport authorities, and datalink service providers. Philippe Merlo, EUROCONTROL’s Director ATM, will be participating as a keynote speaker.


During these three days, there will be plenary sessions in the mornings and parallel technical sessions in the afternoons. These plenary sessions will help set the stage for the expected economic, operational, and external context for the research presentations.

The morning plenaries will include sessions covering:

  • the global harmonisation and interoperability,
  • the airport/airlines expectations from CNS,
  • the pros and cons of using commercial cervices/outsourcing to supply CNS services and
  • the UAS Integration.

During the afternoons, ICNS 2018 will offer exceptional technical sessions addressing the following key topical areas:

  • Data and voice communications systems,
  • Surveillance systems & situational awareness,
  • Navigation systems & APNT,
  • CNS integration, consolidation and miniaturisation,
  • Drivers for CNS evolution,
  • Cybersecurity,
  • Integration of UAV, RPAS, and space transportation into the airspace,
  • UAS traffic management (UTM),
  • Commercial, military, and consumer UAS,
  • Air traffic management and supporting technologies,
  • Performance-based CNS/ATM,
  • Airport & airspace optimisation/operations,
  • Support for civil military interoperability,
  • Impact of climate change and aviation weather on aviation and CNS performance,
  • Changing economic impact on users and purchasers and users of CNS equipment,
  • Emerging aviation systems,
  • CNS spectrum aspects and
  • Artificial intelligence developments and impacts to CNS/ATM.

Following the conference, information will be provided about the EUROCONTROL and European input in the conference.


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