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The Fifth International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications


April 21 - 26, 2013 - Venice, Italy

Call for Papers

Significant efforts have been allotted to design and deploy global navigation satellite communications systems, Satellite navigation technologies, applications, and services experience still challenges related to signal processing, security, performance, and accuracy. Theories and practices on system-in-package RF design techniques, filters, passive circuits, microwaves, frequency handling, radars, antennas, and radio communications and radio waves propagation have been implemented. Services based on their use are now available, especially those for global positioning and navigation. For example, it is critical to identify the location of targets or the direction of arrival of any signal for civilians or on-purpose applications; smarts antennas and advanced active filters are playing a crucial role.  Also progress has been made for transmission strategies; multiantenna systems can be used to increase the transmission speed without need for more bandwidth or power. Special techniques and strategies have been developed and implemented in electronic warfare target location systems.

The SPACOMM series of events constitutes an attempt to evaluate the state of the art on academia and industry on the satellite, radar, and antennas based communications bringing together scientists and practitioners with challenging issues, achievements, and lessons learnt.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Signal processing in telecommunications

Signal processing theory and practice
Advances in modulation and coding
Image and multidimensional signal processing
Signal filter design and structures
Multirate filtering, filter banks, and adaptive filters
Fast signal processing algorithms
Nonlinear signals and systems
Nonuniform transformation
2D nonuniform DFT
Fast algorithm of NDFT
Advanced image/video coding
Advanced prediction techniques
Signal detection and reconstruction
Spectral estimation and time-frequency analysis
Higher order spectrum analysis
Parameter estimation 
Array signal processing
Statistical signal analysis
Signal and system modeling
Cyclostationary signal analysis
Active noise control, active noise reduction and echo cancellation
Psychoacoustics and room acoustics
Signal processing for music
Binaural systems and multidimensional signal systems
Geophysical and seismic signal processing
Nonlinear interpolation/resampling
Extensions to wavelet based coding (x-lets)
Low complexity image/video compression
Multiple resolution signal processing
New approach to digital signal processing
Compression of random data
Recompression of compressed data
2D projection of 3D data
Stereo data matching
Emerging applications requiring new compression tools
Unified compression and recognition
H.264 and latest video coding standards
Latest audio coding standards  

 Antenna/Radar signal processing

Signal detection and estimation
RF engineering
Active filters
Analog and digital filters
Oscillator circuit design
Circuit design for high-speed frequency synthesis
Statistical and adaptive signal processing
Computational electrodynamics
Signal processing for sensing systems
RFID and MMIC design principles and applications
Microstrip circuit design and applications
Design and analysis of microwave radiometer systems
Modem microwave
System-in-package RF design and applications

Satellite and space communications

Earth-space communications
MIMO satellite communications
Hybrid satellite and terrestrial networks
Access Schemes
Demand Assignment Multiple Access (DAMA)
Cross-layer air interface design
Channel models
Navigation services
Reliable multicast protocols
Transport protocol performance over satellite
IP over satellite Routing protocols
Game theory applications in satellite networks
Onboard switching and processing technologies
QoS and performance
Call admission control schemes
Dynamic bandwidth allocation
Adjacent and terrestrial interference
Fade mitigation techniques
Advanced channel modeling
Security, privacy, and trust
Radio resource management
IT application in Space Communications
Standards activities

Delay Tolerant Networking

Use of DTN protocols in space missions
DTN for PI/instrument connectivity
Routing for DTNs
Performance and reliability of DTN protocols

Satellites and nano-satellites

Satellite communications (hybrid satellites and terrestrial networks)
Special protocols for nano-satellites
Onboard processing technology
Interplanetary communications (spatial mission analysis; in-flight experiences; delay tolerant networking [DTN])
Nano satellites and nano-rockets
Fundamental of nano-satellites communications
New technologies specific for small satellites
Applications (earth observation, science, telecommunications, navigation)
New technologies
Satellite constellation design

Geographic Information and applications

Geographic information systems
Earth observation
Global positioning systems
Digital terrain modeling
Principles of GNSS, inertial and multi-sensor integrated navigation systems
GNSS applications
Spectrum systems for GNSS
GNSS devices for weak signals
Wireless positioning technologies and applications
Modern tracking systems
Satellite navigation (GPS, Galileo, augmentation systems)
Visibility analysis of a satellite, or satellite constellation

Satellite/space communications-based applications

Satellite-based disaster recovery
Satellite-based large-scale sensor-networks
Satellite-based power grids monitoring and control
Satellite-based remote eHealth
Satellite based alarm systems
Satellite-based sensing and data mining
Satellite-based weather forecast
Satellite-based earthquake surveillance
Satellite-based environmental surveillance

Radar systems

Radar systems analysis and modeling
Radar and signal processing
Short range FM radar
Millimeter-wave radar targets
Radar reflectivity (land and sea)
Radar system performance modeling
Interception and analysis of radar signal


Antenna design and communications
Adaptive antenna and phased arrays for radar and communications
Smart antennas
Radioware propagation and antennas for personal communications
Dielectric resonator antennas
Multiantenna wireless communications systems
Antennas and propagation for body-centric wireless communications
Ultrawideband antennas
Mobile antennas systems
Parasitic antennas for cellular communications


Radio resource management and dynamic spectrum sharing
Platforms and architectures for cognitive radio
Access schemes
Wireless network co-existence
Ultra-Wideband cognitive radio system
Interference metric modeling
Beamforming and MIMO for interference avoidance
Anti-jamming channel coding
QoS provisioning and MAC protocols
Self-organizing mesh networks and autonomic communications
Multi-resolution channel sensing algorithms


Electronic warfare target location systems
Statistical multisource-multitarget information fusion
Multisensor data fusion
Multimodel surveillance
Military applications

Galaxy-scale satellite communications and exploration missions

Planetary exploration management
Space astronomy advances
Solar-terrestrial sciences
Space life sciences and mission monitoring
Space physical sciences and satellite communications
Operational space medicine
Human exploitation of space resources



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

considering the winter holidays, we are allowing submissions until December 28.

Submission (full paper) November 27 December 28, 2012
Notification January 15, 2013 January 28, 2013
Registration January 29, 2013 February 12, 2013
Camera ready January 29, 2013 February 26, 2013

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

We would recommend that you not use too many extra pages, even if you can afford the extra fees. No more than 2 papers per event are recommended, as each paper must be separately registered and paid for. At least one author of each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceedings.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.

Technical marketing/industrial/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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