2023 Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium

TVF 2023

Save the date for the 10th Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and eVTOL Symposium sponsored by the VFS Arizona Chapter and taking place January 24-26, 2023 at the Sheraton Hotel at Wrigleville West in Mesa, Arizona. The Call for Papers is now available!

This event builds on the highly successful 9th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting in 2021 and the 9th Annual eVTOL Symposium in 2022. 

This series sells out every time, so plan today to be part of this important event. 

Invitation: Papers are invited in the areas of autonomy-enabled VTOL Aircraft Systems vehicle and control station design. This includes civilian and military platforms of all sizes, ranging from micro vehicles (MAVs) through full-scale manned aircraft and the full range autonomy and associated enabling technologies, including fully autonomous, ground-controlled, and optionally manned vehicles. Papers addressing all aspects of operator interface design, including both the air vehicle and operator control stations are also invited. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Vehicle design, including configuration design, gust stability and response, fault tolerant control systems, low Reynolds number aerodynamics (applicable to micro and organic air vehicles), active flow control (development of hingeless aerodynamic surfaces), self-repairing structures, as well as simulation and testing of vehicle design. Weight classes cover Micro-Aerial Vehicles (MAV), small and large Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS), man-rated on-demand eVTOL, and multiple-passenger or troop-carrying transport air vehicles.

  • Enabling systems design, including interoperability, net-centric operations (NCO), and sensor systems. For example, the sharing of information across the operational field of use, command-and-control, ad hoc network enabled systems, UAS control and interoperability with both ground and other aerial systems, networked sensor integration, and NCO-related analysis, modeling & simulation.
  • Enabling automation / artificial intelligence, including innovative AI algorithms, deep learning,cognition and context recognition, with or without big data; advanced sensors, mobile computing,and GPS/INS for autonomous VTOL aircraft operations in cluttered and obstacle rich environments,zero-zero sensor-based auto land, collaborative flight between unmanned and othermanned/unmanned rotorcraft systems, networked communications in low altitude flights.
  • Advanced electric-propulsion including innovative fuel cells, advanced/beyond Li ion batteries,hybrid-electric or alternative multi-fuel power systems for greater range and payload; advancedmotors (axial flux, Halbach arrays), inverters and motor controllers, direct drives; high voltage powerelectronics; hardware testing, modeling and simulation / co-simulation, and integrated power-plant-flight vehicle analysis and design.
  • Improved human-system integration (HSI) and workload reduction for vehicle and control stationoperator interfaces.
  • Simulation and testing of vehicle design, autonomous behaviors, and HSI.
  • Regulatory solutions addressing the safe operational integration of autonomous VTOL vehicles intonational and military airspace, including certification and compliance using consensus standards.

Abstract Submittal: Abstracts should be limited to no more than 1,000 words, present the status ofwork and the background data to be used, summarize figures and illustrations to be used (with samples), and include a summary of important conclusions with a statement as to whether similar results have been (or may be) presented or published elsewhere. The abstract should be sufficient to enable the reviewer to determine the quality, scope, significance, and current completion status of the information that will be submitted in the final paper. Priority will be given to papers in which significant results and conclusions will be provided and in which future research and development are clearly defined. Abstracts must be submitted no later than September 15, 2022 to the meeting Technical Chairperson Bryan Chu. Questions? +1-480-823-9768.

Completed Papers: Authors will be notified of final selection by October 31, 2022. Format for the papers will be sent with the notification of selection. No paper will be scheduled for presentation if a written paper has not been received by January 16, 2023. It’s the author’s responsibility to obtain all necessary clearances and releases.


Updated March 24, 2022