2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS 2018)

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The 2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems (AHS 2018) will be held August 6 - 9, 2018 at The University of Edinburgh, UK.

The AHS 2018 conference will bring together multi-disciplinary researchers from academia and industry and government specialists to communicate the latest research results, share experiences and discuss new applications. The conference has grown from the precursor NASA/DoD Conference on Evolvable Hardware, held between 1999 and 2005.

Adaptation occurs in all living systems and is a desired characteristic of most artificial systems. Adaptation reflects the capability of a system to maintain or improve its performance in the context of internal or external changes (such as uncertainty and variation during fabrication, faults and degradation in the field), changes in the operational environment, incidental or intentional interference, different users and preferences, modifications of standards and requirements, or trade-offs between performance requirements and available resources.

Special Sessions

We are organizing three special sessions in the conference on the topics:

Authors should please visit EasyChair to submit papers.


  • “Gerald Estrin Award” ($500) for the best paper on Reconfigurable/Adaptive Computing
  • “Ismail Al-Jazari Award” ($500) for the best paper on Mechanical System and Robotics topic
  • “Herman Oberth Award” ($500) for the best paper on an Aerospace System topic

Keynote Speakers

Prof Yang Gao

Professor Yang Gao

BEng (1st Hons), PhD, FIET, FRAeS, SMIEEE, FHEA
Associate Dean (International), Professor of Space Autonomous Systems
University of Surrey, UK
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Dimitar Filev

Dimitar Filev, PhD

Henry Ford Technical Fellow, Control & AI,
Ford Motor Company, USA
Past President IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society
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Adrian Stoica

Adrian Stoica, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Manager, Robotic Systems Estimation, Decision and Control NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
MS 198-219, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91109
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Colin Cunningham

Professor Colin Cunningham FIET, FInstP, FSPIE, CEng

Technology Champion at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory Edinburgh and Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor, University of Edinburgh
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