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

Dinner Today @ 19:00

The Conference Dinner will take place at Ghillie Dhu, which is on the West end of Princes Street. Bus 41 from the King's Buildings will take you to within 4-minutes walking distance of the venue. Depending on where you are travelling from, there are several other buses that make regular journeys to and from the dinner venue. You can use the Lothian Journey Planner or use the directions on Google Map.

Welcome to AHS 2018

Please, go to the AHS reception desk at the entrance of Sanderson Building (see map below). Free parking is available in areas indicated on the map. Click on the map for a full view of the King's Buildings Campus map. For more information about the venue and getting around, please visit our venue page.

Map of AHS Reception

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AHS 2017 Logo

AHS 2017 Logo

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 special sessions on the following topics:

  • Biomedical Sensors and Systems
  • Emerging Security Technologies (EST)
  • Intelligent Security Systems
  • ESA's Special Session on "Emerging Reconfigurable Devices for Space Applications: Configuration, Mitigation Techniques, and Radiation Characterization"
  • Extreme Environments and Nuclear Robotics
  • Tools and Methods for Reconfigurable Computing

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

Associate Dean (International), Professor of Space Autonomous Systems,
University of Surrey, UK
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Dimitar Filev

Dr. Dimitar Filev

Research & Advanced Engineering,
Ford Motor Company,
2101 Village Road, Dearborn, MI 48121, Rm. 1343
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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

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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