Online Conference

The 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WISEE 2020) was held on October 12 to 14, 2020 in VIRTUAL format due to COVID19 health risks and travel restrictions. Online interactive networking sessions were held to promote discussions and collaborations. We had 184 registered attendees. 

Best paper award:
Thickness-Accommodation in X-Band Origami-Based Reflectarray Antenna for Small Satellites Applications, 
By: Noemí Miguélez-Gómez, Justin M Parkhurst, Kevin Pepin, Nicholas Moline and Sam LeBlanc (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA); Bogdan Udrea (Vissidus Technologies Inc., USA); Eduardo Rojas (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA)

Best workshop presentation award: 
Distinguishing Ionospheric Scintillation From Multipath in GNSS Signals Using Bagged Decision Trees Algorithm, 
By: Rayan Imam and Fabio Dovis (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)


Spaceflight involves critical sensing and communication in extreme environments such as planetary surfaces, space vehicles, and space habitats. The many challenges faced in space sensing and communication are extremely diverse and overlap significantly with those found in many terrestrial examples of extreme environments such as extreme hot or cold locations, extreme high- or low-pressure environments, critical control loops in aircraft and nuclear power plants, high-speed rotating equipment, oil/gas pipelines and platforms, etc. All of these environments pose significant challenges for radio-frequency or optical wireless sensing and communication and will require the application of a broad range of state of the art technologies in order to generate reliable and cost effective solutions. Although the specific challenges vary significantly from the environment to environment, many of the solutions offered by sensing, communication, and statistical signal processing technologies can be applied in multiple environments, and researchers focusing on space applications can benefit greatly from understanding the problems encountered and solutions applied in alternative environments.

This IEEE conference will bring together investigators from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), and other space agencies, along with aerospace and space defense industries and academic researchers, in an effort to understand and solve the emerging problems facing wireless sensing and communication in space and related extreme environments.

Full-length Research Papers (6 pages) and posters/presentation only abstracts (1 pages) are sought that address solution to problems in all areas of wireless sensing and communication in space and extreme environments related to spaceflight. Accepted and presented papers will be published in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore as well as other Indexing databases.

Keynote Speakers

Michele Zorzi
University of Padova
Topic: Understanding the potentials and challenges of 5G mmWave
technologies for Public Safety networks

Marco Lanucara
European Space Agency
Topic: The future of Lunar Communications

Nuno Carvalho
University of Aveiro
Topic: Simultaneous Wireless and Information and Power Transfer for Space Applications

Naoki Shinohara
Kyoto University
Topic: Recent R&D Project toward SPS in Japan and Related Commercial Applications of Microwave Power Transfer

Kaveh Pahlavan
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Topic: Cyber Intelligence in Extreme Environment

Gregory D. Durgin
Georgia Inst. of Technology
Topic: Microwave and mm-Wave Backscatter for Ultra-Low Power Communications