The aerospace industry has set ambitious goals for the next three generations of commercial transport aircraft to accommodate rapid growth in emerging markets and ensure sustainability of air travel. One approach being explored to meet these targets is non-traditional aircraft propulsion using electric, turboelectric or hybrid-electric powertrains. 

Recent workshops by the IEEE and AIAA have identified the need to bring together electrical engineers and aerospace experts as the industry looks to more electric propulsion technologies for future aircraft. For 2018, the AIAA Aircraft Electric Propulsion and Power Working Group and the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community are collaborating to organize a new two-day symposium to address these issues. The event is set for 12–13 July following the AIAA Propulsion & Energy Forum. 

Call for paper


The symposium will focus on electric aircraft technology across three programmatic tracks: (1) electric-power enabled aircraft configurations and system requirements, (2) enabling technologies for electric aircraft propulsion, and (3) electric aircraft system integration and controls. Abstracts are solicited in specific areas of relevancy including, but not limited to, the following: 

Track 1: Aircraft Configurations & Systems Requirements

  • System feasibility studies
  • Electric-enabled innovative aircraft design and propulsion concepts
  • Electrical powertrain performance requirements
  • Safety, critical failure modes, certification 
  • Lifecycle energy, operational cost, and emission analysis


Track 2: Enabling Technologies

  • Machines and drives integration for optimum performance
  • Conventional, cryogenic, and superconducting
  • Fault tolerant power systems and components 
  • Energy storage devices and systems
  • Electric machine and gas turbine engine integration
  • New material solutions or applications
  • Novel thermal management solutions
  • Verification and testing
  • Safety, critical failure modes, certification 
  • Lifecycle energy, operational cost, and emission analysis


Track 3: System Integration and Controls

  • Electric powertrain architectures
  • Fault isolation and reconfigurable systems
  • Energy management systems
  • Integrated electro-thermal systems
  • System modeling tools
  • Monitoring and diagnostics


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Important dates

  • Conference Dates

    12 Jul.



    13 Jul.


  • 15 Feb.


    Abstract submission deadline

  • 13 Jun.


    Final paper deadline

Contact information

  • Kiruba Haran

Organized By

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - AIAA