SUAVTA: Symposium on Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Technologies and Applications

SUAVTA: Symposium on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technologies and Applications @ MESA Conference

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SUAVTA : Symposium on Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Technologies and Applications @ MESA Conference

(Please check out two other symposia collocated: FDTA, AIET-for-MESA)


The 2019 Symposium on Small Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle Technologies and  Applications (SUAVTA)

as a part of the

The 2019 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Embedded Systems and Applications (The 15th ASME/IEEE MESA2019  CFP)

August 18-21, 2019, Anaheim, CA, USA and


In recent years, new developments in MEMS sensors, embedded systems, wireless technologies as well as cognitive sciences and artificial intelligence make it possible to use small and affordable unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs: land, air, water surface/submersible or hybrids) in both military and civilian applications. While the UAV market so far has been mainly driven by military and security applications, this new generation of UAVs also has the potential to generate a broader range of civilian applications like in- and out-door surveillance, disaster management, agriculture, remote sensing etc. However, there are still many unsolved problems in the area of small UAVs like the design of vehicles with a higher degree of intelligence and autonomy, the integration in the airspace, sense and avoidance technologies or the coordination of teams of small UAVs, to mention only a few. This symposium aims at presenting latest results in small UAV research and application. Manuscripts are solicited in the following topics but not limited to:

  • UAVs: land, air, water surface/submersible or hybrids
  • Lowering the barriers to entry
  • 3S: Small, Smart, Swarm 
  • Fixed-wing small UAV technologies | Rotary-wing small UAV technologies
  • Low cost UAV platforms | Low cost IMU and autopilot development
  • State estimation and fault diagnosis for small UAVs | Vision-based navigation for small UAVs
  • Multi-UAV cooperative navigation and cooperative control | Fault-tolerant control |
  • Small UAV software architectures | Small UAV as flying sensors, actuators and applications
  • Resilient flight controls | Cognitive UAVs | Airworthiness | Integration to national air space
  • Student UAV/UAS competitions | UAV-based Personal Remote Sensing and Applications
  • UTM, sense-n-avoid, sUAS swarming, long distance and long endurance small UAVs.
  • sUAS enabled cyber-physical systems (CPS) and cyber-human systems (CHS), and in general, intelligent adaptive systems (IAS).
  • UAV as an edge device

Paper submission is a two stage process. Papers with the e-mail addresses of the authors must be submitted online abstract(s) at   by March 4th, 2019. After the abstract submission, you MUST also submit a full length paper for peer review by March 4th, 2019. All manuscripts after a successful review procedure will be published in the conference proceedings. It will be EI indexed. For further information, please contact SUAVTA2019 symposium organizers:

Prof. YangQuan Chen

Prof. Youmin Zhang

Prof. Wencen Wu

Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation (MESA) Lab, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343, USA

Tel: 1-209-228-4672; Fax: 1-209-228-4047



Diagnosis, Flight Control and Simulation (DFCS) Lab. Networked Autonomous Vehicles (NAV) Lab. Dept. of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Concordia University; 1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W. Montreal, Quebec H3G 1M8, Canada     


Dept. of Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

San Jose State University

One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0180




links to past SUAVTA (focused on air only) events:

2009 ASME/IEEE MESA SUAVTA papers (San Diego CA)

2010 IEEE ASME MESA SUAVTA (Qingdao, China) (papers)

2011 ASME/IEEE MESA SUAVTA papers (Washington DC)

2012 IEEE/ASME MESA SUAVTA (Suzhou China) (papers)

2013 ASME/IEEE MESA SUAVTA papers (Portland OR)

2014 IEEE/ASME MESA SUAVTA (Italy) (papers)

2015 ASME/IEEE MESA SUAVTA papers (Boston MA)

2016 IEEE/ASME MESA SUAVTA (New Zealand) (papers)

2017 ASME/IEEE MESA SUAVTA (Cleveland, OH) (papers)