The 57th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences (IACAS) took place on March 15-16, 2017 in Tel Aviv and at the Technion

The conference, which was held for the 57th time, was jointly organized by the Technion’s Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Tel Aviv University, the Israeli defense industries, Ministry of Defense, the IDF and other organizations.

More than 500 engineers, scientists, and experts from Israel and abroad participated in the conference, during which inspiring plenary lectures and 20 parallel sessions showcased a diversity of fields at the forefront of technology. These include Combustion Processes and Propulsion Systems, Guidance, Estimation, Navigation and Control, Flow Control, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Aeroelasticity, Optimization, Fluid Dynamics and Mechanics, Aerospace Structures, System Engineering and more. In addition, the conference included an Industrial Projects session and a unique Student Project Competition session. One of the plenary sessions was dedicated to two student projects that have reached high places in important international competitions – the AUVSI project by students from the Technion, and the DBF (Design-Build-Fly) project by students from the Tel Aviv University.

In the exhibition hall, various industries displayed their products and a variety of companies presented corporate videos.

The Chair of the Organizing Committee was Mr. Avi Blasberger, Director of the Israel Space Agency. The Chair of the Program Committee was Dr. Yuval Levy, CEO of Israel CFD Center (ISCFDC) and an adjunct lecturer at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion. The Conference & Marcom Coordinator was Ms. Vered Seginer. The members of the Organizing Committee were senior representatives of the major industries, the IDF, and the academy.

For an article (in Hebrew) on the Technion’s website, giving highlights from the plenary lectures, click here.

For details on the Invited Plenary Speakers and their talks, click here.
For the online conference program, including abstracts of all the talks, click here.

For photos from the conference, click here.

At the end of the conference’s first day, an award ceremony was held as part of the Festive Dinner, during which the following faculty members, students and graduates from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering were awarded prizes:

The Meir Hanin Aerospace Prizes for Young Researchers were awarded to:

  • A young faculty member – Prof. Daniel Zelazo, for excellence in research in the fields of Multi-agent Systems and Networked Dynamic Systems and for his publications in leading Journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. In addition, Dan redesigned the syllabi of the compulsory control lab classes and offered new and advanced elective classes.
    Asst. Prof. Dan Zelazo receiving the Hanin Prize for your faculty
  • A Ph.D. student – Federico Roizner, for his PhD research entitled “Aeroservoelastic Stability Analysis Using Response-Based Parametric Flutter Margins” (under the supervision of Prof. Emeritus Moti Karpel).
    Federico Roizner, A Ph.D. student, receiving the Hanin Prize

Two Prizes in Memory of Dr. Arie Hillel were awarded to:

  • Ph.D. student Pavel Galich, for his PhD research entitled “Manipulating elastic wave propagation in non-linear flexible materials via external stimuli’’ (under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Stephan Rudykh).
    Ph.D. student Pavel Galich receiving the Hillel Prize
  • M.Sc. student Daniel Kariv, for his research on “Dynamic Response of an Elastic Aircraft to Store Ejection” (under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Daniella).
    M.Sc. student Daniel Kariv, receiving the Hillel Prize

The 2017 Prize on behalf of Dvorah and the Late Professor Joseph Shinar was awarded to:

  • Ph.D. student Roni Tsalik, for his research entitled “Optimal Guidance and Control for Imposing Impact Angle and Time” (under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Tal Shima).
    Ph.D. student Roni Tsalik, receiving the Shinar Prize

The Neev-Ya Prize was shared this year between two excellent papers:

  • Michael Iovnovich, for his paper entitled “F-16 Aircraft Ground Vibration Test Analysis Using Advanced Multi-Patch Estimation Techniques”.
  • Asst. Prof. Oksana Stalnov, Tuvia Kogan, Michael Faran, Hadar Ben-Gida, for their paper entitled “Noise Reduction of a UAV Propeller Using Grit-Type Boundary Layer Tripping”.

All the recipients of the Neev-Ya Prize

The Student Project Competition Prize in Memory of Dr. Shlomit Gali was awarded to Alvaro Ringel, Asaf Kuflik, Avishai Hassidof, Husen Sweid, Leora Hochstein, Liran Sahar, Ortal Cohen, Ofek Katz, Vladimir Perepech, and Yifat Regensberg, for the project “Aerial – Drilling Rigs Defense Missile” that was supervised by Mr. Oded Naveh.

Representatives of the project's team, Leora Hochstein and Ortal Cohen, together with supervisor Oded Naveh, receive the Shlomit Gali Prize

Congratulations to all the prize winners!


The 57th Israel Annual Conference on Aerospace Sciences (IACAS) took place on March 15-16, 2017 in Tel Aviv and at the Technion

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