Call For Papers 
“From Concepts to Systems”

CANEUS Conference on
Micro-Nano-Technologies for Aerospace Applications

Technical papers are being solicited for the CANEUS 2006 Conference to be held at Toulouse, France August 27- September 1, 2006

Abstract Submittal Deadline
January 16, 2006


CANEUS 2006 is the world's premier international conference devoted to Micro-Nano-technology (MNT) development for aerospace applications.  The CANEUS 2006 conference will build on the theme developed during the CANEUS 2004 conference p, i.e. the challenge of efficiently transitioning aerospace MNT development from a mostly low technology-readiness-level (TRL) stage to system-level implementations. Thus, CANEUS 2006 is aimed at the exploration of an integrated "cradle-to-grave" approach to MNT development for aerospace applications.

The conference will provide a forum to facilitate interactions between four communities:

  • Low TRL research and development community
  • Mid & High TRL system developer community
  • End-users from aerospace and defense sectors
  • Investment community consisting of venture capitalists and investors

CANEUS 2006 will bring together key scientists, engineers, program managers, investors and policy-makers from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, representing the MNT developers/suppliers and the aerospace end-users. Collaborative investment and development strategies will be addressed at the highest inter-governmental level.

The conference format will be arranged to provide each participant with the maximum possible exposure to developments within the following areas:

  • MNT concepts: Low TRL (1-3)
  • MNT Development: Mid TRL (4-6)
  • Systems and Sub-Systems: High TRL (7-9)
  • End-User needs and perspectives
  • Investment perspectives and roadmaps
  • Governmental policies affecting coordinated, joint international development of aerospace MNT

The conference will consist of:

  1. Individual sessions will be “anchored" by invited Speakers for each topic / sub-topic within respective session.
  2. General participation in "Contributed" and "Invited" papers as well as posters will be solicited, consistent with the defined scope and theme of the conference.
  3. Focused workshops on number of issues which are of high priority to both the MNT developers and the end-users and related to coordinated investment strategies will be convened
  4. Technical exhibitions will cover the state-of-the-art in MNT related tools and resources as well as end-users’ perspectives
  5. Topical Short Courses pertinent to the conference topics will be offered by the technical professional societies.    

Topical Areas

The conference program will consist of selected contributed paper presentations, invited presentations and papers, and a poster session.  Be sure to specify if you would prefer to have your paper considered for an oral presentation or as part of the poster session.

Papers are sought that describe novel MNT-based concepts for devices and systems, challenges with MNT-based system development, MNT infusion into missions, perspectives on government and private investment into MNT development, as well as end-user perspectives.  The following detailed description of topics is intended to provide ideas for papers and is not meant to limit papers to specifically mentioned topics.  In addition, papers dealing with lessons learned in transitioning new technologies to applications are highly sought after and encouraged.

Structures and Materials

  • Multi-functional Structures
  • Composites

Needs and Requirements

  • Defense
    • Needs
    • Lessons Learned
  • Space
    • Unmanned
    • Manned
  • Aeronautics
    • Needs
    • Lessons Learned
  • Commercial
    • Needs
    • Lessons Learned

Investment and Collaboration

  • Governmental Investment
  • Private Investment
  • International Collaboration
  • Pilot Programs for Coordinated International Development of Aerospace MNT Systems

Systems and Sub-Systems

  • Propulsion
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C)
  • Communications
  • Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance
  • Remote Sensing
  • Devices


Reliability Testing


  • NASA Missions
  • DoD Missions
  • Commercial Missions
  • International Missions


Abstract Submittal:

Technical paper abstract submissions will be accepted electronically through Web site. Simply click the “Submit a paper” button to initiate the process. The Web site will be open for abstract submittal starting October14, 2005. The system will allow for file upload in the following formats: Word, WordPerfect, Text, RTF, and PDF. When submitting through the Web site, please be sure to designate to which technical area your paper correlates (i.e., Materials, etc.). In addition, papers addressing lessons learned are invited and encouraged.

Authors having trouble submitting abstracts electronically should e-mail technical support at: Questions about the full abstract submission themselves, should be referred to the Technical Program Co-Chair (s) identified below.

Paper selection for this conference will be based on abstracts no less than 250 words with key figures and references to pertinent publications in existing literature.

With their manuscripts, authors must include a cover letter that indicates they have received the appropriate company and/or sponsoring agency approval. The cover letter should also mention whether the paper presentation is anticipated to have any special audiovisual requirements other than an overhead transparency projector. CANEUS will not consider for presentation or publication any paper that has been published or is currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Authors will be required to sign a statement to this effect.


Abstract Deadline

The deadline for receipt of abstracts via electronic submission is January 16, 2006.  Extensions to the deadline will not be allowed. Letters of official acceptance and instructions will be mailed on or about February 15, 2006 from conference Headquarters.

Written papers should be submitted to conference Headquarters by the June 15, 2006 deadline. Most authors are required to submit a written paper prior to their presentation under the Institute’s "no paper, no podium" rule. Prospective authors should keep this rule in mind when submitting their abstracts. This rule will be waived only for a limited number of select authors invited by the organizers to provide presentations on highly current topical subjects of interest.

Warning–Technology Transfer Considerations

Perspective authors are reminded that technology transfer guidelines have considerably extended the time required for review of abstracts and completed papers by U.S. government agencies. Internal (company) plus external (government) reviews can consume 16 weeks or more. Government review, if required is the responsibility of the author. Authors should determine the extent of approval necessary early in the paper preparation process to preclude paper withdrawals and late submissions. The committee will assume that all abstracts, papers and presentations are appropriately cleared.


Key Abstract and Technical Paper Submittal Milestones:

  • This Web site will be open for abstract submittal starting October 14, 2005.
  • The deadline for receipt of abstracts via electronic submission is January 16, 2006
  • Final manuscripts are due by June 15, 2006

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