The 5th Annual IEEE International Conference on Wireless for Space and Extreme Environments (WISEE 2017) was held on October 10 to 12, 2017 at Concordia University, Montréal, QC, Canada.

WiSEE 2017 Photo Album can be found HERE.

  • WiSEE Best Paper Award: Seyed Alireza Zekavat, “Snow covered forest channel modeling for near-ground wireless sensor networks”
  • STINT Best Workshop Paper Award: Feldmann, Walter and Bohm, “Routing in Ring Road Networks with Limited Topological Knowledge”
  • SSP Best Workshop Paper Award: Ian Cash, “CASSIOPeiA solar power satellite”
  • MISS Best Workshop Paper Award: Jose Angel Leon Calvo, “Wireless powering of drone-based MANETs for disaster zones”

Keynote Speakers

Chris Singer
Former NASA Deputy Chief Engineer & Marshall Spaceflight Center Engineering Director
Topic: The Engine of Possibility Accelerating Development
Dr. Fassi Kafyeke
Senior Director, Strategic Technology & Innovation, Bombardier Aerospace
Topic: The Growing Use of Sensors in Business and Commercial Jet Aircraft
Dr. Sterling Rooke
Founder Brixon, Inc., & Director-Elect ISA Communications Division (2018-2019)
Topic: Translational Awareness: at the Nexus of Physics and Cyber-in-Space
Dr. Obadiah Kegege
NEN Development Manager, Exploration & Space Communications Projects Division, NASA /GSFC
Topic: User Needs and Advances in Space Wireless Sensing & Communications
Dr. Panagiotis Tsiotras
College of Engineering Dean’s Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Topic: The Next Frontier: The Challenges in Developing Truly Autonomous Space Robots

Dr. Jim Lyke
Research Program Manager, Space System Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory, Space Vehicles Directorate, AFRL Fellow
Topic: Energy Consequences of Information as It Relates to Spacecraft and Space Missions



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 abstracts (3 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.