NASA Office of Logic Design

NASA Office of Logic Design

A scientific study of the problems of digital engineering for space flight systems,
with a view to their practical solution.

Call for Papers

9th MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
with a session at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C.

September 26-28, 2006

(CFP brochure - .pdf)

Late abstracts are being accepted for the 9th annual Military and Aerospace Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD) International Conference.  Abstracts are late with a due date of April 24, 2006 so they will not be considered for an oral presentation.  MAPLD will continue its policy of accepting late papers for the Poster Session on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.  Poster papers are eligible for discussion in the workshop sessions.

Conference Overview:

The 9th Annual International MAPLD Conference will address new developments on programmable logic devices and technologies, digital engineering, computing and related fields for military and aerospace applications. Papers are invited on a wide range of topics such as technologies, devices, processors, systems, high performance computers, logic design, reconfigurable computers, programming tools, standards, applications (e.g., flight, encryption, communications), fault tolerance, reliability, and radiation susceptibility.

Note revised abstract submission procedures.

The Technical Program will consist of technical paper presentations, "Birds of a Feather" workshops, and a poster session. We are planning an exciting program including several special Invited Speakers including the annual Invited History talk, to be given at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.  We will also continue a feature introduced in 2004, a workshop on "Digital Engineering and Computer Design - A Retrospective and Lessons Learned for Today's Engineers," featuring key design engineers from the 1960s and 1970s and historians.

This conference is open to both foreign participation and US citizens and is unclassified.  For conference program, technical, and registration information, please visit the Office of Logic Design Home Page or the 2006 MAPLD International Conference Home Page

This year, there will be a special emphasis on papers with the following themes:

  • "War Stories" and Lessons Learned
  • Non-volatile, erasable memory technology
  • Design verification and validation.
  • Reliability and fault tolerance with FPGAs
  • General-purpose, high-performance, PLD-based computing systems and applications.
  • Reliability and Programmable Devices
    • FIT rates and test vehicles
    • New technology qualification
  • Digital Device Obsolescence
  • High performance reconfigurable computers
  • Implementing high reliability processor cores in FPGAs.
  • Software tools
    • Checks for low reliability design constructs.
    • PLD tools/methods that we need but vendors don't supply.
  • Experiences with reconfigurable computing programming tools Standards issues, portability issues and tool issues (e.g., OpenFPGA approaches) related to FPGA boards and reconfigurable computing systems

Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: The 2005 MAPLD International Conference "Birds-of-a-Feather" workshop sessions were very popular and two  new sessions were introduced on verification of large systems and low power design.  For 2006 and our three day program, the updated program result in less overlap between sessions.  The following BOF sessions are planned:

Panel Session: Again, we will have leading engineers and managers on our panel for a most spirited "discussion."  This year's planned topic is:

"Why Is Learning Lessons From Mishaps So Hard?"
A Discussion of The Lessons Learned and Relearned
with Recommendations for Breaking the Repetitive Cycle

Seminars will again be offered (with a separate registration).  Seminars will be on September 25th, 2006 with three full-day seminars will be given:

  1. Spacewire 101
  2. Real-Time Software and Operating Systems for Hardware Engineers
  3. Verification Tutorial
  4. Radiation and Programmable Devices
  5. TBD

MAPLD topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Design and Analysis
    • CPU
    • Logic
    • Low-Power Techniques
    • High-Speed Techniques
  • Applications
    • Military (Ground, airborne, artillery, etc.)
    • Launch Vehicle
    • Spaceborne
    • Arithmetic and Signal Processing
    • Encryption Systems
  • Devices
    • Advanced Devices, Technologies, and Software and Their Impact on Critical System Reliability
    • Programmable Technologies and State-of-the-Art Devices and Programmable Elements
    • Device Architecture
  • Systems and Software
    • System-on-Chip
    • Software Tools for Design/Analysis - HDLs, Synthesis, Design Entry Systems
    • Translation from High Level Languages
    • Intellectual Property
  • Reliability
    • Experience and "Lessons Learned" from Mission Experience
    • Radiation Effects, Device Reliability and Element Characteristics
    • Fault Tolerance
    • Use of COTS Devices in the Military and Spaceflight Environment
    • Testing and Analysis Techniques
    • Advanced Packaging
  • Adaptive Computing Systems
    • Evolvable Hardware
    • Reconfigurable Computing


The 9th MAPLD International Conference is hosted by: NASA Office of Logic Design

Sponsored By:  

For more conference information, please visit 2006 MAPLD International Conference Home Page or contact:

Richard Katz - Conference [Grunt] Chair
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Tel: (301) 286-9705
Alan W. Hunsberger - Conference Co-Chair
National Security Agency
Tel: (443) 479-8135
Tanya Vladimirova - Conference Co-Chair
University of Surrey
+44(0)1483 879137
Kevin Hames - Conference Co-Chair
NASA Johnson Space Center
Tel: 281 483-8592
Hans Tiggeler
Conference Co-Chair, European Liaison
Rod Barto - Conference Co-Chair
Office of Logic Design/Spacecraft Digital Engineering


Abstract Submission Procedures - Modified for 2006.

Abstracts should be approximately 1/2 page long.  They should include a brief introduction and the key points that the paper will make. 

Please send abstracts to   Submit abstracts in an attached file, using the following format: lastname_a.ext  - where last name is the name of the first author - e.g., katz_a.txt.  The 'a' is for abstract and if you have two abstracts, they should be named, for example, katz_a1.txt and katz_a2.txt.  Please include first author information for point of contact (name, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address).   Please do not send any locked files, for example .pdf files that have security features enabled, as this increases the amount of effort in processing your submission.  ASCII text or .doc files are preferred as abstracts will be published in HTML.  .zip files will not be accepted as they are subject to filtering.

Please note the key dates and some new procedures for 2006.  Late papers will be accepted for the Poster Session, only.

April 24, 2006 Abstracts Due
May 15, 2006 Paper Acceptance Letters Sent
June 19, 2006 Preliminary presentations (Oral and poster) are due to
July 12, 2006 Program Announced
August 28, 2006 Final presentations (Oral and poster) are due to
September 25, 2006   Papers (Oral and poster) are due to
September 26-28, 2006   2006 MAPLD International Conference
October 27, 2006 Final Update for Contributed Papers Due to
November 20, 2006 Deadline for submission of Select papers.  Specify that your paper is from the 2006 MAPLD International Conference for proper routing and that the paper is to be put into the public domain with no copyright assignment or marks.  Please send one copy to

Important: Technology Transfer Considerations, Copyright, and Proprietary Information

Prospective authors are reminded that technology transfer guidelines and policies can considerably extend the time required for review of abstracts, presentations, and completed papers.  Proper Government reviews, ownership of copyright, and the absence of proprietary information is solely the responsibility of the author.  The organizing committee and their employing organizations will assume that all abstracts, presentations, and papers are appropriately cleared for unrestricted distribution to an international audience. All work submitted to MAPLD will be free of any copyright restrictions and marks and will be placed into the public domain for unlimited distribution and use.


Note new address -

2006 MAPLD International Conference Home Page

Home - NASA Office of Logic Design
Last Revised: February 03, 2010
Digital Engineering Institute
Web Grunt: Richard Katz