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

7th MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 8-10, 2004

Call for Papers Brochure (.pdf)

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 7th annual Military and Aerospace Programmable Logic Devices (MAPLD) International Conference.  Conference Overview:

The 7th annual MAPLD International Conference will present papers on programmable logic devices and technologies, digital engineering, and related fields, for military and aerospace applications. Devices, technologies, logic design, flight applications, fault tolerance, usage, reliability, radiation susceptibility, and encryption applications of programmable devices, processors, and adaptive computing systems in military and aerospace systems are topics for papers.

The Technical Program will consist of technical paper presentations and a poster session. We are planning an exciting program including several special Invited Speakers including the annual Invited History talk.  A new feature for 2004 will be an extended 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.

This conference is open to both foreign participation and US citizens and is unclassified.  For conference program, technical, and registration information, please visit or the 2004 MAPLD International Conference Home Page

A good source of topics for papers comes from our Evaluation Forms.  This year, there will be a special emphasis on papers with the following themes:

  • "War Stories" and Lessons Learned
  • High integrity systems design considerations.
  • Design verification methods for radiation hardness and fault tolerance.
  • Logic design, evaluation, design guidelines, rules, and recommendations.
  • Do's and Don'ts for SEU mitigation and immunity; how to analyze and evaluate a design for SEU  immunity or susceptibility.
  • Fault tolerance with FPGAs
  • General-purpose, high-performance, PLD-based computing systems and applications.
  • Programmable Logic and Obsolescence Issues
  • Reconfigurable Computing applications such as MIL-STD interfaces, munitions controllers, micro air vehicle/unmanned air vehicle controllers, and computational fluid dynamics analysis.
  • Implementing high performance, high reliability processor cores in FPGAs.
  • Software tools that check for low reliability design constructs.
  • PLD tools/methods that we need but vendors don't supply.

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


Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: The 2003 MAPLD International Conference "Birds-of-a-Feather" sessions were popular and both will be returning, new and improved, with extended formats.  The two continuing "BoFs" will be  on "Reconfigurable Computing" and "Mitigation Methods for Reprogrammable Logic in the Space Radiation Environment."  For 2004, we'll be adding a third BoF session, "PLD Failures, Analyses, and the Impact on Systems."

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

Why Are Next Generation Launchers and Spacecraft So Hard?
A Discussion of the Technical, Programmatic, and Political Factors
That Have Lead To Failures Over the Last Decade and Its Impact for Future Systems

Seminars will again be offered (with a separate registration).  Seminars will be on September 7th, 2004 with two full-day seminars will be given:

The 7th MAPLD International Conference is hosted by: NASA Office of Logic Design

Sponsored By: Supported By:

For more conference information, please visit 2004 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 for Peer-Reviewed Publications.
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

Abstracts should be approximately 2 pages long.  They should include an introduction, a brief summary of related work and references, and a discussion of the key elements of the paper and conclusions.

Because of the large number of submissions for MAPLD 2003, we found that we could no longer publish a printed program with the slides for all of the presentations. Instead, we published a CD handout containing the slides for all of the presentations and a printed program containing short abstracts for all of the presentations. To enable the process of printing the program for MAPLD 2004, we request that all submitters provide a 1/2 page "introduction,"  to be included in the printed program. Note: introductions that are larger than 1/2 page will be cut off at that point for the printed program.

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.  Please include first author information for point of contact (name, affiliation, phone number, and e-mail address).  

Please note the Key Dates and some new procedures for 2004.  Late papers will be accepted for the Poster Session, only.

April 26, 2004 Abstracts Due
May 17, 2004 Paper Acceptance Letters Sent
June 14, 2004 Preliminary presentations (Oral and poster) are due to
July 5, 2004 Program Announced
August 9, 2004 Final presentations (Oral and poster) are due to
October 8, 2004 Final Update for Contributed Papers Due
November 1, 2004 Deadline for submission of Select papers.  Specify that your paper is from the 2004 MAPLD International Conference for proper routing and that the paper is to be put into the public domain with no copyright assignment.  Please send one copy to Kevin Hames (

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. Internal (company) plus external (Government) reviews can in some cases consume 16 weeks or more. Proper Government reviews, ownership of copyright, and the absence of proprietary information is solely 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 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 will be placed into the public domain.

Industrial exhibit reservations should be sent to and should include company name and contact information (phone and email).  Please see Industrial Exhibit Request for additional information.

Note new address -

2004 MAPLD International Conference Home Page

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