On behalf of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS), I welcome you to the 32st ICAS Congress in Shanghai. Over 60 years, ICAS has provided this pre-eminent forum for the world’s aeronautical engineers, researchers, scientists, and managers to present and discuss the latest developments in aeronautics. This remarkable organization was founded by Theodore von Karman and his international colleagues to promote international collaboration in aeronautics and continues to build on its impressive heritage. This Congress will be held for the second time in China since the ICAS 1992 Congress in Beijing. ICAS is grateful for the efforts of our Chinese colleagues and a high level of sponsorship from a number of companies.
The aerospace and aviation industries inherently require the integration of various disciplines to provide safety in severe flight conditions, solve environmental problems and enable economical operation. In recent years, integration with new fields such as advanced computer technology, unmanned and AI technologies in all aspects such as design, manufacturing, and operations has been required. Furthermore, new flight opportunities such as urban air mobility and super/hypersonic or space flight have been investigated. ICAS Congresses represent unique opportunities every two years to learn and interact with the leaders in the field from more than 40 countries.
The topics addressed at ICAS Congresses are diverse and reflect the challenges and opportunities of the day. The ICAS Program Committee ensures that Congress presentations cover not only core aeronautical disciplines such as aerodynamics and performance, stability and control, materials and structures and propulsion and systems but also new fields such as air traffic management and systems, manufacturing and the supply chain, safety and security, and environment and operati.