On board Autonomy
The paper AIAA 2010-1968 will discuss the AEOLUS on-board autonomy in particular related to the instrument routine operations and failure recovery, present an outline of the AEOLUS Mission Planning system and provide an overview of the automation implemented in the AEOLUS Ground Systems.
Another example for enhancing on board autonomy is presented in paper AIAA 2010-1998: Geologic mapping of the Martian surface has been a goal for every mission to Mars in history. Surface rover missions bring with them unique capabilities and intrinsic challenges for the task of mapping. The diversity of the terrain that is encountered as a rover traverses is a challenge that is being addressed by two major mapping strategies: on-board autonomy and ground operations software. Here we present our latest work in the use of ground operations software that extends and enhances the work done in autonomy to provide accurate localization and mapping capabilities for rover missions.

On of the "best topic papers" of the SpaceOps2012 Conference, the paper "TDX-TSX-On-board and FDIR of whispering brothers" (AIAA-2012-1290887) addresses the integrated FDIR of the overall system taking utmost benfit of the distributed hierarchical FDIR and autonomy system design, while utilizing only minimum interaction between the two satellites.

On Orbit Constraints Test (OOCT)
On-Orbit Constraints Test (OOCT’s) refers to mating flight hardware together on the ground before they will be mated on-orbit or on the Lunar surface. The concept seems simple but it can be difficult to perform operations like this on the ground when the flight hardware is being designed to be mated on-orbit in a zero-g/vacuum environment of space or low-g/vacuum environment on the Lunar/Mars Surface.
OOCT’s performed on International Space Station (ISS) flight elements, lessons learned as a result of the OOCT’s will be presented in the paper AIAA 2010-2369 and the paper will conclude with possible applications to Moon and Mars Surface operations planned for the Constellation Program.

Operations Reliability
During the 2016 conference this selected paper discussed the managment and reliabilit aspects of complex missions and their operations: Coping with Complexity and System Challenges in Safety and Reliability Management of Satellite Operations
(AIAA 2016-2480).

Operations System Design
This new topic was introduced during the 2016 conference with the paper: A Structured, Model-Based Systems Engineering Methodology for Operations System Design by JPL (AIAA 2016-2502)

On-Orbit Servicing (OOS)
On-Orbit Servicing as described in paper AIAA 2010-1975 is not only an option for the repair and the upgrade of space assets that suffer from technical failures but might also be a promising business case, e.g. extending the lifetime of geost ationary communication satellites.
The "best topic paper": "Operations for Parallel SatelliteSsupport" (AIAA-2012-1291254) describes the operatins challenges for the planned robotic dual-satllite DLR mission respecting operations experience gained during the ROKVISS and TanDEM-X missions.

Operations Tools
All software/hardware means used by the spacecraft operations personnel to operate a spacecraft as a system, including the payload, to achieve all mission goals. Classical operations tools are telemetry (TM), telecommand (TC), mission planning, orbit and attitude determination and control packages. It is suggested that the tools need not only integrate operations content but also life-cycle cost assessments for certain operations options to be used for final management decisions AIAA paper 2006-5751 . The use of not-yet-qualified operations tools is suggested for introduction into operations preparation activities as early as possible: The so-called “test as you fly” concept AIAA paper 2006-5713.
The SpaceOps2014 Conference added two new aspects to the use of operations tools:
AIAA 2014-1632: Space weather effects on spacecraft as an operational service to identify threads resultung from "the physical and phenomenological state of natural space environments.
AIAA 2014-1722: In this paper an "intelligent agent" to predict future failure occurrences onboard of spacevehicles using f Single Event Upsets in the Columbus mass memory as an example.
A standardized approach for operations audio alarms was discussed and appreciated during the 2016 conference:: Desgning and deploying meaningful audio alsrms for control systems AIAA 2016-2616
Another aspect for enhancing operations effectiveness is to use EGSE equipment for operations: The Operational Adoption of the EGS-CC at ESA (AIAA 2016-2304). A proposed plug-and-play" system infrastructure for robotic experiments was considered as
one of the 2016 conference outstanding papers: The METERON Operations Environment and Robotic Services, a plug-and-play system infrastructure for Robotic experiments (AIAA 2016-2474).
Data Mining as an operations tool was introduced withthe selected paper: AIAA 2016-2397: Data Mining to Drastically Improve Spacecraft Telemetry Checking: An Engineer’s Approach
AIAA 2016-2479 AMODS: "Autonomous Mobile On-Orbit Diagnostic System" presents an autonomous diagnostic and repair system for conventional and new satellites. AMODS is predicted to effect a paradigm shift in space operations.