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Future PNT Special Interest Group

Report on Next Generation Positioning, Navigation & Timing Conference 2017

Future PNT Special Interest Group
Report on Next Generation Positioning, Navigation & Timing Conference 2017

The above event took place in the East Midlands Conference Centre, University of Nottingham on Friday 20 October 2017. The event is the first to be organised by the newly re-formed and re-named Future PNT Special Interest Group (formerly the R&D SIG).

Twelve PhD projects were presented by researchers from Imperial College London, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham and University College London. The research represented the breadth of topics currently under the purview of RIN and included orbit predictions, how to deal with atmospheric effects, receiver and augmentation systems and algorithms, cyber security and satellite signal vulnerabilities, autonomous systems, special applications including emergency responder positioning, bridge monitoring and navigation support for blind and partially sighted people.

Keynote presentations were made by Prof Terry Moore of Nottingham University who presented a review of technology and support for navigating without a navigator; Kevin Sheridan of Terrastar GNSS Ltd who summarised the approaches and multiple companies involved in providing us all with precise and high integrity positioning; Jeremy Morley of Ordnance Survey who reflected on positioning and place, including interesting data points such as that 100 Terabytes of storage would be required to store a UK map suitable for an autonomous vehicle to use; and Prof Xiaolin Meng of University of Nottingham who reported on the use of GNSS for bridge monitoring including bridge and build structure “heartbeats” that include anomaly detection and draw inspiration from Chinese medicine!

Prizes were judged by a panel lead by Prof Terry Moore and awarded by John Pottle, RIN Director. The second prize was awarded to Jialin Xiao of University of Nottingham for her research into ubiquitous position techniques for first responders. Jialin’s work will save lives as it enables accurate position and navigation information for firefighting. The first prize was awarded to Chen Yu of Newcastle University who presented Generic Atmospheric Correction Online Service (GACOS) which has wide applicability as a new correction model for RTK networks.
Congratulations to all those who presented their work and particularly to the prize winners. We hope to feature more on some of these presentations in a future edition of Navigation News.

John Pottle, 25th October 2017

  • 17 January 2018
  • R and D

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