2007 Thurlow Award

Presented to: Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag

Citation: For significant contributions to Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR)-based navigation, aircraft precision approach and integrity for synthetic vision systems.


Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has been a principal investigator with the Avionics Engineering Center (AEC) at Ohio University since 1999. The recipient of numerous awards over the course of his career, Dr. Uijt de Haag continues to be an active member of The Institute of Navigation, serving in multiple leadership roles within the organization.

Dr. Uijt de Haag lectures in the areas of navigation and computer engineering and has been involved with GPS landing systems, advanced signal processing techniques for GPS receivers, GPS/INS integrated systems, terrain-referenced navigation systems, and Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR). He has authored or co-authored over 70 navigationrelated publications, including three book chapters. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE), in addition to the ION.

Dr. Uijt de Haag developed outstanding methods for terrain-referenced navigation with integrity and aircraft precision approach using Laser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) technology. He led the NASAsponsored effort of prototyping and flight testing novel data integrity monitors as an enabling technology for synthetic vision systems. Radar altimeter, weather radar, and LADAR were used to determine the integrity of onboard terrain data bases. During the past few years, he developed and flight-tested the first dual-LADAR dead-reckoning positioning system that is capable of navigating without a terrain data-base.

Before starting his LADAR research, Dr. Uijt de Haag was also one of the major Ohio University contributors to the successful demonstration of differential GPS for aircraft precision approach and landing in 1997.

Dr. Uijt de Haag received his M.S. degree from Delft University of Technology in 1994 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University in 1999. Prior to joining AEC as a research engineer in 1995, he was a graduate research associate at the Telecommunications and Traffic Control Systems Group at Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.