2009 Parkinson Award

Presented to: Dr. Mathieu Joerger

Citation: For his thesis entitled, “Carrier Phase GPS Augmentation User Laser Scanners and Using Low Earth Orbiting Satellites”.


Dr. Mathieu Joerger obtained a Master in Mechatronics from the National Institute of Applied Sciences in his hometown of Strasbourg, France, in 2002. He pursued studies in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, where he earned a M.S. degree in 2002, and a Ph.D. in 2009. His topics of research included autonomous ground vehicle navigation and control, integration of carrier phase GPS with laser-scanner observations for seamless precision navigation through GPS-obstructed areas, and augmentation of GPS using carrier phase measurements from low-earth-orbit telecommunication satellites for global high-integrity positioning. 

In addition, he contributed to the design of a relative RAIM fault-detection algorithm for the GNSS Evolutionary Architecture Study. In parallel to his graduate curriculum, he led a team of IIT students at the Institute of Navigation Annual Autonomous Lawnmower Competition and ranked in the top three places from 2004 to 2006. He is currently working as a research associate at IIT on multi-constellation navigation satellite systems for high-integrity precision applications.