2015 Burka Award

Presented to: Dr. Ramsey M. Faragher and Dr. Robert K. Harle

Citation: For their paper “Towards an Efficient, Intelligent, Opportunistic Smartphone Indoor Positioning System” published in the Spring 2015 issue of NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 55-72.


Dr. Ramsey M. Faragher is the CEO and founder of Focal Point Positioning Ltd. Previously he was a senior research associate at the University of Cambridge, where he developed novel smartphone positioning systems. Prior to this he was a principal scientist at the BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre where he developed the award-winning and patented NAVSOP opportunistic positioning suite and other GNSS-denied tracking technologies. He holds a first class degree in physics and a Ph.D. in opportunistic radio positioning, both from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a Bye Fellow of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge.

Dr. Robert Harle is a senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge. He works in the Computer Laboratory and is a Fellow in Computer Science at Downing College, Cambridge. He has a long-standing interest in positioning and tracking, particularly indoors. He has worked on ultrasonic, radio, inertial and ultra-wide-band systems. His most recent work has studied the use of commodity smartphone signals and sensors to provide accurate location inside workplaces through the application of probabilistic techniques such as particle filters and SLAM. His other research interests encompass many elements of cyber-physical systems, with work in context-aware and ubiquitous computing and biomechanical analysis for sports and health. Dr. Harle received the Ph.D. from Downing College, the University of Cambridge.