2018 Fellow

Presented to: Dr. Yuanxi Yang

Citation: For leadership and technical contributions to the development of the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System and his effort in promoting international collaboration in satellite navigation.


Prof. Yuanxi Yang has made many technical contributions and become a critical member of leadership in the advancement of China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS). He is credited with improving the design of the interlink between BeiDou satellites, the establishment of the Chinese Geodetic Coordinate System, the creation of the Chinese National GPS Control Network, and is a prominent proponent of interoperability between BeiDou and other GNSSs. He has been a leading member of BDS advisory board since its inception in 2010, and was recently named BDS’ vice chief architect. A prolific leading researcher in BDS, he is author and co-author of over 300 technical publications.

Prof. Yang has devoted tremendous effort to the promotion and education of satellite navigation technologies and applications. He has played an important role in educating Chinese scientists, engineers and managers in PNT. He has graduated over 30 PhD and 40 MS students, and taught numerous tutorials and short courses.

Prof. Yang has been instrumental in establishing and promoting cooperation between the Chinese Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) and ION. He was key in organizing ION’s first BeiDou Workshop at ION GNSS 2011; served as ION’s BeiDou representative to the Satellite Division and as a member of ION’s Pacific PNT International Advisory Board. He has served as the executive chair of the scientific committee for CSNC since its inaugural meeting in 2009.

Dr. Yuanxi Yang is a professor of Geodesy and Navigation at Xian Research Institute of Surveying and Mapping and at the China National Administration of GNSS and Application (CNAGA). He received his PhD in Geodesy from the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics, the Chinese Academy of Science. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Space Research, University of Texas, Austin and a research scientist at the Institute of Theoretical Geodesy at Bonn University, Germany. He is a member of the Chinese Academy of Science for his lifelong contributions to navigation and geodetic science and engineering.