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Technical Committee

Satellite Division Chair: Dr. Frank van Diggelen, Google
Program Co-Chairs: 
Dr. Alex Stratton, Rockwell Collins
Dr. Michael Veth, Veth Research Associates

Technical Chairs:
Applications and Advances Tracks
Mr. Steve Malkos, Google
Mr. Eric Chatre, European Commission, Belgium
Dr. Kyle Snow, Topcon Positioning Systems
Research and Innovations Tracks
Dr. Grace Gao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Gert Trommer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Dr. Jason Rife, Tufts University

Tutorials Chair: Ms. Patricia Doherty, Boston College

Plenary Session Chair: Dr. Chris Hegarty, The MITRE Corporation

Submit Your Abstract

Abstract Deadline: March 10, 2017

Technical Session Topics

 

High Performance and Safety Critical Applications

Track Chair: Dr. Kyle Snow, Topcon Positioning Systems

AUTONOMOUS AND ASSISTED VEHICLE APPLICATIONS
Advances in navigation for assisted and autonomous vehicle and mobile platform applications. Advances in driver and pilot assistance for enhanced safety and productivity in challenging environments. Addressing safety and certification requirements for autonomous navigation and guidance of land, marine and aerospace vehicles; and mobile platforms including unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
Co-chairs:
Dr. Charles Toth, The Ohio State University
Dr. Jiyun Lee, KAIST, South Korea

Mass Market and Commercial Applications

Track Chair: Steve Malkos, Google

APPLICATIONS OF RAW GNSS MEASUREMENTS FROM SMARTPHONES
Recently mobile phones made available raw GNSS measurements. This has spawned new positioning techniques for mobile applications for the first time. New innovative ideas for using these measurements in applications; with interest in practical solutions to improve our positioning techniques in mobile devices.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Mohammed Khider, Google
Will Morrison, Qualcomm

AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS - NON-GNSS AND SENSOR POSITIONING
When GNSS signals are overly relied upon, with specific interest in improvements in non-GNSS radio and sensor positioning technologies and techniques for autonomous systems.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Paul McBurney, GopherHush
Dr. Kevin Shaw, Algorithmic Institution

LOCATION AND PROXIMITY AUTHENTICATION IN MOBILE CONSUMER APPLICATIONS
Some existing automotive, drone and mobile commercial applications use location and proximity authentication, but have known weaknesses. Forthcoming consumer autonomous vehicles and drone applications will require location or proximity authentication. The focus of this session is on existing and new applications, with specific interest in practical solutions to defense and improved security models.
Co-chairs:
Greg Turetzky, Intel Corporation, WPRD
Lionel Garin, Qualcomm

NAVIGATION IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS

Co-chairs:
Dr. Jari Syrjärinne, Here, Finland
Dr. Richard Fuller, OmniTrail Technologies

PANEL: UBIQUITOUS NAVIGATION
(Presentations by invitation only)
Mobile positioning in indoor and outdoor environments continues to be a difficult problem to solve. Users’ position errors can be very large, especially in deep urban canyons and deep indoors. This panel will present and debate practical strategies to overcome these errors.
Organizers:
Dr. Dohyoung Chung, Samsung
Sergei Podshivalov, Broadcom

System Updates, Plans and Policies

Track Chair: Eric Chatre, European Commission, Belgium

APPLICATIONS IN SECTORIAL POLICIES
Development of sectorial policies involving the use of satellite navigation technology; equipage mandates; timing for critical infrastructure; liability critical applications; digital tachograph for road tracking; maritime traffic tracking; monitoring of fishing zones; geofencing for UAV navigation; GNSS for emergency location; etc.
Co-chairs:
Arunima Sengupta, European Commission, Belgium
Gard Ueland, Konsberg Seatex, Norway

FUTURE TRENDS OF SATELLITE NAVIGATION
New civil, military and governmental user capabilities and performance, including availability and accuracy improvement concepts. GNSS services including open and authorized services, search and rescue services, and commercial services; optimization of GNSS signal structure, codes and data message; concepts for interchangeability of GNSS constellations; concept of flexibility of future signals and service portfolios for global constellations; improvement and analysis of system performance; optimization of integration of future satellite navigation signals with other signals of opportunity; and complementarity and competition with ground based solutions.
Co-chairs:
Karl Kovach, The Aerospace Corporation
Miguel Manteiga Bautista, European Space Agency, The Netherlands

REGIONAL AND GLOBAL INTEGRITY SOLUTIONS
Novel integrity concept development for multi-constellation GNSS users and receivers. Implications of GNSS integrity for automated navigation, including aviation, automotive, rail, maritime and other transportation applications. Integrity impact of external threats (spoofing) and GNSS faults (satellite and constellation failure modes). Monitoring, fault exclusion, and protection level algorithms and requirements for RAIM and ARAIM. Dissemination of integrity support information via high and low capacity data channels. Existing SBAS status (WAAS, MSAS, EGNOS, GAGAN, SDCM, AGNOS, KAAS) and their evolutions.
Co-chairs:
Nathalie Ricard, European GNSS Agency, Czech Republic
Dr. Takeyasu Sakai, Electronic Navigation Research Institute, Japan

SPECTRUM: PROTECTION AND OPTIMIZATION
Protection of GNSS RF (RNSS) bands through national and international policy and regulations. Effects of interference on the GNSS RF bands and risks to raising the noise floor. Effect of interference on safety critical applications. Interference detection, characterization, geolocation, and mitigation techniques. Effects of interference on GNSS receivers, receiver design trade-offs, acquisition and tracking performance and navigation integrity performance. Civilian anti-jam and anti-spoof technology, spoof rejection. Optimization of spectrum usage for future navigation solutions. Usage of new frequency bands for navigation.
Co-chairs:
Gerhard Berz, Eurocontrol, Belgium
Dr. Dmitry Aronov, Geyser-Telecom, Russia

THE NAVIGATION OF SATELLITES
Space service volume; space-grade GNSS receivers; improving spacecraft positioning using inter-satellite links; satellite laser ranging; innovative solutions for constellation build-up; and maintenance.
Co-chairs:
Dr. André Hauschild, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
James Miller, NASA

PANEL: STATUS OF GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, IRNSS AND QZSS
(Presentations by invitation only)
System overviews, summarize current or planned characteristics and performance, report recent programmatic events, updated scheduled and plans, and summarize ongoing interactions with other service providers.
Organizers:
Dr. John Betz, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez, European Space Agency, The Netherlands

High Performance and Safety Critical Applications

Track Chair: Dr. Kyle Snow, Topcon Positioning Systems

AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS 1
Current and future applications of GNSS and related technologies in aviation and space. Technologies to enhance safety and improve efficiency of air operations and space missions. Aircraft integration of GNSS technologies for civil aviation, such as performance based navigation, air traffic management, approach, landing and airport surface navigation. GNSS applications in the space domain to include orbit and attitude determination; orbital maneuvering; rendezvous and docking; and formation flight. Airborne GNSS and sensor integrations for current and novel applications including remote sensing, radio occultation and aerial photogrammetry.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, University of Minnesota
Angelo Joseph, Rockwell Collins

AEROSPACE APPLICATIONS 2

Co-chairs:
Dr. Rodrigo Leandro , Hemisphere GNSS Inc.
Stephen Mole, Broadcom

GNSS+ AUGMENTATIONS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE AND SAFETY CRITICAL APPLICATIONS
High-performance and safety critical applications using Space-Based and Ground-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS and GBAS), Advanced Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (ARAIM) and integration with other systems such as inertial and other radio navigation aids. Advancements that enhance user performance, efficiency and safety. Application of these technologies to autonomous ground and aerial systems and operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in civil airspace.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Andrey Soloviev, QuNav
Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, University of Calgary, Canada

LAND-BASED APPLICATIONS
Technological and end user developments that enable robust, high performance positioning capability for land-based applications. Technologies to address safety aspects of land-based vehicle navigation. Sensor fusion, new algorithms, GNSS augmentation and multi-GNSS system use to improve performance in accuracy, availability and reliability. Example applications include precision farming, land mobile mapping, vehicle guidance, autonomous driving, advanced driver assistance and collision avoidance, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication, road tolling, construction and machine control.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Günther Retscher, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Dr. Changdon Kee, Seoul National University, South Korea

MARINE APPLICATIONS
The use of GNSS and related technologies in marine applications. Concepts, innovation and progress in marine navigation (more accurate speed and heading, in particular when the vessel departs and arrives in port), autonomous vessels, managing vessel traffic, Safety of Life at Sea, buoy placement, underwater surveying, navigational hazard location and mapping and other marine activities such as fishing, oceanography and oil and gas exploitation. GNSS augmentations, marine standards and integration with other vessel sensors.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Alan Grant, General Lighthouse Authorities, UK
Bobby Johnson, Veripos, UK

PRECISE POINT POSITIONING (PPP) AND L-BAND SERVICES
PPP techniques based on corrections generated using data from global reference networks. Provision of new products and services enhancing PPP performance, including network-based techniques, integer ambiguity resolution methods, spectral efficient communication methods, and multi-GNSS/frequency solutions. Applications and performance characterization of navigation services (IGS, Omnistar, Trimble, Veripos, etc.). Use cases and applications highlighting the benefits and challenges of PPP solutions from a user perspective.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Jihye Park, Oregon State University
Dr. Di Qiu, Polaris Wireless, Inc.

Advanced GNSS Algorithms, Methods and Technology

Track Chair: Dr. Jason Rife, Tufts University

PANEL: THE FUTURE OF GNSS IN CIVIL AVIATION
(Presentations by invitation only)
Experts from academia, government and industry discuss the use of GNSS in the future of civil aviation. Subjects addressed include adoption of multiple GNSS constellations, impact of ARAIM, management of UAS traffic, GNSS threats, and GNSS spectrum.
Organizers:
Dr. Todd Walter, Stanford University
Laurent Azoulai, Airbus Operations S.A.S, France

Autonomous System Technology and Applications

Track Chair: Dr. Gert Trommer, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

ADVANCED INTEGRITY ALGORITHMS FOR SAFE AUTONOMOUS OPERATION
New concepts in monitoring multi-constellation GNSS integrity and continuity at the user receiver and at the ground segment; development of monitoring and fault exclusion algorithms, protection level derivation, and navigation requirement definition for RAIM and ARAIM; impact on integrity, continuity, and availability of GNSS faults (including satellite and constellation failure modes) and of external threats (such as interference and spoofing); potential implications of future GNSS performance for automated navigation applications, including aviation, automotive, rail, and maritime transportation; integrity of sensor fusion algorithms; derivation of requirements for new Safety-of-Life applications.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Jan Wendel, Airbus Defence & Space GmbH, Germany
Logan Scott, LS Consulting

GNSS INTERFERENCE DETECTION AND LOCALIZATION ALGORITHMS
Analysis of real-life data of interference and spoofing events; signal processing, hardware, and/or multisensor-based decision algorithms in case of divergent navigation solutions; techniques and algorithms for geo-locating interference and spoofing sources.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Patrick Henkel, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Dr. David Bevly, Auburn University

ROBUST AUTONOMY INNOVATIONS FOR ROBOTIC VEHICLES
Multisensor based navigation technologies (sensors, signals of opportunity, vision, etc.) for autonomous air, land, marine, submarine or space robots; innovative applications for unmanned autonomous systems and resulting navigation accuracy requirements; algorithms, guidance, and control of autonomous vehicles; techniques based on simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) and its variants; image based and terrain referenced navigation systems, design of navigation algorithms and fusion architectures; safety related aspects of autonomous vehicle operation.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Paul D. Groves, University College of London, UK
Dr. Alberto Speranzon, Honeywell Labs - Aerospace

UAV NAVIGATION TECHNOLOGY AND ALGORITHMS (INVITED SESSION)
New navigation or positioning techniques applicable to UAV applications. Requirements for position, velocity and attitude information feeding both control systems and payload systems. Absolute and relative positioning/navigation requirements and performance achieved by GNSS (positioning and attitude with a multi antenna system), GNSS/INS, combinations of other aiding sources, such as feature based navigation. Specific UAV applications, their requirements, and particular challenges or constraints. Map building for UAV operations. Sense and obstacle collision avoidance.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Dieter Moormann, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Dr. Donald Venable, Air Force Research Laboratory, Sensors Directorate

PANEL: HOSTILE MICRO AERIAL VEHICLES (MAV) THREATS: DETECTION AND COUNTERMEASURES
(Presentations by invitation only)
Experts discuss scenarios of hostile MAVs and propose efficient technologies for detection and countermeasures against this upcoming threat. How are we dealing with the various operational hazards of UAS operations? What additional infrastructure will be required to detect and ground hostile UAS?
Organizers:
Dr. Christoph Günther, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Dr. Per Enge, Stanford University

Multisensor Navigation Algorithms and Applications

Track Chair: Dr. Grace Gao, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MULTISENSOR NAVIGATION IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS 1
Multisensor applications in precision agriculture, guidance and control of vehicles, deformation monitoring, directional drilling, indoor positioning for first responders, pedestrian navigation systems, rapid mobile mapping, crowd-sourced mapping and integration and other novel applications. Algorithms and methods for high-performance applications with lower cost sensors, different online and high efficiency calibration techniques, usage of constraints and updates for overall improvement of the results, gravity models, and partial and redundant IMUs for enhanced navigation, guidance or control algorithms.
Co-chairs:
Dr. John Raquet, Air Force Institute of Technology
Dr. Zak Kassas, University of California Riverside

MULTISENSOR NAVIGATION IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS 2
Multisensor applications in precision agriculture, guidance and control of vehicles, deformation monitoring, directional drilling, indoor positioning for first responders, pedestrian navigation systems, rapid mobile mapping, crowd-sourced mapping and integration and other novel applications. Algorithms and methods for high-performance applications with lower cost sensors, different online and high efficiency calibration techniques, usage of constraints and updates for overall improvement of the results, gravity models, and partial and redundant IMUs for enhanced navigation, guidance or control algorithms. Algorithms and methods for using raw GNSS observables from smartphones or embedded devices.
Co-chairs:
Gina Guiducci, US Army CERDEC
Dr. Mathieu Joerger, University of Arizona

NAVIGATION USING ENVIRONMENTAL FEATURES
New navigation techniques using natural and man-made features of the surrounding environment: visual features, terrain height signatures, magnetic and gravitational fields, celestial objects, sferics, magnetic and gravitational fields, stars, microclimate, acoustic features, odors and particulates, shadows, occlusions, and more. Environmental features may be used for position fixing, dead reckoning, or both. Session will focus on new feature classes, new sensors, and/or new algorithms including new signal processing techniques for environmental features; feature classification and recognition; cooperative data distribution and 3-D mapping; managing ambiguity; new positioning algorithms using proximity, pattern matching, ranging, and/or angular positioning; and navigation using multiple classes of environmental feature and context detection.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Aaron Canciani, Air Force Institute of Technology
Dr. Taro Suzuki, Waseda University, Japan

NEXT GENERATION RF, ANTENNA AND DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING RECEIVER TECHNIQUES
Developments in the design and practical implementation of GNSS receivers using the latest RF, Antenna and digital signal processing technologies that improve the performance and efficiency of GNSS receiver technology for typical suburban, urban or indoor reception conditions. Front-end architectures and design considerations, bandwidth and filter selections, improved methods and algorithms for acquisition, tracking and data demodulation (high-sensitivity, robustness to multipath, robustness to NLOS, use of assistance, robust carrier phase tracking) adapted to current or new signals, multi-constellation receiver algorithms, multi-frequency algorithms.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Andriy Konovaltsev, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Dr. Sherman Lo, Stanford University

REMOTE SENSING, TIMING, AND CLOCK TECHNOLOGY
GNSS and other techniques for remote sensing. Precision timing and clock technology. GNSS Earth observation techniques; radio occultation measurements of the troposphere and ionosphere; reflectometry for environmental remote sensing of land, ocean and ice; and detection of natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions. Technical advances of both COTS and specialized systems for space applications; constellation navigation and attitude determination; GNSS metrology and its applications; advances in precision timing; multi-GNSS or other multi-sensor approaches for timing and time transfer applications; reliability and sustainability of timing solutions secure communications and computer networking.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Attila Komjathy, NASA JPL
Dr. James Garrison, Purdue University

PANEL: ASSURED NAVIGATION AND TIMING
(Presentations by invitation only)
Experts from academia, government, and industry will address research and applied issues, as well as steps being taken to provide improved assurance in a range of environments and scenarios.
Organizers:
Dr. John Betz, The MITRE Corporation
Sarah Mahmood, DHS

Advanced GNSS Algorithms, Methods and Technology

Track Chair: Dr. Jason Rife, Tufts University

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE AND SPACE APPLICATIONS
Tropospheric and ionospheric modeling, measurements, and algorithms to compensate for atmospheric errors. Novel methods for data collection, processing and analysis. Characterization of propagation environments. Ionospheric scintillation studies and impacts on GNSS services and applications. Space weather and terrestrial weather applications. New ground-based and space-based GNSS networks and experiments. GNSS data assimilation methods for scientific investigations of the atmosphere.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Seebany Datta-Barua, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Susan Skone, University of Calgary, Canada

GNSS AUGMENTATION SYSTEMS AND INTEGRITY
Augmentation of GNSS positioning in aviation, maritime, rail, automotive and other transportation applications (stand-alone or with additional ground infrastructure). Fault mode definition and monitoring. Integrity analysis for multi-constellation GNSS. Robustness of augmentation systems to signal degradation (ionospheric scintillations, multipath, spoofing, etc.). Exclusion techniques. Evaluation of continuity and availability. Dissemination of integrity support information via high and low capacity data channels from SBAS and GBAS.
Co-chairs:
Takashi Iwamoto, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan
Dr. Eric Phelts, Stanford University

GNSS RECEIVER PROCESSING AND NAVIGATION ALGORITHMS 1
Recent advances in hardware and software-defined GNSS receivers and associated processing methods. Multi-constellation, multi-frequency receivers, tracking new and/or modernized GNSS, advanced estimators and filters, vector-based implementations, assisted processing, low C/N0 signal acquisition and tracking. Processing efficiency, computational load, reliability. Use of software radio standards and tools, open source projects, novel GNSS front-end technologies.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Sanjeev Gunawardena, Air Force Institute of Technology
Dr. Li-Ta Hsu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

GNSS RECEIVER PROCESSING AND NAVIGATION ALGORITHMS 2

Co-chairs:
Dr. Laura Ruotsalainen, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finland
Dr. David De Lorenzo, Athentek Inc.

GNSS RESILIENCE TECHNOLOGIES
Receiver-based algorithms and techniques for improving the resilience of GNSS PNT against radio interference and degraded environments. Alternative position, navigation, and timing (APNT). Detection, characterization, and mitigation of interference, jammers or spoofers. Mitigating severe multipath, NLOS, interference, scintillation, high dynamic conditions and other effects such as near-far effects from pseudolites.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Christophe Macabiau, ENAC, France
Mitch Narins, Strategic Synergies LLC

HIGH PRECISION GNSS POSITIONING
New algorithms and methods in support of high precision GNSS positioning for any kind of application. Cycle slip detection, rapid ambiguity resolution over long baselines, multi-GNSS and multi-frequency network RTK; algorithms and methods for improving the convergence and accuracy of PPP techniques, PPP ambiguity resolution for GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou; PPP-RTK in wide areas, integration of network RTK and PPP-RTK; methods for precise prediction of satellite orbits and clocks; estimation and assessment of inter-system, inter-frequency and other relevant biases for multi-frequency GNSS; functional models and novel numerical approaches, algorithms for remote sensing using GNSS signals, and algorithms for precise positioning in urban environments.
Co-chairs:
Jianghui Geng, Wuhan University, China
Dr. Samer Khanafseh, Illinois Institute of Technology

Abstract Submission Requirements

Submit Your Abstract

Submit your abstract using the ION Abstract Management Portal (AMP). Sign in with your ION web account (or create an account if you do not already have one). Once signed in, click on "ION GNSS+ 2017" and complete the form. Abstracts must be submitted no later than March 10.

Applications and Advances Tracks

Content: Abstracts should describe objectives, anticipated or actual results, conclusions, any key innovative steps and the significance of your work.

Acceptance: Acceptance to the ION GNSS+ conference is competitive. Speakers will be notified of acceptance after May 8 and will be provided with an electronic presentation kit with presentation and publication guidelines. All authors attending are required to pay registration fees.

Proceedings Publication: Presentations submitted through AMP by October 6 will be included in the proceedings. A full technical paper is optional and may be published on a voluntary basis. Presentations not representative of the original abstract submitted will NOT be included in the conference proceedings, regardless of whether or not they were presented at the conference, and may affect the acceptance of future abstracts. Presentations and/or papers submitted in these tracks are not eligible for peer-review.

Research and Innovations Tracks

Content: Extended abstracts (500-2500 words) are required. Abstracts should describe objectives, anticipated or actual results, conclusions, key innovative steps and the significance of your work. Abstracts not meeting the 500 word minimum shall not be forwarded to the program committee for review.

Peer Review Option: Authors whose abstracts are accepted in these sessions (either as a primary or as an alternate presenter) will have the option to have their paper peer reviewed. Peer reviews will be accomplished by two independent reviewers and supervised by an independent committee. To be eligible for peer review:

  • this option must be selected at the time of abstract submission
  • completed manuscript must be uploaded to AMP by June 30
  • manuscript must pass initial peer review (note that there will be no secondary reviews, but minor corrections may be recommended or required by the reviewers)
  • one of the authors must be present at the conference and prepared to present the paper
  • one of the authors must volunteer to conduct reviews of a small number of other papers submitted to this conference (as one of the two independent reviewers)

Acceptance: Acceptance to the ION GNSS+ conference is competitive. Speakers will be notified of acceptance after May 8 and will be provided with an electronic presentation kit with presentation and publication guidelines. All authors attending are required to pay registration fees.

Proceedings Publication: Papers meeting all the peer review requirements will be designated as “peer reviewed” in the conference proceedings. Papers not meeting the peer review requirements will still be published in the proceedings but without the peer reviewed designation. Manuscripts not representative of the original abstract submitted will NOT be presented or included in the conference proceedings. While final manuscripts are required for peer-review by June 30, corrected/updated manuscripts will be accepted through October 6.

Student Paper Awards

Student paper awards will be awarded on a competitive basis. Papers submitted by February 1 will be reviewed for technical content, clarity and presentation by a selection committee. The primary student author of each paper selected for presentation will receive a travel expense stipend, conference registration and publication of the selected paper in the ION GNSS+ proceedings.

Download the Student Paper Award Application form here.

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