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Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2019

JNC Organizers

ION Military Division Chair: John Langer, The Aerospace Corporation
ION Military Division Vice Chair: Sharon Donald, Draper

Government Liaisons

Program Chair: Eddy Emile, GPS Directorate, USAF
Program Co-Chair: Joseph Schnecker, SPAWAR
Tutorials Chair: Paul Olson, US Army
Plenary Chair: Dr. Thomas Powell, The Aerospace Corporation
Technical Track Chairs:
Dr. David Chapman, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
Elliott Kaplan, The MITRE Corporation
Greg Reynolds, US Army
David Wolfe, USCG NAVCEN
Other Members:
Jan Anszperger, Draper
John Del Colliano, US Army
Greg Graham, US Army AMRDEC
Neeraj Pujara, AFRL Sensors Directorate, USAF
Fay Spellerberg, Joint Navigation Warfare Center
Ben Wash, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

The Military Division of the Institute of Navigation will host the 2019 Joint Navigation Conference (JNC 2019) for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. The theme of this year’s conference will be: Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technologies: The Foundation for Military Ops and Homeland Security.

JNC is the largest U.S. military Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint service and government participation. The event will focus on technical advances in PNT with emphasis on joint development, test and support of affordable PNT systems, logistics and integration. From an operational perspective the conference will focus on advances in battlefield applications of GPS; critical strengths and weaknesses of field navigation devices; warfighter PNT requirements and solutions; and navigation warfare.

FOUO US only conference attendance (July 8-10) will be screened by the Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC) and will be restricted to US only. The classified sessions (July 11) will have US only Secret Clearance access. The exhibit hall (July 9-10) will be open to all conference participants, exhibiting organizations, their employees and related organizations. All materials displayed in the exhibit hall shall be publically releasable (Distribution A).

Technical Session Listing

Antenna Technologies & Interference Mitigation for Robust PNT
Novel approaches to multi-signal solutions for robust PNT, including novel antenna designs, interference mitigation technologies/techniques, incorporation of signals of opportunity to augment GNSS. While algorithms may be a component of this topic, they must be related to novel antenna approaches. This topic is seeking revolutionary approaches to robust PNT enabled by robust signal detection.
Co-chairs:
Alinn Herrera, The Aerospace Corporation
William Joo, SPAWAR

Application/Impact of PNT Technologies in the Homeland Critical Infrastructure
This session will focus on the use of PNT technologies in the critical infrastructure with emphasis on discussing usage, vulnerabilities, and providing mitigating solutions to safeguards against threats to the critical infrastructure. PNT based technologies, such as GPS, are now an integral part of the national critical infrastructure. Many sectors rely on some aspect of PNT ranging from timing for communication systems to clock synchronization for power transmission in the electrical grid. The growing use of PNT along with potential threats and vulnerabilities to the critical infrastructure such as the electrical grid, communication, transportation, finance, and emerging infrastructure for domestic employment of UAV systems creates a challenge for safeguarding national assets and maintaining homeland security.
Co-chairs:
Roger Fuller, USCG Office of C4IT Capability
Jalal Mapar, DHS Science and Technology Directorate

Autonomous Systems and PNT
Autonomous systems are especially reliant on PNT. Topics in this session include autonomous systems, leveraging of AI and machine learning for autonomy and PNT, challenges of using autonomous systems in military environments, use of GPS and non-GPS PNT for autonomous systems. These systems will be operating either independently or in collaborative groups performing tasks, where the PNT systems will need to adapt to the surroundings and make use of the sensors and signals that are functional in the area. Safety, resiliency and OPTEMPO are vital in the definition of the requirements for the PNT system for military autonomous systems.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Robert Leishman, AFIT
John Miranda, US Army CERDEC

CLASSIFIED SESSION (Secret-U.S. Only): Warfighters Wanted
Warfighters who have had operational “in theater” experience in the past year are being solicited from all services; Electronic Warfare specialists are of particular interest. All those who can contribute to the panel please contact Kevin Coggins, E-mail: kevin.m.coggins.civ@mail.mil. Hotel accommodations and conference registration provided at no cost to panel members.
Co-chairs:
BG Thomas James, US Army Joint Forces Space Component Command
Kevin Coggins and Sean Memmen, Booz Allen Hamilton

CLASSIFIED SESSIONS (SECRET-U.S. ONLY)
This includes topics where classified material is key to conveying the intent of the presentation. Abstracts submitted for consideration must be written/approved for public release. The morning general session will include a briefing on the latest adversary advances to deny or degrade Blue Force PNT, followed by a keynote speaker and the Warfighter Panel (an interactive discussion between the audience and a panel of warfighters who have had recent operational experience that informs the community on how to better formulate military PNT systems). Afternoon sessions will include operational PNT developments related to Joint Urgent Operational Needs and Joint Emergent Operational Needs support and provide venues for the presentation for additional topics at the SECRET-U.S. Only level to discuss topics and information that cannot be shared in the FOUO sessions.
Co-chairs:
Benjamin Wash, Joint Navigation Warfare Center
Fay Spellerberg, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

Collaborative Navigation Techniques
This topic addresses techniques for the exploitation of network connectivity and ranging information between nodes to assist and improve navigation. The ability to exchange information among partners in a network can provide synergistic improvements in terms of rapid system initialization, navigation accuracy and resiliency. This includes efforts for supplying accurate up-to-date information to navigation processors; sharing of data for both absolute and relative navigation solutions within a defined group; and determining situational awareness for the warfighter and providing pertinent navigation-related information for missions such as search and rescue, targeting, joint operations and other applications requiring complex coordination. May also include the sharing of geo-registered imagery to support collaborative position/orientation updating, collaborative path planning to optimize joint navigation accuracy, and the use of network connected devices for navigation such as smartphones, navigation apps and GPS based personal navigation systems with on-line maps.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Kevin Brink, AFRL Munitions Directorate
Dr. Jordan Britt, Leidos

Complementary PNT

The subjects of this session are navigation technologies and techniques that replace, or supplement, traditional GPS/INS solutions for overcoming application related challenges including degraded or denied GPS. This includes vision-aided navigation, RF-aided navigation, exploitation of naturally occurring signals that would be immune to denial of service by an adversary, and high precision quantum-enhanced inertial sensors. Examples include but are not limited to celestial, bathymetric, gravimetric, and quantum-based or other emergent navigation sensor technologies. This session covers both tactical and strategic applications.

I: Naturally Occurring Measurement Sources – including gravity, magnetic fields, lightning and celestial navigation such as star trackers and their applications. Chair: Capt Aaron Canciani, AFIT

II: RF Aided (Non-GPS) Co-chairs: Mark Phillips, AFRL Sensors Directorate and Dr. David Taylor, Setter Research

III: Vision Aided Co-chairs: Dr. Donald Venable, AFRL Sensors Directorate and Gian Luca Mariottini, Draper

Emerging Tactical and Strategic Atomic Clock Technology
Increasing demand for communications bandwidth and improved precision PNT, coupled with the threat of GPS denial, have created a need for improved performance of frequency references at all strata of the timing ecosystem. Drawing from modern atomic physics and enabled by recent advances in photonics, MEMS, and CMOS technology, efforts are underway to transition novel atomic clock architectures based on optical transitions, laser cooling and trapping, and ion trapping from laboratory environments to terrestrial and satellite deployment for mission-critical applications in challenging environments. This session addresses development efforts to produce rugged deployable atomic clocks for handheld, infrastructure, and aerospace applications as well as the latest developments in laboratory-based atomic frequency standards.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Robert Lutwak, AFRL
Dr. John Burke, DARPA

GPS Constellation Performance
The GPS constellation provides precision navigation to millions of civilian and military users daily. The constellation’s health, availability, accuracy, and overall performance are the focus of the 2nd Space Operations Squadron with support from the GPS Directorate. Independent test organizations provide additional insights into how GPS performs to meet unique user needs. This session focuses on the GPS constellation, technologies used to manage the constellation and looks at future requirements and technologies needed to maintain current and future user needs.
Co-chairs:
Capt Dennis Barnes, USAF SMC/GP
Heidi Graziano, The Aerospace Corporation

GPS in Military Applications/NAVWAR
This session will involve integration of GPS into new and existing military systems; precision weapon delivery and military applications in land, sea, air, and space using GPS; development of new military GPS and auxiliary sensor hardware. Includes interference and jamming aspects of GNSS from an unclassified perspective.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Keith McDonald, The MITRE Corporation
Dr. Martin Ryba, BAE Systems

GPS Modernization
New military capabilities and performance, including integrity and accuracy improvement concepts; modernized space segment, and control segment; new GPS research and development status; and impact on future applications.
Co-chairs:
Lt Col Max Mai, USAF SMC/GP
Renee Yazdi, The MITRE Corporation

Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
A review of the latest developments, materials processing, manufacturing technologies, component integrations and applications of IMUs having performance improvements and the potential to yield Size, Weight, Power and Cost (SWAP-C) benefits for our warfighters. This includes device and electronics minimization, new interface standards and algorithms that will enable accuracy improvement. A review of theoretical physical principles and describe new sensing devices that measure and model such phenomena. Advancements leading to extremely precise inertial navigation devices such as cold atom physics.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Ronald Polcawich, DARPA
Dr. Adam Schofield, US Army CERDEC

Military GPS User Equipment
This session will provide the latest information on Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE), the SMC/GPU program developing M-Code based receiver technology for military applications. Topics will include status of receiver development, test, and integration efforts from both contractor and government representatives.

Co-chairs:
Lt Col Joseph Christensen, USAF, SMC/GP
Col Edward J. Hospodar Jr., USAF, SMC/GP
Lt Col Adam Langborgh, USAF, SMC/GP

Modeling and Simulation
Includes GNSS, INS and complementary sensor models capable of assessing advanced algorithms/integrated systems and battlefield operations. Presentation of hardware-in-the-loop simulation capabilities that use software-defined receiver technology or other active/passive techniques for laboratory evaluation. Interfacing of PNT and mission/campaign modeling and simulation capabilities for the assessment of impacts to the warfighter and his commander.
Chair:
Paul Olson, US Army CERDEC

Multi-GNSS Receivers for Military Applications
Recent technology developments have explored the combination of military GPS signals with foreign GNSS and commercial GPS signals. The complementary benefits of multi-GNSS include improved accuracy, integrity, availability, frequency diversity, and continued operations in GPS degraded environments. Military applications require considerations for signal assurance and security. Efforts entail concept development, analyses, modeling and simulation, and/or demonstrations. The future of military multi-GNSS receivers includes those which track and use military signals from multiple GNSSs as well as those which combine both military and civil signals from multiple GNSSs. This session is also interested in exploring the use and integration of additional terrestrial or space-based cooperative signals for timing, ranging, or augmentation with military multi-GNSS receivers.
Co-chairs:
Mark Carroll, AFRL Sensors Directorate
Dr. Jeff Dickman, Northrop Grumman

Navigating in Challenged Environments (e.g., Urban, Indoor and Sub-Surface Navigation)
Systems and solutions to challenges to navigation systems due to low Size, Weight, And Power (SWAP) requirements such as in UAVs, UUVs, UGVs, Autonomous UGVs (i.e., robots), missiles, dismounted soldiers, etc., are all of interest. Other environmental challenges of interest are navigating in GPS denied conditions, high multipath locations, underground/cavernous environments, poor terrain (mountainous/canyons), or urban/indoor environments.
Co-chairs:
Mathew Nicholson, SPAWAR
Dave Hodo, IS4S

New Signals from Space
This topic encompasses a broad range of advanced PNT signal concepts, including new waveforms, new data messages supporting PNT capabilities, and enhanced signal-based security architectures. This includes next-generation flexible GPS navigation signals as well as proposed PNT signals from satellites in GEO or LEO orbits. New signal applications may include anti-jamming, anti-spoofing, signal acquisition aids, enhanced cryptography, multipath mitigation, etc.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Joanna Hinks, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate
Dr. Jon Anderson, Canyon Consulting

Next Generation Navigation – NEW
What are the next big ideas enabling accurate, resilient, robust, secure and cost-effective navigation for the future? The purpose of this session is to stimulate thought and speculative discussion about possible solutions and technologies needed to sustain our superiority in robust navigation solutions in support of our homeland and troops under current known threats, with the resilience to adapt to new threats over time. This is a white space session, intended to promote thought and discussion, which leads towards next-generation solutions.
Co-chairs:
Logan Scott, LS Consulting
John Langer, The Aerospace Corporation

Operational System Demonstrations
Demonstration of platforms to support PNT for the warfighter, with particular focus on open architecture solutions which allow incorporation of alternate or (r)evolutionary technologies. Demonstrations may include real time component demonstration, video of demonstration, and demonstration of SWiL/HWiL. Demonstrations may include, but are not limited to, human-in-the-loop, PNT sensors & algorithms, or novel approaches to deal with known limitations of current solutions, such as simplified keying solutions, user friendly interfaces, context aware energy conservation, etc. Encouraging demonstrations of technologies at varying stages of technology readiness levels (TRLs 4-6).
Co-chairs:
Paul Olson, US Army CERDEC
Sharon Donald, Draper

PNT Open Systems Architecture
Threats to PNT continue to evolve at faster rates, driving the need for PNT systems to be adaptable and stay ahead of the threat. The use of Open System Architectures (OSA) for PNT will provide a framework of affordable adaptable PNT systems, which counter threats and provide a resilient solution. This session covers research and procurement of OSA (software, hardware, backplanes, interfaces, etc.) which enable resilient PNT including applications of VICTORY, FACE or OMS, and the consideration needed to implement these systems and maintain affordability.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Adam Schofield, US Army CERDEC
William Nichols, Booz Allen Hamilton

Precise Navigation, Azimuth and Survey
The use of navigation technologies for precise navigation, azimuth and survey applications, including precise Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), Global Positioning System (GPS), and integrated GPS/INS systems. Topics include innovative design concepts, challenging performance requirements, survey in challenged environs (GPS/RF denied), precise azimuth target location and test results for use with today’s precision weapon’s systems and platforms.
Co-chairs:
Paul White, US Army CERDEC
David Faulkner, EMCORE

Precision Guided Munitions/Weapon Applications
The use of navigation technologies in the unique and challenging field of Precision Guided Munitions (PGMs) and weapon systems applications. This includes innovative design concepts, challenging performance and environmental requirements, laboratory and flight test results, compensation methods, alignment/initialization techniques, and size constraints/miniaturization as well as other issues related to the integration of navigation technologies in current and emerging PGM/Weapon systems.
Chair:
Dr. Chris Stout, US Army ARDEC

Space and Satellite Applications
New concepts for satellite navigation, developments in PNT payload technologies, and advanced signals. Applications of PNT systems on space-based platforms; use of navigation sensors to aid primary objectives of orbit determination, attitude determination, and navigation, and application objectives such as mapping from space; and advances in space-based user equipment.
Co-chairs:
John Langer, The Aerospace Corporation
Dr. Madeleine Naudeau, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate

Surface and Sub-Surface PNT
This session seeks presentations on advanced PNT technologies as they apply to the maritime domain surface/subsurface platforms. Future PNT solutions for surface/subsurface applications include alternate and complementary technologies/sensors with enhanced open architecture host system. This includes maritime-focused alternate sources of PNT, complementary PNT technologies, and technologies that can provide enhanced sensor fusion algorithms.
Co-chairs:
CAPT Andrew Gibbons, USN, PEO C4I, PMW/A 170
CAPT Michael Nasitka, USCG C3CEN

Timing Applications
Current warfighting systems have become increasingly reliant upon Precise Time and Frequency (PT&F) for positioning and secure communications and computer networking. These needs are supported by GPS timing capabilities and have stimulated the need for alternative and more precise time-keeping systems. This session addresses developments in timing applications for military systems and the generation of PT&F to support these applications.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Warren Walls, USNO
Martin Bloch, Frequency Electronics, Inc.

Warfighter Requirements and Solutions
Warfighter requirements, needs and possible solutions involving operational PNT. Logistical concerns (applied maintenance concepts; spares/replacement availability; interchangeability within host platforms; interoperability with form, fit, and function of host platforms) and international restrictions/concerns, as well as requirements for future technologies. PNT for pointing and stabilization; tri-service programs and commonality considerations; user comments and feedback; NDI/COTS; Homeland Security; and other critical issues such as target location errors.
Co-chairs:
Michael Orr, USAF Space Command
Joseph Page, Joint Navigation Warfare Center

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Submit Your Abstract

All abstracts must be written for public release with intent to present in a FOUO U.S. ONLY environment. Abstracts not approved for public release will not be accepted. Note that you must be a citizen of the USA to submit an abstract for FOUO U.S. ONLY sessions (July 8-10) and a citizen of the USA, with SECRET CLEARANCE, to submit an abstract for the classified sessions (July 11).

Abstracts should be submitted electronically via the ION Abstract Management Portal, no later than February 15:

  • If you have not used the Abstract Management Portal before, click "Create My Account."
  • Once signed in, click on JNC and complete the form.
  • Abstracts should include a presentation summary; describe objectives, anticipated or actual results, conclusions, any key innovative steps and the significance of your work; and limited to one page.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance in March and sent an electronic author’s kit with presentation and publication guidelines.

Abstracts submitted for classified sessions should be written for public release and submitted according to the submission guidelines described above.

Presentation Requirements

Sessions will consist of presentations. Unless otherwise noted, all presentations must be approved for public release or FOUO U.S. only. (Distribution C). An electronic copy of your final presentation (typically a PowerPoint file) with a signed release form must be received by the ION National Office by July 19 to be included in the FOUO proceedings. Presenters will receive a speaker’s kit with presentation guidelines and additional meeting information. You must be a citizen of the USA to present at the conference and also provide verification of SECRET CLEARANCE to present in the classified session (July 11). Speakers presenting as part of the classified session must provide their classified presentation in advance to the Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC) no later than June 7. All presenters must pay conference registration fees.

Conference Proceedings

Submitted presentations, approved for Public Release and/or FOUO (Distribution C) distribution, will be released to U.S. citizens who were approved to attend the conference by the JNWC in an electronic FOUO proceedings 4-6 weeks following the conference.

Conference Attendance Information

The conference will be hosted in a FOUO U.S. ONLY environment July 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach and a U.S. only classified environment on July 11 at The Aerospace Corporation. Advance visit requests and approvals are required for all attendees. July 8-10 participation will be restricted to U.S. government and U.S. government contractors. July 11 participation for the classified session will be restricted to U.S. government, and U.S. government contractors with SECRET CLEARANCE.

Registration and Hotel Reservation information is available online.