IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium

ION, IEEE, and AESS

The Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) is a biennial technical conference that occurs in the spring of odd numbered years. Our mission is to provide an international forum to share the latest advances in navigation technology. Read about the history of PLANS here.

This conference is jointly sponsored by the IEEE’s Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS), and the Institute of Navigation (ION), the world's premier professional organization for the advancing positioning, navigation and timing.

The PLANS conference is a four-day conference with the first day hosting tutorials and three days dedicated to technical sessions.

The tutorials provide attendees with the opportunity to learn about navigation technology from well-known industry experts. A variety of tutorials are offered to serve the professional needs of both newcomers and those well versed in the field of navigation. This year's tutorials will include a wide range of navigation subjects from core navigation fundamentals to in-depth classes about the latest technologies.

Twenty-four half-day technical sessions are offered over a three-day period, with four sessions running simultaneously each morning and afternoon. At the technical sessions scientists, researchers, and engineers from around the world present their latest work in the field of PNT. The presentations range from fundamental research, to applications, to field test results.

Topics being covered will include:

  • Inertial Sensing and Technology
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
  • Integrated, Collaborative, and Opportunistic Navigation
  • Applications to Automated, Semi-Autonomous, and Fully-Autonomous Systems

Technical papers from PLANS are peer reviewed, and will be published in IEEE Xplore following the conference.

In parallel with the sessions, PLANS hosts a commercial exhibit during which suppliers and service providers showcase their products, innovations and services.

2023 PLANS Organizers:

  • Dr. Gary McGraw, Executive Committee Chair
  • Dr. Zak Kassas, Program Chair
  • Dr. Michael Braasch, Track Chair and IEEE/ION Liaison
  • Dr. Pau Closas, Track Chair
  • Dr. Christian Gentner, Track Chair
  • Dr. Robert Leishman, Track Chair
  • Dr. Jason Gross, Tutorials Chair
  • Dr. Keegan Yu, Publication Chair
  • Dr. Sherman Lo, ION Executive VP
  • Mr. Jeff Martin, ION Meetings Chair