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Conference Organizers

Program Committee:
Program Chair: Dr. Zak Kassas, The Ohio State University
Tutorials Chair: Dr. Jason Gross, West Virginia University

Program Track Chairs:
Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University
Dr. Pau Closas, Northeastern University
Dr. Christian Gentner, German Aersopace Center (DLR)
Dr. Robert Leishman, Draper

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Technical Session Topics

TRACK A: Inertial Sensing and Technology
Track Chair: Dr. Michael Braasch, Ohio University

Advances in MEMS-based Inertial Sensors and Inertial Measurement Units
(Presentations in this session will be invited by session co-chairs)
Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology has been an attractive approach for implementation of precision inertial sensors. Significant advances have been made, and we see a footprint of the technology in an ever-growing consumer electronics market full of interactive products enabled by MEMS inertial sensors. These products include, for example, accelerometers for gaming, gyros for auto safety, complete Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) for health monitoring, and more. The question remains: Is the technology really on the level of what we consider to be precision inertial sensing? When, if ever, will MEMS technology be able to replace the conventionally machined and highly precise inertial instruments, which are still large, bulky, expensive, and power hungry. This special session will review the advances made in creating low cost, size, weight and power inertial sensor solutions for navigation in harsh environments. Experts will discuss the development of state-of-the-art sensors for operation under high dynamics and sensors that self-calibrate, miniature timing and inertial measurement units for ubiquitous deployment, and miniature atom-based inertial sensors for extended operation. This session will inspire and engage the research community in the quest for a chip-scale solution of prolonged self-contained navigation.
Chairs:
Dr. Andrei Shkel, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Adam Schofield, Army Research Lab

Alternative Sensors for Aiding INSs and Precision Timing
Alternative sensor technologies and techniques to aid inertial navigation systems. Applications include eLoran, vision, stellar, and cold atom sensors, gravimeters, and magnetometers. Alternative sensor technologies and techniques to provide precision timing, time synchronization and time transfer with emphasis on compact, low-power, and high-performance atomic clocks.
Chairs:
Dr. Gabriel Elkaim, University of California, Santa Cruz
Brian Schipper, Honeywell

High Performance Inertial Sensor Technologies
High accuracy inertial sensors capable of providing navigation/strategic grade performance. Applications include precision free inertial navigation, antenna stabilization, pointing. Sensor calibration (including self-calibration) and testing techniques to achieve high performance. Real data is strongly preferred over simulations.
Chairs:
Dr. Arnon Arbel, Cielo Inertial Solutions
Zenon Melnyk, Collins Aerospace 

Inertial Measurement Units
IMUs/IRUs for space, missiles, aircraft, weapons, land vehicles. IMU/IRU calibration and compensation; tactical, navigation, and strategic grade.  Multi-axes and combo sensors for IMU/IRU. IMU/IRU electronics and software techniques. Includes testing and calibration techniques.
Chairs:
Dr. Kari Moran, NIWC Pacific
Sam Dimashkie, Northrop Grumman

Integrated Inertial Navigation Systems
New developments in inertial navigation systems. Tactical, navigation, and strategic grade systems. Open system architectures for INS. Calibration, error modeling, and compensation. Includes testing and calibration techniques.
Chairs:
Phil Bruner, Northrop Grumman
James McDonald, Collins Aerospace 

Small Size or Low-Cost Inertial Sensor Technologies
Low-cost manufacturing, packaging, calibration and test of inertial sensors. Small size inertial sensors capable of providing near-navigation grade performance. Includes sensor electronics and control loop mechanization. Sensor calibration, modeling, and self-calibration techniques for achieving high performance. The latest advances on inertial sensors for applications where C-SWAP are key criteria. Low cost and integrated aiding sensors. Real data is strongly preferred over simulations. 
Chairs:
Ryan Knight, Army Research Lab
Dr. Alex Trusov, Northrop Grumman 


TRACK B: Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
Track Chair: Dr. Pau Closas, Northeastern University

Frontiers of GNSS 
(Presentations in this session will be invited by session co-chairs)
Today, there are four global satellite navigation systems and several regional systems that are either fully operational, or will soon reach this milestone. Where is the frontier of GNSS and where is it headed? This special session will explore this topic. The discussion of frontiers may include: performance of current systems, proposed modernization/evolution of systems and their predicted performance, new applications and niche markets, innovative combinations of GNSS with sensors and augmentation systems, and emerging challenges/threats.
Chair:
Ranwa Haddad, The Aerospace Corporation 

Atmospheric Effects
Modeling of ionospheric and tropospheric effects. Use of single and multi-frequency receivers for atmospheric studies. Novel signal processing and machine learning methods for characterization and mitigation of atmospheric effects. Forecasting, now-casting, kriging. New application scenarios and mapping functions. 
Chairs:
Dr. Rong Yang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Dr. Safoora Zaminpardaz, RMIT University 

GNSS Integrity and Augmentation Systems
Algorithm and requirement definition for integrity, continuity, availability, and accuracy evaluation. Safety-critical applications that make use of ARAIM, GBAS, SBAS and other GNSS technologies. Architecture and requirement allocation for augmentation systems including PPP, RTK, NRTK. Nominal error modeling, over-bounding, and fault definition. Single-measurement and multi-measurement fault detection and exclusion. Instantaneous and sequential integrity risk bounding and protection level derivation. High-integrity sensor fusion and integrity budget allocation for individual sensors. Integrity, continuity and availability of new multi-constellation systems, including using LEOs. Integrity of PNT systems that augment and complement GNSS (LTE, 5G, DME/VOR/TACAN, LDACS, eLORAN).
Chairs:
Dr. Ilaria Martini, Rhea Group
Dr. Mathieu Joerger, Virginia Tech

GNSS Resilience to Interference, Jamming, and Spoofing
Robust GNSS solutions, through complementary PNT (CPNT) or other means. Applications in robust positioning and secure time transfer. Threat modeling, assessment, and mitigation. Detection and mitigation measures at RF and baseband levels. Impact of security measures on the reliability and integrity of GNSS.
Chairs:
Ryan Mitch, Johns Hopkins/APL
Dr. Todd Humphreys, University of Texas at Austin 

Precise GNSS Positioning
Precise positioning with GNSS Real Time Kinematic (RTK) techniques and/or multi-sensor setups (e.g., INS). Multi-frequency, multi-constellation PPP/RTK. Low-cost single frequency PPP/RTK. 
Chair:
Dr. Daniel Medina, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Receiver Design, Signal Processing, and Antenna Technology
GNSS antennas, receivers, and processing methods for improving accuracy, reliability, or robustness. Methods including tracking loops, direct positioning, optimum and suboptimal multi-antenna systems, beamforming, polarization, and direction-of-arrival methods. Baseband signal processing, and software-defined implementations. Machine learning and data-driven methods for receiver design.
Chair:
Dr. Thomas Pany, University of Bundeswehr Munich


TRACK C: Integrated, Collaborative, and Opportunistic Navigation
Track Chair: Dr. Christian Gentner, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Frontiers of Radionavigation: Signals of Opportunity, 5G, LEO, and Beyond
(Presentations in this session will be invited by session co-chairs)
Beyond GNSS is a frontier of radionavigation technologies that may  dramatically change the way we and our machines navigate.   Non-cooperative  positioning based on ter-restrial radio systems, enable both outdoor and indoor  coverage, yet service is often dependent upon communications to a reference  node and accuracies can be limited to meters or tens of meters.  Cooperative wireless positioning systems based on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or ultra wideband  transceivers could further enhance indoor positioning cov-erage, however  service providers must be willing to pay the price of densely deployed infrastructure nodes to achieve decimeter-level accuracy.  With the advent of  5G cellular systems, fine timing measurements in Wi-Fi systems, millimeter  wave transceivers (for both cellular and Wi-Fi systems), and low Earth orbit  (LEO) megaconstellations, there are many new opportunities for improving the performance of these systems. This session will focus on non-GNSS radio  technologies, explore the vast possibilities for positioning which  significantly enhance coverage, reduce cost, or improve accuracy compared to the current state of the art. Presentations can take the form of theoretical, simulation, or experimental results. Presentations may include novel system designs that combine non-GNSS RF with other modalities to enable new tracking and communication capabilities for applications such as IoT devices and autonomous vehicles.
Chairs:
Dr. Jeffrey Hebert, Air Force Research Laboratory
Dr. Gonzalo Seco Granados, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Collaborative and Networked Navigation
Developments and techniques for exploiting network connectivity to assist and improve navigation. Efforts for supplying accurate up-to-date information to naviga-tion processors. Sharing of data for relative navigation solutions within a defined group, multi-node collaborative signal processing, and providing navigation-related information for activities and applications requiring complex coordination such as search and rescue, autonomous cooperative systems, V2X, etc. Crowd sourcing/cloud-based computing for navigation and position authentication purposes.
Chairs:
Dr. Jason Rife, Tufts University
Dr. Clark Taylor, Air Force Institute of Technology

Multisensor Integrated Systems and Sensor Fusion Technologies
Systems and algorithms involving innovative ways of integrating traditional aiding sensors or new aiding sources into multisensory integrated navigation systems. Test results showing the expanded use or improvement of the accuracy, availability, and/or integrity performance of multisensory navigation systems. Processing algorithms and methods for multisensory systems. Simulation programs for performance pre-dictions and algorithms for multisensory fault detection and isolation.
Chairs:
Dr. Charles Toth, The Ohio State University
Dr. Vibhor Bageshwar, Honeywell

Navigation Using Environmental Features
New navigation techniques using natural and man-made features of the surrounding environment including visual and acoustic features, magnetic and gravitational fields, celestial objects, sferics, stars, microclimate, odors and particulates, shadows, occlusions, etc. Topics on new feature classes, new sensors, and/or new algorithms including new signal processing techniques for environmental features. Feature classification, recogni-tion and association. Cooperative data distribution and 3-D mapping. New positioning algorithms using proximity, pattern matching, ranging, and/or angular positioning; and navigation using multiple classes of environmental feature and context detection.
Chairs:
Dr. Jiwon Seo, Yonsei University
Tucker C. Haydon, Sandia National Laboratories

Signals of Opportunity-Based Navigation Systems
Integration of terrestrial-based systems for improved navigation performance, includ-ing Loran, VOR, DME, TACAN, ILS, MLS, NDB, etc. New or improved terrestrial-based or space-based navigation systems based on the use of Wi-Fi, broadcast television, cellular communications, LEO satellite broadcasts, or other signals of opportunity. New sensor fusion schemes for combining SOPs with other technologies (e.g., All-Source Navigation Filters). Initialization, calibration, and training methods for improving the performance of SOPs systems, including approaches utilizing machine learning. Emerging indoor GNSS-augmentation messaging and navigation systems. Hybrid fusion of non-terrestrial and terrestrial-based navigation systems, including signals of opportunity.
Chairs:
Dr. José del Peral Rosado, Airbus Defence and Space
Dr. Ramsey Faragher, Focal Point Positioning

Vision-Based Navigation Systems
Systems and advanced algorithms related to emerging vision-based navigation applications in GNSS-challenged environments. Integration of data from multiple sensors for combined situational awareness and navigation. Vision sensor modeling, calibration, data processing and image feature extraction.
Chairs:
Dr. John Raquet, IS4S
Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag, TU Berlin 


TRACK D: Applications to Automated, Semi-Autonomous, and Fully Autonomous Systems
Track Chair: Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology

AI-Enhanced Navigation Systems
(Presentations in this session will be invited by session co-chairs)
Use of AI techniques for navigation system performance improvement. Algorithms for integrity assurance of AI-enhanced multi-sensor integrated navigation system output. Concepts and procedures for AI-enhanced navigation systems certification. AI-enhanced algorithms for state estimation, data fusion, fault detection, and system identification. Big data analysis to support (semi-) autonomous vehicles navigation. Current and envisioned applications of AI techniques in navigation. 
Chairs:
Dr. Erik Blasch, Air Force Office of Scientist Research
Dr. Jindrich Dunick, University of West Bohemia

Aerial Vehicle Navigation
Guidance, navigation, and perception systems for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Collaborative UAV navigation. Map building for UAV operations. Tele-operation of UAVs. Navigation in GNSS-denied/challenged environments. Sense and avoid for UAVs operating in the national airspace. Specific UAV applications, their requirements, and particular challenges or constraints. Validation and verification of navigation systems for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Chairs:
Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, University of Minnesota
Andrew Videmsek, Reliable Robotics

Ground Vehicle Navigation
Sensing, perception, and map building in ground vehicle operations (single and multiple vehicles). Guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for autonomous or semi-autonomous ground vehicle systems. Driverless car navigation in GNSS-denied/challenged environments. Sensing for visual interfaces of driver-assistance systems. Requirements for ground vehicle GNC systems. Validation and verification of ground vehicle GNC systems. Algorithms and tools for global path planning and local obstacle avoidance.
Chairs:
Dr. Hadi Wassaf, Volpe USDOT
Curtis Hay, General Motors

Marine Vehicle Navigation
New concepts, advances, and algorithms related to surface and underwater navigation. Use of inertial navigation, terrain-based navigation, and geomagnetic fields in underwater vehicle navigation. Advances in acoustic devices for bathymetry, position location, and velocity measurement and their application to underwater vehicles. Bio-inspired underwater navigation. Development and application of new broadband technology sonar elements. Collaborative navigation of surface and unmanned underwater vehicles. Transponder localization and SLAM-type approaches for surface and underwater vehicle navigation.
Chair:
Bryan Hoffman, NIWC Pacific

Space Navigation and Observation
Use of small satellites for space weather sensing, space situational awareness, space asset servicing, and space science measurements. Sensors for formation operation and operational environment sensing. Algorithms and hardware for guidance, navigation, and control for space vehicles. Novel methods for terrestrial testing of space navigation systems and algorithms. GPS-denied orbital navigation. Future space navigation applications. Ground monitoring and observation of space objects.
Chairs:
Dr. Renato Zanetti, University of Texas at Austin
Dr. David Curtis, Air Force Institute of Technology

Robotic and Indoor Navigation
Navigation, localization, and map building by indoor robots. Collaborative robot navigation. Pose estimation for humans and robots. Human motion modeling. Semantics for robot navigation. Perception of the environment for humanoid robot operations. Cell phone-based navigation systems for personal and indoor navigation. Systems for emergency responder navigation. Applications of raw GNSS measurements from smart phones. Applications for health and well-being (medical devices and sports). 
Chair:
Dr. Mohammed Khider, Google

 

Submit Your Abstract

Abstract Submission: Due October 28, 2022

Submit abstracts via the Abstract Management Portal no later than October 28, 2022. Sign in or create an account. Once signed in, click on the PLANS 2023 conference and complete the form.

  • Abstracts should describe objectives, anticipated or actual results, conclusions, any key innovative steps and the significance of your work.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance in late November and provided with an author’s kit with presentation and publication guidelines. Papers will be circulated in the public domain. Classified or ITAR restricted abstracts and papers will not be accepted.
  • All authors attending the meeting are required to pay registration fees.

Final Manuscripts: Due February 3, 2023

Completed manuscripts must be uploaded to the Abstract Management Portal by February 3, 2023. Manuscripts will be reviewed by independent referees and designated as a primary paper or alternate paper in the onsite program based on peer review of the full manuscripts. Manuscripts not received by February 3  are subject to withdrawal from the program. Manuscripts will only be peer reviewed one time. Authors will have the opportunity to make corrections/revisions to manuscripts through May 5, 2023. However, manuscripts not meeting peer review standards during the first review are not re-reviewed for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore proceedings.

To be included in the conference proceedings:

  1. manuscripts must be uploaded into AMP by February 3, 2023;
  2. the submitted manuscript must be representative of the original abstract submitted;
  3. the manuscript must meet the peer review requirements;
  4. an author listed on the manuscript must present at the conference and pay the conference registration fee;
  5. the presenting author must attend the mandatory speakers breakfast the morning of their session.

PLANS manuscripts will be eligible for Best Paper Award, including the IEEE’s Walter Fried Award, PLANS Student Award, and the Best in Track Award. Papers will be posted on the PLANS website for full conference registrants to view on a complimentary basis until the electronic proceedings are circulated.

Tutorials, Monday, April 24

Pre-conference tutorials will be offered on Monday, April 24, to provide in-depth learning of specific PNT-related disciplines complementing the technical program. Tutorials will be taught in person, in a classroom setting. Additional registration fees will be required. Electronic notes will be provided to registered attendees via the meeting website and a link provided for advance download. Specific course offerings will be promoted on the conference website in early 2023.

Call for Nominations: Kershner Award

The IEEE PLANS Kershner Award is presented to recognize the outstanding lifetime achievements of an individual who has made substantial contributions in the field of navigation. Additional details can be found here.

Submit nominations to meetings@ion.org by January 20, 2023, and include all of the following information in the nomination e-mail:

  1. the name and contact information of the nominee
  2. your name and contact information
  3. a paragraph explaining why the individual should be considered for this award
  4. a proposed citation (25 words or less)
  5. any other relevant information