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Conference Organizers

Program Committee:
General Chair: Dr. Gary McGraw, Rockwell Collins
Vice Chair: Dr. Jacob Campbell, AFRL Technical

Program Co-chairs:
Dr. Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, University of Minnesota
Dr. Mathieu Joerger, The University of Arizona Program

Track Chairs:
Mr. Randall Curey, Northrop Grumman
Dr. Okuary Osechas, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Dr. Di Qiu, Polaris Wireless
Dr. Zak Kassas, University of California, Riverside

Adaptive KF Techniques, Data Integrity, and Error Modeling
Plug and play techniques to quickly adapt an existing INS for use with new sensor technologies or aiding sources. Methods for providing data integrity, availability and continuity of the blended solution and the aiding sources. Processing algorithms and methods for inertial sensors, including sensor compensation techniques.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Andrey Soloviev, QuNav
Omar García Crespillo, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

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. 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 aerial vehicles and UAVs.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Per Enge, Stanford University
Dr. Clark Taylor, Air Force Research Laboratory

Algorithms and Methods
Advanced positioning and navigation algorithms for novel sensors and signals of opportunity. Methods for dealing with delayed and out-of-sequence measurements. Spoofing detection and mitigation algorithms. Algorithms for secure and trustworthy perception and navigation. Algorithms and methods for high-performance applications with lower cost sensors. Design of navigation algorithms and sensor fusion architectures. Development of monitoring and fault exclusion algorithms.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, The Ohio State University
Dr. Boris Pervan, Illinois Institute of Technology

Alternative Sensors for Aiding INSs and Precision Timing
Alternative sensor technologies and techniques to aid inertial navigation systems. Applications include eLoran, vision, stellar, 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.
Co-chairs:
Randall Jaffe, L-3 IEC
Timothy Buck, Honeywell

Alternative/Terrestrial-based Opportunistic PNT
Integration of terrestrial-based systems for improved navigation performance, including Loran, VOR, DME, TACAN, ILS, MLS, DME, NDB, etc. New or improved terrestrial-based navigation systems based on the use of Wi-Fi, broadcast televi-sion, cellular communications or other signals of opportunity. Emerging indoor GNSS-augmentation messaging and navigation systems.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Jiwon Seo, Yonsei University, South Korea
Christian Gentner, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Atmospheric Effects
Measurements, modeling, and innovative analyses of ionospheric and tropospheric effects. Novel methods and assimilative techniques for now-casting and forecasting. Improvements in navigation system availability enabled by atmospheric mitigation. Ionospheric and tropospheric effects on and applications to unmanned autonomous vehicles.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Seebany Datta-Barua, Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Marta Cueto Santamaria, GMV, Spain

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 navigation 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, etc. V2V Crowd sourcing/cloud-based computing for navigation and position authentication purposes.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Nobuaki Kubo, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan
Dr. Solmaz Kia, University of California, Irvine

Frontiers of GNSS
Pushing the limits of GNSS. Assessing performance of current systems and predicting the performance of future ones. GNSS evolution, modernization, new applications and niche markets. Innovative combination of GNSS with sensors and augmentation systems. Challenging environments: low SNR, high-dynamics and low power consumption.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Ilaria Martini, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Dr. Jason Rife, Tufts University

GNSS Integrity and Augmentation
Safety-of-Life applications: ARAIM, GBAS and SBAS. Error modeling and bounding, fault detection, fault exclusion, satellite selection, new augmentation systems and principles. New concepts for protection levels, multi-constellation systems, and integrity of complementary PNT.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Sam Pullen, Stanford University
Linda Lavik, Indra Navia AS, Norway

GNSS Resilience
Making GNSS more robust, through complementary PNT (CPNT) or other means. Applications in robust positioning, secure time transfer. Threat modeling, assessment, and mitigation. Impact of security measures on the reliability and integrity of GNSS.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Todd Humphreys, The University of Texas at Austin
Matteo Paonni, European Commission, JRC, Italy

Ground Vehicle Navigation
Sensing, perception, and map building in ground vehicle operations. Guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) systems for autonomous or semi-autonomous ground vehicle systems. Driverless cars 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.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Matthew Barth, University of California, Riverside
Dr. David Bevly, Auburn University

High Performance Inertial Sensor Technologies
High accuracy inertial sensors capable of providing navigation/strategic grade performance. Applications include precision free inertial navigation, antenna stabilization and pointing. Sensor calibration (including self-calibration) and testing techniques to achieve high performance. Real data is strongly preferred over simulations.
Co-chairs:
Doug Meyer, Northrop Grumman
Ralph Hopkins, Draper

Inertial Measurement Units
IMUs or IRUs for space, missiles, aircraft, weapons, land vehicles, etc. Includes testing and calibration techniques.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Andrei Shkel, University of California, Irvine
Edward Schlatter, Raytheon

Integrated Inertial Navigation Systems
New developments in inertial navigation systems. Open system architectures, which include vendor-independent, non-proprietary, modular, standards-based INS designs that more easily support component addition, modification, or replacement. Includes testing and calibration techniques.
Co-chairs:
Kamal Joshi, Northrop Grumman
Scott Leavy, Honeywell

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. 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. Bio-inspired underwater navigation.
Co-chairs:
Dr. António Pascoal, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Dr. Michael Ouimet, SPAWAR

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 predictions and algorithms for multisensory fault detection and isolation.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Naser El-Sheimy, University of Calgary, Canada
Dr. Paul McBurney, GopherHush Corp.

Navigation Using Environmental Features
New navigation techniques using natural and man-made features of the sur-rounding 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. Topics 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:
Steve Rounds, John Deere
Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag, Ohio University

Precise GNSS Positioning Applications
Precise positioning with GNSS Real Time Kinematic (RTK) techniques and/or multi-sensor setups; multi-frequency, multi-constellation PPP/RTK; low-cost single frequency PPP/RTK; heading and attitude determination using multiple antennas; and multipath mitigation techniques.
Co-chairs:
Laura Norman, NovAtel, Inc., Canada
Dr. Robert Odolinski, University of Otago, New Zealand

Receiver Technology, Antennas, DSP
GNSS antennas, receivers, and processing methods for improving accuracy, reliability, or robustness. Methods including tracking loops, direct positioning, multi-antenna systems, multi-receiver setups, beamforming, and direction-of-arrival methods.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Grace Gao, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Pau Closas, Northeastern University

Robotic and Indoor Navigation
Navigation, localization, and map building by indoor robots. Collaborative robot navigation. Pose estimation for humans and robots. Human motion modeling. Perception of the environment for humanoid robot operations. Cell phone-based navigation systems for personal navigation. Applications for health and well-being (medical devices and sports).
Co-chairs:
Dr. Anthony Rowe, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Heidi Kuusniemi, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Finland

Sensor Aiding and Augmenting
Developments and products for timing, vision and environmental sensing to aid and augment GNSS and vision sensors. Topics on modeling and analysis of optical sensors (EO/IR cameras, daytime star-trackers, LIDAR), clocks and time-transfer technologies (chipscale atomic clocks, sferics), processing and calibration of magnetic sensors, UWB and Doppler radars.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Chun Yang, Sigtem Technology, Inc.
Tony Rios, Systron Donner Inertial

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. Real data is strongly preferred over simulations.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Alexander Trusov, Northrop Grumman
Charles Blackmer, Analog Devices

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 (GNC) for space vehicles. Future space navigation applications. Ground monitoring and observation of space objects.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Glenn Lightsey, Georgia Tech
Dr. Moriba Jah, The University of Texas at Austin

Vision/Integrated 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. Feasibility analysis and challenges of vision-based navigation.
Co-chairs:
Dr. Michael Veth, Veth Research Associates
Dr. Aaron J. Canciani , Air Force Institute of Technology

Tutorials, Monday, April 23
Tutorial topics are listed below. Course details and registration information will be in the conference program.

  • Contemporary and Emerging Inertial Sensors
  • Fundamentals of Inertial Navigation
  • Image-Aided Navigation
  • Nonlinear Recursive Estimation – Pros and Cons of Various Approaches
  • Alternative Navigation Methods
  • Applications of Machine Learning to Navigation
  • Detect and Avoid Methods and Sensors for Autonomous Systems
  • Guidance, Navigation and Control of Small UAVs

Submit Your Abstract

Abstract Submission: Due October 30, 2017

Abstracts should be submitted electronically via the ION Abstract Management Portal , no later than October 30, 2017. To submit an abstract, sign into the Abstract Management Portal. If you have not used the Abstract Management Portal before, click “Create My Account”. Once signed in, click on the PLANS 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 electronic 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 2, 2018

Completed manuscripts must be uploaded to the Abstract Management Portal by February 2, 2018. Final manuscripts will be designated as a primary paper, or as an alternate paper, based on the Session Chairs’ peer review of the final manuscripts. Manuscripts not received by February 2, 2018 are subject to withdrawal from the conference. Manuscripts will only be peer reviewed one time. Authors will have the opportunity to make corrections/revisions to manuscripts through May 4, 2018. However, manuscripts not meeting peer review standards during the first review are not re-reviewed for inclusion in the IEEE Xplorer proceedings.

To be included in the conference proceedings:

  1. manuscripts must be uploaded into AMP by February 2, 2018;
  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 awards, 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 conference proceedings are issued electronically.