Pacific PNT Call for Abstracts

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Abstracts due November 1, 2018

Program Committee

General Chair: Prof. Y. Jade Morton, Colorado State University, USA
Program Co-Chair: Dr. Sherman Lo, Stanford University, USA
Program Co-Chair: Dr. Mikel M. Miller, Integrated Solutions for Systems, USA
Program Co-Chair: Dr. Frank van Graas, Ohio University, USA
Plenary Chair: Dr. John Raquet, AFIT, USA

International Advisory Board

Dr. Kefei Zhang, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Allison Kealy, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Susan Skone, University of Calgary, Canada
Dr. Mingquan Lu, Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Jun Shen, China Satellite Navigation Office, China
Dr. Wu Chen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China
Dr. Nobuaki Kubo, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan
Dr. Takeyasu Sakai, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Japan
Dr. Eng Kee Poh, Singapore DSO and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Changdon Kee, Seoul National University, South Korea
Dr. Jiwon Seo, Yonsei University, South Korea
Dr. Loren Chang, National Central University, Taiwan
Dr. Charles Lin, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan
Dr. David Chapman, AFRL, USA
Dr. Kenneth Fisher, Georgia Tech Research Institute, USA

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Plenary Session: Policy and Status Update 

Updates and status of satellite-based navigation systems that are in operation or under development. System overview, current and planned performance, schedule and plans, current policies, and services and special challenges affecting Asian-Pacific areas.
Dr. John Raquet, AFIT, USA
Dr. Mikel Miller, Integrated Solutions for Systems, USA

Special Session Topics

The Chinese satellite navigation system BeiDou is becoming a major player in GNSS. This special session will feature invited and contributed presentations on all aspects of current and new BeiDou systems and applications developments: new BDS signal designs and receiver development, BDS signal-in-space quality monitoring and assessment, interoperable space service volume for autonomous orbital determination, BDS/GNSS Interference detection, inter-satellite link technology, messaging systems, and new BDS/GNSS applications.
Dr. Ruizhi Chen, Wuhan University, China
Dr. Xinqun Zhan, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

COSMIC/FORMOSAT is a constellation of six micro-satellites launched one decade ago through a partnership between Taiwan and the USA. These extremely cost-effective LEO satellites rely on occultation measurements of GPS signals to infer atmospheric profiles to improve weather forecasting, climate modeling, and ionosphere and space weather monitoring. The resounding success of the project led to a follow-on mission, COSMIC-2/FORMOSAT-7, expected to be launched in 2018. This special session will feature invited presentations and contributed work on all aspects of this exemplifying project and future outlook of the next generation capabilities.
Dr. Loren Chang, National Central University, Taiwan
Dr. Bill Schreiner, UCAR, USA

Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is expected to be operational in 2018. The session will have presentations from the government, contractors, universities, and industries to showcase the QZSS regional satellite navigation program, including the latest QZSS program status, launch schedule of satellites, navigation performance, payload design/characteristics, receiver development, technical validation results, and application development activities.
Dr. Takeyasu Sakai, National Institute of Maritime, Port and Aviation Technology, Japan
Prof. Nobuaki Kubo, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Japan

Session Topics

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Track A

Challenging Navigation Problems 1
Navigation in indoor, urban, surface, underwater, and other GNSS-degraded environments. Inertial navigation, acoustic devices for bathymetry, positioning and velocity determination for underwater vehicles and ships, sonar developments and transponder networks. Non-traditional and collaborative navigation techniques, including terrain-aided navigation, low cost sensors, non-linear signal processing techniques, reconfigurable filter designs, plug-and play concepts, connectivity, information sharing and safety aspects. Topics addressing special challenges in Pacific Rim regions are especially welcome.
Dr. Dorota Grejner-Brzezinska, The Ohio State University, USA
Dr. Lawrence Robertson, AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate, USA

Challenging Navigation Problems 2

Dr. Allison Kealy, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Li-Ta Hsu, Hong Kong Polytechnical University, Hong Kong

Emerging PNT Consumer Applications
PNT for advancement in intelligent transportation, social media, domestic and healthcare products, precision agriculture and machine control. Driverless cars, driver-assist technologies, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, automotive radar, lane-keeping, parking assist; positive train control; augmented reality and gaming systems integration with PNT; autonomous wheel chairs, lawnmowers, snowplows, vacuums; Alzheimer’s and autistic patient tracking systems; monitoring, navigation, and control of machinery used in agriculture, construction, and mining.
Shunsuke Kamijo, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Masaaki Hayashi, Seiko Epson Corporation, Japan

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Track B

Aircraft Navigation and Surveillance
Advances in aircraft navigation and surveillance. Future navigation requirements, integrity monitoring (RAIM/FDE), integration with inertial, automatic dependent surveillance, collision avoidance and radar.
Neeraj Pujara, Air Force Research Laboratory, USA
Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag, Ohio University, USA

Alternative Navigation and Signals of Opportunity
Navigation using signals from digital TV and radio, radar, cellular networks, Wi-Fi, telecommunications networks, ultra-wideband signals, pattern matching, sensor integration and indoor messaging systems. Advances in systems, algorithms, and integration techniques for terrestrial PNT, including eLoran, DME, pseudolites, terrestrial transmitters, Wi-Fi, cellular, VLF/LF systems, one-way and two-way RF ranging. Navigation using signals and standards unique to Pacific Rim countries is especially welcome.
Dr. Kyle Kauffman, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA
Dr. Chau Yuen, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore

Aviation Applications of GNSS
Applications of GNSS to aviation navigation, precision approach and landing. Ground-based and space-based augmentation systems (LAAS, WAAS, EGNOS, GAGAN, MSAS), flight test performance, integrity designs, integration with other aircraft sensors such as inertial and barometric altimeter. Challenges, issues, policy and progress toward certification of GNSS receivers for aviation applications. Topics relevant to Pacific Rim countries are especially welcome.
Dr. Todd Walter, Stanford University, USA
Dr. Eugene Bang, ENAC, France

Indoor and Urban Navigation

Dr. Nisar Ahmed, University of Colorado, USA
Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA

Inertial Navigation Technology and Applications
Applications and integration of INS with other navigation sensors. Design, modeling, calibration, advanced processing techniques, performance characteristics of different technologies, including but not limited to MEMS, FOG, laser gyro and cold-atom. Open architecture design, integration, fault detection and isolation, and testing. New developments in low cost inertial sensing for personal and automotive applications. Design, manufacturing, and testing of low cost sensors in emerging application areas. Algorithms for calibration and integration with other low-cost sensors. Navigation algorithm and sensor development for UAS navigation, stabilization, guidance and control. Integration with autopilots, flight management systems and UAS sensors. Considerations for safety of flight, testing, and standardization especially in Asia Pacific countries.
Benjamin Mohr, Honeywell, USA
Dr. Yuanxin Wu, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Interference and Spectrum
Effects of interference on GNSS performance, compatibility of GNSS with terrestrial and satellite-based services. Radiofrequency compatibility between satellite navigation systems. Interference detection, characterization and mitigation techniques. Robust navigation in the presence of interference.
Logan Scott, Logan Scott Consulting, USA
Dr. Jiwon Seo, Yonsei University, South Korea

UAS Technologies
Equipment and procedures for Unmanned Aerial Systems, novel platforms and applications, sense and avoid, communication, navigation, human factors, standards, test and evaluation.

Dr. Nisar Ahmed, University of Colorado, USA
Dr. Shaohui Foong, Singapore University of Technology & Design, Singapore
Dr. Steven Phee, Singapore DSO, Singapore
Dr. Robert Leishman, AFIT, USA

Dr. Nisar Ahmed, University of Colorado, USA
Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology, USA

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Track C

Algorithms and Methods 1
Methods and advanced algorithms for positioning, navigation, and timing with a diversity of sensors and signals. Approaches to exploit multiple GNSS constellations and new signal structures. Nonlinear estimation, optimization, and fusion algorithms. Techniques to improve acquisition and tracking in terms of sensitivity, robustness, accuracy, and multipath mitigation.

Dr. Xin Chen, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China
Wenyi Li, Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Madeleine Naudeau, AFRL, USA
Dr. Kewen Sun, Hefei University of Technology, China
Dr. Xin Chen, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Wenyi Li, Tsinghua University, China

Algorithms and Methods 2

Dr. Madeleine Naudeau, AFRL, USA
Dr. Jianfeng Wu, National Time Service Center, China

GNSS-R and GNSS-RO for Environmental Monitoring
The use of GNSS and GNSS reflections for remote sensing of ocean roughness, wave height, and wind speed; soil moisture and vegetation water content measurements; the use of GNSS radio occultation for tropospheric and ionospheric profiling; and airborne, balloon, mountain top, and other satellite-based reflectometry and radio occultation advances.
Dr. Mehmet Kurum, Mississippi State University, USA
Dr. Jade Morton, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

High Precision GNSS Correction and Monitoring Networks
Local area, wide area and worldwide GNSS correction networks, design, status, precise clock and orbit products, ionosphere/troposphere corrections, signal anomalies, performance results, multi-constellation networks, new developments and applications, and unique characteristics of corrections in Asia-Pacific areas.
Dr. Jade Morton, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
Dr. (George) Zhizhao Liu, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Ionosphere Monitoring with GNSS
Processing algorithms for ionosphere monitoring, characterization from single and multiple GNSS receivers, ionospheric propagation phenomena, receiver design and tracking algorithms, tomography, ionospheric attenuation and scintillation, higher-order effects, plasma drift estimation and gradient measurements and Asia-Pacific regional ionosphere characteristics.
Dr. Frank van Graas, Ohio University, USA
Dr. Jiyun Lee, KAIST, South Korea

Natural Hazards Detection and Monitoring Using GNSS
The use of GNSS receiver networks to monitor and predict geophysical events, especially using networks in the Asia-Pacific region are encouraged. Submissions in seismic waves, volcano eruptions and ashes, sand storms, explosions, tsunami monitoring, monitoring networks, ground deformation, processing and analysis techniques, and prediction algorithms are also solicited.
Yoshikatsu Iotake, Global Positioning Augmentation Service Corporation, Japan
Dr. Attila Komjathy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA

Railway Navigation
Precise time synchronization and frequency transfer between fixed and mobile platforms, new developments in oscillator technology, optical clocks, chip-scale atomic clocks, terrestrial and satellite two-way time transfer, GNSS time transfer, GNSS time offsets, error sources and performance characteristics, and oscillators for space and scientific applications.
Dr. Charles Shao, Tsinghua University, China
Dr. Mikel Miller, Integrated Solutions for Systems, USA

Abstract Submission Guidelines

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Abstracts should be submitted electronically via the ION Abstract Management Portal, no later than November 1, 2018. To submit an abstract, click the button above and sign in with your ION user account. If you have not used the Abstract Management Portal before, click “Create My Account”. Once signed in, click on ION Pacific PNT 2019 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 provided with an electronic author’s kit with presentation and publication guidelines in early December.

All authors attending the meeting are required to pay registration fees.

Final Manuscripts

Completed manuscripts must be uploaded to the Abstract Management Portal (AMP) by February 8, 2019. Manuscripts will be designated as a primary paper, or as an alternate paper, in the onsite program based on the Session Chairs’ peer review of the full manuscripts.

Manuscripts will be peer reviewed once (note that there will be no secondary review). Papers 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 this may affect the acceptance of future abstracts by the author. While full manuscripts are required for peer review by February 8,
corrected/updated manuscripts will be accepted through April 19, 2019.

To be included in the conference proceedings final manuscripts must meet review requirements, an author must present at the conference as scheduled in the conference program and pay the conference registration fee.

Exceptional manuscripts will be considered for Best Paper Awards.

Complimentary online access to papers will be provided to all eligible conference registrants through June 30, 2019. Eligible conference registrants will be able to download an electronic version of the proceedings following the conference.

Journal Publication

Authors of appropriate papers are encouraged to submit papers for possible publication in the ION’s archival journal, NAVIGATION, indexed by Thomson Reuters. Papers may be submitted online at