Pacific PNT Tutorials

Pre-conference tutorials have been organized to provide in-depth learning prior to the start of the technical program. All courses will be taught in a classroom setting. Electronic notes will be made available for download by registered tutorial attendees; registered attendees are encouraged to download notes in advance of courses. Paper notes will not be provided. Power will not be made available to course attendees for individual laptop computers; please come prepared with adequate battery power if required.

Cost and Registration:
$400 per course (registered and paid on or before March 27)
$450 per course (registered and paid after March 27)

Registration for Pacific PNT tutorials is accomplished online through the normal conference registration process. Please reference the registration form for registration policies. ION reserves the right to cancel a course based on availability of the instructor.

Monday, May 1: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Introduction to GNSS
Dr. John W. Betz, The MITRE Corporation, USA
Monday, May 1: 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC)
Dr. Mikel M. Miller, IS4S, USA / Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag, Ohio University, USA

Introduction to GNSS

Time: Monday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Registration fee:
$400 if registered and paid by August 25
$450 if payment is received after August 25

Course Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This tutorial provides an introduction to satellite-based navigation and timing (satnav). It describes satnav systems, their principles of operation, and key performance metrics. It also describes and compares the various satnav systems, current and under development, that comprise the Global Navigation Satellite Service (GNSS).

The course is designed for attendees having basic understanding of engineering principles. Those with little or no previous satnav experience, along with those familiar with current GPS but seeking to learn about modernized and new systems, will all benefit from the course.

It begins with a brief history of satnav, followed by an introduction to the underlying principles that are employed. Subsequent sections describe key functions and characteristics of the space segment, ground segment, signals, and user equipment. Fundamental tools used to design systems and characterize their performance are then introduced and illustrated. Summary descriptions of current and planned satnav systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NAVIC (IRNSS), and SBAS) are provided. Concepts of different augmentation systems are introduced.

Attendees will develop understanding of satnav techniques and technologies, familiarity with key concepts and terminology, and insights into the similarities and differences among the world’s satnav systems. With the foundation provided in this course, they will be able to develop deeper skills and insights from attending conference sessions, reading the literature, and experimenting with the tools and techniques introduced in this course.

Dr. John W. Betz, The MITRE Corporation, USA Dr. John W. Betz is a Fellow of The MITRE Corporation. He has contributed to the design of modernized satnav signals, and has also influenced many aspects of satnav engineering, including systems engineering and receiver processing. He has worked on behalf of the United States with developers of the world’s satnav systems, focusing on compatibility and interoperability among all satnav systems. Among numerous awards, he is a Fellow of the ION and the IEEE. He has published numerous technical papers and book chapters, along with a textbook on satnav, and has taught short courses for many years.

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC)

Time: Monday, May 1, 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration fee:
$400 if registered and paid by August 25
$450 if payment is received after August 25

Course Level: Intermediate

This course provides a fundamental background in the guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) aspects of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with a focus on Position, Navigation, and Time (PNT). The course describes the importance of PNT to various UAS application domains, operational environments, and regulations. Each of the key elements in UAS GNC is reviewed using multi-copter UAS as an example: Starting with the basic principles of UAS flight dynamics, followed by fundamental GNC using a PixHawk open-source flight controller. Given this foundation, this course will then focus on:

  1. GNSS and inertial sensors for UAS operations; UAS flight management and path planning
  2. Autonomy at the various levels of GNC and flight management
  3. Sense-and-avoid, well-clear and collision avoidance
  4. Geo-fencing and assured containment
  5. Alternative navigation capabilities for UAS operations
  6. Collaborative navigation and swarming of UAS

Dr. Mikel M. Miller, IS4S, USA Dr. Mikel M. Miller has been involved with PNT science and technology (S&T) for over 30 years. His research has centered on Robust SATNAV, Alternatives to GNSS, PNT integration techniques especially focused on Open Architectures, and autonomous systems GNC. He is a Fellow of the ION and the Royal Institute of Navigation. He is a former graduate professor, has authored over 70 navigation-related publications and delivered over 30 keynote talks related to PNT/S&T and its future. He obtained his both his M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).

Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag, Ohio University, USA Dr. Maarten Uijt de Haag is the Edmund K. Cheng Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Principal Investigator (PI) with the Avionics Engineering Center at Ohio University since 1999. He has authored or co-authored has authored or co-authored over 140 navigation-related publications and seven book chapters. He obtained his M.S.E.E. degree from Delft University in The Netherlands in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1999.