ERICA Project: Vietnamese Researcher Visited Navigation Technologies Area for 3 Weeks

6 February 2015

Dr. La The Vinh, from the NAVIS Centre of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam), visited the Navigation Technologies Research Area for three weeks within the ERICA project, which involves ISMB.

The EquatoRial Ionosphere Characterization in Asia (ERICA) project aims to monitor the ionosphere in the South-East Asian region to characterize the local features of the Equatorial Ionospheric Anomaly (EIA) and of the Equatorial Ionospheric Trough (EIT) by means of an ad hoc campaign of geomagnetic and ionospheric measurements. ERICA is funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The activities are designed and realized in close collaboration with researchers from Vietnamese and Indonesian institutions, that will make available their facilities and competences.

During the visit Dr. Vinh worked in close contact with senior researchers from the Navigation Technologies and Politecnico di Torino to review signal processing methods based on a GNSS software receiver, developed by Navigation Technologies/NAVIS, for the processing of existing sets of GNSS raw samples.


In the last years the collaboration between the Navigation Technologies Research Area and South-East Asia speed up thanks to several projects. In particular SEAGAL (2009-2010) and Growing NAVIS (2012-2015) projects funded the setup and the consolidation of a collaboration centre on GNSS technologies in Vietnam: the NAVIS Centre in Hanoi. The Growing NAVIS project – which is coordinated by Navigation Technologies and is ending in these months – aims to boost the collaboration between the European and South-East Asian partners within the NAVIS Centre, exploiting both the NAVIS research capabilities and the Multi-GNSS environment. From 2013, Navigation Technologies and NAVIS are collaborating in ionosphere monitoring projects.