The Institute hosts a seminar from Professor Emeritus Chris Rizos

9 April 2018

On Wedneday, April the 11th, ISMB will host a seminar from Professor Emeritus Chris Rizos from the University of New South Wales (Australia) entitled “Is Our Enhanced GNSS Capability Good Enough for Tomorrow’s New Demands?”. Prof. Rizos will share with the audience his point of view about the latest GNSS developments and about the challenges GNSS technology will face in the coming years.

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GPS has been a reliable, highly versatile, generally available and very accurate positioning technology for over three decades. Within a few years a number of other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and regional systems will have been fully deployed. This world of multi-constellation GNSS will deliver more satellites, more frequencies and more trackable signals, bringing benefits to a wide range of users. In addition new augmentation concepts, such as Precise Point Positioning and Space-Based Augmentation Systems, will expand the toolbox of precise GNSS positioning techniques. New hardware and software designs promise smaller, cheaper and more capable receivers, that can address even more user markets. The biggest mass market for enhanced multi-GNSS positioning will be the Transport Sector, in particular that associated with highly automated driving. Governments invest in new ground and space GNSS infrastructure, industry invests in the development of new systems, scientists continue to squeeze higher and higher performance from GNSS, and users embrace more and more applications. However, this future is more confusing and more challenging because of a massive increase in GNSS capability, in the variety of GNSS-based systems, the GNSS configurations, the GNSS augmentations and the GNSS user requirements. The coming years for government decision-makers, systems developers, researchers and engineers, will be exciting, and not a little daunting. This presentation is intended to challenge the notion that GNSS's future is rosy, predictable and free of hard choices.

Prof. Rizos' bio:
Chris Rizos is an Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Chris is the immediate Past President of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), a member of the Governing Board of the International GNSS Service (IGS), and a member of the Bureau of the International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics (IUGG). Chris is a Fellow of the IAG, a Fellow and current president of the Australian Institute of Navigation, and a Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Navigation. Chris has been researching the technology and applications of GPS and other positioning systems for over three decades, and is an author or co-author of over 650 journal and conference papers.