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Invited Speakers

The keynote speakers are:

  • Moe Z. Win, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    Title: Network localization and navigation: A new paradigm for wireless applications

  • Terry Moore, University of Nottingham, UK
    Title: A Multi-Constellation Future for GNSS

  • Fredrik Gustafsson, Linköping University, Sweden
    Title: Localization, from phone to drone

  • Erik Coelingh, Volvo Car Corporation; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
    Title: The Drive Me project – self driving vehicles and the need for positioning
Keynote 1

Presenter: Moe Z. Win, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Title: Network localization and navigation: A new paradigm for wireless applications
Abstract: The availability of positional information is of extreme importance in numerous wireless applications. The coming years will see the emergence of location-aware networks with sub-meter localization accuracy, minimal infrastructure, and robustness in harsh (GPS challenged) environments. To reach this goal we advocate network localization and navigation, a new paradigm that exploits a combination of wideband transmission and spatiotemporal cooperation. Our work has addressed this problem from three perspectives: theoretical framework, cooperative algorithms, and network experimentation. We will give an overview of our recent research results in this exciting field.
Biography: Moe Win is a Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to joining MIT, he was with AT&T Research Laboratories for five years and with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for seven years. His research encompasses fundamental theories, algorithm design, and experimentation for a broad range of real-world problems. His current research topics include network localization and navigation, network interference exploitation, intrinsic wireless network secrecy, adaptive diversity techniques, and ultra-wide bandwidth systems.
Professor Win is a Fellow of the AAAS, the IEEE, and the IET, and was an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. He is an elected Member-at-Large on the IEEE Communications Society Board of Governors (2011-2013). He was the Chair (2004-2006) and Secretary (2002-2004) for the Radio Communications Committee of the IEEE Communications Society. He was honored with two IEEE Technical Field Awards: the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award and the IEEE Eric E. Sumner Award (jointly with Professor R. A. Scholtz). He received the International Prize for Communications Cristoforo Colombo, the Copernicus Fellowship, the Royal Academy of Engineering Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, the Fulbright Fellowship, the Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Ferrara, and the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Keynote 2

Presenter: Terry Moore, University of Nottingham, UK
Title: A Multi-Constellation Future for GNSS
Abstract: For many years now the only operational satellite navigation system has been GPS, and this has become accepted as the global standard. However, these days it is more appropriate to talk about Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), because the United States GPS has been joined by the Russian, European, Chinese, Indian and Japanese systems. Multi-constellation GNSS receivers are now starting to become readily available. During the 1990’s a number of professional grade GPS / GLONASS receivers were commercially available. But, these had quite a limited impact and with the dramatic decline in the number of GLONASS between 1995 and 2001 the interest in combined receivers waned. However, the last few years has seen a dramatic re-emergence of the development of GPS and GLONASS receivers. Indeed, many of this new generation of receivers are now truly multi-constellation receivers, and have the capability to operate with Galileo and BeiDou as these systems become operational. This presentation will review the current status and proposed modernisation of GPS with an emphasis on the benefits that the developments and new signals will bring to a variety of user domains. In a similar manner, the Russian GLONASS will also be described documenting the evolution to the system’s current status and the planned developments. The new European Galileo and Chinese BeiDou systems will be described along with consideration of the international efforts directed towards interoperability of all the global systems. Other nascent and proposed systems will also be introduced, such as IRNSS and QZSS.
Biography: Professor Terry Moore is Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) at the University of Nottingham where he is the Professor of Satellite Navigation and also currently an Associate Dean within the Faculty of Engineering. He holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering and PhD degree in Space Geodesy, both from the University of Nottingham. He has over 30 years of research experience in surveying, positioning and navigation technologies and is a consultant and adviser to European and UK government organisations and industry. He is a Fellow, and a Member of Council, of both the Institute of Navigation and of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN). In 2013 was awarded the RIN Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal and he is currently a Vice-President of the RIN. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Keynote 3

Presenter: Fredrik Gustafsson, Linköping University Sweden
Title: Localization, from phone to drone
Abstract: Local positioning systems will be a complement to global (satellite-based) positioning systems for use indoors, underground or even outdoors when relative position between objects is needed with high integrity. The trend is to harvest on existing infrastructure, such as cellular radio networks, and to complement with cheap beacons (Bluetooth, UWB, etc) when needed. The presentation will describe a localisation framework based on the marginalised particle filter, to handle complex scenarios with severe nonlinear sensor models and non-Gaussian measurement noise. The theory is illustrated with a wide range of applications, from indoor pedestrians, migrating birds, to a recent thrust to localise rangers, poachers and rhinos in Africa using a variety of sensors, from phone to drone!
Biography: Fredrik Gustafsson is professor in Sensor Informatics at Department of Electrical Engineering, Linköping University. He is the director for the strategic research area Security Link, the Linnaeus center CADICS and the newly started Wildlife Security initiative. He has been an associate editor for IEEE Transactions of Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems 2010-2012, and EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing. He was awarded the Arnberg prize by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVA) 2004, elected member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) 2007, and elevated to IEEE Fellow 2011. He was awarded the Harry Rowe Mimno Award 2011 for the tutorial "Particle Filter Theory and Practice with Positioning Applications", which was published in the AESS Magazine in July 2010, and he was co-author of "Smoothed state estimates under abrupt changes using sum-of-norms regularization" that received the Automatica paper prize in 2014. He is a co-founder of the companies NIRA Dynamics (automotive safety systems), Softube (audio effects) and SenionLab (indoor positioning systems).

Keynote 4

Presenter: Erik Coelingh, Volvo Car Corporation; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Title: The Drive Me project – self driving vehicles and the need for positioning
Abstract: Volvo Cars plays a leading role in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg. This project called ‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ and aims to pinpoint the societal benefits of autonomous driving. The pilot will involve self-driving cars using approximately 50 kilometers of selected roads in and around Gothenburg. These roads are typical commuter arteries and include motorway conditions and frequent queues. Vehicle positioning techniques play a key role in making a vehicle drive itself. This presentation describes the need for positioning, the requirements and outlines some of the selected solutions.
Biography: Erik Coelingh is Senior Technical Leader for Safety and Driver Support Technologies with the Volvo Car Corporation and Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg Sweden. He received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. After his studies he joined Volvo Car Corporation and worked in several projects on vehicle control and active safety. He was responsible for the first application of collision mitigation by braking on the Volvo S80 in 2006 and led the advanced engineering activities for Pedestrian Detection with Full Auto Brake which was launched in 2010. Currently he is responsible for Volvo's technical strategy for safety and driver support technologies and works actively on research and development of various collision avoidance and automated driving features.