Multi-GNSS – All Systems Go!
The International Global Navigation Satellite Systems (IGNSS) 2020 conference was held at UNSW Sydney over 2.5 days at the Colombo Theatres 5 – 7 February. This year 140+ delegates from 10 countries attended, with 75 presentations and 9 sponsors around the theme Multi-GNSS – All Systems Go!
The IGNSS caters to a domestic Australian audience of industry, government, academia and students by attracting top international speakers and focussing on latest hot topics in the world of GNSS positioning.
Two national meetings (ICSM Permanent Committee on Geodesy and the National CORS user group meeting) were both held in the days preceding IGNSS2020, which is testament to the significance of the conference.
The first keynote speaker was Professor Peter Teunissen who updated the conference on the current status of GNSS integrity. Professor Teunissen is the most recent recipient of the US Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Satellite Division Johannes Kepler Award.
He was followed by invited speaker Curtis Hay, a Technical Fellow at General Motors (USA) in charge of precise GNSS for automated vehicles where he presented on the challenges faced by the automotive industry and progress towards more autonomy.
Other invited speakers included Rainer Horn, Spacetec looking at cooperation between European and Asian space programmes and Tim Murphy (Boeing Senior Technical Fellow) who made an argument for robust, high accuracy, high integrity GNSS services in the aviation industry. Professor Guenther Retscher (TU Vienna) discussed indoor positioning using smartphones and signals of opportunity including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, cameras and MEMS-based inertial sensors. Professor Sunil Bisnath (York University, Canada) applied his broad knowledge of RTK, PPP and multi-GNSS to GNSS use in autonomous vehicles.
The System providers from the US GPS, Russian GLONASS, European Galileo, Japanese QZSS and for the first time Positioning Australia, updated delegates on the status and future of the various global and regional satellite navigation system designs. It is always a great opportunity to get all providers together in the room.
There were specialist open panel sessions on the recent Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) test-bed in Australia and the promise of Precise Point Positioning. Industry sponsors had a special session devoted to their particular products and services as well as three technical parallel sessions to encourage students and researchers to test their ideas in expert sessions covering areas as broad as datum modernisation, GNSS reflectometry and quantum geodesy.
The traditional Harbour Cruise and conference dinner this year was entertained by some fabulous jazz music played on the top deck by the teenage jazz combo Siracca. A wonderful night of networking and socialising.
The final plenary session of the conference focussed on defence applications looking at the strengths and weaknesses of positioning technology on robotic and autonomous systems for accelerating, emerging and disruptive technologies applied to land, sea, air and cyber warfare.
Big thanks to the Technical Advisory Committee of the IGNSS Association Inc comprising President Matt Higgins (QNRM), Professor Andrew Dempster (UNSW), Dr Craig Roberts (UNSW), Professor Allison Kealy (RMIT), Dr Anna Riddell (Geoscience Australia), Elizabeth Smith(DSTO), Martin Nix (Position Partners), Professor Chris Rizos (UNSW), Cheryl Brown (UNSW) and Lynne O’Sullivan (UNSW) for all their efforts to make this conference a success.
Dr Craig Roberts - IGNSS Association Inc. Public Officer and Secretary