GNSS Futures Workshop and the Return of the UNSW SNAP Lab

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS are becoming embedded in many technologies as critical infrastructure. Society increasingly relies on the services provided by GNSS: from accessing geoservices using a smart phone, to navigating aircraft, to guiding agricultural machinery, to detecting minute shifts in the Earth’s crust, and much more. At a time when new satellite-based positioning systems, such as the next generation US GPS and Russian GLONASS constellations, and the new Chinese BeiDou, Japanese QZSS and European Galileo GNSS are starting to impact users, it is timely that we consider the future of GNSS in Australia and the region. This workshop examined the impact of GNSS for infrastructure, governments, industry and research, and explored the trends in GNSS (and alternative positioning technology) applications and implementation issues.

UNSW has been undertaking world leading research into satellite-based and wireless positioning technologies and applications since the late 1980s. The workshop coincided with the re-launch of UNSW's renowned Satellite Navigation and Positioning (SNAP) Laboratory, now linking the two schools of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications. Speakers at the workshop were drawn from SNAP's extensive network of alumni and collaborators.

This event was held at the following time and place:
July 7th & 8th 2014
12:30pm – 6pm, Monday 7th July
9am – 1:30pm, Tuesday 8th July

Gonski Levy Theatre (Room G02)
Law Building
(map ref F8)
UNSW Kensington Campus

Photos of the workshop are available here.
Photos from the SNAP Launch are available here.

Presentations from the event, where available, are downloadable in pdf format from the table below.


Day 1

Presentation Title Speaker Name Speaker Company
The future of GNSS integrated systems Prof Dorota A. Grejner-Brzezinska The Ohio State University
The future of GNSS for Australian Infrastructure
Global Geodesy benefiting Australian Society: Bringing the benefits home Gary Johnston Minerals and Natural Hazards Division, Geoscience Australia
Space as Critical Infrastructure Martin Nix Position Partners
National Positioning Infrastructure: a future built on Pacific Private Partnerships? James Millner Position Partners
Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for Australia Jack Scott Thales
State infrastructure for GNSS applications… CORS of course Dr Volker Janssen NSW Land and Property Information
The future of GNSS in the region
The International Scene: How Precise Positioning Will Underpin Critical GNSS Applications Prof Chris Rizos ACSER (UNSW)
A Promise of China’s Beidou for High Precision Services Prof Yanming Feng QUT
Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) Dr Suelynn Choy RMIT University
Satellite Navigation in Vietnam & The NAVIS Centre Dr Ta Hai Tung NAVIS, Hanoi University of Science and Technology
GPS/GNSS in Bangladesh Dr Mazher Choudhury ACSER (UNSW)
UNSW GNSS Receiver development Kevin Parkinson and Dr Eamonn Glennon ACSER (UNSW)

Day 2

Presentation Title Speaker Name Speaker Company
The Future of GNSS Remote Sensing Prof Penina Axelrad University of Colorado Boulder
Applications and Trends
GNSS Driving Innovation in the Geospatial Industry/Community A/Prof Don Grant RMIT University
The Past, Present & Future of PPP Rod MacLeod NovAtel
The Future of GNSS in Large Engineering Projects Graeme Hooper GPSat Systems
The Role of GNSS Research - Unlocking Capabilities and Exploring Opportunities Dr Philip Collier CRC for Spatial Information
C-ITS: The Future of Driving Prof Andrew Dempster ACSER (UNSW)
Alternatives and Issues
Vulnerability Threats to the Future of GNSS Prof Andrew Dempster ACSER (UNSW)
Future of GNSS Receivers Dr Eamonn Glennon ACSER (UNSW)
Wireless Ad-hoc System for Positioning Dr Mark Hedley CSIRO
An Integrated Future Steve Hewitson Locata
The Future of GNSS-based Time and Frequency Rod Bryant SigNav/u-blox
The Recent Developments and Challenges of Indoor Positioning Dr Binghao Li School of Civil & Environmental Engineering (UNSW)

This event was proudly sponsored by the following: