2016 Plenary Sessions & Keynote Speakers


Alan Cameron

"Driverless cars, UAVs and consumer location data: where GNSS went next"

Alan Cameron, Journalist for GPS World and Geospatial Solutions

Alan Cameron is editor-in-chief and publisher of GPS World magazine, where he has worked since 2000. He also writes the monthly GNSS Design & Test newsletter and the Wide Awake blog.


“Positioning Challenges for Automation”

Rod Bryant, Senior Director, Positioning Technology, u-blox 

Dr Rod Bryant is responsible for research and development of positioning technology at u-blox AG. He has been leading GNSS R&D teams since 1987. He was awarded a William Culross Prize for Scientific Research in 1986 for his PhD research on Optimal Systems for Echo-Location.

Rod began his working life as a Trainee Technician with the Australian Postmaster General's Department in 1969. He left what had become Telecom Australia as a Telecommunications Engineer in 1981 to work for the University of Adelaide as a research engineer working in ultrasonic imaging and left with his PhD in 1986.

In 1994 Rod founded an OEM GPS company in conjunction with an Australian dispatch system manufacturer called Sigtec. He ran SigNav until 2011 when it was sold to u-blox. Over nearly 18 years SigNav was involved in a wide range of activities as a module maker and licensor combining SigNav firmware with chips from SigNav, Plessey, Mitel, Zarlink, Atheros and SiGe.


"A New Robust System for Assured PNT - Satellite Time and Location - Hosted on Iridium"

Greg Gutt, CTO, Satelles  

Gregory Gutt is the Chief Technical Officer and cofounder of Satelles. Greg is one of the principal inventors of ‘Satellite Time and Location’ and holds over 20 patents in the area of satellite navigation. His awards include: Boeing Breakthrough Achievement Award 2008; Boeing Technical Fellow 2006; Space Foundation - Space Technology Hall of Fame, Certificate of Commendation, 2006; Boeing Innovation Award for Technical Leadership 2005. Greg received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the field of electrical engineering (1997).


"Testbed for wearable electronic sensors"

Joseph Winter, Head of AIS Innovation, Research and Development, Australian Institute of Sport

Joseph is currently in charge of a multi-disciplinary team at the AIS, responsible for managing the broader AIS research programs, High Performance Sport data analytics and sports engineering. A key focus for his team over the next 4 year Olympic cycle leading to the Tokyo Olympics is the creation of a validation capability for wearable sports technologies.


"Ionospheric Space Weather: Monitoring, modelling and mitigation"

Mike Terkildsen, Senior Research Scientist, Ionospheric Prediction Service, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Mike Terkildsen is a senior research scientist with Space Weather Services, Australian Bureau of Meteorology, with primary responsibility for GNSS-related research and development. He also serves on space weather expert teams under the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) as well as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). His current research focus includes high accuracy real time ionospheric modelling for precise GNSS applications and the development and implementation of space weather services supporting aviation. He has supported Airservices Australia in the validation of the Ground-Based Augmentation  System (GBAS) ionospheric threat model for GBAS certification and operation in Australia, and he is currently leading an ionospheric modelling research project aimed at developing a highly accurate real time ionospheric model in support of the National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI).


Special Sessions:

System Providers

System Providers

  • GPS Civil Service Update and U.S. International GNSS Activities
    Mr Jeffrey M Auerbach, 
    GNSS Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of State, Office of Space and Advanced Technology 
  • GLONASS Status and Performance Improvement

    Mr. Roman Muravyev,  Head of the GLONASS General Designer Administration Information and Analysis Center for PNT Central Research Institute for Machine Building Roscosmos 

  • BeiDou Status and Plans
    Mr. Chang KEWU, Programme Director, China Satellite Navigation Office, P. R. China
Multi GNSS

Australia’s Next Generation Multi-GNSS Analysis Capability

This session will take an in-depth look at work to develop Australia’s next generation of software tools for the analysis of Multi-GNSS data. Featuring Prof Peter Teunissen, Research Director for the Positioning Programme at the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, and Dr Stavros Melachroinos who leads the Analysis Centre Software team at Geoscience Australia.

  • Multi-GNSS PPP-RTK network processing; achieving the accuracy
  • Development of the Multi-GNSS Analysis Centre Software
  • BeiDou solar radiation pressure and attitude modelling

Datum Modernisation

This session will explore how modern coordinate frameworks are moving away from traditional localised coordinate systems fixed to tectonic plates and instead relating to satellite based positioning systems through stable orbits. This transition will have challenging implications but will enable a kaleidoscope of new applications enabled by homogenous, global positioning systems.

Featuring: Matt Higgins (DNRM QLD), John Dawson and more to be announced...


Automated and Connected Vehicles panel:

"How to achieve 1m 95% for C-ITS"

  • Paul Alexander (Cohda)
  • John Wall (Transport for NSW)
  • Andrew Mehaffey (Roads and Maritime Services, NSW)
  • Stewart Worrall (Australian Centre
    for Field Robotics)
  • Vinayak Dixit (rCITI)


"The rise of multi-GNSS: will GPS be the gold standard in five years?"

Panel Discussion: Industry vs Academia

On the Industry Panel:

  • Nick Talbot (Trimble)
  • Gary Johnston (Geoscience Australia)
  • Nunzio Gambale (Locata)
  • Rod Bryant (SigNav/u-blox)

On the Academic Panel:

  • Peter Teunissen (Curtin) 
  • Yanming Feng (QUT) 
  • Suelynn Choy (RMIT)
  • Andrew Dempster (UNSW ACSER)
  • Chris Rizos (UNSW)


Updated 18 November 2016

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