Activities over the past year

Apologies for little posting lately. Much activity included some with deadlines; this will be limited to the past twelve months. In 2017 my involvement in the annual GNSS+ Conference again included teaching the satnav/inertial integration tutorial sessions with OhioU Prof. Frank vanGraas. Part I and Part II are likewise being offered for Sept 2018. Also for that conference last September I wrote two manuscripts (with videos made to facilitate familiarization with the material), one for estimation and another providing opportunities for advanced warning.

For 2018 this will allow space for just one or two items from each event mentioned. The year began with attendance at Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA). For that highlight I’ll note an insightful presentation by a speaker from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB): pilot override prevented F-15 crashes through automatic pullup; “artificial” intelligence (AI) isn’t completely artificial. For my own work, April meant presenting “New Interface Requirements: Implications for Future” at Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS). Highlight of that conference was a rare acknowledgement, at high levels within Mitre and FAA, that past methods are woefully inadequate for future air traffic needs.
The presentation just noted foreshadows a sequel scheduled for this year’s GNSS+ conference. The interface topic, also reviewed in a May SAE International meeting, was presented during that same month to the National Space-based Advisory Board. For the satnav/inertial integration topic, I recently completed my 25-page spread that will appear in a new edition of the satnav handbook co-edited by father-of-GPS Brad Parkinson; revised 25 years after its first appearance, it is expected to become available in 2019.