INC 2017 - Dates Announced

Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton, UK

28 - 30 NOV 2017  The International Navigation Conference 2017

The RIN is now turning its attention to planning INC 17, which we are confident will be every bit as good as INC 16. In other words, if your business is in the science, technology or practice of Positioning, Navigation or Timing you need to make sure you attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

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INC 2016 - What people said about it:

8 - 10 NOV 2016 - Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow, UK

“Day One was the best first day of any conference I have been to anywhere – and the other two days weren’t bad, either!” This comment is typical of the many that were received about INC 16.

Without doubt it was one of the most interesting and compelling conferences I have attended. It was a privilege not just to hear so many first rate papers, and to participate in the lively discussions they elicited, but to do so as the RIN’s President was a particular honour. There were some excellent and thought-provoking key-note presentations that set the scene over a wide range of topics from Quantum Technology and Cognition to Legal and Deep Space Navigation. We also heard from the likes of Google and Virgin Galactic about some of the latest developments at the cutting edge of technology.

That we were also honoured by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal who addressed the delegates when she opened the conference made it all the more memorable.

A full summary of the conference can be downloaded by clicking here.

Conference Proceedings

Download presentations and papers from INC2016

Conference Delegates may download the presentations and papers from INC2016 from this page of the RIN website. You will need a username and password to access these papers. If as a delegate you have not received login details please contact the RIN office.

If the presentation or paper you require does not appear on the RIN website, it could be that the author has not given permission for us to publish. Please contact our Conference and Events Manager (details below) for further information.

Conference Themes

The Conference programme and speakers for INC 2016 featured the hottest topics, including:

Deploying positioning, sensor and navigation systems in sectors such as autonomy, smart infrastructure, dementia care, disabilities, indoor tracking, agritech etc.

Risks posed by, or to, tracking or sensing systems and platforms. For example: safety of autonomy (including legal aspects), spoofing and jamming legality, abuse of PNT technology, cyber security vulnerabilities, risks to infrastructure and industries, etc.

New areas of research and development for navigation and positioning, such as biological / animal / human / cognitive navigation, and quantum technologies.

Current practical applications, developments and deployments of PNT systems.

Optical processing, sensor fusion, multiconstellation GNSS, opportunistic positioning, collaborative positioning, etc.

For more details please contact the conference coordinator Sally Anne Cooke by email or telephone +44 (0)207 5913135.

Keynote Speakers

The following keynote speakers presented at INC2016:

Gian Gherardo Calini
Gian Gherardo Calini took up his post as Head of Market Development at the GSA in December 2006. Prior to joining the GSA, he held business management responsibilities in the service and transportation industries. He built his management experience working for McKinsey, Procter and Gamble, Citibank and in the transportation sector. Mr. Calini has a Master degree in Economics and Business from La Sapienza University in Rome and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
"GNSS User and Market Technology"
Mr Gian Gherardo Calini


Mr Jonathan Firth
Jonathan Firth has been a member of Virgin Galactic's leadership team since its inception in 2004, having moved to the U.S. for his current role in 2014. He currently oversees the company's activity to ready itself for commercial operations in New Mexico, including the development of the Suborbital Spaceflight System, the preparations for Operational Readiness and the relationship with the team at Spaceport America, the future home of Virgin Galactic's suborbital operations. Jonathan began his Virgin career in the UK in 1998 as New Trains Project Director at Virgin Rail Group, and later spent three years as Director of Projects at Virgin Atlantic Airways. Prior to that, Jonathan worked in a diverse array of industries, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, and mass transit. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London and an MBA from Henley Business School.
"Virgin Galactic: Our Voyage to Space"
Mr Jonathan Firth

Virgin Galactic

Professor Kai Bongs
Kai Bongs is director of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology and he leads the Midlands Ultra cold Atom Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Hannover 1999. His current area of research focuses on cold atom quantum sensors and quantum gas mixtures. Within the UK National Quantum technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology, he in particular drives the translation of gravity sensors and ultra-precise clocks into technology and applications in climate, communications, energy, transport and urban development.
"Quantum sensors for inertial navigation - challenges and opportunities"
Professor Kai Bongs

University of Birmingham

Professor Paul Newman
Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford and an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He heads the Mobile Robotics Group ( ) within the Department of Engineering Science which enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy - developing machines, robots and cars which map, navigate through and understand their environments. His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. The Mobile Robotics Group has developed a keen focus on intelligent transport for example the RobotCar and enjoys collaborations with many industrial partners which provide exploitation opportunities to drive the research. In 2014 he founded Oxbotica - a spinout company focussed on Robotics and Autonomous Systems - and was elected fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering with a citation for outstanding contributions to robot navigation.
"Mobile Autonomy a Pervasive Technology: From Self Driving Cars to Mars. Why Robotics Matters"
Professor Paul Newman

University of Oxford

Mr Nick James
Nick James received his degree from the University of Bristol in 1983. Following university he joined the then Marconi Research Laboratory (now the BAE Systems Applied Intelligence Laboratory) to work on high-speed digital satellite modems for commercial communications networks. This work evolved into the development of the high performance ground station signal processing systems which are now responsible for providing the data products which are used to navigate deep-space spacecraft. Nick is internationally recognized in the field of high-performance space tracking and communications systems. He was the chief designer of the IFMS system which is currently used as the primary means of communicating with and tracking ESA’s deep-space spacecraft and is now the Lead Engineer for its successor programme, the TTCP. The IFMS and TTCP are Software Defined Radios which are deployed at all European Space Agency (ESA) ground stations and they provide telemetry, telecommand, and radio location services to spacecraft. This equipment is essential to ESA’s spacecraft operations This work led to the presentation of the RAeS Silver Team Award in 2011. He is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Chartered Engineer and a BAE Systems Global Engineering Fellow. Outside of his professional role he is an author of astronomy books and a science communicator with many publications and public lectures given in the UK and internationally. He is also a Council Member of the British Astronomical Association and Director of its Comet section. He also chases the Moon’s umbral shadow, an activity which requires very accurate navigation, and has so far seen 13 total solar eclipses.
"Deep-space navigation"
Mr Nick James

TTCP lead engineer, BAE Systems AI Labs

Professor Ross Anderson
Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University. He has well-known publications on many technical security topics including hardware tamper-resistance, emission security, and the protection of utility metering and goods vehicle tachographs. Ross was also a seminal contributor to the idea of peer-to-peer systems and an inventor of the AES finalist encryption algorithm "Serpent". He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the IET and the IMA, and was the 2015 winner of the Lovelace Medal, the UK's top award in computing. He wrote the standard textbook "Security Engineering - a Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems".
"Who will get to program our cars, and how?"
Professor Ross Anderson

University of Cambridge, Security Engineering

Dr Suresh Kibe
Dr. Suresh V. Kibe has over 44 years’ experience in Satellite Communication and Satellite Navigation He led the GNSS team in the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1993 to 2010. He was responsible for establishing the Indian Satellite based Augmentation System GAGAN which has been certified by the Indian Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA) for APV-1 standard of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). He chaired the Signals Committee of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) from 2006 to 2009. He was invited by the DG,ESA as an International Fellow in GNSS at ESTEC in 1996. He was invited by the Administrator NASA to be an International Member of the PNT Advisory board for GPS from 2007 – 2011. He chaired the second meeting of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) held in Bangalore in Sept.2007 He has filed an International patent on Use of Low Density Parity Check Convolutional codes (LDPCCC) FEC in GNSS data structure on 27.08.10. He retired from Govt. service in early 2011 and since then has been a technical consultant in Satellite Communication and GNSS to EC, Korea etc. He has several technical publications in IEEE Trans. Communication , IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits, IEEE Trans in Instrumentation etc. He has contributed extensively to the ITU=R WP-4C and UN OOSA publications on GNSS.
"Developments and Advances on GNSS in India"
Dr Suresh Kibe

GNSS India

Professor Kate Jeffery
Kate Jeffery is a neuroscientist researching how the brain makes an internal representation of space, the so-called "cognitive map", which it can use for navigation. She studied medicine originally, and as a student became interested in the question of how the brain makes "knowledge" using neurons. After qualification she embarked upon a research career to investigate this question by studying the activity of a class of brain cells called place cells, which seem to form the core of a place-knowledge system used for both navigation and memory. Her current research focuses on how the brain represents complex space, with a particular focus on two main issues: three dimensional space, and the internal “sense of direction”. She heads the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL, and is co-director of the electrophysiology company Axona Ltd, which makes high-density recording systems for ---------behavioural neuroscientists. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, the British Psychological Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation, and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.
"Three-dimensional thinking: from rats to humans, via Klingons"
Professor Kate Jeffery

University College London, Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Frank van Diggelen
Frank van Diggelen is a pioneer of Assisted-GNSS (A-GNSS). He is the inventor of coarse-time GNSS navigation, and co-inventor of extended ephemeris for A-GNSS; techniques which are now industry standards. He holds over 90 issued patents on A-GNSS. He is the author "A-GPS" the first textbook on Assisted GNSS. Frank has been doing Navigation his entire career. At age 19 he was a navigation officer in the South African Navy before going on to college. He has worked on GNSS for Ashtech, Magellan, Global Locate, and Broadcom. He is now a Principal Engineer at Google where he leads the Android Location & Context group.
Van Diggelen is also a passionate teacher. He is a consulting professor at Stanford University; and is co-instructor of a free-online GPS course, offered through Stanford University and Coursera. In its first release this course attracted over 30,000 registrants from 192 countries. Frank obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Cambridge University, England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation, and recipient of both the Thurlow and Kepler awards of the ION.
"Much more than lat,lon: a guided adventure through location in Android"
Dr Frank van Diggelen

Google, Principal Engineer

Mr Francisco Rispoli
He joined Ansaldo STS in 2011, to contribute to the company’s development plans for introducing satellite-based train control systems. Since then is co-ordinating the European railways projects with ESA, GSA and ERSAT, the Pilot Line initiative with RFI (Italian Railways Infrastructure Manager). He is leading the European Railways working group on satellite applications in the frame of the Next Generation Train Control project and as board’s director of Galileo Services, is leading the GNSS working group on rail applications. By 2015 has been appointed director general of Radiolabs, the University-Industry consortium for GNSS and Telecommunication research. From 2005 till 2011 he was with Telespazio as chief new initiatives where co-ordinated a working group with RZD (Russian railways operator) to introduce GNSS applications in the Russian railways. By 1983 to 2005 he was with Alenia Spazio as vice president of multimedia unit and director general of EuroSkyWay. From 1980 to 1983 he worked in Contraves in the antenna laboratory. He is graduated in Electronic engineering (Polytechnic of Turin, 1978) and holds a post-graduate Master in Applied Electromagnetism from University la Sapienza Roma in 1980. In 2012 he was awarded the Finmeccanica Innovation Prize and the Italian Prize of Prize with a GNSS application for trains.
"GNSS - the game changer for competitive train control systems"
Mr Francisco Rispoli

Manager Satellite Technology Ansaldo STS

Professor Terry Moore
Professor Terry Moore is Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) at the University of Nottingham; where he is the Professor of Satellite Navigation. 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 the Senior 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.
"Where next for Satellite Navigation and Positioning?"
Professor Terry Moore

NGI, Director of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute

Mr Peter Lee
Peter Lee is considered to be one of the world's leading drones and robotics lawyers; advising many operators, manufacturers and end users of unmanned systems on a wide variety of regulatory and legal matters. He writes, often speaks at conferences and has appeared as an unmanned systems subject matter expert in the national and international press - in the recent past he has been interviewed by CNN, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 4's Today programme, BBC Radio 5 Live, the Independent on Sunday, Wired magazine and the Financial Times. He was recently an expert witness at the UK House of Lords' enquiry into the civil use of drones.
"Navigating the Legal Landscape"
Mr Peter Lee



from the International Navigation Conference

Read what delegates, speakers and exhibitors have said about previous International Navigation Conferences:

"INC16 was superb, and a highlight on the Navigation calendar. Excellent keynotes and a diverse mix of speakers, combined with tremendous networking opportunities, make this a must-attend event. The International Navigation Conference is rapidly becoming the most important navigation event this side of the Atlantic."
Michael Jones

Roke Manor Research

"A fascinating gathering of navigation experts and professionals. INC15 was a great opportunity. I was very pleased I was able to attend."
Mr Dana Goward

Resilient Navigation & Timing Foundation, USA

"Once again INC does not disappoint. Excellent questions on big topics, from ships to cars to planes. Such a pleasure to attend and an honour to be invited to share thoughts."
Professor Paul Newman

University of Oxford

"INC brings together experts from both the navigation and timing communities. It is an excellent platform to debate issues relating to GNSS vulnerabilities and eLoran as an alternative for Position Navigation & Timing technology."
Prof Charles Curry

Managing Director, Chronos Technology Ltd

"Interesting themes with keynote speakers contributing to discussion and reflection amongst the delegates, looking forward to the next event."
Lt Cdr Odd Sveinung Hareide

Royal Norwegian Naval Academy

"INC2016 provided a wonderful opportunity to see navigation problems being solved by a variety of technologies, and to explore ways in which these could be integated with human cognition to help solve the navigation challenges of the future. "
Kate Jeffery

Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience

"With a calendar crowded by conferences, it's hard to know which to attend. RIN INC stands out with its combination of high quality technical presentations and wide ranging topics by invited speakers. From how your brain navigates, to how to land on a comet, and many interesting topics in between. This conference is on my must-attend list."
Dr. Frank van Diggelen


"INC 2016 was conducted professionally. The conference papers covered a variety of topics on GNSS and its applications. I enjoyed networking with GNSS experts"
Dr.S V Kibe

GNSS India


Our Partners/Sponsors for this event

The RIN is extremely grateful to the following organisations who generously offered their support to INC 2016:


Exhibitors at INC2016

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Supporters of INC2016

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