Promoting Galileo in South East Asia - an interview with European GNSS Agency of Dr. Ta Hai Tung Print Email

From left to right: Dr. Ta Hai Tung, Dr. Gabriella Povero, and GSA's reporter

During the European Space Solutions in Prague, Czech Republic, 11-14 June 2014. Dr. Ta Hai Tung has been interviewed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) for the activities and the roles of the NAVIS Centre in the South East Asia (SEA) region. The interview, which was just released on the website of GSA, was a good opportunity to introduce not only the Centre itself, but also its capabilities, as well as its readiness to be the bridge between Europe and SEA in the field of GNSS, in particular the European GNSS system - Galileo.
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Promoting Galileo in South East Asia


Based in Hanoi, Vietnam the International Centre for R&D of Satellite Navigation Technology in South East Asia (NAVIS) is on a mission to give satellite navigation technology – particularly Galileo – a boost in the region. To learn more, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently caught up with Navis Director Dr. Ta Hai Tung.

NAVIS’ mission is to act as a linking entity between Europe and South East

NAVIS’ Dr. Ta Hai Tung Galileo’s civil nature makes it an attractive option for South East Asia.

NAVIS’ Dr. Ta Hai Tung Galileo’s civil nature makes it an attractive option for South East Asia.

Asia within the GNSS sector. Specifically, it aims to promote cooperation between EU and South East Asian actors, promote European GNSS technology, and reinforce international collaboration among players.

To achieve this, the NAVIS Centre is conducting research, training and awareness initiatives in collaboration with a growing network of international institutions from Asia-Pacific and Europe. NAVIS also provides support to regional policy makers on GNSS technical issues relating to the development of regulations and standards.

The GSA recently caught up with NAVIS Director Dr. Ta Hai Tung to learn more.

GSA: What is the main focus of your work at the NAVIS Centre?

Tung: Our core function is to develop satellite navigation in South East Asia. Of course doing this involves numerous actors, not only from the Asia-Pacific region, but Europe too. Together we are conducting ongoing research and coordinating workshops and conferences that give these actors an opportunity to come together and share their findings.
In fact, since 2012, together with other partners, we have been actively involved in organizing the Asia-Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS (AORW), which is an annual key event in the region. The previous one, held in Hanoi in December 2013, attracted 160 participants from 17 countries. The next edition, AORW-6, will be in Phuket, Thailand from 9 to 11 October 2014.

What kind of results is your research producing?

A major milestone for us happened last year when we became the first in Asia to make a Galileo fix. This accomplishment earned us a commemorative certificate from the European Space Agency (ESA).

In addition, we are very active in developing regional GNSS systems and supporting companies and governments in their satellite navigation actions. In this sense, we serve as a bridge between European GNSS and South East Asia.

Why the focus on Galileo?

Since 2004, our main focus has been promoting Galileo and its benefits to South East Asia. This is important because, as a region, we lack our own satellite navigation capabilities and thus will depend on other national or regional systems.

There’s a lot of competition coming from Russia, China and Japan – each looking to tie South East Asia to their GNSS system. However, the majority of these systems are military based or controlled, which of course raises concerns for us. This is what makes Galileo so attractive, it is being developed and will be operated as a civilian programme.

Do you have a sense of how the South East Asian GNSS market looks?

The potential here is substantial. From my visits with regional companies, there is significant interest in satellite navigation. In fact, the Vietnamese government has recently issued a regulation that requires all vehicles used to transport passengers or goods to be equipped with ‘black boxes’ capable of relaying data – which will come from GNSS technology.

Many of these local technology companies are looking for suitable providers, but tend to look towards US/Japan/China companies instead of European ones. Our job is to be here, on the ground, letting companies know of the many benefits that Europe – and Galileo – have to offer.

The International Centre for Research and Development of Satellite Navigation Technology in South East Asia – the NAVIS Centre – has been set up by the SEAGAL project (2009-2010), an action co-funded by the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, Call GALILEO-2007-4.3-01, Grant Agreement No. 228061. The collaboration between Europe and NAVIS is still going on thanks to the Growing NAVIS project (2012-2015), co-funded by the Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission, Call GALILEO .2011.4.3-1 International Cooperation and Awareness, Grant Agreement No. 287203.
The NAVIS Centre is located in the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and is managed in agreement with the following supporting institutions: Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (Italy), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain) and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam).


First Announcement of Workshop: GNSS: Status, Applications and Future in South East Asia Print Email

GNSS: Status, Applications and Future in South East Asia

Monday, 6th October 2014

Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT)

Ho Chi Minh City campus

11 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Satellite navigation is nowadays a pervasive technology with a relevant impact in many fields: from transport and logistics to security and meteorology. The workshop is a good opportunity to meet experts from Vietnam and the European Union to discuss about this technology and the applications that are going to change our daily life. The workshop is intended for technicians, researchers and students. The first part of the workshop will provide the audience with an introduction on the Global Navigation Satellite Systems – GNSS, with a focus on the European system Galileo. The second part will be dedicated to the most important and promising GNSS applications: from road and transportations to wheatear forecast and meteorology. The focus will be on South East Asia, where all the satellite navigation systems are available: the so called Multi-GNSS.

The workshop is organized by Growing NAVIS, a European funded project, in collaboration with the Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technologyand the NAVIS Centre.

If you are interested to present you activity in the field of satellite navigation, you can propose a presentation sending an e-mail with the subject of your presentation and a short abstract at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Participation in the workshop is free. You are kindly requested to register for the workshop no later than September 15th 2014. Register here.

NAVIS: The NAVIS Collaboration Centre is located in the premises of Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Vietnam. The Centre aims to cover the entire South-East Asian region. Its mission is to act as linking entity between Europe and South East Asia in the field of GNSS. NAVIS aims to ease cross-links between EU and South-East Asia actors to promote European Global Navigation Satellite System.

G-NAVIS: Growing NAVIS is a FP7 project funded by the European Union/European GNSS Agency. It aims to exploit the potential of the NAVIS centre. G-NAVIS supports the growth of the NAVIS Collaboration Centre enhancing its technical and research capabilities and extending its links in South East Asia and Europe for a better cooperation with Europe, European institutions and possibly European companies.

Posts and telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT) - an university of Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communication - was established in 1997 and has been recognized as one of the best universities in Vietnam. Its goal is to supply enterprises competent and qualified human resources in the field of Information-Communication Technology. PTIT is aimed to become a ranking multi-disciplinary sector university in the region and the world, an R&D center integrated with the education and science community, a reliable partner for cooperation and investment committed to the modernization and industrialization of Vietnam.


Ho Chi Minh City Workshop

6th October 2014

Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology (PTIT)

Ho Chi Minh City campus

11 Nguyen Dinh Chieu, Dakao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Draft Agenda




Welcome speech

Session 1 – Fundamentals on GNSS


The Growing NAVIS project - Gabriella Povero and Ta Hai Tung

Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (Italy) - NAVIS Centre (Vietnam)


Fundamentals on GNSS – Gabriella Povero

Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (Italy)


Introduction to Differential GNSS – Jaume Sanz Subirana

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya


Coffee break









Session 2 – Applications & Future


GNSS in the Road Domain: an App for Mobile Phones UFC + HUST (with Demo?)


GNSS Meteorology from ships as moving platforms – Stefan Junker

Universität der Bundeswehr München (Germany)




Precise Positioning Demonstration; or Galileo Signal Decoding Campaign (mainly for students, to be defined)


Coffe Break


Introduction to the Galileo system Polito/ISMB


Evolution of GNSS Systems: towards Multi-GNSS – NAVIS?


Wrap up and Conclusions

NAVIS is certified by ESA as one of the first 50 users of the Galileo system Print Email

NAVIS Centre has been officially certified by ESA as one of the first 50 institutions that have acquired position fixes using solely available Galileo satellites, among 3 in Asia (together with Japan and China) and being the only one in South East Asia. The campaign was carried out in March 2013, when all four Galileo satellites travelled over Hanoi, Vietnam.

The position fixes were calculated using NAVISOFT Receiver – a fully software receiver developed by NAVIS Centre, can operate with GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou. NAVISOFT can either operate in single system mode, GPS+Galileo mode in realtime. The receier is developed on Windows environment.

The recognition is one of the important milestones not only for NAVIS’s Software RX Team, but also for NAVIS Centre itself.

Galileo is a GNSS currently being built by the EU and ESA, for civilian use only. So far, four In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites have been launched and operational, named PFM, FM2, FM3 and FM4. For more information on Galileo’s build up, please visit the ESA Navigation website at

Director of NAVIS among the top 10 Young Scientists 2013 in Vietnam Print Email

Dr. Tung is receiving gift from Her Excellency Mrs. Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice-President of Vietnam at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

“Golden Globe Awards” is an annual national award which is given in Vietnam to 10 young distinguished scientists (under 35) for their achievements in science and technology. The awards, first presented in 2003, are overseen by Vietnam Youth Union and Ministry of Science and Technology. The 10th Golden Globe Awards this year have been given to 10 scientists working in the fields of ICT, medicine & pharmacy, biology, and environment. Dr. Ta Hai Tung, Director of the NAVIS Centre, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, who started his sudies in Satellite Navigation in Torino as PhD student associated with the NavSAS group, is one of the 10 winners. He got the prize for his achievements in the development of satellite navigation in Vietnam. Although the Golden Globe Awards are a recognition granted to individuals, Dr. Tung considers that his success is strongly related to the intense international collaboration and capacity building actions which have been conducted troughout these years with international partners, especially Politecnico di Torino and ISMB. With them Dr. Tung and his team in the NAVIS Centre are continuing to promote RTD activities in the field of satellite navigation with a particular focus on Vietnam and South East Asia.

Dr. Tung was receiving award from Mr. Nguyen Quan - Minister of Science and Technology (right), and Mr. Nguyen Dac Vinh – First Secretary of the Vietnam Youth Union (left) in the ceremony organized at Hanoi Opera House on 23 December 2013.


Review of the 5th Asian-Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS Print Email

Dec 1-3, 2013, the 5th Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS was successfully organized at Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

On Dec 2nd, 2013, Mr. Tran Quoc Khanh - Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, His Excellency Mr. Franz Jessen - Ambassador of EU delegation in Vietnam, Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Canh Luong, HUST Vice President remarked their welcome speeches to open the workshop, together with the presence of Dr. Masanori Homma, Executive Chief Engineer of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and other representatives.

The workshop was jointly organized by Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Satellite Positioning Research and Application Center (SPAC), QZS System Services Inc. (QSS) and EU-FP7 Growing NAVIS project, and supported by United Nations International Committee on GNSS (ICG) and International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Service (IGS).

The Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS is one of two most important events on space technology in the Asia - Pacific region which have been annually organized by JAXA, as part of Asia Oceania Multi-GNSS Demonstration Campaign promoted by Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA)

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Canh Luong, HUST Vice President remarked "HUST is one of the leading engineering universities in Vietnam, which have emphasized on training, scientific and international cooperation in the area of GNSS. The establishment of International Collaboration Center for R&D Navigation Technology in South East Asia (so called NAVIS) in 2010, which is the fruitful result of cooperation between HUST and European Union partners, has been creating the clearest evidence. With the incentive achievement of NAVIS center, HUST will focus on investing for further development and make our best effort to assist NAVIS to become one of the international research centers, a reliable partner in GNSS research cooperation in Asia and Oceania".

He also believed that the hosting of this regional workshop would create favorable conditions for HUST lecturers, students to understand and exchange with the researchers in the world on the information and application solution in GNSS in Vietnam.

The three-day workshop attracted the participation of 200 managers, scientists from international organizations, government agencies, companies, universities and research institutes which have an interest in the utilization of Multi-GNSS.


54 papers of GNSS activities were reported, and the detail plans of future demonstration experiments presented and discussed. The participants shared information about the latest trend of Multi-GNSS and new system of GPS of the United States, Beidou of China, Glonass Russia and the Galileo of Europe and some regional navigation systems like Japan's QZSS , IRNSS of India which promise to open up more developing services with high accuracy and reliability.

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