NAVIS visits Torino for ICL-GNSS 2013 and G-NAVIS midterm review Print Email

From 25 June to 3 July 2013, the representative of NAVIS, Dr. Ta Hai Tung, visited Torino, Italia for the International Conference on Localization and GNSS (ICL-GNSS 2013); the mid-term review of the Growing NAVIS project; as well as several research exchange activities with the NAVSAS laboratory at ISMB.

Dr. Tung was presenting at the ICL-GNSS 2013

At the ICL-GNSS 2013, Dr. Tung presented a paper titled: "Recent results in receiving and decoding signals from the Beidou system" co-authored with Truong Minh Duc, Tran Thanh Trung and Nguyen Dinh Thuan. The paper presents the research results of NAVIS on Chinese Beidou Navigation System, which has just broadcasted services to users in Asian - Pacific region since December 2012. At this moment, outside China, there are not mass-market Beidou receivers. The paper will be soon available on the IEEE Xplorer.

After the ICL-GNSS 2013, Dr. Tung also attended the midterm-review of the Growing NAVIS project. During the session, all WP leaders of the project presented the results in the first half of the project's life. Ms. Justyna REDELKIEWICZ MUSIAL, the representative of European GNSS Agency, also attended the review over teleconference from Prague. The review was succesful, which showed the quality of the acitivities carried on by the Growing NAVIS consortium. NAVIS, as a focal point of the project, will surely grow up with those results.

Discussions on research cooperations at ISMB

A part from the conference and the review, Dr. Tung also took the opportunity to have several important discussions with NAVSAS group at ISMB, and especially with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of European Commission. Some important discussions with NAVSAS and JRC were conducted, which promise a fruitful research cooperations on satellite navigation among NAVIS, NAVSAS and JRC, especially in the field of ionospheric monitoring, which is now catching the great attention of the GNSS community. Located near the equator where the ionosphere anomaly is visible and not well understood, NAVIS can play an important role in doing research in this field.


NAVIS at SCOSA-24, Tagaytay, the Philippines Print Email

Participants from ASEAN member states of SOCSA-24

In 20-21 May 2013, Dr. TA Hai Tung attended the 24th Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Space Technology and Application (SCOSA) in Tagaytay City, the Philippines. The Sub-Committee belongs to the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST), which also held the 65th Meeting (ASEAN COST-65) from 20-25 May 2013 at the same place.

During the SCOSA-24, Dr. Tung presented the activities of the NAVIS Centre, and expressed the willingness of the Centre to cooperate with SCOSA in the field of satellite navigation. Also, on behalf of the Growing NAVIS consortium, Dr. Tung introduced to all participants from ASEAN member states the Summer School on Multi-GNSS Environment for Sustainable Development, which will be held in Hoi An City from 8-13 September 2013.

The SCOSA appreciated the activites of NAVIS and promised to support G-NAVIS in promoting the Summer School in ASEAN countries.

Summer School on Multi-GNSS Environment for Sustainable Development, Hoi An, Sep 9-13, 2013 Print Email

A one-week Summer School entitled “Multi-GNSS environment for sustainable development” will be organized in Vietnam in September 2013 in the framework of the activities of G-NAVIS, a project co-funded by the EU in the FP7.

The School will be held in Hoi An (a UNESCO world heritage city near Da Nang), Vietnam, from 9 to 13 September 2013, but the opening will take place the evening of Sunday 8 September.

The Summer School is intended for researchers, technicians, PhD students, Public and private decision makers who operate in GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, COMPASS) and RNSS (QZSS, GAGAN, etc.) related fields and are willing to increase their knowledge on GNSS.

In order to participate in the school, working and/or study experience in GNSS related activities is requested.

The school is organized by the G-NAVIS Consortium, which is constituted by the following Institutions: Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (Italy) acting as coordinator, Politecnico di Torino (Italy), Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain), Université de Franche-Comté (France), Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen (Germany), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam), Asia Institute of Technology (Thailand), National Science and Technology Development Agency (Thailand), Agensi Angkasa Negara (Malaysia), University of New South Wales (Australia).

Experts form these institutions and possibly from other relevant Agencies will provide the instructors for the School.

The activities:

  • Technical sessions are intended for attendants with a solid technical knowledge of GNSS and will provide information on different important topics of GNSS with technical details and insight.
  • Introduction to GNSS sessions are intended for attendants that are somehow familiar with GNSS related activities, but have less specific background on GNSS technology and are willing to brush up their expertise on different aspects of the use of GNSS.
  • Working groups.
  • Industry presentations and applications (ITS, maritime, rail, LBS, remote sensing, timing etc.).
  • Presentation of the results of working groups.

“Technical sessions” and “Introduction to GNSS” sessions will be conducted in parallel ad attendants have to choose, in the application stage, which group of lectures they are willing to attend.

The total number of attendees will be limited to 25-30 people. The number of participants in each group will be at most 20. The Growing NAVIS Project will fund the participation of one participant from the following countries: Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, and Singapore. In order to enroll to the summer school perspective participants have to fill the on line form available at:  

The application period is from 20 March 2013 to  15 June 2013.

Selection process will take place from 16 June to 30 June.

From 1 July successful applicants will be notified.

Successful applicants have to confirm their participation by e-mail and pay within 15 days a 100 Euro not refundable fee to the NAVIS Centre. This fee will be however deducted from the costs (accommodation, meals, etc.) that will be charged to the participants. Participants supported by the G-NAVIS Project (as specified below) will have the enrollment fee reimbursed during the school. If the 100 Euro fee is not received by the NAVIS Centre in due time by a selected applicant, he/she will be dismissed and another possible applicant in reserve list will be contacted for participation in the school.

For the selection process, applicants will be screened against the following criteria:

  • Working/study experience in GNSS related activities
  • Education background in GNSS related fields

The selection will however consider also the following criteria:

  • Allow, if possible, the participation of attendees form all the ASEAN Member States;
  • Allow, if possible, participation from other Countries.

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First Galileo-only position fix in Asia at NAVIS Print Email

News on GPSWorld and InsideGNSS magazines:

On March 27, 2013, the four In-Orbit Validation Galileo satellites (PFM, FM2, FM3, FM4) were visible at the same time in the sky of Hanoi, Vietnam for nearly two hours (from 2:15 to 4:00 GMT) while transmitting a valid navigation message.

Figure 1. Positions obtained by only Galileo E1 Open Service
(the antenna is located at the roof of the Ta Quang Buu library building inside HUST campus)

It was then possible for the research team of the NAVIS Centre at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) to compute successfully the first Galileo-only position fix in the Region.

In Figure 1 the obtained positions are depicted on top of the roof of the NAVIS Centre, were the antenna used to receive the signals is located (latitude = 21°00’16.69” N, Longitude = 105°50’37.90” E, height = 35,2 meters).

Figure 2. Skyplot of the satellites of the GPS and Galileo systems at the time of the campaign

In Figure 2 the position of the four Galileo satellites and of 12 GPS satellites at time of acquisition is depicted, while in Figures 3 the acquisition results of the four Galileo IOV satellites are reported.

Comparison of the position computed using only Galileo, only GPS or both systems together is also presented in Figure 4. It should be noted that during the campaign, the data demodulation process reports that the Galileo system announces the "navigation data valid" status for PFM and FM3, meanwhile the "working without guarantee" for FM2 and FM4.

Figure 4. Position computed when using GPS only, Galileo only, or GPS+Galileo




The Rector of Politecnico di Torino, Prof. Marco Gilli, visits HUST and NAVIS Print Email

Prof. Nguyen Trong Giang - President of Hanoi University of Science and Technology and Prof. Marco Gilli - Rector of Politecnico di Torino (Italia) - have signed the MOU of the two universities
(photo courtersy of HUST's CCPR)

On March 12, 2013, the delegation of Politecnico di Torino (Italia) led by the Rector Prof. Marco Gilli has visited Hanoi University of Science and Technology and NAVIS. The Politecnido di Torino was established in 1859, since then the University has been ranked as the No. 1 and Top 10 technical university in Italia and Europe respectively. Politecnico di Torino (Polito) and Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) has a long time partnership for more than a decade. Through the fruitful cooperation activities between the two universities in the framework of EU-FP7 projects since 2004, the NAVIS Centre was established in 2010 and was upgraded to the "international joint research centre" model supported directly by the Polito and the HUST in December 2012. Following this model, the NAVIS Centre has the co-director policy with Prof. Gustavo Belforte (Polito) and Dr. Ta Hai Tung (HUST) being the international co-director and Vietnamese director of the Centre respectively.

After a year in the new management, NAVIS has had several important achievements in scientific/technological activities as well as in international cooperations.

To strengthen the cooperation, during the visit, the two universities have signed the MOU on double degree PhD programs to pave the way for young researchers and students of HUST and Polito to join the high quality PhD programs with the possibility of obtaining the degrees of both universities.

After the signing ceremony, the delegation visited NAVIS and was impressed by the preliminary results of the researchers and students of NAVIS.

 Prof. Marco Gilli was visiting the labs of NAVIS

Prof. Marco Gilli with NAVIS researchers and students

The delegation also paid a visit to the MICA Institute, another successful example of the "international joint research centre" model of HUST.

During the stay in Vietnam, the delegation of Polito also visited Ministry of Education and Training, and Ministry of Science and Technology to discuss the possibilities to improve the cooperation in education and research activities between Italia and Vietnam in general; and among Polito and Vietnamese universities in particular. The delegation also spent a short trip to Ha Long bay, a UNESCO World Heritage in Quang Ninh province.

Mr. Tran Viet Thanh - Vice Minister of Science and Technology - received the delegation of Politecnico di Torino

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