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SEP-OCT 2018

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by Vicki Speed 24 InsideGNSS S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 WEBINAR RECAP » BEYOND GNSS sponsored by SPIRENT » BEYOND GNSS: A SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS—TESTING SOLUTIONS FOR AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND ROBOTICS T hese topics and more were first addressed in the July 25 Webinar and Virtual Workshop: "Beyond GNSS: A System of Systems. Testing Solutions for Autonomous Vehicles and Robotics." Sponsored by Spirent, Inside GNSS and Inside Unmanned Systems, an expert panel discussed the state- of-the-art and science around testing solutions for autono- mous vehicles and robotics. THE THOUGHT LEADERS Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, a faculty member of the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Department at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, served as moderator for the webinar which included Dr. Chaminda Basnayake, Principal Engineer, Market Development at Locata Corporation Pty. Ltd.; Curtis Hay, a Technical Fellow at General Motors (GM), Matthew Spenko, an associate professor in the Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), as guest panelists. As faculty at IIT, Spenko's research is focused in ro- botics with an emphasis on mobility in challenging en- vironments and navigational safety. GM's Hay develops precise GNSS and map technology to enable safe and reli- able operation of Level 2+ autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining GM, he served eight years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force where he developed GPS technology for preci- sion weapons, performed satellite launch planning, and managed the GPS Accuracy Improvement Initiative. Dr. Basnayake's concentrates his expertise on enabling seam- less machine automation, autonomous driving, asset tracking, and other applications with Locata. With an emphasis on ground vehicle PNT, the panelists spotlighted the algorithms and reliability issues associated Trust, integrity and safety are common words whenever we talk about autonomous vehicles. Automotive manufacturers, software companies and sensor makers are just part of the big puzzle at- tempting to bring us down the path to safe, driverless cars.

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