The course material covered, begins with fundamentals of navigation for versatility and robustness, showing intuitive connections of mathematics to physical examples, followed by a natural transition to advanced topics. Addressing navigation and tracking challenges, practical realities are given top priority, by delivering maximum effectiveness from simplest permissible representations. This course will enable designers to extract maximum benefit from available sensors, however extravagant or austere they may be, at every instant of time throughout a mission. Administrators will be empowered to recognize what is achievable from any given array of equipment — without the common excessive dependence on GPS. The course will show methods capable of producing dramatic performance improvements, without which the challenges facing the industry today won’t be met.
By attending this seminar, you will be able to identify and explain:
This course will be of interest primarily to engineers and/or managers responsible for recommending, designing, or validating (by simulation, bench test, field test, or system test) sensors or software using the chosen array of sensors for navigation or tracking.
Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, physics or mathematics. Familiarity with matrix math is helpful, but not necessary.
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.
James L. Farrell, Ph.D. is a former ION Air Nav Representative, senior member of IEEE, a former local board member of AIAA, and a registered professional engineer in Maryland. Technical experience includes teaching appointments at Marquette and UCLA, two years each at Minneapolis Honeywell and Bendix-Pacific plus 31 years at Westinghouse in design, simulation, and validation/test for modern estimation algorithms in navigation and tracking applications. He is author of Integrated Aircraft Navigation (1976) plus GNSS Aided Navigation and Tracking (2007), as well as chapters in books edited by C.T. Leondes and Cary Spitzer. He was a columnist for Washington Technology, and has written over a hundred manuscripts (GPSWorld InsideGNSS columns and journal or conference papers for IoN AIAA IEEE. Active in RTCA (Washington D.C.) for years, he served as co-chairman of Working Group #5 (Fault Detection and Isolation) of SC-159 for GPS Integrity. He has continued his teaching (on University campus as well as both industry and conference seminars), while consulting for DOD, private industry, and University research. His 25-page GPS/inertial section appears in an update of Parkinson/Spilker, GPS Theory and Applications (1996); the updated edition is scheduled to appear in 2019.