Tutorial: Positioning, Navigation and Timing for Information Superiority: From Foundation to Operation

  • Room: Granby D
Tuesday, November 12, 2019: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Speaker (confirmed)
Andrea Conti, Ph.D.
Department of Engineering (DE) and CNIT
University of Ferrara
Speaker (confirmed)
Moe Win, Ph.D.
Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics
MIT Institute for Data, Systems and Society


Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: Network+

The availability of real-time, high-accuracy positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) is essential for situational awareness and information superiority. Current and future military applications, which rely on PNT include narrow-beam communications, multi-target tracking, autonomous fleet, and sensor networks. For example, PNT enables warfighters to operate amidst GPS-denied and GPS-spoofing situations commonly encountered in contested battlespaces. The coming years will see the implementation of PNT in challenging environments with sub-meter accuracy and minimal infrastructure requirements as the 5G ecosystem evolves.

Topics covered will include fundamental bounds, cooperative algorithms, operation strategies, and network experimentation to provide researchers and practitioners with a rigorous, yet concise treatment of PNT. Fundamental bounds serve as performance benchmark and provide blueprint for network design. Cooperative algorithms are pivotal for drastic performance improvements with respect to traditional non-cooperative positioning. To harness these benefits, system designers must develop efficient operation strategies. Network experimentation is essential to compare different cooperative algorithms under common settings. Specific examples will be provided to illustrate how these aspects can benefit the design of next generation PNT systems, which will give warfighters a tactical advantage.


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Approved for 3 CompTIA CEUs: Network+