AI and Navigation

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Join the Location SIG for their next webinar as they explore the challenging development of autonomous vehicles in their next event 'AI and Navigation’

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    Join the CW Location SIG as they explore the challenging development of autonomous vehicles in their next webinar 'AI and Navigation'.

    The development of autonomous vehicles has faced huge challenges, both technological and legal. Arguably, no other area of positioning has had quite the same attention as that of unmanned vehicles over the last ten years.

    The use of multiple sources of positioning data together requires a deep understanding of the expected error distributions and failures. A positioning algorithm needs to combine both absolute and relative position data with other specific features: speed, proximity to other objects, etc. But when the information comes from outside our system, how do we make the best use of it? How do we weigh up the benefits of sharing data with the risks?

    Delivered in collaboration with the Royal Institute for Navigation and the KTN this webinar is free to all, but registration is essential.

    You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWLocation.

    Delivered in collaboration with KTN

    The KTN is the UK'S innovation network. Connecting for Positive Change

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    Delivered in collaboration with Royal Institute of Navigation

    The Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) is a learned society with charitable status and aims to advance the art, science and practice of navigation.

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    Welcome from our Chair Welcome & Introduction from our Chair and Event Partner: Bob Cockshott, Positioning, Navigation, Timing and Quantum, KTN and CW Location SIG Champion


    Welcome from our Event Partner The Royal Institute of Navigation: John Pottle, Director, Royal Institute of Navigation


    Luis Barreto, Senior Engineering Director, Five AI

    'How a self-driving car localises itself - the challenges and opportunities'


    Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist, Google

    'The Man in the Box - personal reflections on navigating the hype curve?'

    Ed will address how AI is actually used in navigation today, its potential and inflated expectations.


    Panel session for all speakers, chaired by Ben Tarlow, Qualcomm Technologies International and CW Location SIG Champion


    Closing remarks and the session ends


    Luis Barreto - Engineering Director, Five AI

    Luis is Senior Engineering Director at Five AI (acquired by Bosch) where for the last 5 years he has focused on development of autonomous vehicles tech. Formerly Product Director at Neul (acquired by Huawei) and led various R&D programs in the semi-conductor industry (Nokia, Renesas, Broadcom). Luis is a firm believer in the opportunities enabled by Deep tech, and the innovation and delivery power of a focused engineering team.

    Ed Parsons - Geospatial Technologist, Google

    Ed Parsons is Google’s Geospatial Technologist, with responsibility for evangelising Google’s mission to organise the world’s information using geography. In this role he maintains links with Governments, Universities, Research and Standards Organisations which are involved in the development of Geospatial Technology. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Geospatial Consortium and was co-chair of the W3C/OGC Spatial Data on the Web Working Group. He also represents Google at the EMTEL committee of ETSI developing geospatial solutions for emergency telecommunications.He is a Visiting Professor at University College London and has been an industry advisor to a number of international universities. Ed is based in Google’s London office, and anywhere else he can plug in his laptop. Ed was the first Chief Technology Officer in the 200-year-old history of Ordnance Survey, and was instrumental in moving the focus of the organisation from mapping to Geographical Information. He came to the Ordnance Survey from Autodesk, where he was EMEA Applications Manager for the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Division. He earned a Masters degree in Applied Remote Sensing from Cranfield Institute of Technology, holds a Honorary Doctorate in Science from Kingston University, London. and is a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society, and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

    SIG Champions

    David Bartlett - Head of Technology Positioning, u-blox UK

    David Bartlett works in the positioning technology (R&D) group at u-blox with a focus on hybrid positioning: bringing together GNSS with terrestrial systems such as UWB and V2X, primarily in support of future autonomous vehicle, driverless car and robotics applications but also for IoT and indoor positioning. Prior to this he was CTO and co-founder of Omnisense delivering high precision indoor IoT tracking solutions. He also worked at Cambridge Positioning systems with a focus on cellular positioning and network aided GNSS techniques.

    Bob Cockshott - Knowledge Transfer Manager, Positioning, Navigation, Timing and Quantum, KTN

    After 25 years in the space industry working mainly on electro-optical payloads, Bob has spent the last 13 years in the government-funded Knowledge Transfer Network, supporting business in position, navigation and timing, and more recently also quantum technology. Bob has taken a special interest in GNSS vulnerability, and has organised international conferences on vulnerability and its mitigation. Bob is a member of the Cabinet Office PNT Technical Group and chairs the Royal Institute of Navigation’s Technical Committee. Bob is a member of the International Time and Sync Forum Steering Group and is also a Cambridge Wireless Location Based Services SIG Champion.

    Ramsey Faragher - AI Working Group Chair, Royal Institute of Navigation

    Dr Ramsey Faragher is the Founder, and former President and CTO of Focal Point Positioning, a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation, and a Fellow of Queens' College, at the University of Cambridge. He is the inventor of the Supercorrelation digital signal processing technique, which has redefined the state of the art in GPS positioning. He is the author of dozens of patents, and has been the recipient of numerous awards within the positioning and navigation ecosystem. His company is pioneering improvements to smartphone and automotive navigation systems, and in the past during his time in the Defence sector he has developed technologies that have been to the bottom of the ocean and all the way to Mars. He also helped to improve the bluetooth tracking capabilities of various globally-deployed contact tracing technologies during the Covid pandemic. He regularly contributes to technology podcasts, writes for Forbes, and has provided science advice for two television production companies. Ramsey lives with his family in Cambridge and is currently navigating the challenging landscape of having three small and adventurous children.

    Ben Tarlow - Senior Staff Engineer, Qualcomm Technologies International

    Ben has worked in positioning for 15 years, developing algorithms for satellite, cellular and other terrestrial RF technologies. At Qualcomm, Ben works in the Advanced Algorithms group, where current research areas in location are data fusion, use of sensor data for positioning and fitness applications; one day, he hopes to be given the remit to explore the area of olfactory positioning. Ben has a background in Pure Mathematics and a PhD in Combinatorics. He has over 20 different patents filed or granted, mostly on subjects relating to positioning.

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