What’s a nanosecond between friends?

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An event to review the state-of-the-art in clocks from the highest precision scientific devices to timing applications driven by cost and power (and a nanosecond is the time taken for light to travel 30cm)

About the event

Robust time and synchronisation play major roles in positioning, from the high accuracy and precision required by GNSS satellites and LiDAR to radar, cellular positioning technologies and ultrasound ranging.

In the cellular world, successive technology generations have demanded stricter synchronisation amongst network entities. Maintaining accurate time to the edges of networks is one challenge, as is robust distribution in a network that may contain unknown or variable delays and attack threats is another.

Demands from financial services, broadcasting and power transmission are also challenging.
With the introduction of 5G imminent and connected autonomous vehicles on the horizon, how will the requirements for time accuracy and availability change?

We shall explore the implications of technological advances given by the exceptionally high accuracy of quantum and optical lattice clocks. We will also look at trade-offs between performance and size, weight, power, cost, robustness and environmental tolerances, including, for example, MEMS and graphene oscillators.

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SIG Champions

David Bartlett - Senior Principal Engineer 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.

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Bob Cockshott - Quantum Lead, PNT Lead, The KTN

After graduating in Astronomy Bob worked for 25 years in the space industry as a systems engineer and project manager developing electro-optical and RF payloads. Bob joined the Location and Timing KTN in 2006, becoming KTN Director in 2008. Bob continues to cover all position, navigation and timing technologies and applications, and now looks also looks after quantum technology commercialisation following the launch of the £270m UK National Quantum Technology Programme.

Ben Tarlow - Technical Marketing Manager, 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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National Physical Laboratory, Hampton Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0LW

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