2016 PNT Symposium
Our 10th annual PNT Symposium was held on Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, November 1 - 3 , 2016. SCPNT and the Marconi Society joined forces to produce a combined SCPNT-Marconi PNT symposium. This year's symposium banquet was sponsored by the Marconi Society, and held on Wednesday evening at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
2016 PNT Symposium Overview
Theme and Focus
The symposium theme this year was PNT Advances in Information and Communication Sciences.
2016 Symposium Information Packet
The PDF Info Packet below includes the 2016 PNT Symposium flyer, the invited speakers agenda and bios, the student/Marconi Young Scholars speakers agenda and bios and the list of 2016 PNT Symposium attendees and institutions.
Students / Marconi Young Scholars Session
As in recent years, the 2016 symposium began with an all-day session on Nov. 1 st dedicated to young scholars. Current Stanford students and ex-Stanford students who are now faculty at other academic institutions selected one or two students to present their research. Also. two Marconi Young Scholars discussed their research.
For a list of student/Marconi Young Scholar presentations and bios, see the PDF Symposium Info Packet.
Invited Speakers Sessions
The 2016 PNT Symposium agenda was similar to past years with talks on GPS and GNSS Systems, new and interesting applications, technology, innovations and navigation history. As is our tradition, a variety of prominent US and international academic, business and government leaders were invited to speak on their PNT related research and development efforts.
Invitees include US government representatives, industry representatives, academic representatives and a few invitees with a unique PNT perspective. There were also special talks from some past Marconi Prize recipients.
For agenda details, see the PDF Symposium Info Packet.
Marconi Fellows Panel Discussion
The main session on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2nd ended with a panel of five past Marconi award recipients each giving short remarks on the topic, Radio Navigation and Radio Communication. Members of the panel then discussed this topic and answeed question from the audience.
Panelists included Irwin Jacobs, Vint Cerf, John Cioffi, Martin Cooper and David Payne. The panel discussion was moderated by Stanford Professor Emeritus, Brad Parkinson.
For more information, see the Invited Speakers Agenda and Speaker Bios in the PDF Symposium Info Packet.
2016 Marconi Prize
The Marconi Prize is awarded each year to recognize major advances in the communications field that benefit humanity.
At the symposium banquet, Professor Emeritus, Brad Parkinson—the Father of GPS—received the 2016 Marconi Prize for his "contributions to the development of GPS, which helped create a vast global utility that provides positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) information to the world and is a vital part of today’s global information infrastructure”
For more information about Brad Parkinson and the Marconi Prize, see:
- Marconi Society Website—Bradford Parkinson Awarded 2016 Marconi Prize
- Stanford News Story—Parkinson Awarded 2016 Marconi Prize
2016 PNT Symposium Attendees
The 2016 symposium attendees were a cross-mixture of Marconi Society members, Stanford faculty, researchers and grad students, US Government representatives, SCPNT Industrial Member representatives (Thorlabs, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Northrop Grumman, Qualcomm, Trimble Navigation, Polaris Wireless, Harris etc.) and other invited guests. You can view a list of attendees and their affiliated institutions in the PDF Symposium Info Packet.
Information About Previous PNT Symposia
Click any link on the Annual Symposium sub-menu to the left to view information about that year's PNT Symposium, including a list of the invited speaker and student presentations presented that year.
2016 PNT Symposium Invited Speaker Presentations and Student/Marconi Young Scholar Presentations
The two tables below display all of the SCPNT/Marconi Society 2016 PNT Symposium invited speaker and graduate student/Marconi Young Scholar presentations.
The presentations are listed alphabetically by the last names of the presenters. The Marconi Society Fellows Panel Discussion that took place after the morning break on Wednesday, November 2nd, is listed in the last row of the Invited Speaker Presentations table.
Click on the Play Video button preceding any presentation title to view a video recording of that presentation.
Click on any presentation title in blue text to view/download a PDF copy of the presentation file.
SCPNT & Marconi Society • 2016 PNT Symposium • Invited Speakers Presentations
|Speaker||Affiliation||Presentation Title (Blue = Link to Presentation PDF File )|
|Geoff Blewitt||Univ. Nevada, Reno, Geodetic Lab.|
|Vint Cerf||Internet Pioneer(Marconi Prize Recipient 1998)|
|John Cioffi||DSL Pioneer—Stanford University (Marconi Prize Recipient 2006)|
|Sigrid Close||Stanford University, Aero Astro|
|Martin Cooper||Cellphone Pioneer (Marconi Prize Recipient 2013)|
The Myth of Spectrum Scarcity: How GPS can make us more efficient spectrum users (Marconi Fellows Panel Intro)
|Per Enge||Stanford University, Aero Astro|
|Bob Iannucci||Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley|
|Irwin Jacobs||Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm (Marconi Prize Recipient 2011)|
|Tom Langenstein (followed by David Payne and Jim Spilker)||Stanford University - Executive Director SCPNT|
Tom Langenstein: Symposium Overview; Introducing Marconi Society chairman, David Payne, who in turn, introduces SCPNT founder, Jim Spilker
|Paul Montgomery||Intelligent Construction Tools (ICT)|
|Brad Parkinson||Stanford University (Marconi Prize Recipient 2016)|
|David Payne (Introduced by Tom Langenstein and followed by Jim Spilker)||Chairman of the Marconi Society|
Welcome by Marconi Society Chairman, David Payne, introduced by Tom Langenstein and followed by Jim Spilker
|David Payne||Photonics Pioneer (Marconi Prize Recipient 2008)|
|Georg Schroth||NavVis Founder|
|T. Russell Shields||Ygomi Chair & Member of PNT Advisory Board|
|Jim Spilker (preceeded by Tom Langenstein and David Payne)||Professor Emeritus, Stanford University|
Welcome and Introductions by Tom Langenstein, David Payne and Jim Spilker
|Jim Spilker||Professor Emeritus, Stanford University|
|Frank van Diggelen|
|Col. Steven Whitney||USAF GPS Directorate|
|Panel Discussion |
Panelists: I. Jacobs, V. Cerf, J. Cioffi, M. Cooper & D. Payne
Moderator: B. Parkinson
|Marconi Society Fellows|
Radio Navigation and Radio Communication—Synergy and Conflicts
|Panel Discussion||Marconi Society Fellows|