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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.

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 instutions.

View/download PDF copy of 2016 PNT Symposium Information Packet

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:

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    button preceding any presentation title to view a video recording of that presentation.

Click on any presentation title in red text to view/download a PDF copy of the presentation file.


View the 2016 PNT Symposium Invited Speaker Presentations

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SCPNT & Marconi Society • 2016 PNT Symposium • Invited Speaker Presentations

Speaker Affilation Presentation Title (Red = Link to Presentation PDF File )
Geoff Blewitt Univ. Nevada, Reno, Geodetic Lab.   Millimeter GPS Imaging of Earth's Flex and Flow
Vint Cerf Internet Pioneer(Marconi Prize Recipient 1998)   New Roles for Radio in the Internet (Marconi Fellows Panel Intro)
John Cioffi DSL Pioneer—Stanford University (Marconi Prize Recipient 2006)   New Roles for Radio in the Internet (Marconi Fellows Panel Intro)
Sigrid Close Stanford University, Aero Astro   Meteoroids & Space Debris Threats to Orbiting Spacecraft
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   Cyber Safety for Navigation
Jeremy Goldbogen Stanford University, Hopkins Marine Tracking Blue Whales using PNT technology
John Grigaliunas Air Force Test Center (AFTC) PNT Effects in an Electronic Warfare Environment
Bob Iannucci Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley   Time Issues in Programming IoT Systems for Smart Cities 
Irwin Jacobs Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Qualcomm (Marconi Prize Recipient 2011)    Position Location at Qualcomm: pre-GPS to SoC
Tom Langenstein (followed by David Payne and Jim Spilker) Stanford University - Executive Director SCPNT   Tom Langenstein: Symposium OverviewIntroducing Marconi Society chairman,  David Payne, who in turn, introduces SCPNT founder, Jim Spilker
Paul Montgomery Intelligent Construction Tools (ICT)   POME:  A mobile camera system for accurate indoor position
Brad Parkinson Stanford University (Marconi Prize Recipient 2016)   Radio Waves: Marconi to GPS—A short history of the evolution to their use for Positioning Navigation and Time
Brad Parkinson Stanford University (Marconi Prize Recipient 2016) Marconi Prize Acceptance Talk: History and Challenges of GPS
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)   Light: The Cause of and Solution to Data Overload? (Marconi Fellows Panel Intro)
Georg Schroth NavVis Founder   Vision based indoor positioning and mobile mapping systems
T. Russell Shields Ygomi Chair & Member of PNT Advisory Board   Smart Vehicles
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   Closing Remarks
Frank van Diggelen Google   Much more than Lat/lon: A guided adventure through the P, V, N & T in Android
Col. Steven Whitney USAF GPS Directorate   Update on GPS  Program
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

  Moderator Brad Parkinson: Panel Discussion Overview 

  Panel Discussion Video


SCPNT & Marconi Society • 2016 PNT Symposium • Graduate Student/Marconi Young Scholars Presentations

Student/Post Doc Department/School Presentation Title (Red = Link to Presentation File )
Stefania Bartoletti University of Ferrara (UNIFE), MIT and Marconi Active and Passive Localization via Wideband Signals
Connor Beierle Stanford Miniature optical stimulator for high-dynamics range vision-based navigation in space
Sriramya Bhamidipati University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Offloading UAV navigation computation to the Cloud
Brian  Breitsch Colorado State University Common volume GNSS observations of ionosphere using ground-based network and LEO-satellite radio occultation measurements
Zouhair Mahboubi Stanford Automated air traffic control for non-towered airports
Esteban Garbin Manfredini Politecnico di Torino & Univ of Colorado Optimized GNSS Spoofing Detection using COTS Receivers – Field Data and Experimental Trials
Anh Nguyen NASA ARC & Univ. of Florida CubeSat Demonstration of Sub-nanosecond Optical Time-transfer
Andrew Nuttall Stanford Detecting the Undetected Satellite Killer: Meteoroids
Ken Pesyna Radiosense / Marconi Young Scholar. Precise Positioning for Automated Vehicles
Dan Pierce Auburn University Pedestrian Navigation
Tyler Reid Stanford Satellite Navigation from Low Earth Orbit
Joshua Starling Auburn University Error Analysis of Carrier Phase Positioning For Controlled Radiation Pattern Array
Yang Su Illinois Institute of Technology Observations from the Jicamarca Radio Observatory