The paper GNSS Measurement Exclusion and Weighting with a Dual Polarized Antenna: The FANTASTIC project presented by Daniel Egea-Roca from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – UAB, won the best paper award at the International Conference on Localization and GNSS – ICL-GNSS 2018 that took place in Guimaraes, Portugal. The paper details methods for the exploitation of a high-end dual-polarized antenna and reports the tests campaigns carried in various environment. The study behind the paper was carried on by UAB, Septentrio and Fraunhofer IIS.

Here a picture of the awards ceremony:

Here a screenshot of the first page of the paper’s presentation with all the authors:

An extract of the hot topics addressed this year at the ICL-GNSS conference:

Reliable navigation and positioning are becoming imperative in more and more applications for safety-critical purposes, public services and consumer products. A robust localization solution, which will be available continuously, is needed regardless of the specific environment, i.e., outdoors and indoors, and on different platforms such as stand-alone navigators and mobile devices. ICL-GNSS addresses the latest research on wireless and satellite-based positioning techniques to provide reliable and accurate position information with low latency. The emphasis is on the design of mass-market navigation receivers and related tools and methodologies.

The scope includes (but is not limited to) the following topics:

  • Antennas and RF front-end for GNSS receivers
  • Design, prototyping and testing of positioning devices
  • Acquisition, tracking and navigation algorithms
  • Detection and mitigation techniques for adverse propagation conditions
  • Wireless and sensor-based localization
  • GNSS applications for remote sensing, ionospheric sounding and space weather
  • Precise timing for GNSS and terrestrial systems
  • Security and privacy in joint communication and navigation systems
  • Authentication and privacy aspects of positioning
  • Spoofing countermeasures
  • Cooperative and peer-to-peer positioning
  • Positioning based on signals-of-opportunity
  • Multi-GNSS receivers and emerging navigation satellite systems
  • Indoor positioning and localisation in densely populated urban areas
  • Hybrid NAV/COM positioning
  • Cognitive positioning architectures
  • Positioning for autonomous systems (robots, planes, land and marine vehicles)
  • Crowd-sourced and swarm localisation
  • Location-based mobility models, services and applications