The first TREASURE workshop “Initial Developments and Interaction with Academia and Industry” was held at the Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) Headquarters in Rome on 17-18 April 2018.
The workshop was the first official occasion for the TREASURE fellows to present their initial achievements. Some invited speakers, external and internal to the project’s network, presented research topics related to the TREASURE project, resulting in useful discussions with the fellows and with the project partners. The event fully complied with its objectives, allowing the fellows to expose their research initial directions and gather feedback from within and outside the TREASURE network.
Coherently with the TREASURE WPs, the workshop was organized according to the following sessions:
1. Error modelling to support GNSS high accuracy positioning: Ionospheric and tropospheric phenomena that need to be modelled and predicted to support the mitigation of their effects on GNSS high accuracy techniques such as PPP (Precise Point Positioning) and NRTK (Network Real Time Kinematic), as well as the development of real-time precise orbits, in particular for Galileo, which are required especially for PPP.
This session includes the objectives of TREASURE WP1 and WP2.
2. Interference and scintillation mitigation: State of the art research necessary to develop mitigation techniques for interference and ionospheric scintillation, which impair the performance of real-time PPP and NRTK. The use of a software defined radio receiver is also addressed in the context of this session.
This session includes the objectives of TREASURE WP3.
3. Expectations in PPP and RTK: New strategies and algorithms that will enable to achieve the sought after high accuracy real-time EGNSS solution and their potential implementation as part of a future commercial service.
This session includes the objectives of TREASURE WP4.
4. Market opportunities for real-time GNSS high accuracy positioning: Investigation of a suitable and interoperable ICT infrastructure for the exploitation of the innovative tools to be developed in the project, as well as with the research around the strategy that will enable the introduction of these solutions to the market.
This session includes the objectives of TREASURE WP5.
In order to enable the interaction between fellows and the audience, in particular external participants, the coordinator and supervisors, a slot of 30 minutes was assigned to each of the fellows to give an oral contribution lasting up to 20 minutes, with a mandatory 10-minute minimum slot for discussions. Such approach proved very effective in stimulating the desired interaction, providing an important opportunity for the fellows to benchmark their work as well as to create new collaborative links to help further their research.
The contribution from additional workshop speakers covered research topics involving the ionosphere, space weather, high accuracy positioning and market analysis.
The workshop was deemed very successful and gathered altogether 49 attendees (including the 13 ESRs). At the end of the second day a social dinner was organized at the Restaurant L’archeologia.
Given the important role played by INGV in monitoring the Italian seismic activity, not only for scientific purposes but also to address the rescue operated by the Civil Protection, the local organizers ran a visit to the INGV seismic monitoring room, which was enthusiastically attended by the workshop participants.
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