The second TREASURE Workshop: “A response to user needs in PPP and RTK” took place 21-22 May 2019 in Toulouse, France, at the Pullman Toulouse Centre Hotel.

The workshop primarily allowed the TREASURE fellows to expose their research and gather feedback from within and outside the project’s network. A number of relevant invited speakers provided insight on different aspects of the project, covering the technical and the business sides of real time high accuracy GNSS positioning and applications. The attendance to the workshop was excellent, with a total of 45 participants, who made the discussions and networking all the more relevant with their diverse background, ranging from professional GNSS positioning to business, applications and marketing. We also for the first time offered a number of bursaries to students and researchers external to TREASURE, based on a selection made by a committee set up by the project. Through this process we were lucky to have the participation of three young scientists: Kaifa Kuang from Wuhan University (China), Somnath Mahato from University of Burdwan (India) and Habila Mormi John from the University of Bath (UK).

The workshop maintained the same approach previously used in the first workshop of enabling full interaction between Fellows and the audience, in particular external participants, the coordinator and supervisors. To that end, a slot of 30 minutes was assigned to each of the ESRs to give an oral contribution lasting up to 20 minutes, with a mandatory 10-minute minimum slot for discussions. This again proved effective in stimulating interaction and providing a platform for the Fellows to benchmark their work and seek collaborative links to help steer their research, besides allowing all supervisors to have a global view of the progress by each individual Fellow and assess how interfaces between individual projects may be.

Similarly to the first workshop, the second workshop was organized according to the following sessions:

1a. Advanced ionospheric modelling to support PPP and RTK: this session deals with ionospheric phenomena, such as scintillation, rapid TEC changes and TIDs, which need to be modelled and predicted to support the mitigation of their effects on GNSS high accuracy techniques;

1b. Advanced tropospheric modelling and orbit determination to support PPP and RTK: this session covers advanced tropospheric modelling as well as the development of real time precise orbits, including new systems such as Galileo, that are needed to support PPP and RTK;

2. State of the art GNSS software receiver, Interference and scintillation mitigation for high accuracy positioning: this session focuses on mitigation techniques for interference and ionospheric scintillation, which impair the performance of real time PPP and RTK. The use of a software defined radio receiver is also addressed in the context of the research carried out in the TREASURE project;

3. High accuracy GNSS positioning algorithms to support real time PPP and RTK: this session involves state of the art algorithms for real time high accuracy GNSS positioning services and techniques;

4. ICT platforms and market strategies for real time GNSS high accuracy positioning services: this session deals with the investigation of a suitable and interoperable ICT infrastructure for the exploitation of the innovative tools being developed in the TREASURE project, as well as with the research around the strategy that will enable the introduction of these solutions to the market.

For a glimpse at the final programme please click here.

To find out more about previous TREASURE events please click here.