Prof. Kassas Receives $350K Grant from NIST

June 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received a three-year $350,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prof. Kassas is a Co-PI on this grant with Prof. Andrei Shkel the PI and Prof. Solmaz Kia a Co-PI (both from the University of California, Irvine). The total awarded grant for this project is $1,960,613. The grant will fund research to develop an innovative framework for location-based services to localize emergency responders, assets and equipment, and other people (e.g., patients and trapped persons) indoors and in covered outdoor environments, where GPS signals are unusable. The project will develop the ultimate navigation chip (uNavChip): a chip-scale personal navigation system integrating deterministic localization and probabilistic signals of opportunity. The project will integrate (1) state-of-the-art micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) inertial measurement units (IMUs) on the same chip with micro-machined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs), (2) exploitation of cellular signals of opportunity as external aiding sources, and (3) cooperative localization among mobile agents with relative measurements.

 

 

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IEEE Signal Processing Magazine: Prof. Kassas Talks about New Directions in Navigation and Positioning

May 2017 -- The May 2017 issue of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine featured an interview with Prof. Zak Kassas on new directions in navigation and positioning and how signal processing-enabled technologies are playing a key role in pinpointing people, places, and things. The interview appeared in the Special Reports column by John Edwards, entitled "New Directions in Navigation and Positioning."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Webinar for GPS World Magazine on UAVs

April 2017 -- Prof. Kassas gave an invited webinar hosted by GPS World Magazine entitled "UAVs: From Flying Drones to Doing Business." Other webinar speakers were Gustavo Lopez (Product Manager GNSS Solutions for UAV Applications, Septentrio), Jan Leyssens (Managing Director of Sales and Business Development, Airobot), and Francois Gervaix (Product Manager of Surveying, senseFly).

 

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GPS World Magazine Features ASPIN Laboratory Research in UAV and Ground Vehicle Navigation with Cellular Signals of Opportunity

April 2017 -- The cover of the April 2017 issue of GPS World magazine featured an article by Prof. Kassas, Joshua MoralesKimia Shamaei, and Joe Khalifeentitled “LTE Steers UAV.” The article discusses how cellular CDMA and LTE signals could be exploited for navigation and presents a specialized navigation software-defined receiver (SDR) called MATRIX developed at the ASPIN Laboratory. The article shows simulation and experimental results of ground vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) navigating exclusively with cellular CDMA and LTE signals via the MATRIX SDR. Moreover, the article presents a radio simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) approach for autonomous vehicle navigation via a tightly-coupled cellular-aided inertial navigation system (INS) framework, achieving GPS-like performance in the absence of GPS signals.

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Presentation at UCR Annual ECE Day

April 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited presentation entitled "Academia Versus Industry" at UCR's Annual Event "Electrical and Computer Engineering Day," which is organized by UCR IEEE Student Branch and UCR Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Chapter. The event featured invited guest speakers, entrepreneurs panel, and project design fair.

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Illinois Institute of Technology

March 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Aerospace Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of California, Los Angeles

March 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at The Ohio State University

February 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the The Ohio State University, Columbus, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Joe Khalife Wins National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award

February 2017 -- Joe Khalife received the prestigious National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year award. This annual award honors the most outstanding graduate students for their achievements and promise for future contributions to the transportation field. The selection underwent a competitive review process by a committee composed of faculty and advisers. The award is based on accomplishments in such areas as technical merit and research, academic performance, professionalism, and leadership. NCST is one of five national centers funded by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Secretary for Research and Technology under the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program.


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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Carnegie Mellon University

February 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of California, Irvine

January 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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UCR Magazine Features ASPIN Laboratory Research in Non-GPS Navigation

January 2017 -- The Winter 2017 issue of  the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Magazine featured ASPIN's Laboratory's latest research in non-GPS navigation.

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GCN: Prof. Kassas Talks about Enhancing GPS with Signals of Opportunity

January 2017 -- GCN.com featured an interview with Prof. Zak Kassas on navigation with signals of opportunity in an article entitled "Enhancing GPS with Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Appointed an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems

November 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas was appointed an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at the Air Force Institute of Technology

November 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Ohio University

November 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University (OU), Athens, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at The Ohio State University

November 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the The Ohio State University, Columbus, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Dozens of National and International Media Outlets Feature ASPIN Laboratory Breakthrough Research in Non-GPS Navigation

October 2016 -- ASPIN Laboratory’s latest breakthrough research article “No GPS, No Problem: Next Generation Navigation” was featured in dozens of national and international media outlets, including Phys.org, ACM.orgScience Magazine, CNet.com, Singularity HubGPS WorldYahoo, ScienceDaily.comHomeland Security News Wire, Military Embedded Systems,  India TV, SpatialSource.com.auEurekalert.org, TrafficTechnologyToday.comFutureCar.com, TheStack.comNetworkWorld.comInsightsSuccess.comPacetoday.com.au, among others. The article first appeared on the main webpage of the University of California, Riverside (UCR). This research breakthrough shows for the first time (1) an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) accurately navigating with cellular LTE signals exclusively and (2) a UAV aiding its inertial navigation system (INS) with cellular CDMA signals in the absence of GPS signals, achieving a comparable navigation solution to that of a traditional tightly-coupled GPS-INS system.

  
 

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Prof. Kassas Receives $750K Grant from ONR

September 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received a three-year $750,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Prof. Kassas is the PI on this grant and Prof. Ping Liang is the Co-PI. The grant will fund developing an integrated research and training program in resilient navigation and communication systems in contested electromagnetic environments. This program aims to (1) analyze ambient signals in the environment, (2) detect and localize signals transmitted with a malicious intent, (3) design algorithms for opportunistic and collaborative extraction of relevant information from these signals, (4) build software-defined radio (SDR), congnitive radio (CR), and hardware prototypes to fuse the extracted information with GPS signals (when available) and with onboard sensors with multiple modalities, detecting multimode signals and using opportunistic spectrum for networking, and (5) build mesh wireless networks that are reliable, broadband, and with low-latency.

  
 
 

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Joshua Morales Wins Best Paper Presentation Award at ION GNSS+ 2016 Conference

September 2016 -- The paper by Joshua Morales and Prof. Kassas entitled "Signals of Opportunity Aided Inertial Navigation" won the Best Paper Presentation award in the UAV Navigation Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2016) Conference.

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Kimia Shamaei and Joe Khalife Win Best Paper Presentation Award at ION GNSS+ 2016 Conference

September 2016 -- The paper by Kimia Shamaei, Joe Khalifeand Prof. Kassas entitled "Performance Characterization of Positioning in LTE Systems" won the Best Paper Presentation award in the Complementary Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2016) Conference.

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Joshua Morales Receives National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Graduate Fellowship

July 2016 -- Joshua Morales received the prestigious National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Graduate Fellowship. The NCST Fellowship is awarded by the National University Transportation Center, which is funded by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and other state agencies.

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Prof. Kassas Receives $225K Grant from ONR

June 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received a three-year $225,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). Prof. Kassas is the PI on this grant and Prof. Jay Farrell is the Co-PI. The grant will fund research in unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) navigation, specifically developing optimal, real-time, collaborative simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM)-type algorithms for navigation via geomagnetic fields. 

 

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of Washington

June 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, entitled "A Collaborative Opportunistic Framework for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in GNSS-Challenged Environments."

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Prof. Kassas Receives $175K Grant from NSF

May 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received a two-year, single PI $175,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will fund research in optimal information gathering in unknown stochastic environments, specifically developing a coherent analytical foundation and a suite of algorithms and tools for autonomous systems deployed in unknown, dynamic stochastic environments to optimally gather sufficient information to successfully accomplish their mission. The research specifically considers autonomous systems with limited sensing, computation, actuation, and communication capabilities.

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Presentation at UCR Science Meets Business Event

April 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited presentation entitled "Accurate and Secure Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles" at the Science Meets Business Event, organized by the Office of Research and Economic Development (RED) at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). The event was attended by entrepreneurs, investors, corporate representatives, and economic development professionals.

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Joe Khalife and Kimia Shamaei Research Poster Selected as Best Research Poster Finalist at Southern California Robotics Symposium

April 2016 -- The research poster by Joe KhalifeKimia Shamaei, and Prof. Kassas entitled "Navigation with Cellular CDMA Signals" was selected among the three finalists for the Best Research Poster award at the Southern California Robotics Symposium (SCR 2016). The symposium was attended by major Southern California academic institutions (CalTech, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UCI, UCR, USC, CSULB, San Diego State University, Harvey Mudd College, and Pomona College) and major government and industrial institutions (Qualcomm, NASA/JPL, SPAWAR, SpaceX, Walt Disney, iRobot, Brain Corporation, etc.).

 

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Joe Khalife and Kimia Shamaei Win Best Student Paper Award at IEEE/ION Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) Conference

April 2016 -- The paper by Joe KhalifeKimia Shamaei, and Prof. Kassas entitled "A Software-Defined Receiver Architecture for Cellular CDMA-Based Navigation" won the Best Student Paper award at the IEEE/ION Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS 2016) Conference.

 

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Prof. Kassas Receives $510K Grant from ONR

April 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received a three-year, single PI $510,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The grant will fund research in resilient and accurate navigation in GPS-challenged environments, specifically developing a coherent analytical foundation, a suite of algorithms and tools, and software and hardware prototypes for a new navigation framework that is called collaborative opportunistic navigation (COpNav). In COpNav, specialized radios draw positioning and timing information from an environment's ambient signals that are not intended for navigation such as cellular, audio, and television signals and shares them among multiple radios over available communication networks. The COpNav framework assumes minimal prior knowledge of the signal environment and relies on learning the signals on the fly. COpNav formulates the problem as that of simultaneous signal landscape mapping and radio spatio-temporal localization.

 

 

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GPS World Magazine Features ASPIN Laboratory Research in Reducing Vertical Dilution of Precision by Exploiting Signals of Opportunity

March 2016 -- The cover of the March 2016 issue of GPS World magazine featured an article by Joshua Morales, Joe Khalife, and Prof. Kassas entitled “Opportunity for Accuracy.” The article demonstrated how exploiting ambient cellular signals in an environment via the MATRIX SDR yielded a significant improvement in localization accuracy. By fusing cellular signal observables produced by MATRIX with GPS signal observables, the uncertainty in the vertical localization (measured by the vertical dilution of precision) was reduced by 64 percent. These results will be particularly useful for future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Presentation at ION Southern California Section

March 2016 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited presentation at the Institute of Navigation (ION) Southern California Section, hosted by NavCom (John Deere), entitled "A Collaborative Opportunistic Framework for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in GNSS-Challenged Environments."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Stanford University

December 2015 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the GPS Laboratory at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University entitled "A Collaborative Opportunistic Framework for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation in GNSS-Challenged Environments."

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Joshua Morales Wins Best Paper Award at ION GNSS+ 2015 Conference

September 2015 -- The paper by Joshua Morales and Prof. Kassas entitled "Optimal Receiver Placement for Collaborative Mapping of Signals of Opportunity" won the Best Paper Award in the Enhancing GNSS with Sensors, Mapping and Cooperation Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2015) Conference.

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of South Florida

September 2015 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an seminar in the Electrical Engineering Graduate Seminar Series at the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, entitled "Resilient and Accurate Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles." 

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Joe Khalife Receives National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Graduate Fellowship

September 2015 -- Joe Khalife received the prestigious National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Graduate Fellowship. The NCST Fellowship is awarded by the National University Transportation Center, which is funded by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and other state agencies.

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Press Enterprise: Prof. Kassas Talks about Drone Security

July 2015 -- The Press Enterprise featured an interview with Prof. Zak Kassas on drones security in an article entitled "DRONES: Experts Say They Represent Real Threat to Aircraft."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of California, Santa Barbara

April 2015 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Center for Control, Dynamical-Systems, and Computation (CCDC) Seminar Series at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) entitled "Resilient and Accurate Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of California, Riverside

April 2015 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Colloquium Series at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) entitled "Resilient and Accurate Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Naval Research Laboratory

March 2015 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence (NCARAI) & Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research (LASR) Seminar Series at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Washington, DC entitled "Resilient and Accurate Navigation for Autonomous Vehicles."

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