GPS World Magazine Features ASPIN Laboratory Research in Integrity Monitoring of LTE Signals of Opportunity-Based Navigation for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

October 2018 -- The October 2018 issue of GPS World Magazine featured an article highlighting the ION GNSS+ Conference paper by Mahdi Maaref, Joe Khalife, and Prof. Kassas on Integrity Monitoring of LTE Signals of Opportunity-Based Navigation for Autonomous Ground Vehicles. The highlight article appeared in the Magazine's Research Online column.

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Joshua Morales, Joe Khalife, Ali Abdallah, Christian Ardito, and Prof. Kassas Win Best Paper Presentation Award at ION GNSS+ 2018 Conference

September 2018 -- The paper by Joshua MoralesJoe KhalifeAli AbdallahChristian Arditoand Prof. Kassas entitled "Inertial Navigation System Aiding with Orbcomm LEO Satellite Doppler Measurements" won the Best Paper Presentation award in the "UAV Navigation Technology and Algorithms" Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2018) Conference.

 

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Joe Khalife, Souradeep Bhattacharya, and Prof. Kassas Win Best Paper Presentation Award at ION GNSS+ 2018 Conference

September 2018 -- The paper by Joe KhalifeSouradeep Bhattacharyaand Prof. Kassas entitled "Centimeter-Accurate UAV Navigation with Cellular Signals" won the Best Paper Presentation award in the "Connected and Collaborative Autonomy" Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2018) Conference.

 

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Prof. Kassas Co-Organizes a Special Session at ION GNSS+ Conference 

September 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas co-organized and co-chaired with Prof. John Raquet, Air Force Institute of Technology, a Special Session entitled "Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems – The Way Ahead" at the 2018 Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ Conference, Miami, FL. The session discussed the significant developments in autonomous cyber-physical systems (CPS), which are systems that integrate sensing, computation, networking, and physical processes (e.g., unmanned aerial vehicles, self-driving cars, unmanned underwater vehicles, smart cities, etc.). The session comprised invited presentations from 5 experts and leaders from government, industry, and academia who discussed their perspectives not only on the current state of autonomous CPS, but also on future challenges that we need to address as we integrate these systems into our environment. The experts also convened for a Q&A panel.

 

 

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Prof. Kassas Receives ION Outstanding Peer Review Recognition Award

September 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received the Institute of Navigation (ION) Outstanding Peer Review Recognition Award during the 2018 ION GNSS+ Conference, Miami, FL. This awards recognizes outstanding peer reviewers, who selflessly provided quality and timely reviews that maintain standards of quality, provide credibility, and contribute to the advancement of the field.

 

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Prof. Kassas and the ASPIN Laboratory Moving to the University of California, Irvine

August 2018 -- After 4 years at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), Prof. Zak Kassas and the ASPIN Laboratory are moving to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in Winter 2019. Prof. Zak Kassas will be a faculty in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.

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ASPIN Laboratory Hosts Game of Drones 2018 - Episode 3

June 2018 -- ASPIN Laboratory hosted "Episode 3" of their annual Game of Drones: an annual summer event in which middle and high school students are invited to participate in a game of drones. These games span half a day of fun and engaging games involving drones to teach and inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A total of 81 students participated in Episode 3 of Game of Drone. ASPIN Laboratory has been organizing and hosting these games since 2016.

 

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Presentation at the IFAC Workshop on Networked & Autonomous Air & Space Systems 2018

June 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited presentation at the IFAC Workshop on Networked & Autonomous Air & Space Systems (IFAC NAASS 2018), Santa Fe, New Mexico, entitled "Precise UAV Navigation by Exploiting Cellular Signals of Opportunity." The presentation was part of an invited Plenary Session on UAV Estimation & Control.

 

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Prof. Kassas Gives Plenary Presentation at the European Navigation Conference 2018

May 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave a Plenary Presentation at the 24th European Navigation Conference (ENC 2018), Gothenburg, Sweden, entitled "Cognizant Autonomous Vehicles: Opportunities and Challenges." ENC 2018 was hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and sponsored by the IEEE, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the European Commission of the European Union (EU), the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), among others.

 

 

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Christian Ardito Receives Bourns College of Engineering Academic Excellence Award and Dean's Academic Distinction Award

May 2018 -- Christian Ardito was selected among all undergraduate Electrical Engineering students to receive the Bourns College of Engineering Academic Excellence Award. This award recognizes students, one from each undergraduate program, who are selected by their faculty for achieving excellence in their academics, and research or creative activity. Christian Ardito also received the Dean's Academic Distinction Award. This award recognizes undergraduate students maintaining a GPA of 3.90 or above.

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Souradeep Bhattacharya Receives Bourns College of Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award

May 2018 -- Souradeep Bhattacharya was selected among all undergraduate Engineering students to receive the Bourns College of Engineering Outstanding Achievement Award. Recipients of this award are selected by their respective college deans to recognize students for their exemplary achievement in academics and research or creative activity, their breadth of involvement in the college, and for their commitment to service and citizenship.

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Joe Khalife and Prof. Kassas Win IEEE Walter Fried Award for Best Paper at IEEE/ION Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2018 Conference

April 2018 -- The paper by Joe Khalife and Prof. Kassas entitled "Precise UAV Navigation with Cellular Carrier Phase Measurements" won the IEEE Walter Fried Award for Best Paper at the IEEE/ION Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS 2018) Conference. The Walter Fried Award is given to the best overall paper at the conference on the basis of technical content; innovation; importance and timeliness of the subject matter; and conciseness, clarity, and completeness of the written material.

 

 

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Prof. Kassas Receives $500K Grant for the NSF CAREER Award

April 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award for his work on "Situational awareness strategies for autonomous systems in dynamic uncertain environments." The CAREER is NSF's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

This five-year, $500,000 award will fund research aimed at enabling autonomous cyber-physical systems (CPS) deployed in dynamic, uncertain, poorly modeled environments to possess situational awareness, ensuring successful mission pursuit. The specific main objectives are: (1) Analyze the observability of unknown dynamic, stochastic environments comprising multiple agents. (2) Develop adaptation strategies to refine the agents’ models of the environment, on-the-fly, as the agents build spatiotemporal maps. (3) Design optimal, computationally efficient information fusion algorithms with performance guarantees.  (4) Synthesize optimal, real-time decision making strategies to balance the potentially conflicting objectives of information gathering and mission fulfillment. This investigation will enable autonomous CPS to navigate complex tradeoffs, leading to autonomous identification and adoption of the optimal strategy.

 

 

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ION Newsletter: Prof. Kassas Recaps the Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Workshop 2018

April 2018 -- The Institute of Navigation (ION) Spring 2018 Newsletter featured an article by  Prof. Zak Kassas recapping the Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Workshop 2018, which he organized. CASSCA 2018 featured well-recognized experts and leaders from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL); Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL); National Science Foundation (NSF); U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); The Ohio State University (OSU); University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); Santa Clara University (SCU); and Top Flight Technologies.

 


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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Presentation in a Special Session at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2018

April 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited presentation entitled "Pseudorange and Multipath Analysis of Positioning with LTE Secondary Synchronization Signals" at a Special Session on Localization in Current and Emerging Networks at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) 2018.

 

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of Washington

April 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW) entitled "No , No Problem: Exploiting Signals of Opportunity for Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation."

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at University of Colorado Boulder

March 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, entitled "No GPS, No Problem: Exploiting Signals of Opportunity for Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation." 

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

March 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, entitled "No GPS, No Problem: Exploiting Signals of Opportunity for Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation." 

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Prof. Kassas Teaches Invited Course in the Master of Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems Program at University of California, Irvine

February 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas taught an invited course entitled "ECPS 209: CPS Case Studies: Applied Optimal Estimation" for students enrolled in the Master of Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems (MECPS) program at the University of California, Irvine. The program emphasizes embedded systems hardware and software, sensor networks, real-time systems, security and control. 

 

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Prof. Kassas Organizes Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Workshop

January 2018 -- Prof. Zak Kassas organized the inaugural Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Workshop, sponsored by the Institute of Navigation (ION). The CASSCA Workshop discussed the opportunities and challenges (technical, commercial, ethical, and legal) associated with developing fully autonomous systems that are cognizant and trustworthy for safety critical applications (e.g., self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, and marine vehicles). The CASSCA Workshop featured presenters and panelists who are well-recognized experts and leaders from government, industry, and academia.

 


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

January 2018 -- Joshua Morales received the prestigious National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year award at the national level. 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. The NCST is composed of the following universities: University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside; University of Southern California; California State University Long Beach; Georgia Institute of Technology; and University of Vermont. The 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 University of California, San Diego

December 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, entitled "No GPS, No Problem: Exploiting Signals of Opportunity for Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation." 

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GPS World Magazine: Prof. Kassas Talks about Safety Issues Raised by Increasing Air and Ground Autonomous Traffic

December 2017 -- The December 2017 issue of GPS World Magazine featured an interview with Prof. Zak Kassas on how safety issues raised by increasing air and ground autonomous traffic will affect the GNSS industry. The interview appeared in the Expert Opinions column.

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Stanford University

November 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Stanford Center for Position, Navigation and Time (SCPNT) Symposium 2017 at Stanford University entitled "Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation via Signals of Opportunity."

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Prof. Kassas Invited as Speaker and Panelist at the Texas Wireless Summit 2017

November 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas was invited to be a speaker and panelist in a panel on Visual Processing and Navigation at the Texas Wireless Summit 2017, hosted by the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at The University of Texas at Austin

November 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, entitled "No GPS, No Problem: Exploiting Signals of Opportunity for Resilient and Accurate Autonomous Vehicle Navigation."

 

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Seminar at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division

October 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited seminar ithe Mind Stretchers Seminar Series at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division (NSWC-Corona) entitled "No GPS, No Problem: Exploiting Signals of Opportunity for Autonomous Navigation in GPS-Denied Environments."

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Joshua Morales and Prof. Kassas Win Best Paper Presentation Award at ION GNSS+ 2017 Conference

September 2017 -- The paper by Joshua Morales and Prof. Kassas entitled "Distributed Signals of Opportunity Aided Inertial Navigation with Intermittent Communication" won the Best Paper Presentation award in the "Robust Autonomy Innovations for Robotic Vehicles" Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2017) Conference.

 

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Kimia Shamaei, Joe Khalife, Souradeep Bhattacharya, and Prof. Kassas Win Best Paper Presentation Award at ION GNSS+ 2017 Conference

September 2017 -- The paper by Kimia Shamaei, Joe KhalifeSouradeep Bhattacharya, and Prof. Kassas entitled "Computationally Efficient Receiver Design for Mitigating Multipath for Positioning with LTE Signals" won the Best Paper Presentation award in the "GNSS Receiver Processing and Navigation Algorithms 2" Session at the Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+ 2017) Conference.

 

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IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Features Invited Article by ASPIN Laboratory

September 2017 -- The September 2017 issue of the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine featured an article by Prof. Kassas, Joe Khalife, Kimia Shamaei, and Joshua Moralesentitled “I hear, therefore I know where I am: compensating for GNSS limitations with cellular signals.” This special issue of the magazine featured invited articles highlighting advances in signal processing for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs).

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Prof. Kassas Gives Invited Presentation in a Special Session at the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) 2017

September 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas gave an invited presentation entitled "Ranging Precision Analysis of LTE Signals" at a Special Session on Positioning In Challenging Environments at the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) 2017.

 

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Prof. Kassas Joins IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Navigation Systems Panel

August 2017 -- Prof. Zak Kassas was invited to join the newly established IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Navigation Systems Panel. The panel will address navigation systems for aircraft, spacecraft, ground and marine vehicles, and pedestrians as well as history of navigation systems and navigation education. The panel is composed of members who have demonstrated leadership and the desire to advance navigation technology and system capabilities. The panelists span industry, government laboratories, educational institutions, and professional societies.

 

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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 ld 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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Electronic Products Magazine Features ASPIN Laboratory Research in Next-Generation Navigation Systems to Support Autonomous Vehicles

February 2017 -- The February 2017 issue of Electronic Products magazine featured an article about ASPIN Laboratory's research entitled "Next-Gen Navigation Systems Will Use Existing Cellular Signals to Support Autonomous Vehicles."

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

February 2017 -- Joe Khalife received the prestigious National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year award for the UCR campus. 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. The NCST is composed of the following universities: University of California, Davis; University of California, Riverside; University of Southern California; California State University Long Beach; Georgia Institute of Technology; and University of Vermont. The 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 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 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 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 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.orgACM.orgScience MagazineSingularity HubCNet.comEurekalert.orgYahoo, GPS WorldScience DailyHomeland Security News WireMilitary Embedded SystemsIndia TVThe Indian ExpressEuropaPressScientias.nlIngenieur.deScinexx.deTiscali.itAutopista.es, SpatialSource.com.auPaceToday.com.auRoboticsChina.com, Cuatro.comInsightsSuccess.com, TrafficTechnologyToday.comFutureCar.comGeoITHub.comNewAtlas.comCrazyengineers.com, GlobalNewsConnect.comLiveMint.com, TheStack.com, R&D MagazineNetworkWorld.com, Electronics360.comElectronicProducts.com, New Delhi TV, The  Register, Green Car Congress, The Economic TimesGIS UserThe Drone Newsamong 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 and Prof. Kassas Win 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, Joe Khalife, and Prof. Kassas 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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Research Poster by Joe Khalife, Kimia Shamaei, and Prof. Kassas Selected as Best Research Poster Finalist at Southern California Robotics Symposium 2016

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, Kimia Shamaei, and Prof. Kassas Win Best Student Paper Award at IEEE/ION Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2016 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 and Prof. Kassas Win 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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