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9th COUNT Workshop

The 9th COUNT Workshop, co-organized by the Satellite Positioning and Inertial Navigation (SPIN) Lab and the ElectroScience Lab, was held at the Blackwell Center, April 7-8, 2015. The premier event drew a record attendance this year, totaling in 102 professionals representing faculty and graduate students from OSU, AFRL AFIT, Miami University and Ohio University, COUNT industrial affiliates, and representatives from the federal and local government. In particular, the increase of the government attendees is noteworthy, as this sector accounted for about 20%.

The two-day workshop featured overview presentations from the four universities, providing valuable information on the ongoing research and graduate programs. Industrial affiliates, who are the paying members from the large defense companies, reported about their R&D activities and future needs. Government representatives presented position papers on key areas relevant to future R&D needs of the government. Finally, poster sessions provided graduate students with the opportunity to show their research work. The single-track workshop provides an effective way to exchange ideas and to discuss developments in the field of precise navigation, accurate timekeeping, registration and geospatial technologies that essential for modern day warfare, homeland security, commercial aviation, transportation, agriculture, emergency rescue efforts, and more.

COUNT stands for the Consortium of Ohio Universities on Navigation and Timekeeping (http://www.countohio.org/). COUNT was established in 2006 by the faculty and researchers from OSU, Ohio University, Air Force Institute of technology (AFIT) and Miami University to share their expertise for further training of undergraduate and graduate students as well as employees of the US-based navigation industry.

The following students and and post-doctoral researched from the SPIN Lab, working with Profs. Dorota Brzezinska and Charles Toth, presented posters at the workshop:

Greg Jozkow Comparison of Various UAS Trajectory Reconstruction Methods
Jianzhu Huai Stereo-inertial Odometry Using Nonlinear Optimization
Jihye Park Impact of Ionospheric Scintillation on Long Baseline RTK at Low Latitudes
Jisun Lee Performance Analysis of Gravity Gradient Referenced Navigation
Julia Hofmann Evaluation of Active and Passive Sensor Created Point Clouds from UAS Platforms
Kai Dierenbach Reconstruction of Aircraft Trajectory from LiDAR Data
Siavash Hosseiny Object Tracking on a Moving Platform
Steven Ostrowski Navigation using Ultra Wideband Technology in GPS Compromised Environments