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CASSCA, PNT for Unmanned Systems Opens Today at ION GNSS+

The Institute of Navigation’s Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference kicked off this year’s ION GNSS+ conference today in Miami.

Featuring well-recognized experts and leaders from government, industry and academia, CASSCA was originally scheduled as part of  ION’s International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications in late January, but was postponed at that time due to an extended impasse between U.S. Congressional leaders and the White House that had created a partial U.S. government shutdown.

The conference is now taking place today and tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency Miami, Miami, Florida in conjunction with ION GNSS+, Sept. 16-20 at the same location. The General Chair is Prof. Zak Kassas, University of California, Irvine, while the Technical Program Chair is Dr. Robert Leishman, Air Force Institute of Technology.

The CASSCA 2019 Conference explores the current state of the art in autonomous vehicles development, from the often disparate perspectives of government, industry and academic institutions. Plenary speakers, representing the wide variety of interests and perspectives on autonomous vehicles, will kick off the conference with insight into what these vehicles are capable of, and what interesting concepts are now within reach.

Conference discussions will investigate the unique challenges and difficulties associated with addressing the needs of safety-critical applications in the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Crucial perspectives and important concerns from the trust, policy and ethics communities on the development and deployment of these vehicles will be heard. Technical success alone cannot secure widespread adoption and deployment of autonomous vehicles. Successful solutions will emerge from the combined efforts of scientists, engineers, and policy-makers.

Kassas is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Kassas’ research in autonomous navigation in GNSS-challenged environments has been featured in dozens of national and international media outlets and received several awards, including the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program Award, the IEEE Walter Fried Award, and the ION Burka Award.

To View the Technical Program, click here.