Quantum Sensors in Navigation

Co-hosted by the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing and the Royal Institute of Navigation
The reliance on GNSS for position and timing has recently come under close scrutiny from government and professional organisations around the world. A series of reports about GNSS service interruptions have outlined not only the cost to the economy and the risks to safety, but also satellite system vulnerabilities. It is vital that future navigation technologies can verify GNSS signals in normal operational circumstances, and also act as a backup when service is interrupted or denied through accident or design, through a system-of-systems approach.
Presenters: Professor Kai Bongs, Principal Investigator at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing; Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director for Quantum Technologies, UK Research and Innovation; George Shaw, Principal Systems Engineer, General Lighthouse Authority
This webinar will present:

  • An overview and update of quantum sensor development in relation to navigation
  • Current technical issues arising from reliance on GNSS in typical navigation systems
  • The impact of integrating quantum sensors across navigation applications
  • How quantum map-matching technologies will enable precise and resilient navigation
Who is this webinar for?
  • All those interested in understanding technical issues arising from current navigational technologies
  • Scientists and engineers keen to understand sensor developments in the navigation sector
  • Policy makers and regulators wanting to understand the economic and safety impact of quantum integrated navigation systems
  • Writers and editors seeking further knowledge about quantum sensors and how they can be implemented into the navigation sector

About the presenters:

Professor Kai Bongs is Principle Investigator at the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, and also Director of Innovation at the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham. His work has been disseminated through both invited and peer-reviewed presentations at international conferences and through high-impact publications (125 in total). His work has been cited over 7000 times and has a h-index of 39.
Roger McKinlay is Challenge Director for Quantum Technologies at UK Research and Innovation. Roger has served on the National Quantum Technologies Programme Strategic Advisory Board for three years and was a panel member for the 2016 Quantum Technologies Blackett Review. He has held senior engineering, programme and strategy positions in several industry sectors.
George Shaw is Principal Systems Engineer working for the Research and Radio navigation directorate of the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland. He is responsible for strategy and systems studies that inform the future direction of maritime aids-to-navigation. His specialisation is in systems engineering and analysis of robust GNSS-based solutions for positioning and navigation across air, land and sea domains.

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  • Kai Bongs


  • Roger McKinley


  • George Shaw


  • Clare Stead

    Webinar Host

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