Abstract: The Global Positioning System (GPS) is the world's most widely used space system with 1 billion direct users and many times more indirect users. We all know that GPS is used for positioning ourselves with smart phones and navigating our vehicles. But did you know that it is also used to protect endangered species and to study the pace of climate change?
This seminar will present a brief introduction to the GPS system and how it works, followed by a survey of some of the coolest applications of this technology: from next generation aviation to tracking marine wildlife and measuring polar sea ice, and more!
Bio: Grace Xingxin Gao is an assistant professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 and her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2003, both at Tsinghua University, China. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 2008. Before joining Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor in 2012, Prof. Gao was a research associate at Stanford University.
Prof. Gao has won a number of awards, including RTCA William E. Jackson Award, Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award, 50 GNSS Leaders to Watch by GPS World Magazine, and multiple best presentation awards at ION GNSS conferences. Prof. Gao has been elected and serves as Institute of Navigation Council member and co-chair of the Technical Committee on Air Navigation.