Non-Satellite Navigation

Who never heard of GPS, Galileo, Glonass or other GNSS systems in the world of navigation? Despite its wonderful services, satellite navigation presents numerous weaknesses and vulnerabilities which need to be overcome.

New and complementary approaches integrating vision, sensing, signals of opportunity, gravity, etc. are developed to support continuous air, ground but also underground and underwater navigation !

We would love to know more about them ! 

From drones to submarines, for humans or unmanned systems, join us to present your latest researches and developments for computing a reliable and precise latitude, longitude and height… anywhere, anytime!


Expect a good mix of participants between military, engineers, researchers and academics. It is a unique opportunity to learn the needs and requirements from the end-users while showing them what is or will be possible soon!

The majority of the participants will be interested more in the concepts, the vision, real-life results vs laboratory results, system requirements, etc rather than in detailed mathematics (but there are always experts in the room as well !) 


Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun




08:15-08:45 General Assembly ION-CH ION-CH Members only
08:30-09:00 Registration and Coffee  
09:00-09:15 Introduction Quentin Ladetto and Markus Höpflinger, armasuisse W+T

Urs Wild, swisstopo

09:15-09:30 High Integrity GNSS/INS for Automated Driving Rod Bryant (online)
u-blox AG
09:30-09:45 Autonomous navigation using event based cameras Davide Scaramuzza (online)
Robotics and Perception Group, UZH & ETHZ
09:45-10:00 Vision-based robotic perception Margarita Chli (online)
Vision for Robotics Lab, ETHZ
10:00-10:15 Visual Mapping and Navigation

Marc Pollefeys
Microsoft Mixed Reality and AI Lab

10:15-10:30 Large-scale Visual Localization using 3D streetlevel imagery Stephan Nebiker
FHNW – Geomatik Institute
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00-11:15 UWB-based system for UAV localisation in GNSS-denied environments Jorge Peña Queralta (online)
University of Turku
11:15-11:30 Secure Ranging: From UWB to 5G Srdjan Capkun (online)
System Security Group – ETHZ
11:30-11:45 Independent Testbed for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing
in GNSS- denied/ degraded environments
Matthias Reitenhardt (online)
11:45-12:00 Scalable Absolute Visual Localisation for Arial Applications Iordan Doytchinov
Geodetic Engineering Laboratory, EPFL
12:00-12:15 Discussion – Questions  
12:15-13:30 Lunch Break – Visit of the Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre (SDRC)  
13:30-13:45 5G Positioning Fredrik Gunnarsson (online)
13:45-14:00 Indoor Tracking for Military Operation in Urban Terrain (MOUT) Training Rolf Gasser
RUAG Simulation & Training
14:00-14:15 Expand the availability of precise global localization by
sensor fusion of RTK GNSS and VIO
Zhenzhong Su
Fixposition AG
14:15-14:30 Outdoor local-area navigation with wireless IoT low-power signals Luciano Sarperi
14:30-14:45 Towards a basic and extendable passive localization framework Katrin Solveig Lohan (online)
Eastern Switzerland University of Applied Sciences
14:45-15:00 Discussion – Questions  
15:00-15:15 Coffee Break  
15:15-15:30 Ultra-precise localisation for emergency interventions Johan Perul (online)
15:30-15:45 Deep-Learning Pedestrian Dead Reckoning Frameworks Itzik Klein (online)
University of Haifa
15:45-16:00 A Multi-Radio Signals Indoor Positioning Fusion Solution
using Attenuation and Time of Flight
François Spies (online)
Université de Franche-Comté
16:00-16:15 Robust particle filtering using machine learning for GPS free localisation​ Lorenzo Bergamini​
16:15-16:30 Discussion – Questions  
16:30 End of the Conference  



Jointly organised

Swiss Drone and Robotics Centre SDRC