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Course 551: Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems

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Course 551: Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems: In-Depth

Instructor: Dr. John Betz, MITRE Fellow Emeritus
This course is also available for private group training | 3.0 CEUs

Course Description

This 5-day course will enable attendees to achieve proficiency, not merely familiarity, with the essential aspects of using GPS / GNSS signals. Course 551 will not only thoroughly address current and future GPS signals, but also drill deeply into available details of signals from other satellite-based positioning and timing systems. As attendees understand similarities and distinctions between different systems and signals, they will become equipped to take advantage of signals from multiple systems.

Receiver processing techniques are described along with ways to characterize the performance of receiver processing. These processing techniques are customized to specific characteristics of signals from GPS and other satnav systems. Specialized topics, including dealing with interference and with multipath, differential satnav, and assisted satnav, are also addressed.

Attendees will be given review questions each evening that will be reviewed in class each morning. Working the review problems in class helps attendees understand and apply key concepts.

Objectives

  • To develop proficiency with advanced receiver processing of modernized and new signals from GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS, supplemented by systems engineering skills, integrated with techniques for assessing performance and performing design trades concerning receiver processing.

Prerequisites

  • Attendees should already have a solid background in GPS and be ready to develop advanced skills. Previous exposure to basic signal processing techniques and terminology and to matrix algebra as well as familiarity with engineering mathematics is needed.

Who Should Attend?

  • This extensive, fast-moving course is targeted to engineers, scientists and professionals who already have a solid background in GPS and are ready to develop advanced skills in using GPS and other satellite-based navigation and timing systems. Attendees should have previous exposure to basic signal processing techniques and terminology. Familiarity with engineering mathematics is needed.

Materials You Will Keep

  • A color electronic copy of all course notes, including review questions and solutions,  will be provided in advance on a USB drive or CD-ROM.
  • Notes and references of advance study materials we be sent ahead for review prior to the course.
  • Ability to use Adobe Acrobat sticky notes on electronic course notes.
  • NavtechGPS Glossary of GNSS Acronyms.
  • A black and white hard copy of the course notes.
  • Textbook: Engineering Satellite-Based Navigation & Timing: GNSS, Signals, & Receivers, J. Betz,  Wiley-IEEE Press, 2015.
Course: 551
Patuxent, Maryland

This was not sold to me as an introduction course but John was able to explain things simply and I was brought up to speed surprisingly quickly.

— Michael James, United States Navy, September 2019
Course: 541
Nashville, TN

Course 541 is really a course that needs to be attended by experienced engineers. Many experienced engineers should not underestimate what they would learn from key GNSS experts like Dr. John Betz.

— Name withheld upon request,
Course: 541
Nashville, TN

The in-depth understanding of the effects of interference of GNSS signals and how they impact various parts of the receiver will help me design “Robust GNSS” receivers.

— Name withheld upon request,
Course: 541
Nashville, TN

Dr. John Betz explained topics very well throughout the course. He is willing to explain things over again until the student underrstands.

— Name withheld upon request,
Course: 541
Nashville, TN

I learned how to understand the structure of the new signals that will help me design code to take benefit of the good features.

— Premal H. Madhani,
Course: 541
Nashville, TN

[I learned] code tracking and corner tracking techniques, signal characteristics of different GNSS constellations, for multi-constellation receivers: link budgets, error sources, and characterization.

— Ronnie Kor,
Course: 551
Patuxent River, MD

I developed a higher level understanding about what satnav is, the details behind how it works and what characteristics impact how I test my system.

— Name withheld upon request, U.S. Navy, September 2019
Course: 551
Patuxent River, MD

I learned about topics that will be helpful in calculating/understanding satnav closure rates during AR testing. I also gained a fundamental understanding of satnav. This was not sold to me as an introductory course , but John [Betz] was able to explain things simply and I was brought up to speed surprisingly quickly.

— Name withheld upon request, Florida Institute of Technology, September 2019
Course: 551
Patuxent River, MD

The switching between math and application was well done to keep interest.

— Name withheld upon request, U.S. Navy, September 2019
Course: 541
Unlisted

“Dr. John Betz’ Course 541 on advanced GNSS signals and systems has been very helpful, especially when implementing algorithms to support newer constellations. I took this course in September 2013, and it was immediately useful upon my return to work. Also, the course notes have been a reference that I value highly and refer to frequently.”

— Premal Madhani, Broadcom
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