Kassas and Shamaei Win Institute of Navigation Burka Award

Zak Kassas and Kimia Shamaei Feb. 20, 2019 - The Institute of Navigation (ION) has presented UC Irvine’s Zak Kassas and doctoral student Kimia Shamaei with its 2018 Samuel Burka Award for their paper titled "LTE Receiver Design and Multipath Analysis for Navigation in Urban Environments," published in the Winter 2018 issue of NAVIGATION, the ION Journal.

The annual Samuel Burka Award was established in 1959 by ION, a not-for-profit international professional organization, to recognize outstanding achievement in the preparation of papers advancing the art and science of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).

Kassas is an assistant professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering and electrical engineering & computer science whose research aims to develop a modernized PNT system architecture that mitigates the shortcomings of current GPS systems. Shamaei works in Kassas’ Autonomous Systems Perception, Intelligence & Navigation Laboratory (ASPIN).

Their paper presented a novel, computationally efficient receiver design for navigating exclusively with cellular LTE signals in urban environments, which often experience significant multipath-induced errors. The receiver mitigated multipath signals and produced a meter-level-accurate navigation solution, which is the most accurate navigation solution to date with LTE signals in urban environments.

– Lori Brandt


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