The Inertial Sensors and Systems 2008 was held in Karlsruhe, Germany at 16 and 17 September 2008.
by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gert F. Trommer, Symposium Chairman
Once again the international "Inertial Sensors and Systems - Inertial Components and Integrated Systems" took place at Karlsruhe, organized by the "Institute of Systems Optimization" of the University of Karlsruhe in cooperation with the "German Institute of Navigation (DGON)".
Recent progress and latest state of the art in inertial technology were presented and discussed by international experts of the navigation community. The conference covered the whole range from inertial sensor components (gyros and accelerometers) over GPS-, SAR- and vision-aided integrated navigation systems up to advanced navigation, guidance & control systems for UAVs.
The programme committee, Dr. W. Bernard (Chairman), Dr. W. Auch, Dr. W. Geiger, Prof. Dr. B. Stieler and Dr. E. von Hinüber ensured a comprehensive selection of high quality papers. These were presented in 9 technical sessions by 20 speakers from 8 countries:
- MEMS Gyro Technoloy
- Design of Vibrating Sensors
- MEMS based Systems
- FOG Design
- FOG Improvements
- Aiding Methods
- Navigation Systems
- Distributed Sensors
- Direction Finding
The international visibility of this well renowned conference inside of the inertial technology community was underscored by the presence of 166 participants from 20 different countries all over the world. Besides of German experts the foreign participants with a total of 60 % came from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, India, Israel, Norway, P.R. China, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine and USA.
This year again the conference was a great success, backed up by the visitor's feedback on the questionnaire. The special ambience of the Karlsruhe palace, where the conference was located, enhanced networking and establishing closer relationships between representatives from industry and research centres. The social events, (sight seeing tour through the palace of Bruchsal and the Museum of Music Automates as well as a dinner at a local micro brewery) were an essential element for relaxing and bringing together people from sometimes hard competing companies.
Many thanks to all of the programme committee, to the staff of the Institute of Systems Optimization for their technical and logistic support and especially to the Conference Manager Mrs. N. Frietsch as well as to my secretary Mrs. B. Endres, who mastered perfectly the challenge to organize this complex event.