The Inertial Sensors and Systems 2010 was held in Karlsruhe, Germany at 21 and 22 September 2010.
For the fourth time the "Inertial Sensors and Systems - Inertial Components and Integrated Systems" took place at Karlsruhe, organized by the "Institute of Systems Optimization (ITE)" of the KIT, formerly University of Karlsruhe, in cooperation with the "German Institute of Navigation (DGON)".
This year the conference was themed "Celebrating 200 Years of Gimbal Mounted Gyroscope", referring to the first demonstration of a gimballed gyroscope platform by Prof. J. von Bohnenberger 1810 at Tübingen in Germany.
The celebration of the bicentenary anniversary of this device was performed by three jubilee presentations, which encompassed the evolution of inertial techniques from the beginnings by "Bohnenberger's Machine" to the most precise mechanical gyro system, which ever has been manufactured, as well as to high performance optical ring laser gyros for geophysical observations.
A special highlight was the presentation of Dr. Buchman, Stanford University, project manager of the famous NASA project "Gravity Probe B". Primary aim of the 750 Million $ experiment was the determination of the curvature and torsion of the relativistic space-time in the orbit of the earth by using an ultra high precision attitude measurement system in the interior of a satellite. For this purpose, a mechanical gyro system with incredible precision had been manufactured. The electrostatical suspended gyro ball with only 40 atomic layers deviation from the perfect spherical shape was initially driven at 10 000 revolutions per minute, and then rotated freely with such low friction that the speed down time would have been more than 15 000 years. The so-achieved perfection of the rotation led to an angular accuracy of less than 1 degree in 10 million years ago (!!), sufficient to measure the minimum angle deflections of the satellite probe as a result of the curvature of space-time by the rotating earth.
In the technical main part of the conference experts from industry and research labs discussed the latest methods and applications of inertial systems. The topics covered the whole range from optical and MEMS inertial sensor components up to multi sensor navigation systems and their applications.
Again the programme committee, Dr. W. Bernard (Chairman), Dr. W. Auch, Dr. W. Geiger, Dr. E. von Hinüber and Prof. Dr. J. F. Wagner succeeded to select a set of high level papers, presented by 21 speakers out of 12 countries in the following technical sessions:
|200 Years of Gyro Technology||Prof. G. F. Trommer|
|MEMS Gyros||Dr. W. Geiger|
|MEMS Technology||Dr. W. Auch|
|Applications of MEMS IMUs||Prof. W. Schröder|
|High Performance Fiber Optic Gyroscopes||Prof. W. Schröder|
|Optical Gyros||Dr. M. Perlmutter|
|High Precision Applications||Prof. D. Loukianov|
|Structural Monitoring with Gyros||Dr. E. von Hinüber|
|Algorithms for Inertial Systems||Prof. J. F. Wagner|
A total of 184 participants with 64% of foreign guests from 21 countries demonstrated the international significance of this conference within the inertial technology community. This year we had visitors from Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, P. R. China, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine and USA.
The presentations of the speakers had been accompanied by interesting industry exhibitions from the companies ACUTRONIC; Switzerland and SENSONOR, Norway.
The evening programme, combining a sight seeing tour through the palaces of Rastatt with the now traditional dinner at Karlsruhe's local micro brewery, sponsored kindly by ACUTRONIC, SENSONOR and NORTHROP GRUMMAN LITEF, was a perfect informal platform for the participants to come closer to each other.
Many thanks to all of the programme committee for ensuring the high scientific and technical level of the papers, to the staff of the ITE for their technical and logistic support, and especially to Mrs. Frietsch and Mrs. Endres, who perfectly mastered the challenging task to organize and run this event.
The "Inertial Sensors and Systems" will be take place again in Karlsruhe next year from 20 to 21 September 2011.
Please download the conference programme.