The Inertial Sensors and Systems 2011 was held in Karlsruhe, Germany at 20 and 21 September 2011.
For the fifth time the international conference "Inertial Sensors and Systems 2011", formerly called "Symposium Gyro Technology" took place at Karlsruhe, organized by the "Institute of Systems Optimization (ITE)" of the "Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)" in cooperation with the "German Institute of Navigation (DGON)".
The renaming of the conference was aimed to fit to the gradual change of the topics, covered by the conference, which broadened over the years from gyroscopes to inertial sensors and finally to integrated navigation systems.
The conference was ideally suited within the charming garden hall of the Palace of Karlsruhe to provide on "neutral terrain" a forum for inertial experts of competing companies, governmental decision makers as well as research institutions to discuss actual problems and explore strategic strands for future technology developments.
So experts from industry and research presented the latest approaches for inertial sensors like fibre optic gyroscopes, hemispherical resonators and MEMS devices, multisensor navigation systems like AHRS or north finding systems and finally their applications in pedestrian navigation, precise point positioning, mobile robots aviation and missile alignment.
The programme committee, Dr. W. Bernard (Chairman), Dr. W. Auch, Dr. W. Geiger, Dr. E. von Hinüber and Prof. Dr. J. F. Wagner selected high level papers out of a set of good submissions with a rejection rate of approximately 60%. The 19 papers from speakers of 8 nations were presented in the following sessions:
|FOG Design||Dr. W. Auch|
|FOG Components||Dr. M. Perlmutter|
|Gyro Concepts||Dr. W. Bernard|
|Sensor Calibration||Prof. D. Loukianov|
|Miniaturized IMUs||Prof. W. Schröder|
|Positioning||Dr. E. von Hinüber|
|Directional Finding||Dr. W. Geiger|
|Aided Systems||Prof. J. F. Wagner|
Despite of the present low global economy, we could count a total of approximately 170 participants out of 20 nations, (covering 65% visitors from abroad) proving the international significance of this conference.
The scientific aspect of the conference was highlighted by the presence of Dr. Lefèvre, the famous pioneer from the very beginning of fibre optic gyroscope development, whereas the aspect of technical applications was underscored by the visit of Professor Vladimir Peshekhonov, the leading navigation expert of the strategic atomic submarine fleet of Russia together with his delegation from Saint Petersburg.
The social program, a guided tour to the city of Speyer with its famous Salian Cathedral, which is included on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites, as well as the traditional dinner at Karlsruhe's local micro brewery, gave the participants a perfect frame to look for new contacts or deepen older ones. Especially the possibility for technical as well as business related discussions in a relaxed and open atmosphere were important prerequisites for the success of this event.
Prof. Trommer expressed his deep gratitude 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. Endres and Mr. Wankerl, who perfectly mastered the challenging task to organize and run this event. A very special thank was expressed to the sponsors ACUTRONIC, Switzerland and SENSONOR, Norway for helpful support of this conference.
The next conference "Inertial Sensors and Systems 2011" will be take place again in Karlsruhe from 18 to 19 September 2012.