The Fields Institute
Industrial Mathematics Seminar

Monday, February 24, 1997, 4-6 p.m.

Mathematics of Terrestrial Navigation
Dr. Bruno Scherzinger (Chief Scientist, Applanix Corporation)

Applanix Corporation is a developer and manufacturer of integrated GPS/Inertial systems to determine position and orientation in surveying and remote sensing applications.


Navigation on the earth is a discipline engaged in by many different agencies, companies and practitioners. They include aircraft and ship navigators who are interested in knowing where they are and where they are going, and surveyors who are interested in mapping the earth with the greatest possible accuracy.

There are several different methods of navigation, that include inertial navigation, satellite navigation and radio navigation. In addition, integrated navigation systems employ optimal data fusion techniques to combine these different navigation methods for superior accuracy.

This discussion will describe two methods of navigation of particular interest to the author, inertial navigation and satellite navigation, and will describe a method of integrating these methods into an aided inertial navigation system. Some of the mathematics used in integrated navigation include vector calculus, geometry, linear algebra and probability and statistics.


The Industrial Mathematics Seminar is offered to any interested participant -- no reservation is necessary. The Institute is located at 222 College Street, between University Ave. and Spadina Ave. near Huron. Parking is available in pay lots located behind the Fields Institute building (quarters and loonies only), across College St. from the Institute (cash only), and underground at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry (entry on Spadina Ave., just north of College St.)

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