The Conrad Blucher Institute Hosts International GPS Conference Featuring Google Researcher

Published: November 21, 2014

The Conrad Blucher Institute Hosts International GPS Conference Featuring Google Researcher

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Google Researcher and Software Engineer, Dr. Bryan Klingner shared information on all the latest GPS based research at the third International Conference and Exhibition on Ubiquitous Positioning, Indoor Navigation, and Location-Based Service, held this week (Nov. 20 and Nov. 21) at The Omni Hotel located in Downtown Corpus Christi. Dr. Ruizhi Chen, Endowed Chair for The Conrad Blucher Institute (CBI) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted and organized this year’s conference.

The highlight of the conference included a keynote presentation from Klingner titled, “Google-Scale Indoor Imagery and Mapping.” Klingner is currently on the Geographic Imagery Team at Google and his latest research includes large-scale indoor/outdoor imagery and 3D modeling.

Researchers from around the world gathered to share the latest information in location-based services, indoor/outdoor mapping, and mobile sensing using smartphones. Topics covered information such as how the latest smartphones allows the “average joe” access to super powered mini computers that can access a multitude of smart apps and the issue of indoor locating services. Both smart apps and indoor locating take advantage of sensitive GPS sensors, accelerometers, gyroscopes, and digital compasses that come standard in every smartphone.

“A&M-Corpus Christi and the Conrad Blucher Institute are proud to bring in leading experts and researchers in the field of indoor positioning and mapping,” said Chen. “Mobile devices have the capability to change the way we view and interact with the world around us, not only for the scientific community, but also for anyone who uses location-based products on their smart phones.”

Klingner received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkley and has expertise in computer-vision based geolocation of panoramic imagery and large-scale bundle adjustment using structure from motion. He has also worked at many of the big name technology companies including Microsoft and Apple.