IPIN 2016 – The Review

Silvia Pichler, 

For those of you that don’t know, IPIN is THE Indoor Positioning & Indoor Navigation Conference. As we posted before the event, this is the event where innovators meet.

This year was extra special however as our CRO gave the Keynote

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And that was not all. Our Senior Researcher Boxian Dong also presented his findings on the Adaptive Kalman Filter for Indoor Navigation.

IPIN – From the speaker’s point of view

Speaking at events like these can be intimidating and also exhilarating. The first reaction from Thomas on hearing he had been awarded the keynote was huge excitement, quickly followed by the realization that an hour is a very long time to talk, even for him.


Q: After getting over the initial “ONE HOUR!” fear how did you prepare for the Keynote?

I just put my slides together and prepared some jokes in case that hour had not passed yet. Gotta keep the audience entertained.

Q: What are your tips on holding the attention of the audience for that long a time?

I think the secret is to show people lots of images and not take yourself too seriously. It is difficult enough to follow someone’s talk for one whole hour. So you don’t want to make it even harder for the audience by filling your slides with text only and boring everyone with dry talk. A little joke here and there won’t do any harm and may help people stay awake.

Q: How do you feel your talk was received?

I am pretty confident the audience was interested in what I had to say. I couldn’t hear anyone snoring or falling off their chair (laughs). All jokes aside, I think our SLAM technology was the perfect fit for the IPIN Conference framework, as I am convinced it is THE technology innovation for Indoor Navigation of our time. The possibilities of applying it to real life scenarios are nearly endless and seeing that other people have noticed this fact as well makes me both proud and happy.

Q: What was the best question?

I can’t really say that there was one question that stood out, as they were all very qualified. I am glad the audience was very attentive and that there is such a high level of interest in and acknowledgement of our SLAM technology.

Images from Thomas’ talk:

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Q: Can you sum up your poster in a few short sentences?

The poster is about the Adaptive Kalman Filter (AKF) we use in our indoo.rs Navigation solution. The AKF generates the location information from two independent resources: the motion data and the radio locations. The adaptive functions tune the filter automatically to trust more on motion or radio locations.

Q: We know that the Adaptive Kalman Filter is very complicated but would you explain how critical it is to our Indoor Positioning?

The “Adaptive Kalman Filter” is an important tool to improve the location accuracy. It is an essential part of the indoo.rs Crowd Foraging system that automatically maintains and updates radio reference maps. The AKF is an updated version of the less advanced “Kalman Filter”, which it outperforms by 10%!

Q: What are the advantages for you as a researcher to go to a conference like this?

Going to IPIN was a great experience and unique chance to learn about current technology trends, first hand. By talking to other researchers and learning about their works we can get inspiration and learn to view problems from different angles. This may also help us to solve problems we may have to deal with.


IPIN 2016 review _ Boxian poster

Thomas (left) approves of Boxian’s (right) research results

Download Boxian’s poster on the AKF 


IPIN 2017

The next IPIN Conference will be held in Sapporo, on Japan’s northernmost main island, Hokkaido. We definitely don’t want to miss it! Save the date: September, 18-21, 2017

IPIN 2017

See you in Japan!