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Feb 2009

Congratulations to new PhD graduates from the group: 

May 2007

Mohamed Youssef and Dr. Naser El-Sheimy offered a tutorial on "Wireless Sensor Networks: Research vs. Reality"
at the IEEE/ACM CNSR2007, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. Mohamed Youssef awarded IEEE/ACM CNSR2007 Student Travel Award, Sponsored by University of New Brunswick, Canada.

April 2007

Chris Goodall was awarded a Canadian Institute of Geomatics graduate scholarship.

March 2007

Chris Goodall was awarded a Lab Excellence Award for his TA work in ENGO 563

March 2006

Mahmoud El-Gizawy was awarded a Lab Excellence Award due to his excellent contributions as a teaching assistant
for ENGO 563.
Chris Goodall received a Canadian Space Agency NSERC supplement in the area of Space Technologies.

January 2006

Dr. Nesreen I Ziedan joined the MMSS group in February 2006. She received a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer
Engineering from Purdue University, USA, in December 2004. Her previous research work in the field of GNSS
receivers involved developing innovative and efficient GNSS receiver algorithms to work with weak signals under
various dynamic conditions; she has several (pending) patents from that work. At the UofC, she will broaden her
research work and address issues related to the (deep) integration of GNSS receivers with inertial navigation systems.

Sept 2005

The MMSS group won 3 Best Paper Awards at the ION GNSS 2005 conference. The group had a strong presence at the last
ION meeting with 6 members, 5 papers, and 3 best paper awards as listed below:

Session A4: Integrated Navigation Systems With Auxilary Sensors 1

The Development of a GPS/MEMS INS Integrated System Utilizing a Hybrid Processing Architecture: C. Goodall, N.
El-Sheimy, University of Calgary, Canada; K-W. Chiang, National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan

Session A5: Integrated Navigation Systems With Auxilary Sensors 2

Development of a Low-cost MEMS IMU/GPS Navigation System for Land Vehicles Using Auxiliary Velocity Updates in the Body
Frame: X. Niu, N. El-Sheimy, University of Calgary, Canada

Session A6: Remote Sensing with GPS and Integrated Sensors

Integrating Photogrammetry and GPS at the Measurement-Level: C. Ellum, N. El-Sheimy, University of Calgary, Canada

Sept 2005

Dr. El-Sheimy was invited by the Australian CRCSI and Melbourne University to offer a presentation on Canadian experiences
with commercializing academic research in integrated multi-sensor systems for mapping.

Sept 2005

Dr. Sameh Nassar joined NovAtel Inc as an NSERC industry PDF in collaboration with the MMSS Group at UofC.

Sept 2005

The group welcomed five new members: Zainab Syed for the PhD degree. Zainab received an M.Sc for Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2005 and
will be conducting her research on personal navigation.
Taher Abbas for the PhD degree. Taher received an M.Sc from Ains Shams University, Egypt and will be conducting his research
on direct georeferencing and data fusion. Mohamed Yousef for the M.Sc degree. Mohamed a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Zagazig University and an M.Sc.
in Electrical Engineering from Kuwait University.
Behtash Charkhand as a part time graduate student for the M.Sc degree. Behtash received a BSc. from Software Engineering
at the University of Calgary in 2004. He is current working at NovAtel Inc. and will be conducting his research on sensor integration. Abdalla Osman for the M.Sc degree. Abdalla received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University.

July 2005

Dr. Kai-Wei Chiang, former member of the group, started his new job as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geomatics,
National Cheng Kung University, in Taiwan.

August 2005

Due to his excellent performance in the first year of his graduate studies, Chris Goodall transferred from a Masters to Ph.D degree.
Chris will be working on the Integration of Kalman Filtering and Neural Networks for multi-sensor systems.

July 2005

Dr. Eun-Hwan Shin, former member of the MMSS group, joined Applanix Inc, Toronto.

May 2005

Todd Richert, a former member of the MMSS group, joined NovAtel Inc, Calgary, Canada.

May 2005

Prof. Naser El-Sheimy offered a tutorial on "Digital Mapping Systems" in Riyadh Saudi Arabia - ISPRS Remote Sensing Arabia. Mahmoud El-Gizawy, a Ph.D candidate in the research group, was awarded the innovation in mobile mapping award from the
department of Geomatics Engineering.


Dr. Sameh Nassar received the Department of Geomatics Engineering Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.

April 2005


Prof. Naser El-Sheimy offered two invited lectures on "Mobile Multi-Sensor Systems" at Sharjah University and at the American University in Dubai (UAE).

February 2005

Eun-Hwan Shin successfully defended his Ph.D thesis and has continued his research as a Post-Doctor Fellow with the MMSS group.

February 2005

Landra Trevis, a former M.Sc. member of the MMSS group, joined All West Surveys Ltd, Calgary, as of February 2005.

January 2005

Chris Goodall was awarded the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association (ALSA) Graduate Studies Scholarship. This is the first time
that a University of Calgary graduate student has received this award. For more info on Chris's research see the March edition
of the ALSA newsletter.

December 2004

Walid Abdel-Hamid Successfully defended his Ph.D thesis and has continued his research with the MMSS group as a
Post-Doctor Fellow.

November 2004

Kai-Wei Chiang successfully defended his Ph.D thesis and is continuing his research with the group as a Post-Doctor Fellow.

September 2004

Walid Abdel-Hamid and Eun-Hwan Shin received the US Institute of Navigation (ION) best paper award at the ION International
Satellite Division Conference (GNSS 2004) in Long Beach California.

Walid also received the ION best oral presentation award at GNSS 2004 in Long Beach.

July 2004

The MMS group welcomed Teri Anderson as a new member. Teri graduated from the University of Calgary Geomatics B.Sc.
program and is now working towards her M.Sc. in close-range photogrammetry.

June 2004

Walid Abdel-Hamid received the best oral presentation award at the University of Calgary Graduate Student Conference

April 2004

Thilanka Galappaththi, member of the MMSS group, joined Tuboscope Integrated Pipeline Services as a Geomatics Engineer
in Training (E.I.T) while finishing her M.Sc. thesis.

December 2003

Mahmoud El-Gizawy successfully passed his Ph.D candidacy exam. The committee consisted of Professors Naser El-Sheimy,
Gerard Lachapelle, Aboelmagd Noureldin, Abu Seasy and Matthew Tait.

December 2003

Dr. Sameh Nassar was selected to be the Chair of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) Working Group (WG) 4.1.1
"Advances in Inertial Navigation and Error Modeling Algorithms". The terms of reference are: to study and report the
performance of currently used inertial error modeling algorithms, and to promote the development of new methods and
techniques for modeling inertial sensor errors. Furthermore it is required to implement innovative ideas for processing inertial data
with other sensors and to report advances in the development of new inertial sensor technologies.

November 2003

Sameh Nassar successfully defended his Ph.D thesis and is continuing his research with the group as a Post-Doctor Fellow.

September 2003

Kai-Wei Chiang received the ION best paper award at the ION International Satellite Division Conference (GNSS 2003) in
Portland Oregon.

June 2003

Professor Naser El-Sheimy has received a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Mobile Multi-Sensor Geomatics Systems.
The appointment will enable Dr. El-Sheimy to focus his research on the above topic. The initial term for the CRC is seven years.
More information is available here.

June 2003

Professors Naser El-Sheimy and Kalus Peter Schwarz established two new scholarships: for graduate students the Innovation
in Mobile Mapping Award ($3500/year) and for undergraduates the Geomatics Engineering Future Leaders Award ($1500/year).

May 2003

Sameh Nassar received the Faculty of Graduate Studies Helmut Moritz Graduate Scholarship. The recipient of this award is selected
on the basis of creative contributions to geodesy.
Cameron Ellum, a Ph.D student in the group, was awarded the Robert E. Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship from the American
Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

April 2003

Professor Naser El-Sheimy was invited by Padova University, Italy, to offer a course on "Geomatics in Sustainable Development"

March 2003

Professor Naser El-Sheimy offered a course on GPS/INS Integration to the R&D personnel at the Autoflug BmbH in Germany.

December 2002

Professor Naser El-Sheimy offered a course on "Inertial Technologies and GPS/INS Integration" at the Technical University
in Vienna Austria.

Bruce Wright presented at the ASPRS meeting in Denver Colorado. The topic of his presentation was his integrated system
for detecting forest fires. Details on Bruce's research can be found here