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Ohio University avionics engineer wins major industry award

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 6, 2006) -- Andrey Soloviev, a research engineer with Ohio University's Avionics Engineering Center, part of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, was recently presented with the Institute of Navigation (ION) Early Achievement Award.

The award is presented to individuals 35 years old or younger with early achievements in the art and science of navigation. Soloviev was the only recipient this year.

"It feels encouraging to get such an award. There is a similar level of satisfaction after solving a really challenging technical problem," Soloviev said.

Soloviev made early contributions to the Inertial Navigation System and also pioneered its optimal integration with the Global Positioning System. Similar to GPS, the INS provides the position and velocity of a vehicle but also its orientation and angular velocity. It is widely used because it is immune to purposeful interference, or jamming. As GPS satellites send radio-navigation signals to GPS users, jamming and unintentional interference occurs from atmospheric effects, as well as signal blockages from buildings and communication equipment. Optimally combined GPS and INS enable "deep integration," where the radio-frequency GPS samples are combined with high-rate inertial measurements at the earliest possible point in the system. This makes GPS much less susceptible to interference. 

In his efforts to reduce such GPS vulnerabilities, Soloviev and his research group managed the first in-flight demonstration of complete navigation capabilities with a deeply integrated GPS/INS that can reliably track GPS signals 50 times weaker than the best available GPS receivers. As a result, the system can withstand jammers 50 times stronger using the new technology. The system can also track GPS signals inside buildings and under dense foliage, where most commercial GPS receivers cannot operate.

Soloviev also recently filed a patent, with two other authors, on deep GPS/inertial integration. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 navigation-related publications. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in applied mathematics and physics from the Moscow University of Physics and Technology, and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from Ohio University.

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