Welcome for GNSS expert Dr. Germán Olivares as he joins our team

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GeoNumerics widens its knowledge base by including one more senior GNSS expert into its R&D group in response to GNSS and PNT increasing complexity, new challenges and growing number of applications.

Castelldefels, 26 October 2020.  Dr. Germán Olivares begins today his career at GeoNumerics (GN) as a senior GNSS researcher and developer. With this move, GN significantly increases its GNSS research and development (R&D) capacity in a context of a growing demand for GNSS-related products and services that require in-depth knowledge and long experienced staff.

Germán Olivares holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Physics by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), and a PhD in Engineering by the Université du Luxembourg (UL). He has worked on GNSS algorithms, GNSS-based atmospheric sounding and GNSS physical modelling for more than seven years. In this recent period he leveraged his previous research background in astrophysics, geophysics, signal processing, physical modelling and parameter estimation methods to improve various GNSS algorithms. Dr. Olivares has an international record of junior and senior research positions in prestigious institutions as the UAB, the UL, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the Cooperative Research Council for Spatial Information (CRCSI, Australia) and the company Spire Global (UK). In his past position he led the design, implementation and testing of mathematical techniques and algorithms for ionospheric models using GNSS-based data (on the ground and on-board LEO receivers).

Dr. Olivares expertise will boost the development of high-accuracy and high-reliability GNSS components of GN's generic new extensible state-space approach (NEXA) system and its dynamicSURVEY toolbox. Being NEXA a multi-sensor generic and extensible trajectory determination system, Dr. Olivares will cooperate with the other GN's GNSS, inertial and vision-based motion-sensing experts in developing accurate and resilient position and navigation estimation methods.

“The appointment of this GNSS expert will provide remarkable depth and expertise to our company and bring significant value in the upcoming period of manifold mature GNSS constellations, new GNSS services and new satellite-based navigation concepts," said Dr. Ismael Colomina, GeoNumerics' Chief Executive and Scientist. He further added that "we are working on multi-sensor redundant positioning, navigation and timing concepts and need to reinforce our research and development capacities for a number of sensors and applications."  Dr. Marta Blázquez, GeoNumerics' Scientific Programme Manager and responsible for NEXA's R&D further added that "the incorporation of Dr. Olivares to NEXA team is another step of GN’s commitment to GNSS technology and its fusion with other sensors where GN’s team is specialised."

The NEXA software system and its dynamicSURVEY toolbox are a keystone of most of the current advanced R&D projects ranging from urban aerial mobility, to drone aerial surveying, to high-integrity EGNOS- and Galileo-based drone navigation and to tandem terrestrial/aerial drone surveying.

GeoNumerics is a R&D intensive small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) company specialised in geomatics and accurate navigation. In the past ten years GN has been involved in the development of positioning and navigation software and in many R&D projects like ATENEA, GAL, mapKITE, MAP4CAT, HYCOS, COREGAL, SAT406M, GIMS, AMPERE, DELOREAN, REALITY. All mentioned projects had a significant GNSS component with emphasis on the role of the European Galileo.