ILA Members participating at IPIN

Filed in Conferences, Events, News and Events by on September 15, 2016

IPIN – The Seventh International Conference for Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation 407 October, 2016, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain.

InLocation Alliance Member organization will be providing the Keynote presentation entitled “Indoor Navigation: The Crowd is the future – Crowd learning for indoor positioning.”

This keynote will be presented by Thomas Burgess.

Real-time accurate indoor positioning poses many new possibilities and challenges. At (Austrian based start-up founded in 2010) we enable positioning within third party mobile applications (Android/iOS) so that users can find themselves and navigate through buildings. In practice we estimate location and movement using motion sensors and comparisons of radio scans (WiFi/iBeacon) to pre-measured reference measurements (fingerprints). We currently are transitioning from using dedicated measurements to an approach that learns and updates references by analyzing data from navigating users. This approach uses the Hadoop ecosystem to combine the output of the IOT network of mobiles and beacons with big data based machine learning and near real time analytics (including visualization). The complete solution reduces implementation and maintenance cost of providing accurate real time indoor positioning.


Thomas Burgess did his PhD in particle physics at Stockholm University (Sweden) for the AMANDA/IceCube neutrino telescopes. Following this, he worked as a PostDoc/researcher at University of Bergen (Norway) for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. In 2012, after 12 years of academic research, he joined (in Vienna, Austria) to initiate and lead research efforts in indoor positioning. He has given talks for business, academic conferences and the general public regularly throughout his career. Research at involves algorithm design, model building, statistical analytics, machine learning and data science. In current projects, data from large numbers of mobile devices is being processed for automatic mapping, advanced analytics and improved positioning.


InLocation Alliance Member organization HERE will be appearing on the Industry Panel presenting on outdoor-indoor solutions.


Lauri Wirola will be providing the presentation.

Lauri Wirola

Lauri Wirola


Dr. Tech. Lauri Wirola received both his Master of Science and Doctor of Technology degrees from Tampere University of Technology, Finland, in 2005 and 2010, respectively. He majored in physics and minored in mathematics and industrial economics. Dr. Wirola has worked with various positioning products over the last 10 years ranging from Assisted GNSS services to cellular and wifi-based outdoor-indoor solutions. He has published widely on especially Assisted GNSS-related technologies and holds tens of patents in the area. Currently Dr. Wirola works as Product Manager for HERE Indoor Positioning solutions.