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Chairpersons' Message

Professor Teruyuki Kato
Division of Monitoring Geoscience
Earthquake Research Institute, the University of Tokyo, Japan
Vice Chairperson of the Institute of Positioning, Navigation and Timing of Japan (IPNTJ)

Since the advent of GPS in around 1980, people became aware how the precise satellite positioning is convenient and useful in society as well as in personal life. Though the motivation may partly come from military purpose, similar satellite navigation systems have been introduced worldwide and we are now able to use those systems in the civilian purposes as well. This environments of multi GNSS are now opening a new challenging era in various fields of research and industry. Asia and Oceania are the areas of showcase of GNSS where most GNSS systems are available. The Multi GNSS Asia (MGA) community was established as an international organization to promote the research and industrial activities in these areas under the leadership of JAXA, Japan, by which a demonstration campaign has been conducted through MGA. Yet, time is changing rapidly and we, MGA community, may have to move to the next step for further developments of the ground applications and industrial activities as well as basic researches using multi GNSS. These activities in Asia and Oceania will lead to more convenient and prosperous society in the areas, and may spread out to the whole world for better life and society. I will try to do my best, as a co-chair of the steering committee of MGA, to promote any activities related to multi GNSS applications in Asia and Oceania.

Professor Ta Hai Tung
Director of the NAVIS Centre – Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam

When in 2010 the Multi GNSS Asia community was established to provide a forum to discuss benefits and challenges that a multi-GNSS environment can provide, that environment was basically not yet available. Nowadays instead, we can already experience it and in the next few years it will be further enriched with more satellites and new signals. However it is need to push forward with research, technology development and transfer, improving existing applications and services and developing new ones, in order to fully exploit the opportunities offered by the multi-GNSS environment that represents an asset for sustainable development and growth. The MGA community shall continue to act, with different actions, as catalyzer to facilitate dissemination, cooperation, and exchanges among scientists, researchers, technicians as well as representatives of public and private institutions and companies. While keeping its membership open worldwide, the MGA should focus its activities primarily on the Asia-Pacific Region where the richest multi-GNSS environment is available. Joint experiments among members should be encouraged and facilitated. The MGA conference should continue to offer a forum where researchers and industries can meet to elaborate on latest trends and findings while disseminating to public authorities and stakeholders. Young researchers and technicians should be supported and encouraged. As co-chair of the steering committee of MGA, I will do my best to promote the activities of the association for a fruitful exploitation of the challenging multi-GNSS environment that we have at hand.