Northern European Aerospace & Defence Forum 2016 - Keynote Speaker


National Instruments

Dr. ing . Marco Lisi

Manager and Space Scientist

(Former Special Advisor of the

European Commission)

Dr. ing. Marco Lisi is presently GNSS Services Engineering Manager at the European Space Agency, in the Directorate of Galileo Program and Navigation Related Activities. In this position he is responsible for the engineering and exploitation of services based on the European navigation infrastructures, Galileo and EGNOS, also advising the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

In October 2012, he was appointed Special Advisor of the European Commission on European space policies and he served in this position until October 2014.

After getting a “summa cum laude” doctorate in engineering in 1980, he has worked for more than thirty-five years in the aerospace and telecommunications sectors, covering managerial positions in R&D, engineering and programs, both in industry and in institutional organizations.

He is Senior Member of IEEE (“Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers”) and of AIAA (“American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics”), Member of ION (“Institute of Navigations. He is also Fellow Member of the British Interplanetary Society and “Honorary Life President” of the Italian chapter of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering”), that he founded in 2008.

Dr. ing. Lisi holds five international patents and authored more than two hundred technical papers in international reviews or conferences.

Keynote: Navigating in a Digital World: How Ubiquitous localization (GNSS), sensing (IOT) and communications (5G) are mapping our planet

We are at the dawn of the discovery of a “New World”: not a virtual one, but the digital representation, in all its minute details, of our physical world, of planet Earth. This epochal transition in the history of mankind is being triggered by three main technological trends:
1. Ubiquitous Localization and Timing: Global Navigation Satellite Systems and other similar Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) infrastructures make possible a very accurate localization in space and time of both people and things; 2. Ubiquitous Sensing: from 1 to 10 trillion sensors will be connected to Internet in the next decade (a minimum of 140 sensors for every human being on the planet;
3. Ubiquitous Connectivity: 2.3 billion mobile broadband devices and 7 billion mobile cellular device in 2014. In the next years 5G will dramatically increase both connectivity and data rates.
Enormous amounts of data are being collected daily and at an exponentially increasing rate. 99% of them is digitized and 50% has an associated IP address.
We are practically going for a detailed digital mapping of the world around us. It is an entirely New World we are facing, but we have not learnt yet how to navigate and explore it.

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