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Webinar: Bradford Parkinson "GPS for Humanity"

From: Alec D.
Sent on: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:24 PM


Tonight (Monday, April 30, 2012) at 7 PM Pacific Time we have the opportunity to hear Brad Parkinson, the chief architect of the GPS system, speak on-line at a Stanford University Webinar.  If you were technically sentient back in 1973 maybe you can appreciate how much of an achievement a free, publicly available, world-wide, sub-meter precision location and navigation system really is.

The signup procedure is a little involved -- here's the link:





Bradford Parkinson "GPS for Humanity"

Monday, April 30, 2012 | 7:00 pm Pacific Time

More than anything else, GPS has become the United States’ gift to Humanity. Cell phones rely on GPS for timing. Ship and aircraft carry multiple GPS receivers to provide positioning information. Other applications range from earth movement to disease tracking to search and rescue. Dr. Bradford Parkinson, chief GPS architect and Stanford Professor Emeritus of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will describe the origins and applications of GPS and explore its future, including one application enabled when the world has over 50 interchangeable civil signals.

Bradford Parkinson is chief architect of the now-ubiquitous Global Positioning System (GPS), which he led as a U.S. Air Force colonel in 1973. As a professor at Stanford, he pioneered GPS for aviation and other applications, including the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) used by the FAA. More recently, he led the NASA/Stanford Gravity Probe B program that validated Einstein's General Theory of Relativity to an unprecedented accuracy. Parkinson is co-editor and an author of the best-selling textbook, Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications.

The lecture will be broadcast online at no charge. If you would like to view the live broadcast, please register below so that we can send you the link prior to the event.

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This free, one-hour lecture is hosted online by the Stanford Center for Professional Development on Monday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Steps to Register
  1. Scroll down to the course section at the bottom of the page
  2. Click on the red "Enroll in this Section" button
  3. Click on the gold "View Cart" link located in the upper right-hand corner
  4. Continue with the checkout process by filling out the required information * note: there is no fee for this online lecture
  5. A day or two before the lecture, there will be a link accessable via your mystanfordconnection account. You will also be emailed the link.
  6. 15 minutes prior to the lecture, the link will go live.

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