Matt Higgins (IGNSS President)
Matt is Manager of Geodesy and Positioning with the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines and President of the IGNSS Society.
Matt is also a past Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and was made an Honorary Member in 2012.
He has Co-Chaired Working Group D of the United Nations mandated International Committee on GNSS.
In 2013, he was appointed to the U.S. Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board, which is a Presidential committee that advises the U.S. Government on national and international PNT related issues.
In 2014, Matt was appointed to the Australian Government’s National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board.
Allison Kealy (Technical Chair)
Allison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
She is also an Assistant Dean (academic) in the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.
Allison is vice president of the International Association of Geodesy, Commission 4 (Positioning and Applications) and co-chair of the International Federation of Surveying (FIG) Working Group 5.5 on Ubiquitous Positioning.
Allison is on the Editorial boards of the Journal of Navigation, UK, Journal of Applied Geodesy and the Journal of Geospatial Information Science.
Allison's current research interests include wireless sensor networks, sensor fusion and estimation theory, high precision GNSS, collaborative positioning for intelligent transportation systems and GNSS quality assessment.
Chris Rizos is currently a professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UNSW.
Chris has been researching the technology and applications of GPS since 1985, and is currently the President of the International Association of Geodesy (IAG), a member of the Governing Board of the International GNSS Service, and co-chair of the Multi-GNSS Asia Steering Committee.
Chris is a Fellow of the IAG, Fellow of the U.S. Institute of Navigation, and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation.
Andrew Dempster is Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research in the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales.
He led the group that developed Australia's first GPS receiver.
His research interests are signal processing for satellite navigation, novel receiver design concepts, new positioning technologies and space engineering.
Martin Nix is the CEO and Managing Director of Position Partners.
He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Masters of Surveying (GIS), UNSW.
After practising as a registered surveyor, he had management positions with Leica Geosystems in Switzerland, USA and Australia over 25 years.
He Co-Chairs the Space Community of Interest established by the Attorney General to assess risks related to the use of satellites.
He holds other board and advisory roles including the School of Surveying UNSW and the National Positioning Infrastructure Advisory Board.
Rob Lorimer is Executive Manager Business Development and Commercial at CSIRO for Energy, Environment and National Facilities which includes the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), Astronomy and Space Science.
He is a director of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance and is a past member of the Australian Governments Space Industry Innovation Council (Space IIC).
His career history includes CEO of Beeline Technology (acquired by Hemisphere GPS) and Managing Director of Trimble Asia Pacific.
Rob was a contributing editor to GPS World (2005-2010) and co-authored two editions of Global Navigation - A GPS Users Guide (1990,1994).
He holds a 1st Class Honours in Marine Science from the University of Wales (Cardiff) and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Grant Hausler is Coordinator for the National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) project at Geoscience Australia (GA).
He is actively engaged in the Australian Government PNT Working Group, Space Community of Interest, NPI Advisory Board and related work programs at GA.
Grant holds a BGeomE (hons) and PhD from the University of Melbourne, and a GCertComm from Melbourne Business School.
Over the past decade, Grant has led survey teams in Australia and London (East London Rail Line), including his role as Project Manager for the Melbourne-based company ThinkSpatial, and prior experience with rural and metropolitan survey/engineering firms.
Grant has a keen interest in GNSS technologies and associated technical, organisational and economic requirements underpinning Australia’s positioning infrastructure and systems.