Government shutdown causes ION to reschedule autonomous conference

January 8, 2019  - By
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Due to the extended impasse between U.S. Congressional leaders and the White House that has created a partial U.S. government shutdown, the Institute of Navigation (ION) has decided to postpone the Cognizant Autonomous Systems for Safety Critical Applications (CASSCA) Conference, originally scheduled to take place Jan. 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia.

The government shutdown has impacted CASSCA speakers and attendees and brought uncertainty about the number of government officials working in autonomous systems who are currently furloughed, making this decision inevitable.

The CASSCA Conference has been rescheduled for Sept. 16-17 in Miami, in parallel with ION GNSS+.

“The ION is committed to this strong and dynamic technical program and is confident this venue will provide maximum exposure and networking opportunities for the highly esteemed invited speakers and conference attendees,” the institute said in a press release. A revised program is available.

The ION’s International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems and Applications meeting will proceed as scheduled, Jan.28-31, at the Hyatt Regency Reston, Reston, Virginia. ITM/PTTI 2019 is heavily supported by academia, industry and the U.S. Department of Defense; ITM/PTTI pre-registration levels are currently trending ahead of 2018 and the technical program is strong.

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