The GEOLOC laboratory started building its competency in localization by conducting research activities in Site robotics at the end of the 80’s.
At this time, the first high-precision GPS systems had just arrived on the market and the team played a major role in the evaluation of their capacity to bring solutions to the challenges of the construction sites automation, thanks particularly to its testing facility SESSYL, between 1995 and 2005.
When it switched its application domain in 2005, from the road sites to the road transport systems, the team paid attention to the GNSS technologies that were relevant for this new domain, i.e. differential GNSS and GNSS hybridized with proprioceptive sensors and digital maps. Thanks to its implication in a high number or research projects at a national level (ARCOS, ANR-CityVIP…) and at an international level (GIROADS, CVIS, SAFESPOT…), it managed to be recognized by the communities of transport, mobile robotics and GNSS for its skill at the interface of these 3 areas.
After having been active only on positioning techniques for road vehicles, the team, in the meantime renamed GEOLOC laboratory, launched in 2012 a new activity on pedestrian localization aspects.
Today, GEOLOC displays 2 research themes, respectively oriented vehicles and pedestrians:
- “Geolocalization systems Quality of Service for ITS”,
- “Nomadic geolocalization for the multi-modal mobility”,
and 1 valorisation theme, named “Expertise and standardization”.