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Inaugural Lecture: Felix Norman Teferle

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Published on Monday, 09 May 2011

Felix Norman Teferle will hold his inaugural lecture, Geodesy and Global Navigation Satellite Systems in the 21st Century - The Challenges Ahead, on Friday 20 May.

In the 21st century Geodesy is the science of determining the geometry, gravity field and rotation of the Earth, together with the variations in these parameters over time. It is an ancient science that has seen a tremendous transformation since the development of space technology, fostering modern geodetic observation systems, including the Global Positioning System (GPS). Today, Geodesy is a service science that is fundamental to all Earth observation systems. Hence, Geodesy and its powerful techniques are not only of interest for a scientific understanding of the Earth, but are fundamental for most societal activities, ranging from the adequate provision of resources to dealing with natural and man-made disasters.

The GPS is currently the only fully operational Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It has become ubiquitous in our lives. As a geodetic observation system it has not only changed the traditionally associated fields of navigation and surveying, but it has also enabled many scientific, engineering and civilian applications. Through continued development of sophisticated algorithms and processing techniques it is now possible to compute positions with millimetre-level precision from broadcast signals, which were not designed with this in mind. With the other emerging GNSS, the replenished Russian Federation’s GLONASS, the European Union’s Galileo, and China’s Compass, the number of GNSS satellites will increase to nearly 150, with potentially six times the number of GNSS signals useful for Geodesy, by 2025.

However, the future for both Geodesy and high-precision GNSS may not be as bright as the above suggests…

Prof. Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Felix Norman Teferle holds the chair of Geodesy at the University of Luxembourg since April 2010.
Felix Norman Teferle (1970) studied Land and Engineering Surveying at the Vienna University of Technology from which he graduated in 1996. There he started a short-lived academic career as a Lecturing and Research Assistant before he went into industry to work as a land and hydrographic surveyor in Austria and the United Kingdom. In 1999 he joined the Institute of Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy (IESSG) at the University of Nottingham, to pursue his doctoral research in the use the Global Positioning System (GPS) as a long-term monitoring tool. After he completed his PhD degree in “Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy” in 2003, he continued in his research career at the IESSG, first as a post-doctoral researcher and later as a Lecturer in Geospatial Engineering. He remained in this appointment until 2010.


  • When? Friday 20 May 2011 at 4 pm
  • Where? Campus Limpertsberg, Lecture Hall Tavenas (102a, avenue Pasteur, L-2311 Luxembourg)


Introduction by Prof. Dr. Paul Heuschling, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication.
A reception will take place after the inaugural lecture.