Positioning and location-based services. Enhance your skills in Transportation Engineering And Mobility at the University of Naples Federico II.


Knowledge of Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and Computer Science at the Bachelor’s level is required. A general basis on terrestrial surveying techniques is useful.

The course aims to illustrate the key characteristics of positioning and location-based services, providing students with knowledge about positioning techniques in different scenarios. The lectures will focus on real-time navigation measurements applied to mobile positioning and location-based services. Students will became expert of all the geospatial applications in which location, proximity, and connectivity are the organizing principles.

Knowledge and understanding

Students must demonstrate that have learned the fundamental notions related to measurements and methods for geodetic positioning, concepts and descriptions of satellite positioning and navigation systems, inertial navigation, outdoor and indoor applications, location-based service technologies and issues.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding

By applying the acquired skills, students must be able to collect, process, analyze and utilize information in positioning and location-based services.

Topics of course lectures include:

  1. Knowledge of referencing a position and geodetic data processing, including methods of collection, measurement, computation, analysis, and modelling geodetic data, particularly in mapping surveys;
  2. Knowledge of representing, organizing, and searching spatial data and object location; maps and GIS in location-based services;
  3. Fundamentals of positioning. Classification of positioning techniques. Basic positioning methods;
  4. Satellite navigation; GNSS systems, observations and characteristics of instrumentation. GNSS error sources and biases; mathematical models for absolute and differential static and kinematic positioning; Kalman filtering for kinematic positioning; ambiguity resolution procedures; GNSS augmentation methods;
  5. Indoor positioning. Assisted, hybrid, and short-range positioning and navigation: measuring approaches, principles, and technologies; sensors for ubiquitous navigation and inertial navigation;
  6. Mobile positioning and general aspects of location-based services: classification, components and type of services.
  • E. Kaplan, C. Hegarty (2017). Understanding GPS/GNSS: Principles and Applications. Artech House Publishers.
  • J. Schiller, A. Voisard. (2004). Location-Based Services. Elsevier.
  • Supplementary teaching materials will be provided during the course.

The course is divided into lectures, classroom exercises with the use of calculation tools, and field operations with the use of instruments to deal with the applied knowledge.


Project discussion

In case of a written exam, questions refer to:

Multiple choice answers
Open answers
Multiple choice answers

Evaluation pattern

The exam aims to verify the achievement of the training objectives already indicated. The oral exam discusses the theoretical and applicative contents covered during the course. The evaluation will cover understanding the basic principles and the ability to connect and compare different topics. This test also includes the presentation and discussion of the activities carried out during the laboratory.

The MSc in Transportation Engineering and Mobility is one of the master Courses of the International Catalogue at Federico II. The Course is taught in English and allows Italian, EU  and non-EU students to grow in a stimulating international context.

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