April 27, 201783
The IGS Antenna Working Group has announced that Arturo Villiger, of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern (AIUB), Switzerland, has taken over the role of Antenna Working Group Chair. He succeeds Ralf Schmid, from the German Geodetic Research Institute of the Technical University of Munich (DGFI-TUM), Germany, who led the group for over a decade.
During his tenure as Antenna Working Group Chair, Schmid pioneered absolute phase center correction modeling for testing purposes. Upon announcing his resignation from the position, Schmid noted that “New challenges are waiting for me. I would like to thank the members of the Antenna Working Group and all others that supported me over the years. It was always a pleasure to work for the IGS.”
Villiger is enthusiastic about his new position, stating that he looks forward to working with the IGS community on upcoming challenges. He noted that one of the main topics that he would like to address as working group chair is that of updating the current ANTEX format to address the needs of both the multi-GNSS community as well as calibration centers.
The IGS gratefully acknowledges the contributions of both DGFI-TUM and AIUB in ensuring that this critical role was, and continues to be, maintained for the benefit of the entire community.