• 11 July 2019

    Jérémy Brossard passed his Ph.D. oral defence

    Congratulations to Jérémy Brossard who has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “ Application de la commande B à un quadricoptère ” , the June 7th, 2019.
    The jury members include:
    Prof. David Bensoussan, Thesis Supervisor, Department of electrical engineering, ÉTS
    Prof. René Jr Landry, (...)

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  • 11 July 2019

    NextGen MIMO SDAR Project receives NSERC Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) Funding

    −Universities and aerospace companies collaborate to develop an integrated communication, navigation and surveillance solution for use in modern aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles−
    MONTREAL, QUEBEC – July 11, 2019 – The project entitled “Next-Generation SDR Avionics for Communication, Navigation and Surveillance” (...)

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  • 13 March 2019

    Tilahun Melkamu Getu passed his Ph.D. oral defence with the highest ETS distinction and excellence!

    Congratulations to Tilahun Melkamu Getu who has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Advanced RFI Detection, RFI Excision and Spectrum Sensing: Algorithms and Performance Analyses” as of March 7th, 2019.
    Being part of the NSERC CRD AVIO-601 project pursued under the leadership of LASSENA, the (...)

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  • 11 March 2019

    Mohamed Lajmi Cherif passed his master oral exam successfully!

    Congratulations to Mohamed Lajmi Cherif who successfully completed his Master oral defense titled “Linear multi-sensor integrated navigation system for reliable car navigation in a harsh environment” on February 27th, 2019.
    As a part of the NSERC CRD VTADS project at LASSENA, the goal of his research is to (...)

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  • 18 December 2018

    Abdessamad Amrhar passed his master oral exam successfully!

    Congratulations to Abdessamad Amrhar who successfully completed his Master oral defense titled “RECONFIGURABLE FPGA IMPLEMENTATION FOR AVIONIC SYSTEMS” on December 11th, 2018. He also got the following mention: Excellent with full recommendation of the jury to the best ÉTS master degree competition.
    As a part of (...)

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  • 6 December 2018

    Eric Zhang passed his master oral exam successfully!

    Congratulations to Eric Zhang who successfully completed his Master oral defense titled “Design and Implementation of a Wideband Radio for Avionic Applications” on December 3rd, 2018.
    As a part of the NSERC CRD AVIO-505 project at LASSENA, the goal of his research is to design and implement a Wideband Radio (WBR) (...)

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  • 12 October 2018

    Golrokh Araghi passed her master oral exam successfully!

    Congratulations to Golrokh Araghi who successfully completed her Master oral defense entitled “Development of a temperature dependent model for online calibration of very low-cost inertial sensors” on October 10, 2018.
    As a part of the NSERC CRD VTADS project at LASSENA, her work focus on development of (...)

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  • 4 October 2018

    Congratulations to Dr. Maherizo Andrianarison

    Congratulations to Dr. Maherizo Andrianarison who successfully completed his PhD defense on October 2, 2018. The title of his thesis is “New Methods and Architectures for High Sensitivity Hybrid GNSS Receivers in Challenging Environments”. His PhD work involves the processing of weak GNSS signals by proposing new (...)

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  • 3 October 2018

    The AVIO-505 Project won the Best of Session (CNS-C: Communications Technologies) Award at 37th DASC

    Congratulations to the AVIO-505 team! The paper “In-Flight Performance Analysis of a Wideband Radio Using SDR for Avionic Applications” won the Best of Session (CNS-C: Communications Technologies) Award at 37th AIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference (DASC). The authors of the paper are Anh-Quang Nguyen, (...)

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  • 29 August 2018

    Anh-Quang Nguyen passed his master oral exam successfully with the degree of excellence!

    Congratulations to Anh-Quang Nguyen who passed his master oral defense entitled “Direct RF Sampling Architecture for VHF Avionics” with the degree of excellence on August 29, 2018.
    As a part of the CRIAQ AVIO-505 project at LASSENA, his work focuses on studying the feasibility and capability of the DRFS (...)

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  • 26 February 2018

    The AVIO-505 8th and last Scientific Meeting was successfully held!

    The 8th and last Scientific Meeting of the AVIO-505 project was successfully held on February 19, 2018, at the Department of Electrical Engineering of ÉTS. Twenty-one attendees including professors, students, industrial partners (from Bombardier, Marinvent) and special guests (from Thales UK, SII Canada, CMC, CAE, (...)

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  • 24 January 2018

    Congratulations to Dr Neda Navidi

    Congratulations to Dr. Neda Navidi who successfully completed her PhD defense on January 19, 2018. Her thesis "Driving Behavior Assessment Based on GPS and Inertial Sensors Measurements" will be available on the LASSENA website in the coming weeks. The jury members include: • Prof. René Jr Landry, Thesis (...)

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  • 19 October 2017

    Dave Côté passed successfully his master oral exam!

    Congratulations to Dave Côté who passed his master oral defense on October 4, 2017.
    His thesis title is "Détermination de l’angle de lacet et tangage à partir d’un récepteur GPS simple fréquence et comparaison des performances à des récepteurs de qualité public et géodésique". The primary objective of his research is to (...)

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  • 22 September 2017

    LASSENA AVIO-505 won the Best of Session (IMA-4) Award at DASC’17

    Congratulation to AVIO-505 team! The paper "Direct RF Sampling Transceiver Architecture Applied to VHF Radio, ACARS, and ELTs" won the Best of Session (IMA-4) Award at DASC’17. This paper also got to the semi-finalist of Student Research Competition at this conference, and therefore AVIO-505 have the chance to (...)

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  • 22 September 2017

    Congratulations,Neda Navidi! Best Paper Award in ICCSTE 2017.

    Congratulations to Mme. Neda Navidi who was presented the Best Paper Award in ICCSTE 2017 (Vancouve,Canada,August 7-8,2017).
    Mme. Neda Navidi is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Rene Jr Landry, and the paper rewarded is "Location Detection of Vehicular Accident Using Global Navigation Satellite (...)

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  • 22 September 2017

    Congratulations! Best Student Paper Award in ICNS 2017

    Congratulations to Mr. Abdessamad Amrhar who was presented the Best Student Paper Award in ICNS 2017( Herdon, VA,USA, April 18-20, 2017). We also congratulate the other authors of the paper: Alireza Avakh Kisomi, Eric Zhang, Joe Zambrano, Claude Thibeault, René Jr. Landry. Mr. Abdessamad Amrhar is a Master (...)

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  • 26 September 2015

    Adrien Mixte passed successfully his master oral exam !

    Congratulations to Adrien Mixed which received honors for his defense on August 28, 2015.
    His project, ibNav, focused on the development of a prototype capture movements and inland waterways based on the use of imu-mems platforms at low cost.
    IbNav uses low cost inertial sensors combined with inertial algorithms (...)

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  • 26 September 2015

    Mr. Marc-Antoine Fortin made his PhD oral exam successfully and distinction « Excellence »

    Congratulations to Mr. Marc-Antoine Fortin who made his PhD oral exam successfully. The works of mister Fortin’s master’s degree, subject the title of which is entitled "Robustness Techniques for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Receivers" overseen by professor Landry, prevailed him the recognition of the (...)

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  • 26 September 2015

    Mrs.Neda Navidi gets the Best Poster Award attributed by the UAV-g 2015

    Congratulations to Mrs. Neda Navidi who gets the Best Poster Award during the UAV-g 2015 conference, in Toronto, Canada, the September 2nd 2015.
    Mrs.Neda Navidi, a PH.D Student in ETS and overseen by professor Landry, was rewarded for his paper entitled "A new survey on self-tuning integrated low-cost GPS/INS (...)

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  • 22 May 2015

    LASSENA’s work awarded at 2015 ICNS

    The work entitled "Integrated Direct RF Sampling Front-end for VHF Avionics Systems" has been recognized as the Best Future Communications Paper at the 2015 Integrated Communication, Navigation, & Surveillance Conference held at Herndon (USA) on April 21-23, 2015. This publication, which has been generated as (...)

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  • 20 October 2014

    LASSENA’s work awarded at 33rd DASC

    The work entitled "DME/DME Navigation using a Single Low-Cost SDR and Sequential Operation" has been recognized as the Best Paper of the Session at the 33rd Digital Avionics System Conference held at Colorado Springs (USA) on October 5-9, 2014. This publication, which has been generated as a result of AVIO-505 (...)

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  • 9 October 2014

    New research project awarded by NSERC in the field of protection against satellite interference: AVIO-601

    Recently, Professor René Jr. Landry from the Department of Electrical Engineering of ÉTS has obtained a Collaborative Research and Development grant (CRD) from NSERC and co-funded by CRIAQ with a budget over $1.8M. The four-year research project will be conducted in collaboration with four industrial partners (MDA, (...)

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  • 24 September 2014

    Stéphane Ehouman has obtained the second prize at ReSMiQ Innovation Day

    Congratulations to Mr. Stéphane Ehouman who has obtained the second prize at ReSMiQ Innovation Day competition celebrated on September 18, 2014. Stéphane presented his PFE : "Development of a VOR Receiver Using a USRP Software Defined Radio", carried out at LASSENA under the supervision of Professor (...)

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  • 27 August 2014

    Mohammad Honarparvar passed successfully his Ph.D. oral exam (DGA-1033)

    Congratulations to Mr. Mohammad Honarparvar who passed the Ph.D. oral examination part of his DGA-1033. Mohammad’s thesis is entitled : "Design of a Reconfigurable RF ADC For Flexible Direct RF Sampling Avionic Receivers". Mohammad’ is supervised by Professor Landry and co-supervised by Professor Sawan from École (...)

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  • 27 June 2014

    AMOOS Conferences

    The LASSENA is pleased to invite you to international conferences about AMOOS project, Autonomous Mission for On-Orbit Servicing, of the 2014 ISU SSP.
    Four conferences will take place during 2 weeks :
    June 18th 2014 : Steve Ulrich, from Carlton University, will expose you Advanced GN&C Systems for (...)

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  • 20 June 2013

    Performance improvements of a navigation algorithm INS / GPS low cost used in urban areas

    To provide a solution robust and accurate navigation , GPS receivers must operate in optimal conditions , that is to say have a direct line of sight with at least four satellites, which is hard to find in an urban environment where GPS signals may be contaminated with significant multipath errors . Coupling GPS (...)

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Specialized Infrastructure

Static and Dynamic Flight Simulators

The new concentration of Electrical Engineering Department already has its own specialized laboratory teaching (1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles) of embedded systems in aerospace. This laboratory has specialized equipment and software in the field of embedded systems and avionics.

Adjacent to this new teaching laboratory space will house research LASSENA including simulator Marinvent company with a meeting room and a bathroom with graduate students (2nd and 3rd cycles) specially adapted to laboratory researchers.

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Figure 1 : Research Flight Simulator of Marinvent Corporation

The LASSENA also will house flight simulators (Helicrew and Helisim) especially suited to researchers in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace. These areas of research will support a dozen researchers allowing them access to specialized equipment and special 8 coaxial cable installed between the roof of the ETS and the laboratory LASSENA. These cables allow access to antenna GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and other antennas for aircraft avionics (SatCom antennas, VHF, DME, Transponder Mode S, ADS-B, etc.)

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Figure 2 : Helicrew Simulator
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Figure 3 : Helisim Simulator


6 DOF Simulator

Many transport research projects (maritime, terrestrial and aeronautical) require a realistic and dynamic simulation platform to perform repetitive tests in different scenarios quickly and safely. A dynamic simulator with 6 degree of liberty (6-DOF) has many advantages such as:

  • Reduction of developing cost and time of new hardware device and/or software and qualification tests
  • Allow a better preparation to execute the test in a real environment
  • Test different scenarios, even the most complex and dangerous, rapidly and safely
  • Test under many parameters which are sometimes difficult or impossible to obtain at any time (i.e.: outside temperature, specific road conditions, meteorological conditions, vehicle dynamic, etc.)
  • Allow the modification of the vehicle’s setting in a wide range (speed, distance, location of the test, etc.)
  • Etc.
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Figure 4 : LASSENA 6-DOF Simulator
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Figure 5 : Synthetic view and driving equipment

LASSENA’s 6-DOF simulator allows all the benefits mentioned above, thanks to these combined technologies:

  • A mobile platform with 6 Degree Of Freedom (6-DOF) which is capable to reproduce realistic movements in all space directions with 6 high-speed and noiseless AC motors controlled by 6 independent high-speed drives
  • An autonomous on-board computer that controls the mobile platform and sends instructions either via a USB port or via a UDP/IP protocol
  • A multi-system simulator which can be adapted to different types of vehicles (maritime, road, aeronautical, space vehicle, etc.)
  • When properly configured and calibrated as a road vehicle mode, the 6-DOF simulator gives the similar feeling to be inside a real car, thanks to :
    1. A set of steering wheel T500 RS and Thrustmaster pedals that provide an amazing realism (vibrations, resistance to directions and braking, etc.)
    2. A Thrustmaster TH8RS gearbox offering the possibility to drive in manual, semi-automatic or automatic mode
    3. Three(3) LED display screens (one for the central vision and the two others for the peripheral vision)
    4. A comfortable vehicle seat with seat belt for maximum comfort and security during a long-term use
    5. A miniaturized black electronic box (similar to an airplane’s one) called Micro-BB is integrated to the 6-DOF simulator in the "vehicle" mode for specific research purposes in the VTADS project
    6. An OBD-II port vehicle simulator is also integrated into "vehicle" mode that supervises and records the simulator data and sends them wirelessly to the onboard computer through the OBD-II protocol
  • A surveillance video system (four HD IP cameras and their player / recorder) is used to study the driver behavior (research on the human factors in transport)
  • Etc.

Access to a Piaggio Avanti P-80 aircraft and a flying test bed

Developing a strategic alliance with the company Marinvent Corporation also have privileged access to a flying test bed, the Piaggio Avanti P-80. The following figure shows the left, avionics Piaggio Avanti and the forward fuselage of the aircraft while the right illustrates the recording station and control ("Workstation") allows test engineers in flight examine the parameters of flight and avionics equipment under test.

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Figure 6 : Piaggio Avanti P-180 of Marinvent
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Figure 7 : Record station « Workstation » of Marinvent


LASSENA vehicle

LASSENA performs also many road tests to evaluate equipment performance developed in real application environment. A Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 is part of our research infrastructure. This vehicle has features allowing it an autonomous driving as Google Car.

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Figure 8 : Test Vehicle of LASSENA

G1000 and Maxbox

LASSENA also has latest state-of-the-art real avionics equipment such as the FMS G1000 from Garmin. These flight instruments are the same as certified airplane avionics. The G1000 can be connected to LASSENA flight simulators to study FMS performance and simulate various missions and scenarios. LASSENA a notably developed expertise in automatic flight control of remote Drones (such as the QR X800) using exclusively ground remote FMS via wireless system such as LTE or GlobalStar.

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Figure 10 : G1000 EFIS Garmin Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multifunction Display (MFD) System

In order to perform avionic tests outside of the laboratory facilities, in a flying airplane (such as LASSENA partner Avanti P180) or on ground, the LASSENA has a mobile recording system completely autonomous called MAXbox from MAX Technologies which is able to record all types of encoded avionic protocols. In particular, the MAXbox can read the ARINC 429, a specific aeronautics data format nowadays used in commercial aircraft.

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Figure 11 : MAXBox

R&D equipment of embedded systems, communication, avionics and navigation

LASSENA also includes the hardware and software available to researchers for their various projects and experiments. For example, two test equipment for performance analysis of avionics systems. For example, the Aeroflex IFR 6015 can generate RF signals for avionics following: Transponder Mode A/C/S/, DME, TCAS, ADS-B and TIS. For its part, the Aeroflex IFR 4000 can generate RF signals avionics systems include: ILS, VOR, Marker Beacon, VHF / UHF. With these two simulators signals, LASSENA is in full control of much of the real aircraft avionics, allowing him to control the ground equipment on board an aircraft stopped, and in various configurations.

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Figure 12 : IFR 6015 of Aeroflex
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Figure 13 : IFR 4000 of Aeroflex

LASSENA also has a sophisticated research center on drones. Land stations allow for drones fleet management controlled in a completely autonomous way. Various drones are visualized and monitored by communication links via the GlobalStar satellite and LTE system.

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Figure 13 : Example of LASSENA’s Drone (Walkera QR X800)
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Figure 15 : Trio Drone QR X800 of LASSENA

The LASSENA, in partnership with the LACIME, also has many facilities and measuring devices allowing to work in the fields of avionics and navigation. The following figures illustrate some of these facilities.

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Figure 16 : Example of LASSENA’s equipments for the research in Navigation
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Figure 17 : Simulator GPS L1 with 12 channels
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Figure 18 : Simulator GPS L1 with 24 channels
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Figure 19 : Receiver GPS in RTK mode (Base)
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Figure 20 : Receiver GPS in RTK mode (mobile and base)
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Figure 21 : Mobile station RTK (mobile and base)

A more complete and detailed list can be found on LASSENA website.


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