Enhance scientific culture in satellite navigation

Title of the research project

e-KnoT - E-GNSS Knowledge Triangle

Scientific Area

Communications, Aeropsace, Geodesy


The aim of the e-KnoT project is to strengthen the interaction between the areas of research, education and industry in Europe in the field of satellite navigation. The objective is to consolidate, starting from the activities already carried out in this area, a strong knowledge triangle creating a critical mass of experts who can fully exploit the opportunities created by the implementation of the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

Description of the research project 

e-knot is a CSA (Coordination and Support Action), a type of  action financed by the European Commission with the objective of enhancing strategic planning, networking and coordination between programmes in different countries in order to support the European policies and programmes.

Several studies and surveys highlighted how one of the main obstacles for the development and sustainability of the European space industry (and the delivery of cutting-edge scientific achievements) is the lack of scientists, engineers and technicians with specific competence in the area of space research and development.

Galileo and the satellite navigation field at large, are as well affected by this lack of skills and competence. Communications, applications development skills, creativity , business competences are as well relevant and essential to leverage on the Galileo initiative to make Europe  a credible player in the worldwide scenario. The objective is  that  satellite navigation becomes a boost for the  European economy in terms of innovation, market development and  job creations.  Education is strictly related to the development of leading edge research and technology development in the industrial world. Only a strong interaction and coordination among these three areas yields a capacity building in the field of satellite navigation and related applications in Europe.

The scope of e-KnoT  is to strengthen the interaction between the areas of education-research-industry in Europe, leveraging on past activities already undertaken in this field, in order to establish a strong EGNSS knowledge triangle, i.e. a solid network for the creation of  a critical mass involving the relevant actors in  the three areas. The focus of the e-KnoT project is on the creation of innovative downstream applications and the consolidation of the initiatives beyond the project duration. It implements concrete actions and events addressing students, researchers and professionals.

Impact on society 

The project approach is in line with the general policy of the H2020 programme, for the capacity building and critical mass creation in strategic areas, so to increase Europe competitiveness and attract investments from outside Europe. In GNSS this can only be realized by investing on a strong coordination between science and industry to fill Europe’s gap with respect to other areas of the world.

Working group @Polito 

Fabio Dovis, Associate professor, Project Coordinator

Nicola Linty, Assistant professor

Calogero Cristodaro, PhD Student

Maria Elisabettta Racca, Administrative support

Partner nazionali e internazionali 

Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, France

Daniel Ludwig Consultant, France

Universitaet Der Bundeswehr Muenchen, GermanY

Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya, Spain

Astri Polska Spolka z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia, Poland

Bavaria EV, Germany

  e-Knot plus project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 641529

  • Budget: 1,674,323
  • Start date: 1/01/2015
  • End date: 31/05/2018