13 March 2009

SEAGAL project

SEAGAL, South-East Asia centre on European GNSS for international cooperation And Local development, is a project funded by the European Union under the European Commission's Seventh Research Framework programme (FP7). SEAGAL is started in March 2009. The kick-off meeting will take place in Turin, Italy, on 23-25 March. The main objective of the project is the definition of an implementation plan for a European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Collaboration Center in support of educational, commercial and technical needs in South-East Asia. The Collaboration Center will be set up in Vietnam. Satellite navigation is a crucial technology for the European Union. Despite the worldwide crisis, the area is dynamic and in the future it “will increasingly be one of the most dynamic growth engines of the world economy”.

The plan for the creation of the Collaboration Center foresees also accompanying awareness actions to facilitate the start-up of the Center and its visibility. The Collaboration Centre will start its operation at the end of the project. SEAGAL involves two asian Universities, the Vietnamese Hanoi University of Technology (HUT) and the Thai Asia Institute of Technology (AIT), and two European Universities, the Spanish
Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the French Universite, Franche-Comte (UFC). The project is focused on Vietnam and Thailand but the aim is to start a fruitful cooperation with the whole South East Asian countries.

NavSAS will coordinate the whole project.