Juan Blanch is a senior research engineer in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AA) at Stanford University. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, all three from Stanford University. He is a graduate from Ecole Polytechnique, France.
Dr. Blanch’s research goal is to make location technology safe for critical applications, like air navigation and autonomous driving. His thesis work, for which he received the Institute of Navigation Parkinson Award, applied geospatial statistics to ionospheric estimation. This work is now fielded in the Wide Area Augmentation System – which is used by over 100,000 aircraft and by more than 1 million land users-, and has resulted in significant performance improvements. Within the FAA’s Global Navigation Satellite System Evolutionary Architecture Study (GEAS), Dr. Blanch developed an Advanced Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (ARAIM) algorithm that is now referenced by the international aviation integrity community. This algorithm can support a wide range of assumptions, readily handles multiple fault cases, and has a simple but rigorous proof of safety. He served as one of the lead authors on the initial GEAS report that proposed ARAIM as one of the most promising future architectures to support world-wide vertical guidance of aircraft, and he is now working on the development of the aviation standards to enable ARAIM. More recently, he has worked on the extension of these techniques to high accuracy automotive navigation.
He has over 100 scientific publications including conference proceedings, trade magazine articles, and peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been recognized as a top peer-reviewer by Publons and the Institute of Navigation, and is currently an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Aerospace Electronic Systems. He received the 2010 Early Achievement Award from the Institute of Navigation.