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Reliable wireless communication for autonomous aerial vehicles

(Ref. BAP-2017-56)

Tewerkstelling : Voltijds
Duur : Bepaalde duur
Plaats : Leuven
Solliciteren tot en met : 02/04/2017
Wireless communication is used to connect people and things. Soon, robots will get connected, and the most demanding robotos are autonomous aerial systems. They are fast and because of the favourable propagation conditions, they create a lot of interference to the ground. Our challenge is to enable the widespread use of those systems, connected wirelessly, and streaming high quality omnidirectional video in real-time to the ground.

Reliable wireless communication for autonomous aerial vehicles

ESAT-TELEMIC is a division of the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) focusing on wireless communication. We focus both on system modelling and theory, as well as hardware, implementation and measurements.
We started working on aerial communication three years ago, and have already a lot of experience with different UAVs, and obtained a lot of measurement results in the field.


ESAT-TELEMIC is coordinating a 4-year national research project OmniDrone, with the goal of creating a 720° perception payload system for safe and autonomous aerial systems. Within this context, we are looking for extremely motivated PhD students that are passionate about wireless communication as well as believers in UAV applications. We all know the projects such as Google Loon or Facebook Aquila, but the goal of OmniDrone is not the creation of a cheap wireless network, but rather ensure UAVs can get connected on our terrestrial LTE or WiFi networks, in a reliable way, and without creating too much interference to the existing users. There are several challenges that need to be understood. The fundamentals of the different propagation environment, impact of the drone frame and mobility need to be modeled. Novel protocols, able to create dynamic mesh topologies, are needed. Most important, coexistence and integration with current technology (WiFi, 4G) and future 5G needs to be considered. 


For ESAT- TELEMIC, Telecommunications and Microwaves we are looking for a motivated PhD student. Applicants should have, or expect to receive, a Master of Science degree or equivalent in a relevant electrical engineering or computer science discipline. In addition to the formal qualifications, selection is also based on the performance of the candidates in other works (e.g. thesis and advanced level courses), as well as through interviews and assignments. Besides good subject knowledge, emphasis will be on creative thinking, motivation, ability to cooperate, initiative to work independently and personal suitability for research training. Previous experience in the area of antennas, electronics and signal processing as well as proficiency in using scientific and engineering software packages such as Matlab, Labview or Vivado etc. are useful. We are looking for multiple candidates that like cooperation in a team with expert on models and fundamentals, to people with more hands-on skills and interests. 


The offer is a full time PhD fellowship for 4 years, which is sufficient to complete your PhD at KU Leuven. You will be supported by a nice team of excellent researchers, and be motivated and challenged to deliver excellent research results, and become a UAV pioneer. Within the OmniDrone project, there are currently 2 vacancies that need to be filled. 


Meer informatie is te verkrijgen bij prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin, tel.: +32 16 32 10 51, mail: sofie.pollin@kuleuven.be of de heer Mohammad Mahdi Azari, tel.: +32 16 32 55 40, mail: mahdi.azari@kuleuven.be.

Solliciteren voor deze vacature kan tot en met 02/04/2017 via onze

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