Doctoral student in a lab

Design and Development of Collaborative UAV Network Platform

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Starting: 2019
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded

Overview

Small drones are being utilized in monitoring, transport, safety and disaster management, and other domains. Research and development in small UAV started with addressing control issues, such as flight stability, manoeuvrability, and robustness, followed by designing autonomous vehicles capable of waypoint flights with minimal user intervention. With advances in technology and commercially available vehicles, the interest is shifting toward collaborative UAV systems. Consideration of small vehicles for the aforementioned applications naturally leads to the deployment of multiple aerial vehicles that are networked. Especially, for missions that are time-critical or that span a large geographical area, a single small UAV is insufficient due to its limited energy and payload. It is often beneficial to deploy a team of drones rather than a single drone since multiple drones can explore areas and coordinate tasks faster.

This studentship project will focus on the development of the multi-drone systems with an emphasis on sensing, communication, coordination and decision making.

A team from NTU Computing (Dr Eiman Kanjo, Director of study), Engineering department and industrial supervisor from MTC will supervise the student. The student will be based at Clifton Campus and will travel regularly to the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry to join regular team meetings and be engaged in relevant activities.

Entry requirements: First or Upper second class degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Electronic, Wireless Communication Engineering or related Discipline. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. Excellent oral and written communication skills. An ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

Duration: typical three years full time

Funding: directly funded project (students worldwide)

Assessment: 9 and 18 month reports plus viva determining the progression to PhD

Start date: January 2020

Supervisors

Dr Eiman Kanjo

Entry qualifications

First or Upper second class degree or equivalent in Computer Science, Electronic, Wireless Communication Engineering or related Discipline. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

An ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

How to apply

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on 2 October 2019.

Download an application form here.
Please make sure you take a look at our application guidance notes before making your application.

Further information on how to apply can be found on this page.

Fees and funding

Directly Funded Project (Students Worldwide)

Guidance and support

Further guidance and support on how to apply can be found on this page.

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