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Improving Inertial Only Tracking


Project Description

This PhD aims to investigate the fundamental enabling sensing technologies and control/estimation algorithms that underpin the design of a system which allows a tracking improvement. A good background in electronics, sensors, control theory and intelligent systems would be ideal.

This exciting PhD opportunity is focused on improving the free space tracking of a wearable display system. This PhD aims to investigate the fundamental enabling sensing technologies and control/estimation algorithms that underpin the design of a system which allows a tracking improvement. The proposed solutions would need to be GPS independent and robust enough to compensate for sensor drift and noise and other effects which can cause significant deviations from the true data (baseline measurements). The successful candidate will be joining a group of PhD students at the Intelligent Propulsion and Electro-mechanical Laboratory (IPEL) at the Defence Academy of the UK. The students selected for an interview will need to be available for interviews the week commencing 25th of November 2019.

Automation/Control and electronics/sensors are fundamentally the key areas whereby the student can improve the understanding of current systems with free space tracking in a number of applications. Consequently, this underpinning knowledge will result in innovative solutions that overall improve accuracy in a noticeable and practical manner. Good knowledge of intelligent system approaches and optimisation are desirable.

This PhD will investigate the following areas to establish design criteria which could lead to enhancing the inertial only tracking in free space:

- Use of more than one gyro/accelerometer in each axis
- Novel use of sensors at locations on the user
- Improve auto-calibration and drift correction techniques
- Compensation of Earth rotation and other significant factors

The student will be given the opportunity to work and exchange research ideas with other members of the Lab (IPEL) and learn to work in larger groups, travel and visit the sponsor and present their work at regular basis.

Funding Notes

To be eligible for this PhD position the applicants must be a UK national. The studentship will be supported by BAE Systems under the iCASE award framework. While the Cranfield University supervisor team will primarily provide academic support in addition to this also BAE Systems will provide industrial based support both theoretical and practical during the project. The student will be expected to travel and meet the sponsor at regular intervals to discuss progress and provide insight towards publications.

References

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in relevant engineering (electronics/sensors) subject area and ideally an MSc degree in either electronics or Control Systems Engineering or other similar discipline.

The student tuition fees will be covered and the student will be receiving a bursary of £17,000 pa.

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