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Mechatronics Tracking using Inertial Sensors

Project Description

Operators when walking or in vehicles would benefit having awareness of their position and posture. This is especially more challenging when GPS is unavailable. Inertial measurement units can assist towards estimating position and posture. This PhD opportunity offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to work towards research ideas and solutions which can improve the operator’s awareness of their position and posture. This is a very rewarding research area with a great offering of working together with an expert academic team and industry/sponsor in a fundamentally important and very topical area.

Mechatronics represents the fundamental key area 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.

This PhD will require the investigation of how gyroscopes and accelerometers for each axis can be used
to enhance inertial only tracking in free space.

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provides unique educational opportunities to the Defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire and at Cranfield University Bedfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy, training students in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

It is expected that this research will help the community to understand better the key challenges with free space tracking and to generate concepts and ideas which could lead to novel algorithms and hardware solutions that when integrated will result in improving the accuracy of free space tracking.

The PhD will give you the opportunity to contribute towards the Centre’s publication record in suitable journals and conferences and will be a core part of a dynamic and growing research team led by the primary supervisor.

You will be given the opportunity to work and exchange research ideas with other members of our Vehicle and Mechatronic Group’s Laboratory and to learn to work in larger groups, travel and visit the sponsor and present their work on a regular basis with the support of their supervisory team. The research topic is also very pertinent in the current world where reliance on GPS has grown significantly, enhancing the importance of alternate solutions.

Funding Notes

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


Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject area and interest in any of the following areas: mechatronics, electronics, control systems engineering or other similar discipline. However, applicants will be also considered from other related disciplines with relevant experience.

The candidate is required to also supply 1-page CV summarising their key qualifications, achievements and a short summary of their final year projects, and MSc projects (if applicable).

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