IoT applications such as precision agriculture and environmental monitoring often require sensors distributed over a wide area without fixed infrastructure. To overcome constraints such as cost, energy use and communication reliability, drones may be used as mobile gateways. Drones can also collect data directly using on-board sensors such as cameras and lidar.
This project will investigate the performance of data collection strategies with parameters such as network configuration, protocol, power source, location stability, flight path and speed, etc. Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques will be used to optimise parameters for typical contexts and the predictions will be evaluated in simulation and through practical fieldwork.
The first phase of the project will consist of a thorough review of existing literature on two topics:
- The use of drones as mobile sink nodes for data collection
- AI techniques for multi-objective optimisation
Later phases will focus on
- The specification of test scenarios
- The application of selected optimisation techniques
- Simulation of data collection within the test scenarios
- Field work to test the predictions of the simulation results using physical equipment
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Supervisor before submitting their applications. Applications should make it clear the project you are applying for and the name of the supervisor(s).
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in computer science with a good fundamental knowledge of software development techniques.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
- Experience of fundamental principles of artificial intelligence or machine learning
- Competent in software development
- Knowledge of basic physical health and safety procedures
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
- Good time management
- Any previous experience with sensors, drones or practical fieldwork would be highly beneficial. This could include projects from undergraduate or postgraduate study. The project would suit candidates with an interest in practical work in remote locations.
For enquiries about the content of the project, please email Dr Brian Davison firstname.lastname@example.org
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