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PhD Studentship in Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Radar

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship, to be undertaken at Imperial College London (Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department) supported by SAAB Research UK. This is an exciting cutting-edge project involving close collaboration between Imperial College academics and SAAB researchers.

Summary of Project

With the deployment of 5G, a radar revolution is also underway with many emerging applications beyond the “defence” and “security” domains/industries. Collision avoidance systems in self-driving cars, remote piloted civilian drones, emerging AgTech (Technology in Agriculture), robotics and industry automation, biomedical applications and remote sensing, are few examples of radar emerging application areas for detection, parameter estimation, localisation, tracking and classification of "objects".

This research proposal is concerned with Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) radar which has emerged as a leading candidate for stimulating major new advancements in radar theory and systems. Compared with a phased array radar, a MIMO radar can be viewed as its generalised form and provides an increase in the flexibility of using multiple probing signals at its transmitter. This waveform diversity offers a superiority in several fundamental aspects of radar’s functionality, including parameter identifiability (i.e. more targets can be identified) and enhanced performance of parametric estimation. Note that, although in the state-of-the-art these waveforms (probing signals) coming from each transmit antenna are assumed to be orthogonal, this is not an essential requirement for all the scenarios. Furthermore, novel concepts such as “virtual” antenna arrays, which are used as a basis for characterising the full MIMO radar configuration, should be investigated, in conjunction with other new theoretical tools for enhancing the radar’s capabilities.

Duties and responsibilities

The responsibilities include studying the relevant literature, defining the research problems based on the project descriptions, conducting independent research, regularly reporting progress and results, collaborating with other team-members, and writing reports/papers of the research outcomes when appropriate.

ppEssential Requirements]]
Applicants should have a first-class degree BSc and a Master degree with distinction (or equivalent experience) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Computing, Mathematics, or related areas. They should be highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in conducting international and interdisciplinary research. Students must also meet the eligibility requirements for Post Graduate Studies at Imperial College London.

Further Information and application

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor A. Manikas (), copying Ms Vanessa Rodriguez-Gonzalez ().

Please click HERE to apply: The application should also include a covering letter, and your CV.

Full guidance on application process is available HERE: Any further queries regarding the application process should be directed to Mr Anderson Santos,

Closing Date: 15th December 2019

Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

Additional information on the PhD programme in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering can be found here:

Funding Notes

The full studentship award for students with UK residency includes Imperial College home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £17,000 per annum (tax-free). The PhD studentship is expected to start sometime in October 2019. The student will receive additional support towards further research expenses over the course of the research studentship, including support to attend international conferences.

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