Enabling Location Awareness with a SMILE

Project Type: Master/Diploma Thesis
Project Status: Open

Short Description

A key concept of future wireless technologies involved in 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) is location awareness. With a large number of devices communicating wirelessly, the notion of these devices being aware of their surroundings is a beneficial, if not a necessary, state to achieve.

In the TU Graz LEAD project 'Dependable Internet of Things', the wireless subgroup has developed the 'SMILE' antenna which is capable of transmitting at high frequencies and bandwidths, while also concentrating the transmission into a certain direction. On top of that, the SMILE has a reasonably small size which makes it an attractive option to use in practical implementations based on commercially available transceiver technology. The directionality together with the high bandwidth capabilities of the antenna are promising features to perform positioning methods.

The aim of this thesis is to investigate the signal processing properties of the SMILE further in time / frequency / spatial domain and establish its suitability to apply localization schemes.. In a sense, it is desired to explore the capability of the SMILE to act as the 'eyes' and 'voice' of future technologies.

Your Tasks

  • Perform measurements using existing equipment (Channel sounder or device equipped with DW1000 frontend)
  • Develop and implement analysis scripts in Matlab
  • Examine state-of-the-art performance bounds

Your Profile

  • Motivation and reliability
  • Interest and knowledge in wireless communications and localization (and possibly basic knowledge in HF engineering)
  • Basic knowledge in Matlab programming