Localization of RF transmitters using sensor fusion | BEAMS

Localization of RF transmitters using sensor fusion

Project information
Project type: 
Master thesis
Academic year: 
Research unit: 
Embedded electronics
BEAMS supervisors


Localization of RF transmitters in wireless networks is a widely-investigated topic with countless applications for industry, security and advertisement purposes. The use of multiple-antenna arrays for direction-of-arrival (DoA) estimation of RF transmitters has been widely considered for localization. However, the high cost associated with the manufacturing of multi-antenna arrays and the form factor constraints of multi-antenna arrays prohibit their widespread use in portable consumer electronics.

In this project, we propose to use a mobile, single-antenna receiver to estimate the DoA of a RF transmitter (see my talk at FOSDEM 2017 for more information: http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/fosdem/2017/AW1.120/multiantenna.mp4)


This project aims at prototyping the proposed method on an embedded software-defined radio testbed. We will use a USRP-E310, which contain a Xilinx 7 series FPGA and an integrated ARM A9 processor, as well as a 9-axis IMU. The FPGA can be programmed to track the phase of the received RF messages, whereas the embedded processor can be used to compute the IMU navigation solution and estimate the final DoA. A separate transmitter will be used as a transmitter, and the USRP X310 will be used as receiver to estimate the transmitter DoA.


Supervisor: Prof. François Quitin

Note: This MFE can be combined with an internship at NTU (Singapore).

Information : François Quitin (fquitin [at] ulb [dot] ac [dot] be) Tel : 02-650-2829, BEAMS Department

Students: ELEC, INFO


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