Wireless UAV networks: tracking of a mobile beacon | BEAMS

Wireless UAV networks: tracking of a mobile beacon

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


The decreasing price of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology in recent years has spurred a variety of new applications. One of these new applications is the creation of wireless UAV networks, which can temporarily replace the cellular network when the latter one becomes unavailable (e.g. due to a natural disaster). Each UAV must then act as a base station or as a relay to ensure communication between the backbone network and the cellular users. The network can also leverage on the UAV movement to physically reconfigure the network depending on user density, user mobility or network usage.


This master thesis aims at setting the first steps to make wireless UAV networks a reality. The student will have to interface an experimental UAV with an embedded software-defined radio (USRP X310 model). The radio needs to be able to detect particular RF signals, and to control the UAV accordingly. The use case will be the localization and tracking of a RF transmitter, using state-of-the-art techniques available in literature.

Promoter: Prof. François Quitin

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

Students: ELEC, INFO, EM

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