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5G Management of Drones in Remote Areas

The purpose of this research project is to use elevation data and combine it into a metaheuristic AI algorithm, so as to generate the optimum location to house a transmitting BS in order to give a receiving location 5G coverage. This coverage will then permit the use of drones operating over a 5G cellular network to aid firefighting services in the tracking and fighting of fires in remote non-urban areas. The majority of the project will be carried out using MATLAB, crafting different sections of code to format a road map, combine it with an elevation map, and then display specific peak points and the Python to incorporate solution on 5G Multiaccess Edge Computing cloud.

The result from the project will be a list of ideal transmitter locations (based on the map’s x/y coordinates) to house an ad-hoc BS. As well as this, a map with colour-coordinated points will be displayed, allowing for a visual representation of the ideal BS locations and then the management of drone flight patterns on their missions.

Studentships may be available depending on availability and research performance. Please enquire with Prof. John Cosmas for details.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Research-degree-funding. The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.