Postgraduate opportunities

Postgrads and staff working on UAV plane

The following postgraduate scholarship opportunities to engage with industrial clients in postgraduate research are available.

Autonomous evaluation of suitability of UAV landing site

The goal of the project is to investigate sensing systems and algorithms that autonomously evaluate the suitability of a landing site for safe landing prior to a landing being attempted (i.e. level, secure and clear from obstacles). A probability of suitability would be provided, serving as an aid to a remote operator. If the probability is too low, the UAV would deviate to an alternate landing site. The algorithm may also assist with planning the best final approach path and the precise landing location within a predetermined zone.

UWB/RF technologies for accurate positioning during UAV landing and takeoff

The goal of the project is to improve the autonomous capabilities of the industry partner using its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform through the use of radio frequency (RF) positioning technology such as ultra-wide band (UWB). Use of the technology will be evaluated for precise positioning during landing and takeoff. These capabilities will eventually be integrated and tested on the full-scale platform in follow-up projects.

UAV application in the forestry sector (Cutover aerial survey - Stage Two)

This stage will continue the development of a UAV platform that can autonomously record the forest “cutover” geographic edge.

A dependable UAV based structure inspection system

To develop a guidance system for a UAV to keep a safe distance from the structure whilst collecting inspection image data. The ability to perform these tasks in adverse weather will enable more frequent and lower cost inspections.

System design of a remotely operated UAV within a segregated flight test range

This project will develop a demonstrative test system capable of performing a mission using remote staging of a multi-rotor UAV within segregated airspace: the project will culminate in the successful demonstration of multiple back to back long range flights and recharging cycles, at the SERC UAV test range, while entirely tele‑operated from the university campus.

Gateway Antarctica SERC sea ice UAV project

The current methods to measure sea ice are satellite remote sensing or helicopter-borne Electro-Magnetic (EM) field instruments flown at a low level. Space-based measurements have insufficient accuracy to measure freeboard heights, and helicopter operations are limited by weather and low flying height safety concerns. This project will investigate methods to design and build an EM instrument suitable for integration into an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) capable of being flown on long-range missions in the Arctic and Antarctic. Ideally, the same platform will be capable of carrying an instrument to simultaneously measure snow depth.

Future requirements for Study into security counter measures against Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Whilst UAS security incursions would invoke surveillance and targeting, the focus of this project will be on interdiction, and methods of neutralising the security threat, with components of evidence gathering.