MSc Telecommunication and Sensing Systems

Specialization profile--Signal processing for communications

The profile Signal Processing for Communications focuses on physical layer aspects of (wireless) communication systems, i.e., how to transport information through a physical radio channel. It covers the fundamental issues of modulation, coding, channel estimation, equalization, and detection of the transmitted data. Important aspects are further coping with hardware deficiencies (e.g. carrier offset recovery), the exploitation of multiple antennas (MIMO systems), as well as how to exploit the channel efficiently (channel statistics) using modern modulation schemes like spread spectrum and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) and Ultra Wide-Band (UWB) signals. Current research topics focus also on using the communication signal for localization. Applications are indoor localization, sensor networks, and satellite swarm navigation

In the context of multiple antenna processing, an important application area in which all aspects of telecom signal processing are very useful is signal processing for radio astronomy. The Netherlands is an important center for research in this area, and a large telescope consisting of over 50,000 antennas has just been completed.

Suggested courses

EE4530Applied convex optimization5 EC details
EE4540Distributed signal processing5 EC details
EE4560Information theory5 EC details
EE4565Propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves5 EC details
EE4C03Statistical digital signal processing5 EC details
ET4147Signal processing for communications4 EC details
ET4358Wireless communications5 EC details
ET4386Estimation and detection5 EC details

MSc project proposals

Some examples of thesis topics (this list is not exhaustive):
CASUnraveling the structure of the electromagnetic field in MRI
Development and testing of a switchable fractionated dipole antenna for ultrahigh field MRI
Analytics with Multiple-Sensor Lighting Data
New radar applications with advanced multichannel radar AMBER
Use of Submodularity in Multifunction Radar Resource Management
Multi-Sensor Fusion Based Relative Positioning
Advanced Receivers for 5G Millimeter Wave Communications
Bluetooth Direction Finding
Next generation WiFi indoor-location systems
Joint localization and synchronization
Phase domain ranging and localization for Bluetooth low energy or ZigBee
Distributed clock synchronization for energy-efficient wireless sensor networks
Investigation of a Suitable Reed Solomon Decoder for Gigabit Ethernet Reception
High Speed Adaptive Equalization for Gigabit Ethernet Receiver Design
Signal Processing for reduced hardware massive MIMO
Estimation algorithm for a Phasor Measurement Unit
Accurate propagation delay estimation for a novel thermal sensor
Tracking airplanes from space
Monitoring of energy consumption using Coded Power Radio
Smart Mobile Process Environment Actuators and Sensors (Smart PEAS)
DOME algorithms & machines for the SKA radio telescope
Energy-efficient algorithms for air quality monitoring using sensor networks
Underwater localization for for a ship hull cleaning robot
MS3Remote sensors and Internet of Things for rail-traffic applications
Mission-driven Radar Dwell Scheduling
Phase-coded automotive radar
Radar to radar interference mitigation
Automotive radar tracking system
Deployment of Distributed Radar Network
Angle of arrival estimation for automotive radar systems
A study of extended targets radar detector
Classification of targets using the polarimetric-Doppler PARSAX radar

Thesis examples

CAS2016Yiling ZhangChina Digital Radio (CDR) Receiver Design and Development with FM Interference Cancellation
2015Hongrun ZhangSensor Selection and Bit Allocation in WSNs with Realistic Digital Communication Channels
Shailja ShuklaGSVD based blind-beamforming technique for suppression of partially overlapping Bluetooth data packets from WiFi signals
Ruijie ZhangCompressive Power Spectrum Estimation: Further study on Non Uniform sampling and Parametric Approach
Shilpa RaoSparse Arrays: Vector Sensors and Design Algorithms
Yun WangSoftware-defined radio receiver design and development for China Digital Radio (CDR)
2014Samira BahramiNon-Intrusive Appliance Load Monitoring using the Viterbi Algorithm (NIALM-VA)
Shahrzad NaghibzadehIndoor Granularity Presence Sensing and Control Messaging with an Ultrasonic Circular Array
Joost GeelhoedJoint Angle-Frequency Estimation for Multiple Signals with Circular Arrays
Yongwei WangIndoor Localization based on Room Impulse Response Fingerprinting with little human intervention
Yi LuA "Transmission Time Reservation" method in a Wireless Lighting Control System
Cong NieResearching the BLE based intelligent lighting control system
Keke HuCompressive Sensing for Near-field Source Localization
Ning PanOffline Power Allocation and Spectrum Sensing Strategy in Energy-Harvesting Cognitive Radio Networks
2013Viktor StoevPhotoacoustic Imaging by Means of Sparsity Regularization
Apostolos KontakisSpace-varying FIR filter design for nonuniformly sampled seismic data
Siavash ShakeriUnderwater ultra-wideband fingerprinting-based localization
Jeroen van GemertImaging of Cracks and Weak Spots in Steel and Aluminium Plate Rolls
Lyubomir ZegovWaveform Optimization for Compressive-Sensing Radar Systems
2012Rakshith JagannathGrid Mismatch in Sparse-Signal Recovery of Compressive Sensing
2011Z. HuangMulti-Carrier Wakeup Radio Receiver
Sundeep ChepuriWideband spectrum sensing techniques for wireless sensors
Millad Mouri SardarabadiComplex Factor Analysis
Stefan KokA multi-lag/multi-scale receiver for underwater acoustic communications
2010Maxim VolkovRadio frequency detection and mitigation for LOFAR telescope system
David CaicedoIllumination control of an LED lighting system based on localized occupancy
Deheng LiuMultiuser Detection for Sensing Asynchronous LED Illumination Contributions
2009Shahzad GishkoriCompressive Sampling for PPM and FSK Modulated Signals
Sajit AqeelA noise subspace approach for localization
Bruhtesfa GodanaHuman movement characterization in indoor environment using GNU radio based radar
Yukang TuWavenumber-frequency spectrum estimation of ambient seismic noise
Zixia HuReceiver Windowing Design for Narrowband Interference Mitigation in MB-OFDM UWB System

Contact person

For more information about the research group, possible thesis topics, and suggestions for your ISP: Geert Leus

Circuits and Systems Group

Department of Microelectronics