Faculty of Science and Engineering: Engineering - Localisation in wireless networks

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Engineering - Localisation in wireless networks



Project Name

Localisation in wireless networks

Project Description

Wireless localisation is an important and active topic with diverse applications in inventory management, sensor networks, healthcare, security, the proximate internet, and many other areas. There are two main approaches: 1) using a model of the propagation environment, and 2) using the results of extensive measurements to fingerprint the different locations in the network. Approach 2) does not require a propagation model and avoids the problem that estimating the parameters of a single model may be a very complex task. This project aims to overcome the latter difficulty by building local models based on measurements and local collaboration between nodes in the network. We are focused on situations where there are no anchor nodes with global position knowledge. Rather, the objective is to use collaboration between nodes to find the relative position of a transmitter in the network. Techniques from optimization and machine learning will be used to obtain robust localisation algorithms that will work indoors in channels with significant multipath, and non-line-of-sight (NLOS) conditions.

Other Important information

If interested, applicants are requested to send their CV, copy of academic transcripts for undergraduate and any postgraduate qualifications, and a one page cover letter addressing their background and how it is appropriate for this project. Please send it to stephen.hanly@mq.ed.auwith the subject heading “Application for Wireless Localisation PhD project”. Please note that this project is in collaboration with CSIRO and successful applicants will be eligible for a CSIRO topup scholarship (up to an additional $11,000 p.a.).

Professor Stephen Hanly
CSIRO Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications
+61 2 9850 4243

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either a:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 Scholarship (MQRTPMRES) followed by a possible Macquarie University Research Training Program Scholarship (MQRTP) for a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.


  • Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The MQRTPMRES Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (2017 rate) tax exempt
  • The MQRTP full-time stipend rate is $26,682 per annum (in 2017 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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