Dismounted Soldier Navigation in GNSS-Denied Environments

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Civil Environmental and Geomatic Eng


A fundamental component of a soldier's situational awareness, and thus their ability to act effectively and as safely as possible, is an accurate, shared appreciation of their, and others, position and (to a lesser extent) their orientation. This applies equally to teams of police, firefighters and paramedics. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers do not work inside tunnels, deep within buildings or in the presence of simple jamming equipment produced by someone with basic knowledge. Your challenge under this PhD project will therefore be to design and test a practical, accurate navigation system for the dismounted soldier that uses a range of integrated sensors but does not rely on GNSS. The project will initially investigate motion sensing using foot-mounted inertial sensors, together with magnetic anomaly matching, later extending to other technologies, such as person-to-person ranging, opportunistic radio signals and visual techniques.
Through your research, you will develop skills in experimental work, algorithm design, software development, data analysis and effective communication. You will also participate in UCL's flexible and extensive Doctoral Skills Development Programme and spend about a month per year working within the Navigation Systems capability team at Dstl Porton Down helping to integrate your research with their activities.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/T517628/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2024
2261145 Studentship EP/T517628/1 01/10/2019 30/09/2023 Harry Campion