MSc Signals and 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.

Suggested courses

EE4530Applied convex optimization5 EC details
EE4560Information theory5 EC details
EE4595Wavefield imaging5 EC details
ET4147Signal processing for communications4 EC details
ET4175Radar systems4 EC details
ET4358Wireless communications5 EC details
ET4386Estimation and detection5 EC details

MSc project proposals

Some examples of thesis topics (this list is not exhaustive):
CASDevelopment of accurate dielectric property imaging for 1.5T MRI
Analytics with Multiple-Sensor Lighting Data
Multi-Sensor Fusion Based Relative Positioning
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
Noise PSD Estimation in reverberant environments for speech intelligibility enhancement algorithms
Packet Loss Concealment algorithm for real-time wireless audio systems
Underwater localization for for a ship hull cleaning robot
MS3Remote sensors and Internet of Things for rail-traffic applications
Radar to radar interference mitigation
Automotive radar tracking system
Deployment of Distributed Radar Network
Classification of targets using the polarimetric-Doppler PARSAX radar

Thesis examples

CAS2016Nambur Ramamohan KrishnaprasadAcoustic Vector Sensor Based Source Localization

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