Course paper / final thesis

Characterization of Multipath Components in Intra-concist Railway Communications

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6 months


according to the German TVöD 5

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"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Your mission:

Infrastructure less communications is the enabler technology for future railway application like virtual coupling or autonomous driving trains. The Vehicular-Applications research group at the Institute of Communications and Navigation is developing the fundamentals for those wireless technologies. Major aspects are the characterization and modeling of propagation effects in the railway environment.

Based on measurement data, collected at the world wide first high speed Train-to-Train measurement campaign, the multipath components for an intra-consist link should be characterized. In a first phase, your goal is to classify the measurement data for different environments and link them with environmental information. In the second phase, you research the relative movement of transmitter and receiver to each other and the absolute movement of the train. The goal is to describe the movements with suitable mathematical models. In the final phase, your goal is to link the movement models with the corresponding effects on the propagation, investigate the multipath components dependent on the different environments, track and characterize them.

Your qualifications:

  • study of communications engineering or similar
  • excellent MATLAB knowledge
  • good mathematical/signal-processing background
  • independent working      
  • good English (written and spoken)

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy puts great value on a healthy work-life balance as well as equal opportunities for men and women. Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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