Course paper / final thesis

Characterization of Multipath in intra-consist railway communication

Starting date

1 April 2023

Duration of contract

6 months


up to the German TVöD 5

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

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

Based on measurement data, collected at the world wide first highspeed 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
  • ideally excellent knowledge in communication theory, signal processing and mathematics
  • excellent programming skills in MATLAB are a plus
  • ability to work independently and to solve complex problems
  • good English (written and spoken) is advantageous

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 unparalleled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (f/m/x). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Dr. Paul Unterhuber
Institute of Communications and Navigation

Phone: +49 8153 282291

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