Course paper / final thesis

Interference Analysis of Road and Rail ITS

Starting date

1. April 2023

Duration of contract

six months


up to German TVöD 5

Type of employment

Full-time (part-time possible)

5G and IEEE 802.11 based communication technologies have been used for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the road but also in the railway domain. The car-to-car and train-to-ground communications may rely on cooperative ITS communicating in the same frequency band in the future. Without appropriate measures, interference between the different radio technologies must be assumed and reliable communication for safety-critical applications cannot be guaranteed.

Based on measurement data, collected at a measurement campaign together with the DB advanced TrainLab, the interference and propagation measurements should be analysed. In a first phase, your goal is to classify the measurement data for different scenarios and link them with environmental information. In the second phase, you describe the data with suitable mathematical models. In the final phase, your goal is to use the models in upscaled simulations and derive statistics for possible interference between urban road and rail ITS.

Your qualifications:

  • study of communications engineering or similar
  • excellent knowledge in communication theory, signal processing and mathematics
  • excellent programming skills in MATLAB
  • ability to work independently and to solve complex problems
  • 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 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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