At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems, a PhD stipend in signal processing techniques for drone surveillance using MIMO radar are available within the general study programme Programme Wireless Communications. The stipend is open for appointment from March 1, 2021, or soon as possible thereafter.


With the increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles or “drones” imposed stronger requirements for radar surveillance techniques used for critical infrastructure such as airports, powerplants, harbors, etc. Small drones are particularly challenging to detect and track for such radar systems. As a response to this situation, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) radars are emerging. While relatively new in a radar context, MIMO technologies are well studied and widely used for radio communications and a myriad of signal processing techniques have been developed for this purpose. This project aims at utilizing and possibly extending techniques developed for MIMO radio communications to drone surveillance using MIMO radar. The potential research topics include, but are not limited to, tracking and localization methods, signal design for MIMO radar, interference management. The project will draw upon method from statistical signal processing, in particular estimation theory, information theory, compressed sensing and tools from radio channel characterization. The project is funded by the Thomas B. Thrige Foundation and carried out in collaboration with DTU-Space and a Danish radar manufacturer Terma A/S.

The project will take place at the Section for Wireless Communication Networks (WCN) in collaboration with the Connectivity Section (CNT), both at Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University. The WCN section conducts research in the field of wireless communications and network technologies. The section spans from application-inspired basic research to more application-oriented research where wireless communications play a major role. Specifically, the section has a wide experience in statistical signal processing for communications and, in particular, estimation methods for multipath models by techniques based on classical estimation, machine learning, and Monte Carlo methods.

The ideal applicant must have a MSc degree in statistical signal processing, wireless communications, machine learning, applied statistics or similar. Priority will be given to candidates with background in topics including radio channel characterization for communication, localization, radar etc. Excellent undergraduate and master degree grades are expected. A high level of written and spoken English is also expected.

You may obtain further information from Associate Professor Troels Pedersen, Department of Electronic Systems, email: , concerning the scientific aspects of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master’s degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff , The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.

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The application is only to be submitted online by using the “Apply online” button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.





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