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PhD studentship @ Cranfield University: On-water Positioning and 3D Environment Mapping for River Ecosystem Monitoring using Autonomous Robotics, UK
Cranfield University have an exciting research opportunity concerning the use of recent advances in 3D environment mapping, computer vision and autonomous sensing to enable wide-area, long-duration sensing of the on-water environment for river ecosystem monitoring.  It builds upon recent research in both autonomous sensing problem of Simultaneous-Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) (Computer Vision, Dr. Toby Breckon) and environmental monitoring, (Water Science, - Dr. Monica Rivas Casado). This will facilitate the development of 3D mapping of the river bank environment and accurate measurement of key environmental variables from an autonomous craft in-transit within the river environment. Within this project, the methodology will be specifically aimed at co-locating fish (via individual implanted fish tags), river depth and water velocities (via Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler) from a moving on-water sensor platform.
 
The research is sponsored by Magellium Ltd and the Environment Agency. Project outputs will be used to develop industrially focused technologies (Magellium) and inform the future environmental sensing requirements of the national environment regulator (Environment Agency). The project links to current EPSRC work on ADCP technology for fish passage assessment carried out at Cranfield University under the supervision of Dr. Monica Rivas Casado and Dr. Andrew Gill.
The PhD will be based at Cranfield University with supervisory support in computer vision techniques from Dr. Toby Breckon, School of Engineering and Computer Science, Durham University.
 
Funded by: Magellium Ltd, The Environment Agency and EPSRC, this studentship will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only and provide a bursary, depending on experience, of up to £15,500 p.a for three and a half years.
Supervisors: Dr. Monica Rivas Casado (Cranfield University, m.rivas-casado@cranfield.ac.uk) & Dr. Toby Breckon (Durham University, toby.breckon@durham.ac.uk )
Application deadline: May 26, 2014

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