PhD Scholarship in Cooperative Localisation for Constellations of High Altitude Balloon Platforms

This project aims to deliver accurate and autonomous localisation information for a team of low-cost, station-keeping, high-altitude balloon platforms.

A required feature for successful deployment of high-altitude balloons in safety and security critical missions is the facility for balloons to autonomously organise themselves in the best configurations for specified mission requirements. The relationship between the position and orientation of the platform is highly correlated with the utility of the information collected. This project will develop appropriate models and algorithms to support this goal.

$31,000 p.a (pro-rata) for 3 years.

Interested candidates should contact Allison Kealy via to express interest and include:

  • a statement to outline your interest
  • an electronic copy of your academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications and the contact details of two referees.

Applications should also submit an application for 'Admission Only' for program DR223, via the Online application service.

31 December 2020.

This project provides a unique opportunity to interact and collaborate with experts across the defence, emergency service and space sectors. Candidates will work as part of a diverse team conducting both theoretical and practical work.

Professor Allison Kealy via

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