MSc Thesis: Mobile Drone Computing at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Thesis Title: Mobile Drone Computing

Description of the Units

The Networked Embedded Systems (NES) group at RISE SICS is a part of the Computer Systems Laboratory. The current research focus is on the Internet of Things. Among the group's key technologies are the Contiki operating system, uIP stack, ContikiRPL, SICSLoWPAN, and lightweight implementation of IPsec and DTLS. The NES group conduct projects together with industry and academic partners from Sweden and across the world.

Thesis Description

Unmanned aerial vehicles are revolutionising mobile sensing applications. Compared to mobile phones or connected cars that can only opportunistically sense, these platforms offer directly control over where to sample the environment: the application can explicitly instruct them on where to move. They can thus implement sensing functionality that were previously unimaginable, such as collecting high-resolution imagery of civil infrastructures where satellite views cannot reach, or inspecting the sea floor to gain fine-grained environmental data. We are researching how to build the software that powers these systems, especially over the upcoming 5G networks. For example, the ability to rely on a network substrate with predictable latency and reliability may enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLoS) operation. The sheer number of aerial drones operating over 5G will need ways to orchestrate a shared aerial space, while meeting stated performance objectives in terms of flight time and dependability. We are working on algorithms and system approaches to enable these functionality across a range of diverse real-world applications, including surveillance, high-definition video streaming, and pick-and-delivery. 


Passion for technology, inner drive, and basic knowledge of C or Python or Java programming are the only prerequisites.


Applications should include a brief personal letter, CV, and recent grades. Candidates are encouraged to send in their application as soon as possible. Suitable applicants will be interviewed as applications are received.

Start TimeAs soon as possible

LocationRISE SICS Kista, Stockholm


Luca Mottola

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