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2014 PhD Studentship for International Students at Cranfield University in UK

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The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Cranfield University is offering PhD studentship. Studentship is available for UK/EU and international students for a research programme. The objective of the research is to develop innovative technologies which have the potential to be used in the next generations of avionics and CNS/ATM system. Application must be submitted by 30 November 2013. 

About Scholarship: The Department of Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Cranfield University has a long record of excellence in research and development of multisensor fusion for guidance, navigation and control (GNC), autonomous UAS, performance-based navigation (PBN), CNS/ATM systems. You will join our vibrant multidisciplinary team to develop innovative technologies for future generations of airborne avionics and CNS/ATM systems. “The PBN concept specifies that aircraft RNAV and RNP system performance requirements be defined in terms of the accuracy, integrity, continuity and functionality, which are needed for the proposed operations in the context of a particular airspace concept”. PBN has a high priority in ICAO and forms the cornerstone for air traffic management (ATM) optimisation, resulting in increased flight safety, improved airspace availability, air transport efficiency and economy, as well as environmental benefits. The extensive introduction of advanced Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) technologies in the Civil/Military ATM field is reshaping the global air traffic network. However, the international aviation community is now facing important integration and harmonization challenges for the European SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) and the US NextGen (Next Generation Air Transportation System) initiatives. Important research efforts at the School of Engineering, Cranfield University have been on-going to demonstrate the feasibility of future airborne avionics and CNS/ATM technologies capable of contributing to the enhancing efficiency and safety. In the European Clean Sky programme (a seven-year collaborative research programme funded by the EU and European industry), we have been working on the areas of green 4D trajectory operation, navigation/guidance technology, air traffic flow management and control, airport operations and capacity analysis, as well as aircraft systems integration and performance enhancement. Understanding the concepts of operation as well as the coordination roadmap between SESAR/NextGen and the Clean Sky technology developments are also fundamental for the full exploitation of the outcomes of these initiatives. The research will focus on the following topics:
•Gate-to-Gate Optimization Problems for SESAR/NextGen with taking into consideration of Clean Sky environmental objectives
•Air Traffic Flow Management, Decentralization and Collaborative Decision Making (CDM)
•Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Systems Technology for SESAR/NextGen
•Performance Based Navigation and Enabling Technologies for “Free Flight” under the concepts of Trajectory-based and performance-based Operations
•Mathematical Modeling and simulation for aircraft trajectory optimization in the presence of ATM constraints, including Clean Sky criteria
•Enhanced function and performance requirements for next negation of airborne avionics and systems
•Advanced RNP systems, RNP VNAV systems, integrated airborne separation and traffic avoidance systems, 4D trajectory flight management systems. The objective of the research is to develop innovative technologies which have the potential to be used in the next generations of avionics and CNS/ATM system. 

Study: Studentship is awarded within the Department of Aerospace Engineering. The objective of the research is to develop innovative technologies which have the potential to be used in the next generations of avionics and CNS/ATM system.
Course Level: This studentship is available for pursuing PhD research programme at Cranfield University in UK.
Scholarship by: Cranfield University
Location: UK 

Eligibility: -Applicants must have a first-class or upper second-class degree in electrical/electronic engineering, communications engineering, aeronautical engineering or related discipline with aptitudes for experimentation. Good understanding of Avionics and CNS/ATM systems is essential.
-Knowledge in flight dynamics, performance and control as well as some practical experience in avionics and CNS/ATM systems design would be a distinctive advantage.
-The PhD candidates are expected to start from September 2013. 

Scholarship Open for: The studentships are open for UK/EU and International students at Cranfield University. 

Value: Applications are sought from qualified candidates, preferably sponsored by industrial or government (civil/military) organizations. The studentships are open to all applicants (i.e. including candidates from Overseas). Students or their sponsors will be responsible for the tuition fees, although suitably qualified candidates can be considered for a maintenance allowance of £1,000 per month in the first year and then based on their annual review results. 

Apply: The mode of applying is electronically or by post. Applicants should make initial enquiries with Dr Huamin Jia. Please send CV, transcripts and a cover letter with contact details of at least two referees. 

Deadline: 30 November 2013

Further Information: http://ccwebcorp-1.dmz.cranfield.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/current-research-opportunities/phd/performance-based-navigation.html

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