Smart positioning and sustainable mobility



 
Overview

Positioning is used whenever an object or a person is mobile. This data is ubiquitous in professional and personal contexts, but it consumes a significant amount of energy with data transfers via the Internet, terrestrial infrastructure, etc.

The objectives of the Smart Positioning and Sustainable Mobility project specialisation-based option are to:
 

  • create several Android applications according to usage from an existing application, incorporating and managing precise and autonomous positioning calculations directly from satellite data.
  • Produce codes and documents to familiarise a European audience with the science of positioning mechanisms


The project

With the launch of the European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) constellation GALILEO, and the availability of raw satellite data on Android, EUSPA (the European Union Agency for the Space Programme) has led a working group since 2017 on the development of precise positioning on Android smartphones: "Raw GNSS measurements Task Force".

The project is part of this working group and is based on the open source application GeolocPVT developed by the GEOLOC laboratory at Gustave Eiffel University, partner of the project specialisation.

Each year, the working group meets in May in Prague, and the specialisation's students will be invited to participate.

Contribution to sustainable development goals

Learn more about Centrale Nantes' commitment to the 17 sustainable development goals
Admission

International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:
 

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content
Courses
 
  • Management and project management
  • Quality Design Modelling
  • Scrum Master Training
  • Object programming
  • Statistical data modelling
  • Positioning Methods
  • Mobile Application Development 
Project
 
  • Scoping, definition of application scope
  • Solution design
  • Mock-up, deliverables, promotion

Skills developed

 
  • Project engineering
  • Agile development: Scrum
  • Android programming
  • GNSS signal exploitation
  • Data qualification
  • Positioning algorithms
  • Science outreach
  • Teamwork
Project phases

1.Courses to develop knowledge and skills  

  • Project management and SCRUM method
  • Quality, Design, Modeling
  • Object programming and Android
  • Statistical data modelling
  • Understanding of satellite positioning methods
  • Deliverable for science outreach at European level
  • Sustainable mobility application project (scoping, design, development, qualification, training, deployment, exploitation)
     

2.  Understanding of satellite positioning methods and science outreach

  • Work on the basis of the open source application GeolocPVT
  • Communication on the application, how it works and its use (production of a science outreach document)
  • Participation in an open science project
  • Capture and analysis of one's own tracks
  • Highlighting the societal issues inherent in positioning 

3.    Application development

  • Definition of the scope of the application
  • Specifications (general and detailed)
  • Development (design, development, qualification, production, operation)

4.    Promotion and dissemination

  • Dissemination and outreach materials
  • Presentation of the work to the European Commission (GNSS Raw Measurements Task Force in Prague)
Published on March 23, 2022 Updated on May 30, 2022