Smart positioning and sustainable mobility - a project-based specialisation


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

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.
Course Content
2023/24 academic year
Autumn Semester Spring Semester
Managing and project undertaking Expertise targeted to the needs of the project
Statistical data modelling and analysis Mock-up, deliverables, promotion
Object oriented programming
Quality, design, modelling and SCRUM
Project scope and definition of the application's evolutions
Mobile Application Development 
Positioning Methods
Modal detection using AI
Solution design

Download 2022/23 syllabus

Skills developed

  • Project engineering
  • Agile development: Scrum
  • Android programming
  • GNSS signal exploitation
  • Data qualification
  • Positioning algorithms
  • Time series processing using AI 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

  • Define new functionalities and complete the existing 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)

Student feedback

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Published on March 23, 2022 Updated on September 26, 2023