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MIMO sensor array for short-range high-resolution automative sensing

Sayin, Alp (2018)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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The aim of this research is to investigate a novel Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO) sensor system for automotive applications. Compared to traditional phased arrays, a MIMO array can achieve the same fine angular resolution, but with a drastically less amount of sensor elements. For example, a MIMO array of 10 elements can deliver the same resolution as a phased array of 25 elements. The other highlight of this technology is that it can operate at short ranges, which is physically impossible with a phased array. Therefore, a MIMO system can potentially provide very high angular resolutions at short ranges. These properties make such a system attractive for a number of automotive applications, including parking aids, short-range cruise control, speed-over-ground estimation, pedestrian detection etc. Research started with the verification of application of conventional MIMO techniques for radar context. MIMO techniques were tested with the existing RF equipment in laboratory environment. Beamforming capabilities were verified, range and angular resolutions were compared to equivalent phased arrays and multiple-target resolving capabilities were confirmed. Nearfield focusing algorithms for MIMO arrays were developed and verified via experiments in the anechoic chamber with the same equipment. A technology demonstrator based on ultrasonic equipment was built and then tested in an anechoic chamber and the findings were compared to computed performance parameters. Further performance optimisations via aperiodic MIMO configurations were explored via use of heuristic optimisation algorithms. An optimised configuration then was tested in anechoic chamber and its performance was confirmed in experimentally. Finally using radio equipment again, an initial study on MTI applications was done. Platform motion compensation methods were developed and tested in order to make up for vehicular motion and to compensate for its possible effects. Both stationary platforms and a moving platform was used to experimentally confirm the MTI capabilities on both in an indoor setup and an outdoor setup.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Cherniakov, Mike and Antoniou, Michail
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Engineering, Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
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Embargo until 31/07/2020

Subjects:TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:8428
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