Design of an Energy-Efficient MAC Protocol for Ultra-Wideband Systems

Ultra-wideband (UWB) has become one of the most promising technologies for indoor positioning thanks to its robustness and high time-domain resolution. Indeed, UWB devices are nowadays ubiquitous: big players such as Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi have started to include UWB radios into their high-end smartphones; where as car manufacturers already rely on this technology to enable secure access to vehicles. As this communication technology becomes pervasive, there is a need to further increase its energy-efficiency, as several location-aware IoT applications running on tiny low-power embedded devices will soon disrupt the market.

To this end, we aim to exploit the latest generation UWB transceivers (e.g., NXP Trimension,Qorvo DW3000) to develop energy-efficient MAC protocols that can offer at the same time a high scalability and a reliable communication performance.In this project, you will hence be focusing on the next-generation UWB transceivers, and investigate new communication paradigms for UWB-based systems, ultimately evaluating the performance of your  solution and comparing it to the state of the art.

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Student Target Groups:

  • - Students of ICE/Telematics;
  • - Students of Computer Science;
  • - Students of Electrical Engineering.

Thesis Type:

  • Master Project / Master Thesis


  • Exploring the features of the new generation UWB transceivers (e.g., the Qorvo DW3000 or the NXP Trimension), implementing a driver supporting them in an embedded OS
  • Developing an energy-efficient MAC protocol for UWB-based systems that can still sustain a high reliability and scalability
  • Evaluating the performance of your protocol and comparing it with other solutions, quantifying its pros and cons

Recommended Prior Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of networked embedded systems;
  • Excellent C programming skills;
  • Experience with embedded operating systems such as Contiki, Contiki-NG, MyNewt, and Zephyr is of advantage.


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