Special Issue "Advanced Signal Processing for Position, Navigation and Timing of Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Networks".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2023 | Viewed by 221

Special Issue Editors

School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: position; navigation and timing (PNT); cognitive communications; radar systems; multi-sensor navigation; autonomous systems; multi-sensor fusion; damage diagnostics; vibration NDT; acoustic and ultras
School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: autonomous systems; advanced flight controls; human–autonomy interaction; urban air mobility; explainable AI for trustworthy autonomous systems
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School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT); Digital Signal Processing (DSP); Software Defined Radio (SDR); counter-drone systems; Internet of Things (IoT)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The present-day requirements for high levels of performance, intelligence and robustness in the operation of autonomous and cyber-physical systems often demands that the system have access to accurate, relevant and reliable position and time information through the utilization of new high-performance Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies. Advanced signal processing techniques play a crucial role in ensuring the quality of PNT information, especially in multi-sensor solutions, thus underpinning improvements in the accuracy, robustness and security of autonomous and cyber-physical systems, while maintaining the cost and complexity of the system at lower levels.

The main challenges of new PNT technologies include quality control and integrity analysis, the detection and correction of errors and failures, as well as its ability to work effectively with large amounts of data for resource-constrained systems. Recent research has focused on improving methods for processing PNT signals and observables, the detection and correction of errors due to sensor imperfections or environmental effects, fusing PNT information, and predicting and assessing its quality.

Multiple advanced signal processing methods, which range from statistical analysis and conventional signal processing to fully AI-driven solutions, have been proposed to solve elements of these problems. However, growing demands for higher levels of quality and reliability in the PNT information, fueled by new emerging applications of autonomous and cyber-physical systems, requires further advances in this field.

To facilitate these advances, in this Special Issue, we welcome review and research papers that present novel and advanced methods for PNT-related Signal Processing, including, but not limited to, the enhancement of the PNT sensor information, such as inertial measurement unit and visual odometry error prediction, and the correction and processing of Signals of Opportunity (SOOP); the detection and mitigation of interferences in GNSS-based solutions (e.g. multipath, jamming and spoofing); sensor and information fusion; integrity monitoring and uncertainty prediction; the quantification of PNT information, and time dissemination and synchronization for autonomous and cyber-physical systems.

Dr. Ivan Petrunin
Prof. Dr. Gokhan Inalhan
Dr. Zhengjia Xu
Guest Editors

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  • signal processing
  • sensors
  • sensor fusion
  • autonomous systems
  • AI
  • machine learning
  • GNSS
  • PNT
  • SOOP

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