Positioning and navigation for off-road vehicles [WZ1295]

Lecturer: Prof. Timo Oksanen, Ertug Olcay, Dr.-Ing.
Assistant: Marcel Moll, M.Sc., Riikka Soitinaho, M.Sc.
Language: English
Semester: Summer semester
Credits: 5 ECTS
Lectures (by default): Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30, MW 2050, Zeichen-/Hörsaal (Garching)
Exercises (by default): Wednesday 12:30 - 14:00, MW 2050, Zeichen-/Hörsaal (Garching)
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Precise positioning technology is required in several kinds of off-road vehicles for various use cases. GNSS is currently the most important method for global positioning. Therefore, using GNSS receivers with precise correction methods together with navigation or control systems is the core of the course. You will learn the basics of GNSS positioning, various correction methods, different protocols and measures for the quality of position estimates. Moreover, navigation methods for (semi-) autonomous vehicles, especially in agriculture, are discussed in the course.
Besides path planning and tracking for single robotic vehicles, the lecture will also introduce the concepts of multiagent navigation systems, which may collaborate and share sensor signals. In weekly exercises, you will learn to solve problems and create small programs in Matlab. This course is designed for Master students who are interested in mechatronics and precision agricultural technology.


  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Basic software development skills
  • Interests in engineering and mechatronics

Learning goals

  • Basics of GNSS systems
  • Use of correction methods with GNSS
  • Basics of path tracking controllers
  • Principles of local positioning sensors
  • Principles of path planning
  • Basics of multiagent systems
  • GNSS data analytics