Faculty Advisor

Clancy, Edward A.


A less common geolocation application is the location estimation of an object in an “indirect” way, i.e., the geolocation of an object not co-located with any equipment such as a GNSS receiver. This “indirect” geolocation utilizes existing reference points to determine the final geographic location of an object in the distance. This report presents a method of indirect geolocation leveraging the pose – location and orientation – of multiple observers. Using a GNSS receiver to determine location and an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to determine orientation, this indirect geolocation method creates an imaginary intersection point from each observer’s pointing vector. This report explores the feasibility of using smartphones to perform such indirect geolocation.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

October 2018


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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