Simple devices are expected in future to gain and provide significant levels of intelligence by linking to the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow to over 100 billion devices linking a wide range of consumer, business and industrial devices to the Internet. Such rapid growth from the current 6 billion mobile wireless devices poses a range of problems in the optimum design of the architecture, protocols and hardware of such future wireless and wired IoT devices. The focus of this studentship is to develop network architectures and protocols that provide resilience, scalability and low power consumption in the future IoT. The PhD student will investigate a range of measures that improve the scalability and resilience of IoT networks and reduce their power demands. A number of studies will investigate linking such IoT networks to cloud computing networks for intelligence.
The PhD student will develop appropriate mathematical models to capture the key characteristics of different architectures and will develop appropriate optimisation models and heuristics and implement the resulting algorithms on appropriate hardware platforms in test beds and in simulators.
The PhD studentship will provide a good opportunity to work within the world class Communication Networks and Systems group in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, and link with the industrial collaborators and academic partners on the different projects within the group.Â
Value:Â This studentship, which is open to UK/EU students in the first instance, will pay the academic fees at the UK/EU rate (Â£3,975), as well as providing an annual stipend of Â£13,863.Â
European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.Â
Number of awards:Â 1Â
Entry requirements:Â Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), high merit at MSc level or equivalent, in an Electronic Engineering or closely related discipline.Â
Main contact:Â ContactÂ Professor J. M. H. ElmirghaniÂ to discuss this project further informally.
Application deadline:Â Open until filled.
How to Apply:Â Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line through theÂ university’s website. Please state clearly on the funding section of the application form that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Internet of Things (IoT) architecture and protocolsâ€™. In the research information section please state the name Prof J.M.H.Elmirghani as the proposed supervisor.