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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Adaptive Key Management for Internet of Things (IoT) Services in Future Mobile Networks

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £22,500
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th June 2019
Closes: 1st August 2019

Studentship description

This PhD research project will define an AI based adaptive security key management in specific IoT dynamic scenarios such as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The research will analyse the key management performance in relation to traffic load, and discover any unknown relationships between key management performance and traffic levels. In addition, this project will examine the use of AI to analyse and summarise the features of attacks and provide input to automated key management system. Formal analysis of the project protocols will be conducted including security and privacy features. A subset of the system will be deployed on the 5GIC testbed with the support of Telefonica to gain insight on the practical issues related to large scale system realisation. 

The 5G Innovation Centre hosted at the University of Surrey is the world’s first dedicated to the next generation of mobile communication systems and an international hub for telecommunication research and innovation. The Centre collaborates with key ICT service providers, network and device manufacturers and test equipment solution providers to develop innovative solutions and standards for 5G networks. 

This project will commence in October 2019 and will last 3 years. 

Entry requirements

Candidates should hold a first or upper-second class Bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at distinction level (or equivalent experience/qualifications) in an appropriate discipline. 


All University tuition fees will be covered with a stipend of £22,500 per annum for UK students only.

How to apply

Applicants can apply through our course page 
Applications should include 1) a cover letter; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) an outline research proposal in the targeted area; 4) contact details of two academic referees; 5) copies of academic transcripts and qualification certificates.

Closing date for applications Thursday, August 01, 2019

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