|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Funding amount:||See advert text|
|Placed On:||25th September 2020|
|Closes:||31st January 2021|
Value of award: Full UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,285
Number of awards: 1
Start date and duration: April 2021 for 3 years
Application closing date: 31st January 2021
Traditional smart farming systems manage data and program execution in a centralized fashion and are prone to inaccurate data, data distortion and misuse, as well as cyber-attacks. E.g an unsecure execution of a crop management program leads to a substantial product loss. Blockchain-based solutions can significantly improve the performance and security of the agri-tech sector by decentralising processes. Examples include traceability (equipment, grain movement), food supply-chain authenticity, crop insurance (e.g. bad weather), secure transactions and micro-farm lettings, and creating marketplaces for rare plants/herbs.
This project aims to minimise the cyber risks of smart farming technologies via blockchain. We aim to:
This is an interdisciplinary project between computing science and agriculture and the student is expected to have a strong interest in practical problem solving. Previous experience with programming and basic understanding of hardware and software security is essential. Previous knowledge on blockchain, sensors and IoT platforms is desirable.
Name of supervisor(s)
The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Computing Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Agriculture, or a related subject.
How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.
You will need to:
Please also send a copy of your application documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Maryam Mehrnezhad
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