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Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN)

University of Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Scholarship covers full PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£15,609 in 2021/22) subject to eligibility status and confirmation of award.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th November 2021
Closes: 10th December 2021

The project:

PhD applications are sought for immediate start in the Communication Systems & Networks (CSN) research group, at the University of Bristol. The studentship will be funded through our EPSRC Prosperity Partnership in the field of Secure Wireless Agile Networks (SWAN). The SWAN partnership includes Toshiba Research Europe Limited (Bristol Research & Innovation Laboratory), Roke Manor Research Limited and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Wireless access is essential to the networks that underpin modern life, but many networks which rely on radio frequency (RF) interfaces are especially vulnerable to cyber-attacks or other failures. In this five-year joint research programme, the partnership will identify vulnerabilities in the RF interfaces so techniques can be developed to detect and mitigate against the effects of cyber-attacks.

We are seeking to enrich our team with PhD students addressing the following project topics in applied machine learning (ML) in wireless networks and secure antenna design.  These topics would be suitable for candidates with a background in Mathematics, Computer Science (with a focus on algorithms), or Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

  • Cyber Intrusion Detection in IoT Sensor Networks through ML/DL/AI
  • RF Fingerprinting for Cyber Intrusion Detection
  • Secure PHY Layer Techniques for Wireless Connectivity
  • Cascaded Neural Network Design for the Detection of RF Cyber Attacks
  • Physical Layer Security Techniques for the Detection of RF Cyber Attacks
  • A topic of the candidate’s choice that aligns with the Swan Research Challenges

Further details are available on the SWAN website.  

How to apply:

Prior to any application, please contact Prof Mark Beach to discuss your research proposal and for more information on the project.

Please make an online application online for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select <Electrical and Electronic Engineering> on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements:

From AY 2021/22, UKRI will be opening up UKRI studentships to international students. All students will receive a full award, to include a stipend and fees at the home level. All UKRI new studentship placements are open to both home and international students. EU and EEA students who are recruited and start from AY 2021/22 onwards, will become international students.  See UKRI guidance on PhD studentships.

Candidates must also comply with the entry requirements of the PhD programme they wish to be considered for. Please see the Admissions Statement for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, PhD which is for entry in the 2020/21 academic year.

Basic skills and knowledge required:

  • Excellent analytical skills and experimental acumen

Funding:

Scholarship covers full PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£15,609 in 2021/22) subject to eligibility status and confirmation of award.

Contacts:

Informal enquires please contact Prof Mark Beach

General enquiries please contact sceem-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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