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University of York, Department of Electronic Engineering PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  ‘Vowel matching’ in chorus singing
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr H Daffern
Applications accepted all year round

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Modifying vowels is a common technique employed by singers when singing as a group to maximise the blended quality of the sound. Whilst there is natural variation of vowels between speakers and singers, a conscious effort is made to match the quality of vowels between singers.
  5G Wireless Communications from High Altitude Platform Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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Taking into account the significant, ongoing high altitude platform projects by Google and Facebook, this project will examine how a network of high altitude platforms can be used to deliver 5G wireless communications.
  AI and Machine Learning for the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Prof S Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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The Department has long-standing research collaborations with hospitals and medical centres worldwide developing new approaches to the diagnosis and monitoring of neurological conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
  Application of Satellite Medium Access Control Principles to Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Acoustic waves are widely accepted as the most suitable means of communicating underwater, since radio waves suffer from severe attenuation through water.
  Applied computational electromagnetics for transport, medical, and electronic systems
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr J Dawson
Applications accepted all year round

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In the Applied electromagnetics and devices laboratory of the Communication Technologies research group we are working on solving problems related to the prevention and control of electromagnetic interference.
  Array Antenna Design Optimisation for 5G / 6G Mobile Communication Systems
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr S J Porter
Applications accepted all year round

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Large array antennas are of great interest for 5G / 6G mobile communication systems.
  Atomic level structure and magnetic properties of MRAM
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Prof Y Xu
Applications accepted all year round

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As a new generation solid-state memory technology, the Magnetic Radom Access Memory (MRAM) is one of the most promising technologies for data storage, which storages data as a spin state rather than electrical charge.
  Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr G Kearney
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent developments in low cost VR displays have led to a resurgence of research into binaural 3-D audio. Whilst a good 3-D audio experience can be given using the state of the art technologies, there are still many problems to be solved.
  Augmented a shared environment to support creativity
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof J A Robinson
Applications accepted all year round

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The University’s "immersive demonstration space" provides surround video and sound in a meeting-room environment. This research project is to determine how best to enhance and use the space to support collaborative design and creativity.
  Auralisation in digital heritage
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Murphy
Applications accepted all year round

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Computer visualisation is often used in archaeology, history and cultural heritage to render particular scenes or buildings and aims to offer an additional understanding, insight or experience of a past environment, as well as more effective audience engagement.
  Automatic face description in computational photography and videography
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof J A Robinson
Applications accepted all year round

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The group has recently filed a patent on a method for estimating the attributes of faces detected in pictures. These attributes include the location and orientation and facial "landmarks", such as the eyes, nose tip and chin tip, along with the age, sex, race and facial expression of the person.
  Autonomous cooperation of bio-inspired adaptable lightweight mobile robots
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Dr M A Post, Prof A M Tyrrell
Applications accepted all year round

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In challenging planetary environments such as Mars, a diverse range of terrains must be traversed to deliver sensing instruments and achieve scientific goals.
  Body composition measurements in a reverberation chamber
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr M P Robinson
Applications accepted all year round

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Measurement of the components that make up the human body has important medical applications in kidney and heart diseases, and in nutritional studies.
  Cognition Assisted 5G Small Cell Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will investigate how machine learning based artificial intelligence strategies can be used to control both the radio resources and network topology in small cell 5G networks, likely to be used in dense urban areas, when traffic is dominated by ultra-high definition video from vehicular users.
  Cognition Strategies for Secure Cloud Radio Access Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will investigate how artificial intelligence can be used in future cloud based radio access networks. Such networks will be typical in future 5G and beyond 5G deployments, where due to cost reasons, radio and processing functions will be more centralised.
  Compact Atomic Clocks (Rubidium) with ultra low phase noise and excellent long term stability
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof J K A Everard
Applications accepted all year round

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The aims of this project will be to develop compact Atomic Clocks (Rubidium) with ultra low phase noise and excellent long term stability.
  Computational neuroscience: neural signal processing & neural computing
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Dr D Halliday
Applications accepted all year round

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The human brain is one of the most complex systems known to man. It consists of vast numbers of interacting units (called neurones) that communicate with each other using sequences of pulses (called spike trains).
  Crosslayer Design for Cognitive Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will examine how crosslayer design can be used to improve the performance of future cognitive networks, including how cognitive principles can be exploited in 5G and beyond 5G networks.
  Development of a quantum spin-current generator
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Prof A Hirohata
Applications accepted all year round

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We plan to observe new quantum phenomena by measuring nanoscale spintronic devices at very low-temperature.
  Development of a spin transistor beyond CMOS
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Prof A Hirohata
Applications accepted all year round

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Alongside with the Departmental research theme, "Advanced Computational Technologies," we seek a PhD student who is interested in developing a next-generation transistor using not electron charges but electron spins.
  Development of Spin based Transistors with 2D Materials
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Prof Y Xu
Applications accepted all year round

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Over the past few decades, size of transistors has been tremendously reduced from a few centimetres to a few tens of nanometres. This trend in down scaling the device size has almost reached its ultimate physical limitation, challenging Moore’s Law which has been valid for almost half a century.
  Developmental dynamics for Network-on-Chip systems
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Dr G Tempesti
Applications accepted all year round

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The Network-on-Chip (NoC) paradigm, a subject of intense research in both the academic and the industrial worlds, is based on the parallel execution of program threads on many relatively simple processing elements.
  Dielectric measurements with a 3D printer
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr M P Robinson
Applications accepted all year round

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The dielectric properties of an object – its permittivity and conductivity – give us useful information about it in fields ranging from non-destructive testing to body composition studies.
  Distributed hybrid beamforming for millimetre-wave broadband communications
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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The fifth generation (5G) of mobile communications networks is likely to use frequency bands in the millimetre-wave (mmWave) region, above 30 GHz.
  Distributed Massive MIMO for ultra-low-latency 5G communications
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive MIMO (MaMIMO) is a new technology which is expected to play a part in the fifth generation (5G) mobile networks currently under development.
  Electromagnetic dosimetry in a reverberant environment
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr M P Robinson
Applications accepted all year round

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The aim is to assess how much power is absorbed in the human body from exposure to radiation from mobile phones, hand-held radios, and other microwave sources.
  Electronic switching of peptide self-assembly: new approaches for directing nanofabrication.
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Dr S D Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Biomolecular recognition is considered one of the most promising approaches for high-throughput nanofabrication. For example, the ability of proteins, peptides or DNA to assemble spontaneously into complex and well-defined 3D structures has been exploited for fabricating a range of nano-structured materials and devices.
  Energy-harvesting based MAC protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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A plethora of energy-efficient MAC protocols have been developed for wireless sensor networks based on the assumption of readily available (if somewhat limited) battery power.
  Evolutionary mapping of algorithms to arrays of processors
  Research Group: Intelligent Systems and Nanoscience
  Dr G Tempesti
Applications accepted all year round

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The Network-on-Chip (NoC) paradigm is a subject of intense research in both the academic and the industrial worlds. Based on the parallel execution of program threads on many relatively simple processing elements, this approach suffers however from a crucial weakness.
  Exploitation of Full-Duplex Capability in Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks at the Medium Access Control Layer
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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Full-duplex has the potential to double the capacity of point-to-point communication links, but these benefits can only be fully realised in communication networks through development of a suitable medium access control layer.
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