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5G Wireless Communications from High Altitude Platform Networks

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

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. Using a radically different system architecture, which exploits software defined networking and network function virtualisation, this project will examine how smart antennas and unconventional network configurations can be used to deliver the required rapid flexibility, connectivity and quality of service. This will be accompanied by the development of resource assignment strategies, which exploit machine learning based principles, allowing use of historical and embedded information. The impact of the amount of control information exchanged between nodes, and the degree of federation to assist with the resource assignment will be examined. A mixture of simulation and analysis will be used to assess performance. Stochastic Geometry, Game theory and Markov analysis will be particularly important analytical tools.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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