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  6G network intelligence for shared autonomy in teleoperation

   Department of Engineering

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  Dr T Mahmoodi, Dr Vasilis Friderikos  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project Summary

Open Radio Access Network (RAN) is a promising technology transforming telecom and mobile communication ecosystems. O-RAN Alliance specifications provide an implementation of RAN with the concept of virtualised RANs. vRAN interconnects disaggregated components via open interfaces and allows for the co-existence of multi-vendor systems with interoperable components. Their performance can be programmatically enhanced and optimised through a centralised abstraction layer, the so-called RAN Intelligent Controller (or RIC), with a data-driven closed-loop control. Depending on use case requirements, non-RT RIC could suffice with reaction time in seconds or near-RT RIC to provide a reaction time of 10 ms to 1 s. 

The design, deployment, and optimisation of those RICs allow for flexibility, shortening innovation cycles, and simultaneously open new research challenges, such as mobility management and hand-over, efficient allocation of shared resources in network slicing, scheduling, and provisioning of services and network functions, and O-RAN deployments optimisation.

We plan to exploit the following methods of our strengths to tackle the challenges mentioned above. Orchestration will be central in deploying O-RAN on a hybrid cloud computing platform (HCP), a set of computing resources and virtualisation infrastructure spanning multiple physical datacentres. An optimisation is crucial to allocating both physical and virtualised resources efficiently. Last but not least, Machine Learning will allow for continuous adaptation of model execution with monitoring, data collection, training, and deployment.

This project is part of King's College and TU Dresden Transcampus initiative, and the candidates will be awarded a joint degree, while they are expected to spend 6 months at TU Dresden. The post is hosted at the Centre for Telecommunications Research (CTR).

King’s Supervisors: Prof Toktam Mahmoodi, Dr Vasilis Friderikos.

TUD Supervisors: Dr Giang Nguyen, Prof Frank Fitzek

Start date: February 2024

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Application Procedure

To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at:

Please apply for Engineering Research (MPhil/PhD) and indicate Prof Toktam Mahmoodi as your desired supervisor and the project title in your application and all correspondence.

The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.

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Funding Notes

The position is funded by King's College School of Natural, Mathematical and Engineering Science (NMES), and Department of Engineering.
Funding is available for 3.5 years (covering Tuition fees, Stipend plus London Allowance, Bench Fees/Research Training & Support Grant). It covers tuition fees for UK or International students and a tax-free stipend of approximately £19,668 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year.
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