6G-PATH: 6G Pilots And Trials Throughout Europe


   Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences

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About the Project

The path towards 6G is beginning now that 5G matured and is being deployed worldwide both publicly and privately. While 5G brought a step up in many fields, such as performance and efficiency, more is always expected in terms of efficiency by the overall community and in terms of performance by industry and technology providers who want to further increase their offerings and products. Continuous demands for higher throughput, lower latency, and more energy-efficient communications need to be supported by relevant use cases that can claim and demonstrate the needs for these requests. The 6G-PATH goal is to help foster the further development and integration of new and improved tools and products from EU companies with 5G/6G, while also measuring relevant Key Performance and Value Indicators (KPIs and KVIs). To achieve this, testbeds will be implemented as part of the European project consortium, which will be used by use cases spread across four key verticals: Health, Education, Smart Cities, and Farming. 

The successful PhD candidate will be required to undertake research for a doctoral thesis while assisting the R&D in the 6G-PATH project which is a large multi-partner European Commission-funded project on the development and experimentation of 6G technology. The candidate will assist the University of Bradford research team in developing the validation and evaluation framework for the 6G-PATH activities, including the requirements for the 6G-PATH experimentation environment. While doing this, the candidate will be expected to align the R&D work in the project to their PhD research and thesis. This will include developing a systematic approach and framework to assess the validity and reliability of the 6G-PATH architecture, platform, technical components, testbeds, and trials and pilots’ experiments. It involves defining the criteria and standards, and the Key Performance and Value Indicators for evaluating the effectiveness and impact of the 6G experiments and collecting and analysing data to assess how well the experiments meet these criteria. Therefore, the role will involve leading the development of the validation and evaluation goals and objectives ensuring they are specific, measurable, achievable, and financially viable; determining the criteria and standards for the evaluation; and defining the methods to collect data for the evaluation, including surveys, interviews, workshops, focus groups, metrics, technical and financial measurements.

The work will involve collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of industry and academic experts from across Europe and the candidate will be required to travel to pilot sites for data collection. Therefore, there will be opportunities to gain skills in many areas including performance management, project management, and qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods.

How to apply

Formal applications can be submitted via the University of Bradford web site; applicants will need to register an account and select 'Full-time PhD in Business and Management' as the course, and then specify the project title when prompted.

About the University of Bradford

Bradford is a research-active University supporting the highest-quality research. We excel in applying our research to benefit our stakeholders by working with employers and organisations world-wide across the private, public, voluntary and community sectors and actively encourage and support our postgraduate researchers to engage in research and business development activities.

Positive Action Statement

At the University of Bradford our vision is a world of inclusion and equality of opportunity, where people want to, and can, make a difference. We place equality and diversity, inclusion, and a commitment to social mobility at the centre of our mission and ethos. In working to make a difference we are committed to addressing systemic inequality and disadvantages experienced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students.

Under sections 158-159 of the Equality Act 2010, positive action can be taken where protected group members are under-represented. At Bradford, our data show that people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups who are UK nationals are significantly under-represented at the postgraduate researcher level. 

These are lawful measures designed to address systemic and structural issues which result in the under-representation of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic students in PGR

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Funding Notes

This project has full funding for UK and International students, which will cover tuition fees, a tax-free stipend at UKRI rates (currently £18,662 per year) for living costs, and Research expenses relating to the project.

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