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About the Project

Mobile communication networks today are much more intelligent and powerful. Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) has gone through several transformations to upgrade our mobile networks generation after generation. In fact, the number of antennas at a base station (BS) has been drastically increased to 64 or more in 5G, but the number of antennas at a user equipment (UE) remains small due to its limited space. Recently, fluid antenna has emerged as a new way of designing antennas at a UE. One outcome is that the position of an antenna can be switched in a small space which makes accessible huge diversity in a small space. It has been reported that fluid antenna can also be used for multiple access.

Different from previous work, this project will consider single and multiuser systems where each terminal may have multiple fluid antennas and aim to optimise the signal processing and port selection. It is expected that AI or machine learning will be useful in the optimisation.

BT is the industrial partner of this project and the successful candidate will benefit greatly from the collaboration with BT and the insight from the industrial sector.

Qualifications required:

Candidates should have or expect to achieve an excellent degree(s) (BEng/MEng/MSc) in Electronic/Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related disciplines. The ideal candidate would have experience/knowledge on one of the followings:

• Optimisation algorithms

• Machine learning technology

• Python or related programming languages

• Wireless communications

The ideal candidate should also be passionate about 5G and how mobile communications technology can make a difference in the world. The ideal candidate should also have good communication skills in order to interact with other researchers and collaborators.


Applicants must fulfil the academic entry requirements for the programme they are applying to. In addition, applicants must also fulfil eligibility criteria based on nationality / residency specified below:

Funding eligibility criteria based on nationality

• UK nationals are eligible provided they meet residency requirements.

• EU nationals with settled status are eligible.

• EU nationals with pre-settled status are eligible provided they meet residency requirements.

• Irish nationals living in UK or Ireland are eligible.

• Those who have indefinite leave to remain or enter are eligible.

• All others are classified as "International".

Residency requirements for UK nationals

• Living in EEA or Switzerland on 31-Dec-2020 (at that time UK was considered part of EEA) and lived in UK, EEA, Switzerland, or Gibraltar for at least 3 years immediately before the studentship begins.

• Lived continuously in UK, EEA, Switzerland, or Gibraltar between 31-Dec-2020 and the start of the studentship.

Residency requirements for EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals with pre-settled status

• Living in UK by 31-Dec-2020 (a requirement to receive pre-settled status).

• Living in UK, EEA, Switzerland, or Gibraltar for at least 3 years immediately before the studentship begins.

This studentship is offered with open eligibility, however the number of International students which can be recruited is capped according to the EPSRC terms and conditions.

How to apply:

Applications must be made using the UCL online application system and Applications should be made using the UCL postgraduate study application form. Please mark it to the attention of ICE/Wong.

The application must be accompanied by a personal statement that includes how the candidate experience aligns with the proposed research; a curriculum vitae (with publications if any); and two references.

We would like the successful applicant to start as soon as practically possible.


For informal enquires please contact Prof. Kai-Kit Wong ([Email Address Removed])

About UCL, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and the School of Pharmacy

University College London (UCL) was founded in 1826 as the third university in England, after Oxford and Cambridge. UCL is the first university in England to admit students of any race, class or religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men. UCL is organized into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL has 983 professors and more than 7000 academic staffs who are dedicated to research and teaching of the highest standards. Its student community is almost 36,000, the largest in the UK. There are 29 Nobel Prize winners and three Fields medalists amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff. UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research excellence (REF2014). UCL has world-class support for researchers and has been voted the best place for postdoctoral researchers to work for consecutive years by The Scientist magazine. The main campus of UCL is located in central London, close to British Museum, West-End and Thames River.

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL was established by Professor Sir Ambrose Fleming in 1885 and has a very strong research culture, state-of-the-art research equipment and facilities, and a very rich history of many fundamental research achievements in electronic and electrical engineering. The department has received top ratings in every UK research evaluation carried out to date.

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Funding Notes

This is a fully funded 4-year studentship covering fees (home rate) and maintenance stipend at the UCL EPSRC DTP enhanced rate (£18,609 in 2021/22, rises with inflation each year). It also covers additional costs of training e.g. courses, project costs, conferences, travel.
Studentships are automatically renewed each year provided that sufficient academic progress is made.