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Autonomous Fall-Back Communication for Critical Wireless Smart Grid Networks (VP2235)

   Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences

   Thursday, June 30, 2022  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Safety-critical wireless IoT networks are increasingly ubiquitous. They enable future mobility concepts for e.g. drone swarm coordination and vehicle to everything (v2x) networks. As static networks they underpin in situ monitoring and control of civilian infrastructure such as power and water. Signal jamming at grid perimeters causes breakdown of essential network services, while in mobile platforms the potential loss of vehicle control poses a significant collision and accident risk.

This project will research, develop and validate a fall-back mechanism technology for fail-safe communication of critical network grids to mitigate the adverse impacts of signal jamming. The study will extend intelligent autonomous nodes to detect and identify anomalous behaviour of signals and update all participating devices in the grid of the anomaly to use the fall-back mechanism.     

The student will be embedded in the Cyber Research Group and ALMADA Research Centre at the UWS Lanarkshire campus, joining a growing team of 4 PhD students, and over 10 faculty researchers.

For informal queries please contact Dr. Althaff Mohideen at or Dr. James Riordan at

Funding Notes

The funded studentships are open to UK citizens and EU applicants with pre-settled or settled status. Funding for applicants meeting these criteria will cover UK fees and they will also receive an annual stipend (currently £15,609)

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