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Edge Computing for Internet of Things [Self-Funded Students Only]

   Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics

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  Prof O F Rana, Dr C Perera  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This project has two different research themes: Edge Computing and Data Science.

Edge Computing

Edge Computing is the notion of performing computation close to the data generation source, by significantly reducing data communication latency and ensuring that private data is maintained closer to the data generation source. Ideal edge computing infrastructures should be able to dynamically configure and adapt itself to facilitate a given sensing and security requirement, in the most efficient way. Edge computing is a novel research area, and often seen as the future of cloud computing for supporting real-time processing.

This theme design and evaluate novel edge resource orchestration algorithms, to address research challenges such as:

  • How to orchestrate service execution across different edge resources based on a number of constraints (e.g. energy, cost, ownership, privacy)
  • How to dynamically adapt edge resources to meet Quality of Service or Quality of Experience targets for specific applications
  • Use of edge computing resources for particular application scenarios – e.g. emergency response, “smart” buildings, elderly care, smart factory, etc.

We have a 100 node Edge computing infrastructure developed using RaspberryPis to conduct the evaluations.

Data Science

Data Science (Including Interdisciplinary Research): Understanding how data from edge resources can be analysed to address particular research questions in a timely and efficient manner, such as:

  • Trading comfort for energy efficiency in built environments;
  • Use edge resources in autonomous vehicles;
  • Wellbeing and Healthcare in homes and workspaces

Please contact Dr Charith Perera ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss your research proposal before submitting your application.


A 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree or a master's degree, in computing or a related subject.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate their proficiency by obtaining an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills component.

How to apply:

Please contact the supervisors of the project prior to submitting your application to discuss and develop an individual research proposal that builds on the information provided in this advert. Once you have developed the proposal with support from the supervisors, please submit your application following the instructions provided below

This project is accepting applications all year round, for self-funded candidates via 

In order to be considered candidates must submit the following information: 

  • Supporting statement 
  • CV 
  • In the ‘Research Proposal’ section of the application enter the name of the project you are applying to and upload your Individual research proposal, as mentioned above in BOLD
  • Qualification certificates and Transcripts
  • Proof of Funding. For example, a letter of intent from your sponsor or confirmation of self-funded status (In the funding field of your application, insert Self-Funded)
  • References x 2 
  • Proof of English language (if applicable)

Please contact Dr. Charith Perera ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss this project.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

This project is offered for self-funded students only, or those with their own sponsorship or scholarship award.

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