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Energy-harvesting based MAC protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

A plethora of energy-efficient MAC protocols have been developed for wireless sensor networks based on the assumption of readily available (if somewhat limited) battery power. One of main research challenges in this area is the development of approaches suited to devices which harvest energy from the environment (e.g. through solar cells or equivalent mechanisms). Although such devices offer the potential for self-sustained operation, energy availability is likely to be severely limited and time-varying. These characteristics challenge the traditional assumptions behind MAC protocol design and calls for new approaches. This PhD will explore the impact of limited and time-varying energy resources on the medium access control problem and subsequently develop new approaches which can maximise the throughput capability of typical networks. Simulation modelling will form a key part of the work, along with analytical models and practical evaluation as appropriate.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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