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Energy Harvesting for Optical Wireless Communication Systems in Indoor Environments


   School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment


About the Project

Please refer to project id SCEBE-21SF-030-RRI

About the Project

This project addresses two of the societal challenges identified in GCU’s strategy for research: Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments. The project is not only relevant to the themes of Built Environments and Efficient Systems, but also to the theme of Public Health. The proposed project is particularly relevant to applications such as energy harvesting for sensors in smart buildings, and wearable devices for patients in hospitals and/or vulnerable people at home that might require optical tracking. The proposed project aligns with current and past work carried out by the supervisory team, which includes concentrating photovoltaics, illumination and optical wireless communications.

Aim

It is intended that the PhD student working on this project will investigate the latest illumination-based energy harvesting techniques. S/he will design, implement and test a novel energy harvesting system to be used with optical wireless communication systems. Such a system might incorporate PV cells and suitable optics for energy harvesting and telecommunication purposes.

Specifications

The successful applicant will hold a UK honours degree (or equivalent) on Electronic Engineering (2:1 or above) or a Masters degree. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required.

Candidates are requested to submit a more detailed research proposal with their own view of the project area as part of their application (of a maximum of 2000 words).

Research Strategy and Research Profile

Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We address the Goals via the three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments (more). This project is part of the research activity of the Research Group – Smart Connectivity and Sensing (SCaS)


Funding Notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses. Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts. See more on fees and funding: View Website

References

Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.
Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. Applicants should complete the online GCU Research Application Form, stating the Project Title and Reference Number (listed above).
Please also attach to the online application, copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation.
Please send any enquiries regarding your application to: rra4@gcal.ac.uk. Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.
For more information on how to apply and the online application form please go to:
https://www.gcu.ac.uk/research/postgraduateresearchstudy/applicationprocess/

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