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Exploitation of Full-Duplex Capability in Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks at the Medium Access Control Layer

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

Full-duplex has the potential to double the capacity of point-to-point communication links, but these benefits can only be fully realised in communication networks through development of a suitable medium access control layer. Cancellation of self-interference is a significant challenge and has been limited to antenna separation in underwater systems. Other approaches include circuit (analogue domain) and digital cancellation. Although these have yet to be fully investigated for underwater acoustic transmission, they have great potential. This PhD will explore how full-duplex communication might be exploited at the MAC layer. Simulation based modelling and performance evaluation will be undertaken, backed up by mathematical analysis, for typical scenarios with envisaged full-duplex capability. New protocols will be developed which use the full-duplex links to mitigate hidden/exposed node problems, and enhance MAC layer throughput and delay.

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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