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Internet Transport for MMwave links

Project Description

New 5G wireless technologies, such as mmWaves (Millimeter Waves), operating in previously unused high-frequency bands promise a massive increase in capacity to mobile users and enable a wide range of new mobile applications. These advances are welcomed by the wireless community as they meet the increasing demand for bandwidth and have received a strong support from the industry as a basis for a new generation of mobile systems.

However, efficient use of the new spectrum is not without challenges. Due to the different radio wave propagation at millimetre wavelengths, the available capacity can vary broadly depending on the location, the number of users, the weather and other environmental factors. Understanding the channel model and the issues related to network coordination in such a dynamic environment is essential to take full advantage of the new technologies.

The School of Engineering has a longstanding track record of successful development of new network protocols and Internet technologies. The successful candidate will join the Internet Engineering research activities at the University, with the goal of proposing and evaluating new mechanisms at the Internet Transport layer for 5G networking.

Working with information about the link characteristics, new transport layer approaches will be explored to enable bandwidth-hungry applications to exploit the additional capacity, while also seeking to achieve the low latency expected of emerging highly responsive applications. The advances made in this exciting research field are expected to impact technologies to be used in 5G mobile network deployment and to contribute to new Internet protocol standards.

The successful candidate should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Electronic Engineering; Computer Science; Software Engineering.

Essential knowledge of: Experience with the Internet Protocol Stack and network protocols is essential.

Desirable knowledge: A prospective candidate must have a good understanding networking, and is expected to develop detailed understanding of Internet congestion control and apply this to a wireless mobile network path. This must be supported by a proven ability to program in C and/or C++. The successful applicant will work with computer tools for network simulation, protocol implementation and/or analysis.


Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing.


Informal inquiries can be made to Dr R Secchi () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ().

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. It is for self-funded students only.

How good is research at Aberdeen University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 38.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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