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Localization and Sensing with Intelligent Surfaces for 6G Networks

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Ahmed Elzanaty, Prof Rahim Tafazolli  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The project aims to develop computationally efficient positioning algorithms for 6G networks


Institute for Communication Systems, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Research group(s)

5G/6G Innovation Centre

Project Description

The next 6G cellular networks will be a rendezvous between localization, sensing, and communication. Indeed, through their design, new applications, such as cross/augmented reality, radio holography, and autonomous vehicle navigation, will be enabled at unprecedented accuracy and reliability. Towards this vision, technologies for 6G environment-aware communication systems foster the usage of new radio frequency (RF) spectrum at high-frequency ranges, e.g., the Terahertz bands), or the employment of beamspace processing techniques that represent the evolution of current beamforming techniques in the 3D space domain. In addition, reconfigurable intelligent surfaces (RIS), in either active or reflective mode have already been identified as a powerful paradigm thanks to the possibility to shape the electromagnetic environment intelligently, thus enhancing ambient awareness and supporting autonomous navigation and localization-based applications. 

The research project focuses on developing novel techniques and algorithms to support wireless localization. Efficient solutions and architectures should be proposed to enhance localization accuracy including reconfigurable intelligent surfaces and UAVs.

Candidate profile

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for our PhD programme. We expect a strong mathematical background and to be familiar with wireless communications theory. The candidate is expected to have at least one relevant publication at an international IEEE conference, e.g., Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM) and International Conference on Communications (ICC).

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via the Information and Communication Systems PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the projects (up to 2) that you wish to apply for and the name(s) of the relevant supervisor. You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.


The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.

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