About the Project
The School of Computer Science & Informatics has a strong emphasis on cyber security research due to recent grants, and also supports the "Airbus Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security". Students attend workshops and conferences for research exposure, relevant training for developing skills through the Doctoral Academy, and may also have an opportunity to work with industry. The School encourages research discussion and collaborations, and has opportunities for interdisciplinary work with the School of Engineering (Energy group). The project directly contributes to UN sustainable goal #7- affordable and clean energy (major) and goal #11– sustainable cities and communities (minor).
The research objectives of this project include (i) understanding the energy needs for poor people (per day/week/month) and finding ways to educate poor or needy people on to optimise their energy usage and bills (by energy profiling), (ii) developing security techniques for critical energy storage security assessment and improvements on the safety and security of the power supply from the power distribution centre to the energy storage and from the energy storage to the homes, and (iii) understanding situational awareness by modelling cyber-attacks and monitoring their impact on the system to have advanced cyber risks situations.
This project aims to develop “novel” security techniques to ensure safe and secure supply of the electricity to rural and remote regions. The infrastructure security will be developed by performing threat-modelling and vulnerability assessment, security techniques storage infrastructure, and network communication security (e.g., last-mile communications). This project will entail a mixed of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, involving understanding of people’s need, optimising energy usage, and enabling secure power supply through an energy storage. It aims to build capabilities for understanding the current situational awareness at any point of time and can create alerts for suspected malicious events.
• Surveys on risk, impact and state of the art: energy storage security, communication security over power distribution centre, and a public survey on current situations.
• Threat modelling, associated risks and vulnerability assessment.
• Building capability: develop advanced authentication and access control techniques for the energy storage system and its secure communication with people (customers) and power distribution centre, an algorithm creating advance alert for suspected malicious events.
• Incorporating the developed techniques and capabilities into a tool that offers a situational awareness alerting platform.
• Academic technical publications.
A 2:1 or above Honours undergraduate degree or a master’s degree, in computing or a related subject. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate their proficiency by obtaining an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each skills component.
HOW TO APPLY
Please contact Dr. Neetesh Saxeena to discuss this project: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/1724111-saxena-neetesh
For an overview of the programme, tuition fees and other information, visit the website https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/computer-science-and-informatics. Read the How to Apply tab, and in the Apply box choose qualification Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science & Informatics, mode of study Full-time. In the research proposal section of your application, specify the project title and supervisors of this project, and in the funding section, select the ‘self-funding’ option.
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