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Optimisation and Machine Learning for Ultra-Reliable Low-Latency Communications (URLLC)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, January 01, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: WS10
Start date of studentship: 1st October 2019
Closing date of advert: 28th January 2019
Interview date: TBC


Primary supervisor: Dr Mahsa Derakhshani
Secondary supervisor: Professor Sangarapillai Lambotharan

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Full Project Detail

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD studentship to study optimization and machine learning algorithms aiming to enable emerging applications for ultra-reliable and low-latency communications, in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University. The successful applicant will join the Signal Processing and Networks Research Group, under the supervision of Dr. Mahsa Derakhshani.

This project aims to perform fundamental research in telecommunications networks, focusing on developing optimization and machine learning algorithms to guarantee predefined successful packet transmission rate within a stringent prespecified latency budget required for URLLC applications. Learning-based algorithms can enable the system to understand the network dynamism, forecast based on the context information, and proactively manage resources to achieve the network-level and user-level performance targets such as Quality-of-Service (QoS) requirements. This project also involves theory building to study the scalability, performance and stability of the learning-based algorithms in large-scale networks with unknowns and imperfections.

Find out more: Applicants seeking additional information are invited to contact Dr Mahsa Derakhshani ().

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: MATLAB/Python programming, optimisation techniques, and machine learning algorithms.

Contact details

Name: Dr Mahsa Derakhshani
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 1509 227193

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS10

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 26th March 2019.

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