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PhD studentship in Wireless Technologies in Agri. Tech

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Dr N Ashraf , Dr B Butler , Dr S Balasubramaniam Thursday, October 01, 2020 Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Post summary

Applications are invited for a platform PhD position funded by the Science Foundation Ireland VistaMilk “Dairy by Design” Research Centre. VistaMilk is a multi-disciplinary Research Centre that focuses on Agri Tech, bringing together the disciplines of ICT and Agriculture. The research centre consists of TSSG-Waterford Institute of Technology, Tyndall National Institute, INSIGHT research centre for data analytics, and Teagasc. The candidate is expected to be highly self-motivated, and willing to work in future emerging topics in Agri. Tech.
Position Description: Ambient Energy Harvesting for Wireless Internet of Things in Agri-Tech.

Description: The Internet of Things (IoT) aims to enable connections of various wireless devices to the Internet. From the perspective of smart agriculture, IoT will play a major role in connecting various types of sensor devices on the farm, animal, as well as facilities, where they will sense vital data that can be transmitted to the cloud for processing to improve farm management. In a number of cases, most of these sensors will be miniature and will be embedded into the farming environment, such as sensing devices in the pasture or even on the animals. An essential requirement is to ensure that these sensors have sufficient energy in order to minimize any intervention from the farmer that will require charging/changing the power supply. In recent years, the concept of energy harvesting has been extensively used in wireless IoT devices, where they are able to collect energy from the environment (e.g., vibrations) as well as other sources. This PhD research will focus on ambient energy harvesting for wireless IoT devices, where the IoT devices are able to sense the electromagnetic waves in the air and convert this into energy. This could come through the interactions with base stations (e.g., macro or micro cells), as well as other emerging infrastructure such as the Intelligent Reflector Surfaces (IRS). The research will require design of ambient energy harvesting circuits as well as protocols for sensors in harsh environment using analytical modeling and simulations, as well as development of a prototype to demonstrate the concept.

The PhD project will be for 4 years and will cover fees in addition to a personal stipend (and research expenses).

Person specification
• Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics (specializing in communication engineering and circuit design)
• Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronics (specializing in communication engineering and circuit design).
Knowledge & Experience
• Strong mathematical modelling skills in communication engineering and electronic circuit theory (in particular strong background in wireless communication engineering).
• Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
• Good programming skills with experience in MATLAB, python programming skills, or other tools used for modelling.
• Experience in assembling wireless transmitter circuits based on off-the shelf components.
• Experience in mathematical modelling and analysis of wireless communication systems, and this may include physical layer (e.g., modulation or coding) to networking layer.
• Experience with simulation tools used in circuit design for wireless systems-
• Development of circuitries for energy harvesting wireless IoT devices.
Skills & Competencies
• Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
• Highly motivated, demonstrate initiative and ability to work within multi-disciplinary project team to achieve results
• Have an academic record of excellence and good writing skills.
• Paper Publications/ Journal writing and submission experience in wireless communications.
• Full list of publications, if any.

Further information

For any informal queries, please contact Jane Mahony at email: or telephone: +00353 (0) 51 834173
For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office via email or telephone +353 (0)51 302883.

Application procedure

Download the Research Postgraduate Application Form and return completed applications to , quoting WD_2020_23 in the email subject line. Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted


Funding Notes

Stipend: €18,000 per annum for 4 years
Fees: covered for 4 years
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