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Realistic Underwater Acoustic Propagation Model for Medium Access Control Protocol Evaluation

Department of Electronic Engineering

About the Project

Successful prediction of the performance of medium access control protocols is dependent on a realistic model of the underlying propagation channel. Such a model needs to capture the characteristics that are pertinent to the operation of the higher layer. The majority of MAC protocols proposed for underwater acoustic communication networks have so far been evaluated based upon propagation models which often capture only the most basic characteristics. This PhD will explore whether other characteristics of acoustic wave propagation need to be captured at the MAC layer, through detailed studies of state of the art channel models used in physical layer research. New propagation models will be developed to provide a MAC layer simulator with a more realistic model of time-varying link availability and packet reception, for comparison with existing models.

Entry requirements:
Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject.

How to apply:
Applicants should apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded project and you will need to have sufficient funds in place (eg from scholarships, personal funds and/or other sources) to cover the tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of the research degree programme. Please check the Electronic Engineering website View Website for details about funding opportunities at York.

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