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  Security-aware Resource Allocation in 6G Networks

   School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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  Dr Omar Alani  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Information on this PhD research area can be found further down this page under the details about the Widening Participation Scholarship given immediately below.

Applications for this PhD research are welcomed from anyone worldwide but there is an opportunity for UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) to apply for a widening participation scholarship.

Widening Participation Scholarship: Any UK candidates (or eligible for UK fees) is invited to apply. Our scholarships seek to increase participation from groups currently under-represented within research. A priority will be given to students that meet the widening participation criteria and to graduates of the University of Salford. For more information about widening participation, follow this link: [Scroll down the page until you reach the heading “PhD widening participation scholarships”.] Please note: we accept applications all year but the deadline for applying for the widening participation scholarships in 2024 is 28th March 2024. All candidates who wish to apply for the MPhil or PhD widening participation scholarship will first need to apply for and be accepted onto a research degree programme. As long as you have submitted your completed application for September/October 2024 intake by 28 February 2024 and you qualify for UK fees, you will be sent a very short scholarship application. This form must be returned by 28 March 2024. Applications received after this date must either wait until the next round or opt for the self-funded PhD route.


Project description: With the increasing demand for high-speed connectivity and the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the next generation of wireless networks, 6G, is expected to provide high data rates, low latency, and support a massive number of devices. However, with the growth of network size and complexity, security threats become more sophisticated, and resource allocation becomes a more challenging task. Therefore, security-aware resource allocation is critical for 6G networks to provide secure and efficient communication, hence the Research question is: How can we design a security-aware resource allocation mechanism for 6G networks that maximizes the system's security while maintaining network efficiency?

The proposed research will contribute to the development of security-aware resource allocation mechanisms for 6G networks, which will improve the security and efficiency of communication in wireless networks. The results of this research will be of interest to researchers, network operators, and policy-makers, as it will provide insights into the challenges and opportunities of 6G networks.

The work involves the design of a novel security-aware resource allocation mechanism for 6G networks and evaluate the performance of the proposed mechanism in terms of security, network efficiency, and scalability.

The proposed research will use a combination of analytical and simulation-based approaches. Initially, a comprehensive review of the state-of-the-art techniques in security-aware resource allocation in wireless networks will be conducted. Then, a novel mechanism will be designed based on the identified gaps in the literature. The performance of the proposed mechanism will be evaluated using a network simulator, and the results will be compared with existing mechanisms in the literature. Furthermore, mathematical analysis will be used to analyze the proposed mechanism's security and efficiency.

The expected research outcomes would be a novel security-aware resource allocation mechanism for 6G networks.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12)

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 School of Science. Engineering and Environment website for details about funding opportunities at Salford.


1. X. Zhou, F. R. Yu, S. Li, and H. Ji, "Energy-Efficient and Security-Aware Resource Allocation for 6G Heterogeneous Networks," IEEE Wireless Communications Letters, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 1279-1283, May 2021.
2. H. Zhang, X. Liu, Y. Sun, J. Lu, and J. Ma, "A Security-Aware Resource Allocation Framework for 6G Wireless Networks," IEEE Network, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 204-209, Mar./Apr. 2021.

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