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Semantic Communication and Sensing for 6G Wireless Networks

   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Mahdi Boloursaz Mashhadi, Prof Rahim Tafazolli  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project


5G/6G Innovation Centre (5G/6GIC), Institute for Communication Systems (ICS), School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE), University of Surrey (UoS)

Project Description

With the increasing demand for intelligent services, the future generation wireless networks will shift from the current design that focuses solely on transmission rate, latency, and reliability to a beyond-Shannon design paradigm based on intelligent and goal-oriented connection of everything. Semantic communication and sensing, a revolutionary paradigm that integrates user as well as application requirements and meaning of information into the sensing, processing, and communication, is predicted to become the core paradigm in 6G design providing significant spectrum and energy savings. The goal of this project is to derive the fundamental limits of semantic communication and sensing for multi-modal data, to design multi-task semantic transceivers, and to develop collaborative semantic-aware networking and resource allocation. The appropriate candidate should have a good understanding of information theoretical limits of communication, as well as state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data and signal processing techniques.

Candidate Profile

You will need to meet the minimum entry requirements for the Information and Communication Systems PhD program, refer to:

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted via the Information and Communication Systems PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the projects (up to 2) that you wish to apply for and the name(s) of the relevant supervisor. You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.


The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.

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