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Sensor Scheduling Scheduling Algorithms for Low-Power Energy-Scavenged Sensors

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Physical Computation Laboratory is seeking a PhD student to work on a project developing new **Sensor Scheduling Scheduling Algorithms for Low-Power Energy-Scavenged Sensors**.

The Physical Computation Laboratory (http://physcomp.eng.cam.ac.uk/) is a new and growing research group that investigates how to use an understanding of the physical world and the flexibility of sensing systems to improve the efficiency of computing systems that interact with nature. We conduct fundamental research augmented with hardware and software prototypes to get the results of our research out into the world. We have created several open source hardware and software platforms that are being used by several research groups and have active research collaborations with several departments across the University of Cambridge (from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, to the Department of Zoology) and across the world (from Max Planck to MIT).

The research of the successful applicant will investigate low-power hardware implementations (FPGA and full-custom silicon) for Sensor Scheduling Scheduling Algorithms for Low-Power Energy-Scavenged Sensors. The research will investigate new hardware designs and evaluate the efficacy of the proposed designs and implementations using measurements on state-of-the-art prototype hardware platforms. This will be augmented with analysis of the effect of sensor characteristics on computation-/ data-flow graphs of important sensor applications in a real sensor deployment in an office building.

The candidate will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of four PhD students, three postdocs, four masters students, and several industrial collaborators.

A successful candidate should have very strong background and excellent grades in their completed undergraduate/masters courses on:

- Digital logic
- Computer architecture
- Digital signal processing
- FPGAs

Candidates should also have a strong working knowledge of:

- C/C++ and Python
- Assembly language programming for one or more RISC architectures (e.g., RISC-V, PowerPC, or ARM)
- LaTeX
- Git (and a demonstrable record of working with repositories hosted on GitHub)
- Unix
- Mathematica or Matlab
- Familiarity with the RISC-V architecture

Familiarity with the analysis of algorithms and with Game Theory and Multi-Objective Mathematical Optimization is a plus.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions web pages https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg/apply, with Dr. Phillip Stanley-Marbell specified as the potential supervisor.


To find out more about funding options (the next deadline is 7th January 2020), please see https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding/graduate-funding-competition

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