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Smart 5G and IoT Cooperative Communication System for Autonomous Vehicles in Intelligent Transport Systems

Project Description


One of the most important public health concerns in our world today is the global epidemic of road crash fatalities and injuries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that nearly 1.25 million people worldwide lose their lives in road crashes every year with an additional 20-50 million people been injured or disabled. In addition to the devastation caused by this loss of lives, there is also a significant economic burden tied with road crashes. The global annual cost directly connected with road crashes comes to USD $518 billion. Along with the aforementioned safety issues, traffic congestion has also become a major problem resulting in enormous economic and environmental costs.

To address the above social and economic issues, this research project aims to implement a novel, reliable and scalable communication system for autonomous vehicles in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The realization of such a system will integrate the advantages of the 5th Generation Cellular Networks (5G) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Vehicles require data to be exchanged in real time in order to operate safely and effectively. This requirement may be met by utilizing the advantages of 5G networks that offer significantly low delay communication. Furthermore, vehicles need to make informed decisions, based on reliable and multi-sourced data. Such a need can be satisfied with the incorporation of IoT technologies where a set of devices (i.e. vehicles, sensors…) are able to exchange valuable traffic related information.

A widespread network of communication components placed within existing and future urban infrastructure but also vehicles, combined with appropriate data exchange and analysis, may provide the basis for the implementation of this project.


- Develop a Cooperative Communication System that integrates both 5G and IoT technologies.
- Perform extensive simulations of the system using real life scenarios, focusing on urban environments, Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) communication.
- Implement a platform that will act as a basis for future implementations and testing.


The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate possession of programming skills but also have good understanding of and a particular interest in network simulations.

Additional application requirements: candidates are requested to submit a single document (maximum 1,000 words) briefly explaining a general methodology and a list of potential tools to be used for the implementation of this project.

Research Strategy and Research Profile

Glasgow Caledonian University’s research is framed around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, We address the Goals via three societal challenge areas of Inclusive Societies, Healthy Lives and Sustainable Environments. For more. This project is part of the research activity of the following Research Groups:
- Cyber Security, Networking and Communications (CNSC)
- Smart Connectivity and Sensing

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with a start date of 1st October 2019.

Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project. Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered. A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. Applicants should complete the online GCU Research Application Form, stating the Project Title and Reference Number (listed above).

Please also attach to the online application, copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), 2 references and any other relevant documentation.

Please send any enquiries regarding your application to: Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview.

For more information on How to apply and the online application form please go to

Dr Dimitrios Liarokapis -

Funding Notes

A variety of scholarship packages including fully funded studentships and fees only scholarships are available to deserving UK/EU and international candidates. The fully funded studentships are worth £19,300 per year for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress. They cover payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,800.

Please see the GCU website for further details on the scholarship packages available.

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