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Symmetric cryptographic key generation algorithms for secure connected autonomous vehicles


Project Description

Secure data exchange between communicating vehicles is one of the greatest technical challenges pending to be addressed prior to mass production of fully autonomous vehicles. The security solution has to be energy-efficient and adaptable to any wireless propagation environment in which vehicle-to-vehicle (V-V) communications take place. A symmetric cryptographic key generation solution will be considered by exploiting the physical layer characteristics of the wireless propagation environment. In the international literature, it has been named as physical layer security solution and proven to be an ideal candidate for secure communications with strict constrains on computational resources and power consumption. Starting from a very thorough literature review, the student will have to understand and become familiar with the most recent advances in physical layer security and how this can be implemented in V-V communications. Accordingly, the student will have to understand the algorithmic solutions and steps involved in the key generation process, including V-V channel modeling and simulation, received signal quantization, information reconciliation and privacy amplification. The final goal is to design a symmetric cryptographic key generation algorithm and evaluate its performance according to certain key performance indicators such as key generation rate and key entropy.
This project is suitable for applicants with interdisciplinary interests in wireless communications, security/cryptography and programming/algorithms. Indicatively, applicants should have good performance in the following subjects: Communication Principles/Theory, Digital Communications, Security/Cybersecurity and Cryptography, Programming/Algorithms and Software Engineering.

Application is made by using the online system at the following link:
(https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/phdopportunities/)
Please note that this application is to gain admission to our PGR programme. Candidates applying for this project will most likely have an interview/discussion with the supervisor before any decision is made.

Funding Notes

The applicants have to make a separate funding application. Please see here for more details: View Website
Form for UK/EU applicants: View Website
Form for Chinese applicants: View Website
The options for International applicants are to be self – funded and/or owing personal scholarships

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