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Usable Security Mechanisms in Internet of Things 可用的物联网安全机制

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    Dr X Huang
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Project Description

Primary supervisor: Xin Huang (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)
Co-supervisor: Alan Marshall (University of Liverpool, UK);
Paul Craig (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University)

Please email [Email Address Removed] and copy to [Email Address Removed] with a subject line of the PhD project title.

The Internet of Things (IoT) envisages numerous applications using a large number of “objects” interconnected and accessible via the Internet. The wide range of applications that will use the IoT will inevitably attract nefarious users who seek to compromise legitimate users, e.g. to gain financial advantage. Thus, there is an immediate need to engineer appropriate security measures into IoT architectures.

To prevent attacks against IoTs, various security mechanisms have been proposed. However, a study into the balance of usability versus security is still lacking. In this project, we will design new security mechanisms with improved usability. (1) We will explore new computing and communication techniques to see whether or not new security mechanisms based on these techniques can improve usability without sacrificing security. (2) We will also design visualization tools to see if they can help users to manage these mechanisms, i.e. choose proper mechanisms in different IoT application scenarios.


For more information about doctoral scholarship and PhD programme at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU): Please visit feesscholarships.html

How to Apply:
Interested applicants are advised to email the following documents to [Email Address Removed] (please put the project title and primary supervisor’s name in the subject line).
- CV
- Two reference letters
- Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
- Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of above 6.5 or equivalent is required
- Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
- Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English
(for international students, only the English version is required)

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Xin Huang ([Email Address Removed] ), whose personal profile is linked below:

Funding Notes

The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering (preferably with focus on Security, Embedded System, or Networks). Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or an equivalent qualification, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.

The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.

The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 3500 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project.

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