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University of York, Department of Electronic Engineering Telecommunications PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 26 University of York, Department of Electronic Engineering Telecommunications PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  5G Wireless Communications from High Altitude Platform Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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Taking into account the significant, ongoing high altitude platform projects by Google and Facebook, this project will examine how a network of high altitude platforms can be used to deliver 5G wireless communications.
  Application of Satellite Medium Access Control Principles to Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Acoustic waves are widely accepted as the most suitable means of communicating underwater, since radio waves suffer from severe attenuation through water.
  Array Antenna Design Optimisation for 5G / 6G Mobile Communication Systems
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr S J Porter
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Large array antennas are of great interest for 5G / 6G mobile communication systems.
  Cognition Assisted 5G Small Cell Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will investigate how machine learning based artificial intelligence strategies can be used to control both the radio resources and network topology in small cell 5G networks, likely to be used in dense urban areas, when traffic is dominated by ultra-high definition video from vehicular users.
  Cognition Strategies for Secure Cloud Radio Access Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will investigate how artificial intelligence can be used in future cloud based radio access networks. Such networks will be typical in future 5G and beyond 5G deployments, where due to cost reasons, radio and processing functions will be more centralised.
  Compact Atomic Clocks (Rubidium) with ultra low phase noise and excellent long term stability
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof J K A Everard
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

The aims of this project will be to develop compact Atomic Clocks (Rubidium) with ultra low phase noise and excellent long term stability.
  Cost-effective learning and signal processing for evolvable massive wireless communications
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr Y Ko, Prof AM Tyrrell
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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PhD Type

Due to the rapidly increasing demand for a huge data, we are in the transition region from 4G (LTE-Advance) systems to 5G and beyond 5G systems.
  Crosslayer Design for Cognitive Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will examine how crosslayer design can be used to improve the performance of future cognitive networks, including how cognitive principles can be exploited in 5G and beyond 5G networks.
  Distributed hybrid beamforming for millimetre-wave broadband communications
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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The fifth generation (5G) of mobile communications networks is likely to use frequency bands in the millimetre-wave (mmWave) region, above 30 GHz.
  Distributed Massive MIMO for ultra-low-latency 5G communications
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive MIMO (MaMIMO) is a new technology which is expected to play a part in the fifth generation (5G) mobile networks currently under development.
  Energy-harvesting based MAC protocols for Wireless Sensor Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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A plethora of energy-efficient MAC protocols have been developed for wireless sensor networks based on the assumption of readily available (if somewhat limited) battery power.
  EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD Studentship: High bandwidth covert underwater acoustic communications
  Dr P D Mitchell
Application Deadline: 19 February 2020

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PhD Type

Demand within the maritime domain calls for increased use of autonomous assets for search, survey, inspection and undertaking tasks.
  Exploitation of Full-Duplex Capability in Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks at the Medium Access Control Layer
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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Full-duplex has the potential to double the capacity of point-to-point communication links, but these benefits can only be fully realised in communication networks through development of a suitable medium access control layer.
  Game theory based secure transmission techniques for physical layer security
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr K Cumanan
Applications accepted all year round

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Recently, physical layer based secrecy communication has received considerable attention due to its suitability for dynamic network configurations and distributed processing techniques.
  Implementation of soft-input, soft-output detectors and decoders using FPGA
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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Many emerging and current wireless communication standards, such as LTE and 5G New Radio, use iteratively-decoded error correcting codes, such as turbo-codes and LDPC, based on soft-input, soft-output (SISO) component decoders.
  Intelligent Medium Access Control for Underwater Acoustic Communication Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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Most research in underwater acoustic communication deals with the physical layer, with primitive and inflexible multiple access, despite the medium access control layer playing a crucial role in providing efficient communication.
  Machine learning and advance signal processing for beyond 5G network automation
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr H Ahmadi, Prof AM Tyrrell
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Network automation has been investigated since LTE due to its significant impact on reduction of operators’ operational expenditure (OPEX).
  Multi-user Massive MIMO with imperfect channel information
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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Multi-user (MU) MIMO (of which Massive MIMO is an example) provides a means of serving multiple users in the same spectrum - however on the downlink MU-MIMO requires accurate channel state information (CSI) at the transmitter.
  New waveforms for asynchronous 5G communications
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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Most current wireless systems, including the first release of the fifth generation (5G) standards, are based on OFDMA, because it is very effective for broadband transmission on multipath wireless channels.
  Optimised coded MIMO schemes with iterative decoding and detection
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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A range of powerful error-correction coding schemes which can be iteratively decoded, including LDPC and polarcodes, have been introduced to recent wireless standards, and are capable of approaching closely to the Shannon capacity limit for wireless channels.
  Physical layer network coding for multihop wireless networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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The “Internet of Things” (IoT) involves very large numbers of wireless nodes embedded in appliances, vehicles, physical infrastructure, and our environment in general, for applications such as the “smart home” or “smart city”, all wirelessly connected to the core Internet.
  Predicting the Uncertainty of Electromagnetic Simulations
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr S J Porter
Applications accepted all year round

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When performing an electromagnetic simulation, it is often difficult or time consuming to estimate how accurate the results are. In contrast, when doing electromagnetic measurements, making an estimate of the experimental uncertainty is a routine and well-defined process.
  Realistic Underwater Acoustic Propagation Model for Medium Access Control Protocol Evaluation
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr P D Mitchell
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

Successful prediction of the performance of medium access control protocols is dependent on a realistic model of the underlying propagation channel.
  Robust Cognitive Radio Resource and Topology Management for 5G Heterogeneous Networks
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof D Grace
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will explore how learning and reasoning should be applied to radio resource and topology management strategies in 5G and beyond 5G heterogeneous networks, while ensuring that they remain robust to mobile device malfunction and system attacks, which exploit the distributed nature of the control.
  The virtualised radio access network (vRAN)
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Prof A Burr
Applications accepted all year round

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To implement the ultra-dense wireless access network required for fifth generation (5G) and beyond networks, the “cloud-RAN” and now the “virtualised RAN” paradigms have been developed.
  Transmitter optimization techniques for physical layer security
  Research Group: Communication Technologies
  Dr K Cumanan
Applications accepted all year round

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Physical layer security has been recently recognized as a promising new design paradigm to provide security in wireless networks in addition to the existing conventional cryptographic methods, where physical layer dynamics of fading channels are exploited to establish secured wireless links.
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