PhD Studentship - An Integrated Intra-Vehicle Wireless Sensor Network, Aston University, UK

Publish Date: Oct 02, 2015

Deadline: Oct 15, 2015

PhD Studentship - An Integrated Intra-Vehicle Wireless Sensor Network, Aston University

Contract Type:   Fixed Term
Basis:   Full Time
Closing Date:   Thursday 15 October 2015
Reference:   R150244

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship sponsored by Jaguar Landover on a project to study in-vehicle wireless sensor networks in the Adaptive Communications Networks Research Group, School of Engineering & Applied Science at Aston University.

The position is available to start from January 2016 (or earlier subject to negotiation).

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,057 in 2015/16. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £11,448 in 2015/16.  As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding, or confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required as part of the application process.

Background of the Project

In a modern vehicle, electronic components and systems play more roles in control and monitoring, and the number of sensors and their associated electronic control units (ECUs) is rapidly increasing. Traditional wired connections linking up these sensors and ECUs impose various kinds of constraints on improving driving performance at a low cost. Replacing the wires with wireless connection can significantly benefit the development of new generation cars, including savings on parts, improving fuel efficiency, and promoting fully autonomous driving.

Wireless sensor networks (WSNs) have been extensively investigated and widely deployed for monitoring and control purposes. However, there are still a number of unaddressed issues with regard to the feasibility and maturity of a full deployment of WSNs in personal vehicles to replace wired connected sensor systems. The research will investigate the complex channel characteristics for wireless communications and networking within a vehicle and develop new protocols and algorithms that ensure the reliability, robustness and efficiency required. In addition, it is also intended to develop practical approaches that integrate these protocols and algorithms to build an intra-vehicle wireless sensor network, to provide better quality of experience (QoE) for different user applications.

The project capitalises from collaboration with the leading automobile industrial partner. The successful student is expected to visit and spend time at the partner’s site. If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Xiaohong Peng at

How to Apply:

Details of how to make you application, including the documents you need to provide are available at

Applications should also be accompanied by a brief view of relevant research literature.

Closing Date: 15th October 2015

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