Fully funded PhD scholarship: Networked-Flying Platform for 5G at UWS



Project: Networked Flying Platform enabled Wireless Communications for 5G and Beyond

Project Description

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is seeking to attract PhD students of outstanding ability and strong commitment to join its vibrant, growing and internationally recognized graduate research program. Successful applicant will benefit from our intellectually stimulating and inclusive research environment and from the HR Excellence awarded enhanced career development and professional training supports.

The standardization process of the next generation of wireless networks, referred to as 5G networks, has already started and these networks are expected to be deployed starting in approximately 2020 in Europe. The concept of ubiquitous connectivity for smart and resilient cities and community is perceived as a key enabling application to turn the 5G vision into reality. However, the orchestration of potential 5G disruptive technologies remains to be a significant challenge to achieve such ambitious aim and ensure their compatibility with the future generations of network to come. It is therefore high time for 5G stakeholders from industry, academia and beyond to research and investigate the way forward to achieve the 5G+ vision of a globally fully connected community in future smart and resilient cities.

Driven by an emerging use of Networked Flying Platforms (NFPs) such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned balloons in wireless applications and the challenges that the 5G and beyond networks exhibit, the focus of this project is to research, design and develop novel and smart scalable unified wireless platforms by integrating NFPs into 5G access and backhaul networks. Such large scale deployable platforms/frameworks provisioning ultra-low latency (time to reaction over wireless links), high data rate and high reliability will guarantee the global information and communication requirements in future smart and resilient cities and solve the ubiquitous connectivity problems in:

  • many challenging network coverage environments (e.g., coverage or capacity enhancements for remote or sparsely populated and disaster affected areas, etc.). and
  • several industrial sectors for intelligent monitoring and surveillance applications (e.g., transportations, health, power grid, agriculture, etc.).

Potential technologies to achieve this vision may include, but not limited to; mm-wave/free space optical (FSO) technology, multi-antenna and massive MIMO technology, artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms and software-defined cloud-enabled networking. Successful rollout of the outlined NFP-enabled 5G+ architecture will require focused investigations followed by performance analysis of mathematical modelling of NFP deployment, physical layer transmission design including novel resource/interference management approaches and cross-layer network optimization. In addition, network economics, network re-configurability and compatibility and technology regulatory issues are also required to be investigated under the scope of the study.

The PhD student will be supervised by a cross-disciplinary team of experienced academics (from wireless engineering and networks, mathematics and software computing) at UWS. Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir will lead the project supervision team with experts and advisors from Center of Artificial Intelligence, Visual Communications and Networks (AVCN) in the School of Engineering and Computing who have been recently awarded with €7M follow-on funding for 5G mobile networks project SELFNET by European Commission (EC) – with 12 EU partners; and from Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research (STORM) Group in the School of Science and Sport.

This project is strategically in collaboration with National Air Traffic Services (NATS), UK’s leading air traffic control service provider and T4i Engineering, a research based SME that offers prototyping and key-enabling technologies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and IoT-based systems. The PhD student will also have excellent opportunity to collaborate with international eminent academics involved in 5G initiatives from Glasgow University, UK, Carleton University, Canada and other European 5G industry partners.

The envisioned architecture is strategically aligned with the UWS framework of research excellence to offer sustainable infrastructure towards knowledge based economy. The outcome of the project will demonstrate the development of novel NFP-enabled architecture; further strengthen the university research track record and ultimately engage the university and partners to attract external industry and UK/EU research funding.

Applicants should hold a minimum 2:1 degree or a master’s degree in computer science/computer engineering/electrical and electronic engineering or other relevant disciplines, or have equivalent industry experiences. It is essential that the applicant has good skills in computer programming and good knowledge in one or more of the following areas: computer networks, wireless networks, artificial intelligence, software engineering, mathematical modelling, and telecommunications.


Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Shakir

School of Engineering and Computing

University of the West of Scotland

Paisley Campus, High Street

Paisley PA1 2BE United Kingdom

Email: muhammad.shakir@uws.ac.uk

Tel: 0141 848 3420

Funding Notes

UWS is an inspiring, vibrant place to study with a growing research community; an important aspect of which is its outstanding and committed research students.

Successful candidates will receive an annual stipend (currently £14,553) per annum for three years and payment of tuition fees (current value £4200). Applicants are advised that funding will be considered as part of a competitive round and there is no guarantee that it will be awarded. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute up to 6 hours/week to UWS’ academic related activities.


  • Studentships are open to Home/EU candidates with a first degree in a relevant discipline. Non-EU students can apply, but will not receive the stipend and will be required to pay fees.

How to apply 

Postgraduate Degree by Research Applications should be completed online at

Applications without all relevant documents will not be considered. Please quote the Project Reference Number. Students must follow the online application process carefully. Dr Shakir’s research profile and details can be seen at UWS Research Portal and preprints of some of his relevant recent research work can be seen at arXiv which could be useful in preparing research statement.

Deadline 12 May 2017

Online version of this call is available at https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=85545&LID=1273

CfP – Dependable Wireless Communications and Localization for the IoT Workshop


First Call for Papers (Extended Abstracts)

The Internet of Things (IoT) will represent the backbone of modern society and the next-generation Internet. By integrating heterogeneous service models and devices into a cohesive system, the IoT exhibits tremendous potential to meet the information-processing demands of smart environments, such as Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Connected Cars. The integration, however, also aggravates the complexity of design and deployment, and brings new challenges with respect to the dependability of IoT systems.

This workshop will place its focus on wireless technologies that play a key role in connecting IoT-devices to the Internet. Wireless technologies can also be used for localization, a critical capability to provide the context between physical devices and the virtual world. Physical and man-made impairments (e.g., multipath propagation and radio interference) have a strong influence on the dependability of these wireless services.

We specifically welcome contributions that aim at making wireless communications and localization more reliable, predictable, safe, and secure to enable safety-critical applications that require guaranteed performance. Both research and practical aspects of dependability considerations in the IoT are of interest.

Topics of Interest

·         Dependability measurements, modelling, and validation of IoT systems

·         Enabling technologies for dependable IoT networks

·         Secure architectures for the IoT

·         Secure IoT communication protocols

·         Dependable medium access control and routing protocols for the IoT

·         IoT testbeds

·         Industry 4.0

·         Smart cities

·         Connected cars

·         Robust localization

·         Data fusion schemes for localization

·         Cooperative localization and SLAM

·         Fundamental limits of positioning techniques

·         Positioning methods with robust performance

·         Position-dependent parameter estimation techniques

·         Location-awareness for wireless networks

·         Ultra-wideband technology

·         Passive and active RFID systems

·         Localization applications for the IoT and 5G networks

·         Radio channel models for positioning


The workshop contributions will be published online under the umbrella of the COST Action IRACON in the form of extended abstracts. Extended abstracts will have 2 – 3 pages and must include (an) exemplary result(s). Submissions will undergo a peer review process. Submission instructions will be posted on the workshop website.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: May 22, 2017; Notification date: July 14, 2017; Workshop date: Sep. 12, 2017.


Klaus Witrisal (TU Graz, Austria); Chiara Buratti (Univ. of Bologna, Italy); Carles Antón-Haro (CTTC, Spain); Carlo Alberto Boano (TU Graz, Austria).


This workshop will be a single-day, single-track event, organized under the umbrellas of the COST Action IRACON and the Lead Project of TU Graz “Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments”. Venue: Graz University of Technology, Graz, Austria. The same venue will host a symposium of the Lead Project on Sept. 11 and meetings of COST IRACON on Sept. 13 and 14, 2017.

More info HERE

PhD scholarship in Wireless Communication Engineering at UCLouvain

ICTEAMThe ICTEAM Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), internationally known for its expertise in telecommunications, is currently offering a PhD research position in the field of wireless channel modeling for heterogeneous networks, with a particular focus on experimental characterization. The initial grant will be established for a duration of 1 year, to be extended for 3 more years upon mutual agreement. The planned starting date is Sep 1st, 2017.

The applicant should have experience in radio channel characterization, telecommunications and/or signal processing. He/she will join the research team in telecommunications of UCL-ICTEAM. The research will be oriented towards publications in international journals and integrated within international collaborations via a national project funding the grant, as well as via European COST Actions. Access to extensive measurement facilities is provided (several network analyzers, two channel sounders and anechoic chamber).

The Université catholique de Louvain is a french-speaking complete institution located in Louvain-la-Neuve. More details about UCL can be found at www.uclouvain.be.

The candidate should hold an Electrical Engineering degree at Master level, should be motivated for in-depth work at both theoretical and applications levels and be fluent in both oral and written English. Willingness to learn French at conversational level within one year will be appreciated.

Please send your CV and motivation letter to Prof. Claude Oestges 

ISWCS17 Call for Papers


SWCS 2017 – 14th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems

August 28-31, 2017, Bologna, Italy
Submission deadline: April 7, 2017

Web: http://iswcs2017.org
** Scope**

The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for researchers and technologists to present new ideas and contributions in the form of technical papers, panel discussions, as well as real-world evaluation in the field of wireless communications, networking and signal processing. This 14th symposium will bring together various wireless communication systems developers to discuss the current status, technical challenges, standards, fundamental issues, and future services and applications.

Paper submissions are invited in the following Tracks:
Track1 – Communication Theory, Signal Processing, Information Theory, Antennas and Propagation
Track2 – Networks, Protocols, Internet of Things, Services and Applications

** Topics of Interest **

See http://iswcs2017.org/tracks-and-topics/

** TPC Chairs **

Marco Chiani, University of Bologna, IT

Carlos Faouzi Bader, CentraleSupelec (FR)
Gianluigi Liva, DLR (DE)
Klaus Moessner, Univ. of Surrey (UK)
Jordi Perez Romero, UPC (ES)

** Important Dates **

Submission deadline: April 7, 2017
Notification of acceptance: May 26, 2017
Final paper due by: June 30, 2017
ISWCS: August 28-31, 2017

** Submission Guidelines **

Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original technical papers (max 6 pages) for presentation at the conference and publication in the ISWCS 2017 Proceedings and IEEE Xplore (pending approval).

All papers should be submitted via EDAS, using standard IEEE conference templates.
The link for submission can be found on http://iswcs2017.org/call-for-papers/

eWINE Grand Challenge


What is the eWINE Grand Challenge?

The eWINE Grand Challenge addresses problems that deal with elastic connectivity. It targets the research community and highly trained industry professionals that want to optimize network solutions through autonomous control algorithms rather than manual configuration of devices. Competitors are requested to demonstrate PHY, MAC, routing or localization solutions that can scale to a high number of users in a short timespan through the use of an agile infrastructure (intelligent software and flexible hardware). Competitors are allowed to design their own intelligence solutions, but can also build on the top of accessing facilities and software tools developed in two H2020 projects: CREW and WiSHFUL.

How to participate and time line?

·       Submission deadline: February 24th, 2017 at 18:00 CEST

·       Notification of acceptance: Mid of March 2017 (The 8 highest ranked proposals)

·       Demonstration: at EuCNC, June 12, 2017, Oulu, Finland

Detailed information, templates and submission foms are availables on our website.

Be part of the grand challenge,
Participate here

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ISWCS17 Call for Workshops and Special Sessions



ISWCS 2017 – 14th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems

August 28-31, 2017, Bologna, Italy
Submission: March 3, 2017

Web: http://iswcs2017.org

** Scope**

The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for researchers and technologists to present new ideas and contributions in the form of technical papers, panel discussions, as well as real-world evaluation in the field of wireless communications, networking and signal processing. This 14th symposium will bring together various wireless communication systems developers to discuss the current status, technical challenges, standards, fundamental issues, and future services and applications.

Proposals for Special Sessions and Workshops are invited in the following Tracks:
Track1 – Communication Theory, Signal Processing, Information Theory, Antennas and Propagation
Track2 – Networks, Protocols, Internet of Things, Services and Applications

** Special Sessions **

ISWCS2017-SpecialSessions may include an invited speaker, besides papers that will be selected according to an open call.
Papers submitted to Special Sessions will be reviewed by at least three reviewers under the coordination of the Special Sessions organisers. These papers will be part of the Conference Proceedings. According to decision of the proponent(s), papers will be uploaded to IEEE Xplore (technical sponsorship still pending) or not.
Special Sessions extend for a conference time-slot, i.e., approximately 1h40. Each presentation should be given a minimum time of 20 minutes. Special Sessions will be held in parallel with regular sessions.

** Workshops **

ISWCS2017-Workshops may include invited speakers, papers, and panels. The structure of workshops is not fixed, and proponents may design it as they think best. In all cases, part of the workshop should be open to submissions through an open call. Workshop papers should be reviewed by the Workshop Technical Programme Committee. These papers will be part of the Conference Proceedings (if the authors wish to do so), but they will not be uploaded to IEEE Xplore.
Workshops may extend for either a full- or a half-day. They will be held on the first day of the symposium, i.e., August 28th, 2017.

** Topics of Interest **

See http://iswcs2017.org/tracks-and-topics/

** Special Sessions Chair **

Andrea Giorgetti, University of Bologna, IT

** Workshops Chair **

Luis M. Correia, Instituto Superior Técnico – University of Lisbon, PT

** Important Dates **

Submission: March 3, 2017
Notification: March 17, 2017
Paper submission deadline: April 28, 2017
Paper acceptance notification: June 16, 2017
ISWCS: August 28-31, 2017

Two PhD positions on Information Theory and Wireless Communication for M2M and IoT Communications

We propose two PhD positions on Information Theory and Wireless Communication for M2M and IoT Communications (if possible preceded with a master‘s level internship) in France: one in Lyon, one in Lille. They will start when possible, as soon as the candidates are found.

The goals of these PhDs are to propose new design criteria for IoT/M2M networks based on the non-asymptotic information theory framework and taking into account bursty communications (use of non-Gaussian interference distribution) and large-scale deployment (use of stochastic geometry).


Prof. Jean-Marie Gorce, CITI / INSA Lyon, France

Prof. Laurent Clavier, IRCICA, Lille, France

More info HERE

Journal of Ambient Wireless Communications and Smart Environments (AMBIENTCOM)

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Editor-in-Chief: Fernando José Velez, Instituto de Telecomunicações Departamento de Engenharia Electromecânica / Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal

Editorial Board

  • Claudia Carciofi, Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy
  • Elvino de Sousa, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Kamya Yekeh Yazdandoost, NICT, Yokosuka, Japan
  • Lina Brito, Universidade da Madeira, Funchal, Portugal
  • Luca De Nardis, DIET Department, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  • Neeli Prasad, CTIF, University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
  • Nguyen H. Tran, Kyung Hee University, Gyeonggy, Korea
  • Nuno Borges de Carvalho, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
  • Periklis Chatzimisios, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Raul Chavez-Santiago, The Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
  • René Jr. Landry, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montréal, Canada
  • Rodolfo Oliveira, Nova University of Lisbon, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisbon, Portugal

Smart environments (SEs) and ambient intelligence aim at providing the right service in a timely, unobtrusive and friendly manner. Recently, there has been a shift in the design of such systems that tries to include the user in the loop of decision making. In the conception of smart systems it is essential to gather the appropriate information to provide the required service. This implies taking advantage of both physical and virtual sensors that happen to be in the environment and make part of everyone’s daily life.

SEs, like cutting-edge technology medical settings, energy efficient buildings, vehicular or urban automated environments, are therefore populated by many devices connected by wireless sensor and actuator networks (WSANs). These environments are defined by a variety of different characteristics based on the applications they serve, their interaction models with humans and machines, the practical system design aspects that would enable them to operate seamlessly, unobtrusively and securely.

Aims and scopes:
Ambient Wireless Communications and Smart Environments will publish original, high quality, peer-reviewed research papers and review articles dealing with wireless communications in smart environments and ambient intelligence.

Journal of AMBIENTCOM also welcomes technologic oriented papers for its Section of Recent Experimental Results: methodologies, procedures, characterisation and implementation aspects, assessment and evaluation (both from industry and academia).

The Journal of Ambient Wireless Communications and Smart Environments focus on both the technical and application aspects of wireless communication networks for SEs, ambient intelligence and WSANs, giving emphasis but not limited to the following topics:

  • Ambient intelligence for smart home environments;
  • Ambient wireless networks;
  • Applications and real life user experience with deployed systems and prototypes;
  • Applications in health care, smart homes, surveillance, observation, industrial smart metering, machine-to-machine communications and smart buildings;
  • Automatic configuration of applications for smart environments and end-user support;
  • Coexistence of WSANs with other wireless technologies;
  • Cognitive radio and spectrum sharing aspects;
  • Context and social-aware applications;
  • Context models;
  • Context awareness, sensing, and inference for ambient intelligence;
  • Cross-layer design and layer optimization in WSANs;
  • Distributed intelligence in distributed sensors;
  • Emerging radio technologies (UWB, millimetre wavebands, etc.)
  • Energy harvesting for smart sensors and lifetime of WSANs;
  • Human-centred interfaces, intelligent agents, multimodal interaction and the social interactions of objects in environments;
  • Innovative architectures for smart sensors and actuators;
  • Mobile and pervasive computing in smart environments;
  • Mobile/wearable intelligence;
  • Modelling and simulation in WSANs;
  • Modelling of environments (homes, hospitals, transportation, roads, offices, classrooms, museums, etc.);
  • Protocols and algorithms for the PHY, MAC and network layer;
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and applications;
  • Recent standardization activities;
  • Regulatory and techno-economic issues;
  • Robotics applied to smart environments and living assistance;
  • Sensor data fusion and collaboration in multi-sensor systems and networks;
  • Sensors and networks;
  • Smart cities;
  • Smart cognitive radio transceiver design;
  • Sustainable communication systems and infrastructure for ambient intelligence;
  • Use of mobile, wireless, visual, and multi-modal sensor networks in intelligent systems;
  • Ubiquitous and ambient display environments.


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