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PhD Studentship: Computing at the edge of the Internet

A fully-funded PhD studentship available to Home/UK students

Duration of study: Full Time- three years fixed term

Starting date: September or October 2017

Application deadline: Open until filled (final date for applications: 15th July 2017)

 Supervisor: Dr Ioannis Psaras


A fully-funded PhD studentship is available to home UK students within the project of Computing at the edge of the Internet. The studentship is available from 1st October 2017, for a period of three years. The student will work under the supervision of Dr. Ioannis Psaras within the Communications and Information Systems Group at the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department of UCL.

Cloud computing (or computing within distant data centres) has contributed much to the development of the Internet over the past twenty years or so. However, new applications in the area of IoT, but not only, are pushing the limits of cloud computing to the point where computing at far-away data-centres cannot cope with application requirements. Emerging trends in computing, communications and networking move towards mobile edge- or fog-computing. According to these trends computation moves to the edges of the network (hence from cloud to fog) to serve newly emerging applications with strict response deadlines. The challenges pertaining to this move defy some of the most fundamental operations taking place in the Internet infrastructure today.

Throughout this PhD study we will investigate the changes that the Internet needs to undergo from the ground up. Starting from network layer protocols, we will explore issues related to routing and resolution of services to micro-data centres, or computation spots. Resource allocation in terms of which services run where through learning algorithms or market-driven approaches will need to be integrated into routing and transport layer protocols. Last, but not least, privacy and security issues and business models to accommodate such a move will be studied as an overarching framework. Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) will be investigated to deal with transactions through trust-less IoT and edge-computing nodes.

Applicants must hold, or be near completion of a first or upper-second class degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a closely related field. An understanding of the basic Internet protocol operations is required. The ideal candidate would have strong computer programming and/or theoretical background. We are seeking candidates with the potential to contribute to our cutting edge research activities and engage in innovative research projects. Students are required to relocate to London.

The candidate is expected to:

  •  Have excellent analytical and engineering skills
  •  Have excellent reporting and communication skills
  •  Be self-motivated, independent and team player
  •  Have genuine enthusiasm for the subject and technology
  •  Have the willingness to author and publish research findings in international journals
  •  Be eligible for home UK studentship:


The studentship is available for three years and covers tuition fees at the UK rate, plus a stipend at £16,296 pa (tax free).

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Ioannis Psaras ( Applications will be considered from now until the position is filled with a final deadline of 15th July 2017.

Formal applications should be submitted with a CV, a brief statement of your research interests, and with names and email addresses of two referees.