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PhD Studentship in Fibre-Optic Communication Networks

Project Title: Elastic optical networking in the presence of uncertainty

Applications are invited for a fully-funded industrial CASE studentship in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL). Since the funding is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the fully-funded studentship is only available to those applicants who are either UK nationals or have a relevant connection with the UK (see https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/ for more details).

 

 Project Title: Elastic optical networking in the presence of uncertainty

 

Description: All digital communication is underpinned by statistical metrics from the probability that a single bit is received in error to the probability the entire network suffers an outage. Nevertheless to date much of the design and operation of optical networks is based on deterministic approaches with system margins subsequently applied to account for the statistical variations. The aim of this project is two fold being concerned with both the design and operation of optical networks. The design aspect will focus on the use of probabilistic design to minimize the impact of uncertainty, while the operational aspect will apply concepts such as the entropy and temperature of the network so as to optimally utilize the limited resources.

 

This is a collaborative industrial CASE award with BT and will involve collaboration between BT, UCL and the University of Cambridge. The project would appeal to a mathematically inclined engineer, an applied mathematician, statistician, or those from a theoretical physics background. Regardless of the background it is expected that the applicant would have a first class or upper second class honours degree with a strong interest in applying mathematics to challenging engineering problems.

 The studentship can start at any time and we will continue recruitment until the position is filled. The generous awards will cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance stipend (including London weighting) which is currently £15,590 per annum.

To make informal inquiries, please send a CV, including a list of any publications, with the contact details of at least two referees to Dr Seb Savory (s.savory@ucl.ac.uk) who will also be happy to answer any questions about this project.

 

Applications: should be made using the UCL postgraduate study application form.      

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application

Candidates should indicate on the application form that the proposed supervisor is Dr Seb Savory and under 'Name of Proposed supervisor' the title of the PhD they are applying for.

 

Please clearly mark your application as ICASE-BT.

 

Applications from UK applicants or those with a relevant connection with the UK will be considered until the position is filled.