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PhD Scholarship: Cyber Physical Systems and Smart Grids

School of Engineering, University of Warwick

Supervisor: Dr Subhash Lakshminarayana
Application deadline: 1 August 2019
Start date: 2 September 2019
Duration: 3 years

The project: Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Grids

Critical infrastructures (e.g., power grids, transportation systems etc.) are increasingly becoming the target of cyber attacks as evidenced in recent high-profile incidents such as the Black Energy attack against Ukraine's power grid. Such incidents could have severe consequences such as service outages and cascading failures. Thus, the security of these cyber-physical systems (CPSes) is of critical concern.

The proposed PhD project will apply machine learning, signal processing and control theoretic algorithms for the secure and efficient design of CPSes. Candidates with a background in signal processing and/or wireless communications are also encouraged to apply. Application areas will include smart grids and urban transportation systems.

Successful candidates will conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of security, machine learning, signal processing and control theory.

Eligibility: UK or EU candidates with a 1st or 2.1 UK Honours degree or equivalent in Electrical/ Computer Engineering or related subjects.
Specific requirements include:
- Strong mathematical foundation and/or system building skills.
- Ability to perform simulations in Python/Matlab and C/C++.
- Knowledge of machine learning, signal processing and/or control theory will be a strong plus.

Funding: The scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £14777) and covers 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for 3 years. International students are welcome to apply but must meet the difference in costs.

How to apply: For full guidance of how to submit a full formal application please read: