PhD programmes available at EIT Digital Doctoral School

EIT Digital Doctoral School: 'Verifying smart contracts for blockchain' and 'Exploiting the Location information for Adaptive Beamforming in Transport Systems' are now accepting applications.

The call for recruitment of students for the EIT Digital Doctoral School is open to doctoral candidates, and two programmes are now available: Exploiting the Location information for Adaptive Beamforming in Transport Systems' and Verifying smart contracts for blockchain'.

Who can apply

The call for recruitment is open to all students who are not yet enrolled in a PhD programme and want to enter the EIT Digital Industrial Doctorate Programme. The programme is carried out in cooperation with the partner universities, companies and Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs).

What

The EIT Digital Industrial Doctorate is a new PhD programme that integrates scientific and technical research work with ‘hands on’ innovation and entrepreneurship training. The programme involves partner universities, institutes and companies and is implemented by EIT Digital DTCs. Geographical mobility (six months) as well as an internship-based business development venture (six months) are fully embedded within the doctoral work.

Below you can discover the two programmes available at the moment, for up-to-date information, visit the dedicated page.


Exploiting the Location information for Adaptive Beamforming in Transport Systems

The transport sector is a major driver of economies across the globe. The digital augmentation of the sector has helped created new businesses worldwide. Further growth of the so-called intelligent transport systems is contingent on the synergy with the wireless telecommunication networks that provide the resources for fast, reliable and robust connectivity. This synergy is key for the new EIT Digital industrial doctorate position at Telefónica UK Limited and the University of Glasgow.

Approach

The overarching aim and innovation of this industrial doctorate position are to leverage the prior, on-hand location information of vehicles, learned in part from the routes and schedules, and develop a self-organising mobile network architecture that optimises the radio link-budget.

The industrial doctorate candidate will develop novel, machine learning-based, real-time direction estimation algorithms through which the antenna beam patterns can be efficiently coordinated and aligned in the required directions to provide maximal signal strengths at the receiver end of the communication system. The PhD will also use technologies such as machine learning to develop predictive models from the contextual information of the location.

Location

The doctoral student involved in this programme will share its time between the University of Glasgow, the nearby Co-Location Centre of the EIT Digital Node, the local government body Transport for London, and Network Rail. In addition to the industrial doctorate research, the PhD student will also be following leadership seminars.

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Verifying smart contracts for blockchain

Blockchain based technologies are a large and growing area underpinning the rapid growth in digital finance and distributed ledger technologies and markets. However, fundamental obstacles with transaction time, trust and cost remain which restricts their widespread adoption. EIT Digital is therefore offering an industrial Doctorate at IOHK and the University of Edinburgh to develop  prototypes for verifying smart contracts.

Approach

This PhD will develop techniques for specifying and verifying smart contracts written in Plutus and incorporated into a proof of concept prototype. This development of this technology may have wider impact on other Blockchain variants that support smart contracts, of which there are dozens.

Location

The doctoral student involved in this programme will share its time between the Co-Location Centre of the EIT Digital Edinburgh Satellite Node, The work will be carried out  at IOHK premises in Edinburgh in close collaboration with the Plutus development team and IOHK business experts. In addition to the industrial doctorate research, the PhD student will also be following leadership seminars.

More information on this programme

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