PhD Position in Energy Harvesting and Reliable Networking for Dense IoT
Catholic University of Leuven
Belgium

 
https://www.esat.kuleuven.be/telemic/research/NetworkedSystems

Project

The research group ESAT-TELEMIC focuses on Telecommunications and Microwaves. Within TELEMIC, the Networked Systems group covers research on several fields of wireless networking: Massive MIMO, UAV communications, In-band Full Duplex, mmWave, AI and Machine Learning, Visible Light Communications, Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer and Internet of Things.

With increased momentum and special interest from both industrial and academic partners, Networked Systems is looking for a suitable candidate to pursue a PhD in the topic of efficient and reliable deployment of dense IoT networks, aiming to design the first battery-less smart network of the state of the art.

The aim of the PhD project is to design and implement novel energy harvesting and networking paradigms for IoT networks, where a large number of resource constrained nodes with minimal computing capabilities collaborate with each other to ensure that optimal performance can be achieved in metrics such as reliable packet delivery, low end-to-end delay and minimal energy expenditure and network overhead. Additionally,the ultimate aim of the project is to develop completely battery-less devices,where the nodes harvest the required energy from ambient RF sources and adapt their behavior to the availability of these sources and the remaining energy stored. These networking paradigms may be applied to wireless sensor networks for patient monitoring in hospitals, intelligent lighting for business and the smart home, indoor localization of goods in harbors and storage facilities,offline machine to machine communication outside of cellular coverage, etc.

The Networked Systems lab facilities have a fully operative, smart and reconfigurable IoT testbed,consisting of 75 low power nodes using Bluetooth Low Energy Mesh (BLE Mesh).Multiple networking protocols can be tested on the testbed, and being such a dense mesh network the design of efficient network management policies and orchestration is a key element to ensure the best performance of the network in the aforementioned metrics. Additionally, the design of efficient energy harvesting receivers (formed by an antenna, a rectifier, an energy storing unit and the node itself) and their network stack with the aim of enabling battery-less operation is targeted for the PhD project.

The nature of the project is both analytical and experimental, where the proposed networking paradigms should be carefully designed and modeled but also implemented and characterized. Collaboration with other universities and industrial partners is also expected within the project.

Profile

The applicant should have a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering and should meet the minimum eligibility criteria for a PhD at KU Leuven, namely having exceptional grades as well as proficiency in English. The applicant should have a background in wireless communication, embedded systems and networking. Additionally, the applicant should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team. 

Offer

  • We offer a PhD scholarship up to four years (subject to positive intermediate evaluations). If the applicant is non-EER, also up to 1 year pre-doc will be supported. 
  • An exciting research environment, working on the intersection between theory and implementation, in a very multi-disciplinary research environment
  • A PhD title from a highly-ranked university (after approximately 4 years of successful research)
  • A thorough scientific education, the possibility to become a world-class researcher
  • A KU Leuven affiliation, one of the largest research universities of Europe
  • The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations

Interested?

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin, tel.: +32 16 32 10 51, mail: sofie.pollin@kuleuven.be or Mr. Yuri Murillo Mange, tel.: +32 16 37 47 63, mail: yuri.murillomange@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than September 30, 2020 via the
KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
    • Employment percentage: Voltijds
    • Location: Leuven
    • Apply before: September 30, 2020
    • Tags: Elektrotechniek


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