Developing Next Generation Authentication Schemes for Smart IoVs
Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements
Funding details: Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/International - including EU at international rates from September 2021)
Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term
Application deadline: 15 June 2021
Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates
Start date: September 2021
For further details contact: Professor Siraj Shaikh
This fully-funded PhD project is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.
The successful applicant will spend the 1st year at Deakin University and the following year at Coventry University and then the final 1.5 years at Deakin University. The supervision team will be drawn from the two Universities.
Internet of Vehicles (IoVs) has emerged as an active research area due to the increasingly wide deployment of smart sensing technologies in vehicles and road infrastructure.
A combination of advanced sensors, high bandwidth infrastructure networks, and sophisticated mobile systems has great potential to radically improve road safety through smart IoV applications such as cooperative driving, intelligent traffic control, collaborative environmental perception, and vehicle internet. However, the underpinning technologies for smart IoVs rely on big data and wireless communications both of which introduce cyber security challenges in relation to vehicle identity verification and data integrity. This PhD project aims to propose, develop and test next-generation authentication protocols for smart IoVs.
The authentication protocols will be quantum-safe and group-based and designed to ensure that the developed protocols are usable for real-world scenarios to fulfil various IoV communication and cooperation scenarios including vehicle platooning. The current state of the art in IoV authentication protocols are not quantum-safe because they rely on weak key exchange schemes like Diffie-Hellman schemes. Adversaries with quantum computing power can easily compromise IoV communications based on traditional schemes.
This is a fully-funded studentship, including:
- Full tuition fees (for up to 4 years)
- A stipend for up to 3.5 years subject to satisfactory progress
- A one-time economy return airfare to host institution
- Conference allowances
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.
Applicants must meet the admission and scholarship criteria for both Coventry University and Deakin University for entry to the cotutelle programme.
- Applicants should have graduated within the top 15% of their undergraduate cohort. This might include a high 2:1 in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark (80% for Australian graduates) in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average (80% for Australian graduates).
- A Masters degree in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum Merit level. In addition, the mark for the Masters dissertation (or equivalent) must be a minimum of 80%. Please note that where a candidate has 70-79% and can provide evidence of research experience to meet equivalency to the minimum first-class honours equivalent (80%+) additional evidence can be submitted and may include independently peer-reviewed publications, research-related awards or prizes and/or professional reports.
- Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).
- The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study.
For an overview of each University’s entry requirements please visit:
Please note that it is essential to be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).
How to apply
To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Siraj Shaikh.
All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.
Please note that applications must be made to both universities.
What is the application process?
Applications are submitted to both institutions. Applicants must ensure they meet eligibility requirements. Selection involves academic staff from both institutions. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a panel including academic staff from each institution. Applicants will need to submit copies of certificates to both institutions in line with their respective requirements.