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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) for Industry 4.0 S&T81

  • School: School of Science and Technology
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: S&T81

The project will develop skills in the cross-disciplinary fields of wireless communications, control systems and data analytics that underpin the Internet of Things (IoT) to enable large scale Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). In addition, the project will help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers to tackle major research and development challenges in the fields of industrial automation, smart electrical power grids, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

The project researcher will make significant research advances beyond state of the art, according to three primary research objectives:

  1. Develop novel underpinning wireless communications technologies that provide low latency and ultra-reliable operation to enable safe and secure operation of large scale and distributed cyber-physical systems;
  2. Study novel methods to enable the secure and reliable control of systems that work in conjunction with data collection and processing techniques to allow large scale, distributed cyber-physical systems to work effectively;
  3. Exploiting the approaches developed in Objectives 1 and 2 above, evaluate the performance of applications to enable sustainable and energy-efficient cyber-physical system operation in several industry verticals, including smart grids, industrial automation, smart cities and autonomous vehicles.

CPS has been defined as the next generation of engineered systems in which tightly-integrated computing, communication, and control technologies. The fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications systems will have a major role to play in connecting different devices, sensors and systems that collectively form a cyber-physical system. 5G will build on the existing broadband services offered by fourth-generation (4G) networks to play a key role to support massive data collection, such as smart meters and phasor measurement units in energy networks. An important limitation of existing cellular systems is the relatively high latency of data communications over cellular links and the low network reliability. 5G standards should support very low latency communications (1 ms or less) and high network reliability (e.g. 99.999%). The research advances in this area will help to enable CPS systems to operate safely and at a low cost in many new applications areas.

School strategic research priority

This research project can significantly enhance sustainable and low carbon communities in the near future, aligning with the Sustainable Futures and safety research themes of NTU. It also aligns well with the Safety and Security of Citizens and Society research theme as integrating IoT technologies to CPS is crucial to support the increasing population living together in cities.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Download our full applicant guidance notes for more information.

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