Artificial intelligence for adaptive key management for internet of things services in future mobile networks

You will investigate artificial intelligence and its use for internet of things security.

Application deadline
Funding source
The National Cyber Security Centre and the 5G Innovation Centre
Funding information

This research project has funding attached. Funding for this project is available to UK citizens. All tuition fees and stipend are covered (£22,500 per annum).


You will define an artificial intelligence-based adaptive security key-management in specific internet of things dynamic scenarios such as intelligent transport systems (ITS). Your research will analyse the key-management performance in relation to traffic load, and discover any unknown relationships between key management performance and traffic levels. In addition, this project will examine the use of artificial intelligence to analyse and summarise the features of attacks and provide input to automated key management system. Formal analysis of the project protocols will be conducted including security and privacy features. A subset of the system will be deployed on the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) testbed with the support of Telefonica to gain insight on the practical issues related to large scale system realisation.

The 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) hosted at the University is the world's first centre dedicated to the next generation of mobile communication systems and an international hub for telecommunication research and innovation. The Centre collaborates with key ICT service providers, network and device manufacturers and test equipment solution providers to develop innovative solutions and standards for 5G networks.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates should hold a first or 2:1 bachelors degree and a masters degree at distinction level (or equivalent experience/qualifications) in an appropriate discipline. You must be a UK student to be eligible.

How to apply

You must first apply to the Information and Communication Systems PhD. During your application, you must mention this studentship to be considered. 

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter
  • Your CV
  • An outline research proposal in the targeted area
  • Contact details of two academic referees
  • Copies of academic transcripts and qualification certificates.

Information and Communication Systems PhD

Application deadline

Contact details

Haitham Cruickshank
02 CII 01
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686007
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