Deusto Institute of Technology (DeustoTech), located in Bilbao, Basque Country (Spain), is a research organization belonging to the University of Deusto (UD) and linked to its Faculty of Engineering. DeustoTech’s mission is to generate and transfer knowledge to society and companies, and support the UD, through research, development and innovation activities in the scope of Information and Communications Technologies, according to the ethical and humanist principles that define the UD University Project.
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PHD GRANT ON RFID TECHNOLOGY: PhD proposal in RFID streaming protocols for passive sensors
The Faculty of Engineering and DeustoTech invite applications for several PhD projects to be performed in Deusto Smart Mobility (http://mobility.deustotech.eu/), a high performance research team recognized by the Basque University System.
RFID passive sensors are currently a hot research topic. The proposed PhD research on RFID technology can provide breakthrough solutions to many existing problems in the field of transport and mobility of goods, or people. The granted students will have available a fully functional prototyping platform located in DeustoTech facilities to fully experiment the RFID system, hardware and software.
The grants will have duration of 36 months, with annual renewals. Each 12 months the performance of the doctoral student will be evaluated to check if he/she achieves the PhD research goals established for the period. The exact amounts awarded will be established by the University of Deusto. In the last year call, the annual gross salary was 18.760€. The application is open to UE research applicants.
The research will focus on the design, development, simulation, and implementation of an RFID protocol with the main purpose of streaming data from passive tags including different types of sensors. The student will research on the diverse phenomena affecting the identification and reading of tags such as intermittent power, the capture effect, or the detection errors in RFID protocols for sensor data using computational tags.
The main objective of this thesis will be to develop a new protocol for streaming data from passive sensors, and to adapt the protocol to different types of computational tags in order to provide a fluent connexion with each device. Considering the restrictions of RFID technology, some techniques will have to be developed to optimize the communication with moving tags. The reader will have to manage arriving, staying and leaving tags from its antenna range and the power sent to the tags. These tags, on the other hand, will have to optimize the energy cycles generated by the reader to power up their sensors and circuitry. These techniques will seek for the proper combination of simplicity and efficiency.
- Candidates should have a first class or good 2.1 honours degree in Electronics, Telecommunications or Computer Engineering (other equivalent disciplines will be also considered).
- An appropriate degree at Masters Level will be mandatory in order to access to the PhD program (applicants finishing a Master’s degree along this academic year will also be considered).
- Proficiency in spoken and written English is desired; knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement.
- To be eligible, candidates must become a full-time worker at DeustoTech facilities.
April 30, 2018.
Applicants can ask Hugo Landaluce for more information , at firstname.lastname@example.org.