The research group WAVECORE in the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT) of KU Leuven focuses on wireless communication fundamentals and systems. Within WAVECORE, the Networked Systems research unit covers research on several fields of wireless networking such as Cell-Free Massive MIMO, Non-Terrestrial Networks, Internet of Things, Joint Communication and Sensing, Machine Learning-based Signal Processing as well as Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer. Website unit
The sixth-generation (6G) mobile communications are expected to provide seamless wireless coverage considering multi-layer cooperating vertical networks, where two types of revolutionary changes are included, I) existing infrastructures extended to support ground and low-altitude aerial users, and II) incorporating aerial and space communication nodes such as drones, high-altitude platform, and satellites for assisting terrestrial networks, ultimately forming a 3D integrated network layout. Terminologies such as space-air-ground integrated networks and non-terrestrial networks are proposed for the ambitious vision.
To realize the vision, the wireless channels, i.e., air-to-ground (AG) and space-to-ground (SG), play an indispensable role in the design and deployment of vertical networks. Thus, this project will focus on large-scale and small-scale AG/SG propagation channel modelling from multiple dimensions, e.g., altitude, frequency, mobility, and environment. The preliminary drawn-up directions in the thesis can include but are not limited to I) Altitude-dependent large-scale channel modelling, II) Non-stationary channel modelling for high mobility, III) Impacts of fuselage and flight instability on small-scale channel fading, and IV) Machine-learning based channel prediction. This project consists of both analytical and experimental work. The Networked Systems lab has fully operational drones, USRPs, as well as a 64-antenna Massive MIMO testbed, facilitating researchers to conduct measurements.
We are looking for highly motivated Ph.D. researchers with interests in hardware, software, modelling, simulations, and algorithms.
- The applicant should hold a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, or relevant fields.
- The applicant should also meet the minimum eligibility criteria for enrolling as a Ph.D. student at KU Leuven, namely, having exceptional grades as well as proficiency in English.
- The applicant should have a background in wireless communication and channel modelling. The international publication held by the applicant will be a plus.
- Additionally, the applicant should have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work in an international team.
- A Ph.D. scholarship for 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 multidisciplinary research environment
- A Ph.D. title from a highly ranked university (after approximately 4 years of successful research)
- A KU Leuven affiliation, one of the largest research universities in Europe
- The possibility to participate in international conferences and collaborations
For more information please contact Mr. Zhuangzhuang Cui, tel.: +32 16 32 86 10, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. dr. ir. Sofie Pollin, tel.: +32 16 32 10 51, mail: email@example.com.You can apply for this job no later than August 31, 2022 via the online application toolKU 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.