Four Year Doctoral Studentship funded by CONNECT Centre

28 May 2018

PhD Studentship in Communication Networks for Cooperative Communications for Vehicular Platoons (University College Cork)

Title: Reliable and Low Latency Inter-Vehicular Communication for Cooperative Platooning

Applications are invited for a four year doctoral studentship in computer science (vehicular communications), to be located at University College Cork as part of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications.

The project aims to investigate provide reliable low latency communications to enable cooperative platooning of autonomous vehicles in real-world conditions.  Given the drawbacks of existing vehicular wireless technologies, it is proposed to investigate a heterogeneous approach leveraging on-board vehicle sensors (light and radar) and Cellular V2X as input into the platoon management algorithm to dynamically tune its behaviour based on the network/platoon characteristics to deliver more reliable performance and thus maintain the platoon stability.

Further details on the project are available at this link CONNECT Project Overview 

Dr O’ Driscoll can also be contacted at the below email address.


The PhD position is funded for 4 years, including a monthly stipend and a travel budget to present at international conferences. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the Principal Investigator’s network including automotive OEMs, and contribute towards Ireland’s Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) agenda.

Applicants should hold a minimum of an honours bachelor’s degree at 2:1 level or equivalent in a relevant subject such as electronics/computer/communication engineering or computer science. Candidates should also have a strong interest in computer networking, wireless communication networks, software, systems and have strong programming skills.

Funding Details:

The studentship will cover fees and conference travel and pay a stipend of €18,500pa (tax free) for up to 4 years.

Application Process: 

Interested candidates should apply by email to Dr. Aisling O’ Driscoll (, cc’ing the Department of Computer Science (, on or before the 15th of June 2018.  Early applications are encouraged. Applications should include: 1) a cover letter (1 page) explaining their interest in the project topic and mentioning any relevant background and/or experience; 2) a Curriculum Vitae. Academic transcripts and two academic references will be required after a shortlisting process takes place.

Application End Date: Friday, 15th June, 2018 

Mobile and Internet Systems Laboratory

Department of Computer Science, Western Gateway Building, University College Cork, Western Road, Cork, Ireland.