Vacancy: PhD Studentship Position, School of Computer Science & IT, UCC

3 Nov 2022

Project: QoE enabled Scheduling for Scalable and Dependable Video Delivery in Vehicular Networks

Project summary

The evolution of road vehicles towards automated driving is continuing at pace. As vehicle occupants play less of a role in vehicle control, it can be expected that the use of mobile entertainment (video, games, AR/VR) will surge. This presents a significant challenge for future wireless and cellular networks to dependably meet targets for high quality multimedia services, exacerbated further by the inherent dynamics of the network.  The focus of vehicular radio scheduling has mainly been on safety and traffic efficiency services, considering only lower layer information when scheduling and managing radio resources. Few approaches consider the passenger’s Quality of Experience (QoE) to maximise user satisfaction. Given scarce spectrum and high user demand, it is necessary for scheduling algorithms to account for user satisfaction when intelligently managing radio resources in order to optimise performance. This can further benefit from concepts such as Mobile Edge Computing (MEC)  to rapidly and dynamically reconfigure radio resources in response to vehicles mobility. This project investigates how to optimise radio resources to scalably deliver high quality infotainment services to multiple vehicular users while maximising QoE.

We are seeking to fill a PhD Studentship position, aligned with this research area. The appointed person will work under the supervisory team of Dr. Aisling O’ Driscoll (University College Cork), Professor Cormac J Sreenan (University College Cork) and Dr Andrew Hines (University College Dublin). We seek applications from candidates with expertise and interest in areas surrounding communications and wireless/mobile networking. Ideal candidates will also have significant programming experience, knowledge of machine learning and computer networking and have an interest in vehicular networking.

The PhD student will work alongside researchers in the Mobile & Internet Systems Laboratory (MISL) within the School of Computer Science & IT (CSIT) at UCC. CSIT has a leadership role in four major Irish SFI-funded research centres, CONFIRM – the smart manufacturing centre, CONNECT - Centre for Future Networks & Communications, Insight - Centre for Data Analytics, Lero - Irish Software Research Centre and it is also hosting two large doctoral training centres (ADVANCE and AI CRT). This Ph.D position is part of the CONNECT activity at UCC.

Applicants should hold a good honours undergraduate or Masters degree in computer science, computer engineering, telecommunications, or other relevant research areas. Ideally, applicants will be able to demonstrate an interest in both the analytical and practical aspects of networked system design. Applicants must have a solid foundation in programming and show a degree of independence in problem solving.

If the successful applicant’s first language is not English they will have to provide evidence of English language proficiency 

Salary: The successful applicant will receive a stipend of €18,500 per annum (tax free) for up to four years and the award includes dedicated travel budget.

General enquires about the PhD position can be made to Dr. Aisling O’Driscoll.


To Apply:

Applications by email to Mary Noonan at  and must include "PhD CONNECT (QoE) Application” in the subject line. Applications must include, in PDF format only:

  1. Full CV;
  2. A transcript of results for all university level modules and courses;
  3. One-page abstract describing final year undergraduate project or MSc project;
  4. One-page abstract describing relevant work experience (if applicable);
  5. One-page statement explaining interest in research, referring explicitly to one or more of the areas listed above.

 Review Date: 13 January 2023.

 University College Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Mobile and Internet Systems Laboratory

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